FIFA.com looks at the teams who have caused major surprises this past year, including American Samoa, Uruguay, the Japanese women, Al-Sadd and Basel.
Before tomorrow's FIFA Women's World Cup Final between Japan and USA, FIFA.com asked both teams' coaches - Norio Sasaki and Pia Sundhage - the same seven questions about the big match.
FIFA.com reviews a stunning day of FIFA Women’s World Cup action as champions Germany were eliminated by Japan, and France edged England on penalties, with both victors reaching the semi-finals for the first time.
Japan recorded a famous 1-0 extra-time win to eliminate reigning champions and host nation Germany from the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the Asian side reaching the semi-finals for the first time.
Japan's Homare Sawa headed home the opener to lead her side to a 3-0 victory over Australia on Thursday in a warm-up game for the Olympics.