FIFA and MasterCard select the MasterCard All-Star Team from the Top Stars of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003
The FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) has selected the top sixteen players for the MasterCard All-Star Team of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 based on their performance throughout the tournament. The FIFA TSG, a group of technical experts from various continents, considered a total of 45 players for the MasterCard All-Star Team. The finally selected top 16 players come from 7 national teams - Germany, Sweden, China PR, USA, Canada, Norway and Brazil.
In addition to the TSG player selection, fans have the chance to vote online for their All-Stars in the MasterCard FANtasy All-Star Team. Football supporters from around the world can log onto the Official Event Website, FIFAworldcup.com, to cast their votes from among the forty-five nominees chosen by the FIFA TSG. Ten randomly selected fans who participate in the MasterCard FANtasy All-Star Team vote will win a football autographed by U.S. star Mia Hamm.
"We are very pleased to present the MasterCard All-Star Team once again in a FIFA competition. The MasterCard All-Star Team has become an integral part of the FIFA tournaments over the years", said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. "Just like the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan, fans will once again be given the opportunity to select their FANtasy All-Star Team online. By voting for their personal Dream Team on FIFAworldcup.com, the football fans around the world will make their voices heard."
It is the second consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup tournament and tenth FIFA world championship overall in which MasterCard, Presenting Partner of the FIFA Women's World Cup, has recognized and honored the top football players of a FIFA tournament.
The FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 MasterCard All-Star Team players are:
Silke Rottenberg (Germany)
Caroline Joensson (Sweden)
Liping Wang (China PR)
Joy Fawcett (USA)
Charmaine Hooper (Canada)
Sandra Minnert (Germany)
Bettina Wiegmann (Germany)
Malin Mostroem (Sweden)
Shannon Boxx (USA)
Maren Meinert (Germany)
Birgit Prinz (Germany)
Victoria Svensson (Sweden)
Solveig Gulbrandsen (Norway)
Mia Hamm (USA)
Dagny Mellgren (Norway)
The FIFA TSG is coordinated by Tatjana Haenni, responsible for women's football at FIFA. The FIFA TSG includes the following members:
· Vera Pauw (Netherlands), Technical Director / National Coach, Girls' and Womens' Football, Scotland
· Fran Hilton-Smith (South Africa), Manager, Women's National Team, South Africa
· Sylvie Béliveau (Canada), Coaching Consultant and FIFA Women's Football Coaching Instructor
· Michelle Chai (Malaysia), Head of Research & Development, Asian Football Confederation
· Hope Powell (England), National Coach, Women's Football
MasterCard is a long standing Official Partner. The company first established a relationship with the FIFA World Cup as the Official Card and Official Product Licensee of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Based on the success of 1990, MasterCard became an Official Partner for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and has continuously supported FIFA tournaments ever since. In addition to the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup, MasterCard sponsors FIFA additional events such as the FIFA U-17 World Championship, FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, FIFA World Youth Championship, FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as FIFA World Cup qualification matches in Latin America.
FIFA Communications Division 8 October 2003
Media Release No.
Long Beach, California