- Caps galore on a Seine stage
- Stars submit stunning goals-per-game ratios
- Which male legends own records under threat?
caps is what the nine former or current footballers who will act as FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Draw Participants at the La Seine Musicale on Saturday have between them (136 per player on average). They are Mia Hamm (276 caps), Carli Lloyd (265 and counting), Aya Miyama (162), Alex Scot (140), Steffi Jones (111), Didier Deschamps (103), Kaka (92), Michael Essien (58) and Louis Saha (20). The nonet also have 368 international goals between them.
per cent is the record four nations registered in France 2019 qualifying: Spain (8 matches), Brazil (7), New Zealand (5) and USA (5). They did so with goals scored/conceded records of 25-2, 31-2, 43-0 and 26-0, respectively.
was the position of the lowest nation on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking to qualify for, coincidentally, the last two Women’s World Cups: Côte d'Ivoire and Jamaica when they reached Canada 2015 and France 2019, respectively. In a further coincidence, when qualifying finished for both those tournaments, the highest country to miss out was the 11th-placed country: Korea DPR on each occasion.
years will be the gap between Italy’s second (1999) and third (2019) participation in the Women’s World Cup - a record between consecutive appearances for a country.
goals in just 12 appearances is what USA-based Jamaica forward Khadija Shaw, 21, hit to finish as the leading markswomen across all six qualifying zones. Other players who averaged more than a goal-per-game and helped their country qualify were USA’s Alex Morgan (seven in four), China PR’s Li Ying (seven in five), Canada’s Adriana Leon (six in four), Brazil’s Bia Zeneratto (six in five) and the New Zealand quintet of Sarah Gregorius (nine in three), Rosie White (seven in four), Emma Rolston (six in three), Betsy Hassett (five in four) and Annalie Longo (five in four).
nations will maintain their unblemished achievement of appearing at every Women’s World Cup when in France next year: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and USA.
Women’s World Cups is what Formiga will play in, if she appears in France. The Brazil midfielder currently shares the six-tournament record with Japan' Homare Sawa. Formiga, who turns 41 in March, would become the second-oldest outfield player to appear in a men’s or women’s World Cup after Roger Milla.
straight Women’s World Cup finals will have been played outside capital cities when Lyon follows Los Angeles, Carson, Shanghai, Frankfurt and Vancouver. It means just one of the first eight women’s world deciders will have unfolded in capital cities, while the first nine FIFA World Cup™ Finals were staged in capital or de facto capital cities (Rio de Janeiro was Brazil’s capital in 1950).
times is the unparalleled total Sweden and USA have met in the Women’s World Cup. Will the Draw ensure the Blagult and the Stars and Stripes avoid an encounter in the group stage for the first time in 20 years?