June 26 - July 17
FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™
adidas Golden Ball
FIFA Fair Play award
Best Young Player Award
adidas Golden Glove
adidas Golden Boot
Japan claim maiden title
Japan become the fourth nation to win the Women's World Cup
The Nadeshiko see off USA in Final in Germany
Inspired by Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner Homare Sawa
Unprecedented enthusiasm, packed stadiums, top-quality football and a brand new champion: The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ in Germany took the feminine side of the world’s most popular sport to a whole new level and will remain forever in the memory.
For many, Japan's penalty shoot-out victory over USA in the Final was a fitting conclusion to the tournament, especially in light of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which devastated the country earlier in the year. The Nadeshiko, inspired by star player Homare Sawa, combined slick passing with technical finesse to prove that women's football has truly arrived in every corner of the globe.
Following in the footsteps of Norway (1995), USA (1991, 1999) and Germany (2003, 2007), Japan became only the fourth women’s world champions and one of the true greats of the sport. "We definitely wanted a medal, but I never would have dared to dream that we'd win it or that I would win the adidas Golden Boot," said midfield maestro Sawa, who also received the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.
"Nadeshiko" Japan return home
19 Jul 2011
Germany 2011 award winners
18 Jul 2011
FIFA Women's World Cup Final: Japan 2-2 USA
17 Jul 2011
Pia Sundhage and Norio Sasaki
16 Jul 2011
The team of Sweden celebrates
16 Jul 2011