FIFA Women's World Cup 2015™
Wambach's header voted greatest goal
05 Jun 2015
We asked football fans what they think is the greatest goal in FIFA Women's World Cup™ history, and after thousands of votes from around the planet were tallied, Abby Wambach's header in the final seconds of extra time in the Germany 2011 quarter-final against Brazil took the prestigious honour.
FIFA.com users had from 11 May to 5 June to vote from a shortlist of 15 of the best goals in the tournament's history, ranging from Ingrid Johansson's long-range blast during the inaugural competition at China PR 1991 to Homare Sawa's stunning strike in the Final of Germany 2011. You can view videos of all 15 of the shortlisted goals on FIFA.com. Watch all the goals!
In the end, Wambach's last-gasp goal, which brought USA level with A Seleção 2-2 before the Stars and Stripes secured passage to the semi-finals by beating Brazil 5-3 on penalties, won the hearts and votes of fans from around the world.
Wambach's header, set up by a pinpoint cross from Megan Rapinoe on the left flank, might not have been the most technically difficult or impressive finish among the 15 candidates, but the way in which she scored - with only a few seconds remaining in the match at most - and the emotion behind the moment clearly resonated with the voters. Finishing behind Wambach's winning effort were Sawa's clever flick against USA in the 2011 Final and Brazilian Marta's fancy footwork at China 2007 - coincidentally also against the Americans - which took second and third place in the voting respectively.
Sawa's equaliser came in the 117th minute of the Final, which served a similar fate to the Americans in the Final that Wambach's goal did to Brazil as the Nadeshiko ran out 3-1 winners on penalties to earn their maiden Women's World Cup. Aya Miyama served the ball in from a corner kick that Sawa flicked with the outside of her boot past the onrushing Rachel Buehler and Carli Lloyd and beyond Hope Solo's dive to the elation of the Japanese fans in Frankfurt.
Meanwhile, five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Marta accrued a good portion of the votes as well for her individual display against USA in the semi-finals of China 2007. Already up 3-0 and in control, Marta - who scored the opener seven minutes into the match - demonstrated masterful control of the ball, cleverly flicking it over Tina Ellerston on the half-turn before beating Briana Scurry to put the icing on the cake of a 4-0 victory.
Now, with Wambach's header voted as the greatest goal in the history of the Women's World Cup on the eve of the start of Canada 2015, the only question that remains is: will someone score a sensational goal that could take the title from the USA No20? Stay tuned to FIFA.com to find out!
The '15 for 2015' winner was selected by FIFA.com users. This does not represent an official FIFA award.