At 15:00 CET on Sunday, the first game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 will take place between Nigeria and France in Sinsheim. From the first whistle of this match to full-time of the Final on 17 July in Frankfurt, FIFA.com will be there to feature every goal, every fact and every heroine.
On world football’s website already, we are featuring potential matchwinners in our ‘Stars of Women’s Football’ section. In it, the best players from the past such as Mia Hamm, Hanna Ljungberg and Sun Wen are profiled alongside their present day counterparts, including Marta, Birgit Prinz and Christine Sinclair. However, there is also a nod to the future with players such as Kim Kulig, Amy Rodriguez and Ebere Orji hoping to reinforce their growing reputations on the biggest stage of them all.
You will be able to watch all of the stars who shine at Germany 2011 on FIFA.com for free. Live streaming of the 32 games will be available in certain territories (see below for the complete list), but everyone can follow the game using our famous MatchCast service and video highlights will be available to football fans all over the world shortly after the final whistle of each match.
During the tournament, a team of FIFA.com editors will be in Germany to follow the teams, matches and to speak exclusively to coaches and players. A whole host of features and interviews will be published, along with preview articles and match reports for each of the games. Crucial statistical information such as fixtures, results, top scorer charts, referee appointments and group standings will also be readily available during the competition.
FIFA.com’s photographers will also be on standby to capture all the emotions of the event, while you can also follow what’s happening from our regular posts on Twitter. By keeping an eye on @FIFAcom, which has recently passed the 500,000 followers mark, as well as @fifawwc - a dedicated account which has just been created just for the FIFA Women’s World Cup - you will be kept one click away from all of the tournament's breaking news and brand new interviews.
At the end of each day, a round-up will be written, summarising the action: the best goal, the best stat and the best quotes. There will also be regular articles giving a flavour of the atmosphere in the nine Host Cities: Augsburg, Berlin, Bochum, Dresden, Frankfurt, Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Sinsheim and Wolfsburg.
If you can’t wait until the action begins, then why not pay a visit to the Germany 2011 section of FIFA.com now - and take a look at the exclusive interviews which have been conducted already with the likes of Homare Sawa, Lotta Schelin and Hope Powell. Each of the 16 teams have been comprehensively profiled in terms of qualifying, star players, head coach as well as their history at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
FIFA.com also provides a look back at the five previous editions of the tournament from China 1991 to China 2007 with overviews and information, as well as a host of intriguing statistics.
List of territories for live match streaming
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria. Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.