FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999

FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999

FIFA Women's World Cup 1999™

Golden Goal to be used for the first time at the Women's World Cup

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.