The long wait will finally come to an end on 26 June 2011 as the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ kicks off in Germany. Fans are already looking forward to packed stadiums, a great atmosphere and women's football of the highest quality as the best 16 teams from the world prepare to battle it out for the coveted trophy.
Grace, elegance and athleticism are just some of the attributes often used to describe the likes of Marta, Birgit Prinz and Kelly Smith, each of whom have proven the quality of the women's game at countless FIFA tournaments over the years.
Indeed, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter's prophecy that "the future of football is feminine" is sounding less and less fanciful by the day. Women's football continued to boom in 2010, with 512 women's international matches played during the course of the year, over half of which were part of the qualification campaign for Germany 2011.
But what is it that makes women's football so special? Is it the attacking skills of the Brazilians? Perhaps you prefer the more physical approach of the Africans. Or even the consistent success of the German national team, whose seven UEFA Women's EUROs (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009) and two FIFA Women's World Cups (2003 and 2007) form an international track record unlikely ever to be matched - either by women or men.
With women's football bigger than ever before, *FIFA.com *is eager to hear your opinion on this week's 'Have your say' question:
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