There are only hours to go until the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™, as the showdown between the best 16 teams in the world kicks off in Germany this Sunday. Every day from Monday until the Opening Match, FIFA.com has been bringing you five fascinating FIFA Women’s World Cup facts. Read on for the sixth part of our series!
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 is the first FIFA tournament featuring matches in two stadiums which have previously hosted the Final of a major FIFA event. The 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Final took place in Berlin, and Frankfurt staged the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2005.
The average goals-per-game at the FIFA Women’s World Cup fell from 3.8 in the first three editions of the finals to 3.4 at the last two, reflecting the steady and ongoing technical development of the women’s game.
Curiously enough, both Birgit Prinz and Marta were exactly 17 years, seven months old when they scored their first goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The German opened her account at Sweden 1995, and the Brazilian at the 2003 finals in the USA.
Ursula Holl turns 29 on Sunday. Germany’s second-choice keeper could yet have a double reason to celebrate, as it is of course the day of the Opening Match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 between Germany and Canada.