2 - Germany will become the second European nation to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ finals, following on from Sweden in 1995. The USA (1999 and 2003) and China PR (1991 and 2007) have each hosted the tournament twice.
9 – The matches at Germany 2011 will be played across nine stadiums: Berlin, Frankfurt, Augsburg, Dresden, Bochum, Wolfsburg, Leverkusen, Sinsheim and Monchengladbach. This is the highest number of host cities in tournament history, with USA 1999 next in line with eight. The 2003 finals, also held in the USA, used only six stadiums.
8 – Eight nations have appeared at every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup to date: Brazil, China PR, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and USA.
122 – The number of nations seeking to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup has almost tripled since the tournament’s inception. Qualifying for the 1991 finals featured 45 teams, a figure that has increased to 122 for Germany 2011. The number of qualifying matches played has risen from 110 to 355 over the same period.
1,194,221 - The 1999 finals were the best-attended to date. A total of 1,194,221 spectators flocked to the stadiums for an average attendance of 37,300. The final at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles attracted a crowd of 90,185, which remains a record for a women’s football match.
14 – In four appearances at the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, Birgit Prinz has scored 14 goals. Not surprisingly, the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year is the leading scorer in tournament history.
3 – Three goals have been scored in the very first minute of matches at the finals. Back in 1991, Sweden’s Lena Videkull netted the fastest goal in the history of the tournament when firing her country’s opener against Japan after just 30 seconds.
16 - Ifeanyi Chiejine of Nigeria is the youngest player ever to appear at the finals. She was a mere 16 years and one month old when she appeared for her country against Denmark in 1999. At the other end of the scale, Brazil’s Meg is the tournament’s oldest player: she was 39 years and five months old when Brazil played Sweden in 1991.
5 - USA stalwart Kristine Lilly is the only player to feature at all five FIFA Women’s World Cups (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007) so far.
539 - The 148 matches at the finals to date have produced 539 goals. The honour of scoring the 500th goal fell to Norway’s Ragnhild Gulbrandsen against Ghana in 2007.
85 – At the five tournaments to date, USA have scored 85 goals, one more than Germany’s tally of 84.