This year's Women's World Cup will see the use of the Golden Goal for the first time in the competition. The regulations state that in the case of a match in the knock-out rounds ending in a draw after 90 minutes, a period of 30 minutes (15 minutes each way) will be played. However, as soon as a team scores a goal it will immediately win the match.
The Golden Goal was experimented with in FIFA's youth competitions before being introduced for the first time in a major senior competition at Euro 96 in England and at the Olympic Games the same year. Notable Golden Goals include Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu's dramatic winner against Brazil in the semi-finals of the 1996 Olympic Football Tournament and Laurent Blanc's close-range volley against Paraguay that saw hosts France through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup last year.