FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003
20 September - 12 October

FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003™

FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003

Final Tournament Standing


Europe dominates as USA steps in to host

  • Germany win first Women's World Cup with victory over Sweden

  • 1999 hosts USA step in to stage the tournament

  • Birgit Prinz wins Golden Ball and Golden Boot, Nia Kunzer produces golden goal in Final

On 17 July, 2003, at the group draw in the Home Depot Center, China PR coach Ma Liangxing symbolically handed over the FIFA Women's World Cup™ trophy to April Heinrichs, coach of new hosts USA. The 2003 finals would go ahead - but far away and on a different continent than originally planned.

Through April and May concerns over the SARS outbreak in China had the tournament in flux, and on 26 May, in order to the keep the event on schedule, FIFA regrettably informed the world that the new hosts would be USA. Despite tremendous pressure to organise the event, everything came off without a hitch, and football fans everywhere turned their gaze Stateside on 20 September.

What they saw was a host of familiar faces - Sun Wen, Mia Hamm, Bettina Wiegmann, Hege Riise and others were back - and some new ones, most notably finals debutants France, Korea Republic and Argentina.

A new champion was crowned in the form of Germany, inspired by the performances of Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner Birgit Prinz, who sealed victory in the final thanks to Nia Kunzer's golden goal.


Tournament News


Hedvig Lindahl of Sweden and her team mates celebrate victory over the United States after the Women's Quarter Final match between United States and Sweden on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Forward Abby Wambach #20 of USA celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Nigeria during their FIFA Women's World Cup match at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The United States defeated Nigeria 5-0.

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Abby announces her arrival

PORTLAND, UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 05: WM 2003 in den USA, Halbfinale, Portland; Deutschland - USA (GER - USA); Jubel zum 2:0 Maren MEINERT/GER (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Meinert: It went to and fro – mostly towards our goal

FIFA Legend Nia Kunzer of Germany poses after an interview at The Diplomat Radisson BLU Hotel on May 9, 2017 in Manama, Bahrain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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A golden goal for the history books

Tournament News

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - JUNE 15:    Christine Sinclair of Canada celebrates following her sides victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group E match between Canada and New Zealand at Stade des Alpes on June 15, 2019 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Naomi Baker - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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#WorldCupAtHome | Germany vs Sweden (USA 2003)

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CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 12: Stefanie Gottschlich #19 Germany celebrates their 2-1 victory over Sweden in overtime of the FIFA Women''s World Cup Final on October 12, 2003 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final: Germany 2-1 Sweden (AET)

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PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 5: Mia Hamm #9 of the USA passes the ball through the defense of Germany during the semifinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup match on October 5, 2003 at PGE Park in Portland, Oregon. Germany defeated the U.S. 3-0. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Women's World Player of the Year nominee Nadine Kessler of Germany poses for a portrait prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2014 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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