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Is There A World Cup Women’s Soccer Tournament?

The men’s FIFA World Cup has been going since 1930. In 2022 it will host its 22nd tournament. But there is also a World Cup Women’s soccer tournament, and while it hasn’t been going as long, the competition is just as fierce, and it’s still worth watching every kick.

Is There a Women’s Soccer World Cup?

FIFA created the Women’s World Cup on a similar model to the men’s competition back in 1991. It is staged every four years, and there have been 24 teams in total. In the next World Cup in 2023, this is increasing to 32 teams. The first women’s world cup began with just 12 nations.

The World Cup Women’s soccer tournament has been held eight times. The ninth will be hosted in Australia and New Zealand in mid-2023. (20 July to 20 August 2023) The qualifying takes place across six continental zones, and all teams except the hosts need to earn their place.

There are two stages during the Women’s World Cup Finals, a group stage and a knockout stage. Teams must first progress through the group based on a points system and then enter a knockout stage where the winner advances to the next round.

The Knockout Stages

There is a third-place playoff for the losing semi-final teams, and the whole tournament takes place over a single month, with the last World Cup held in France involving 52 games. In the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the number of games will increase to 64 games.

The World Cup Women’s soccer tournament has been a very forward-thinking tournament as they have helped introduce some innovations to the game of football in general. For instance, they were the first to use goal-line technology, which has since been used in major European domestic leagues and international games in the men’s game.

The women’s soccer game was also the first to use artificial pitches, which are common throughout the United States. However, there has been a lot of controversy regarding the use of these pitches at both amateur and professional levels, with some experts believing that they are responsible for a disproportionate number of cancers in young football players in the US, especially goalkeepers.

The World Cup Women’s Winners

The first Women’s World Cup was hosted in China in 1991 and won by the United States, who beat Norway in the final. Norway would win the 1995 World Cup, hosted by Sweden before the USA hosted and won in 1999.

The USA hosted again in 2003, but they had to settle for a win in the third-place playoff against rivals Canada, while Germany beat Sweden in the final. Germany would also win the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China before missing out on three wins in a row when they hosted in 2011 and didn’t make it further than the quarter-finals.

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Japan, who knocked Germany out in those quarter-finals, would win the 2011 World Cup for the first time in their history. They also made it to the 2015 Canadian World Cup final, only to lose to the United States, who won their third World Cup and first since 1999. The United States was able to back up its 2015 triumph with another victory in 2019.

That means that Germany is the only team to have successfully defended a World Cup title and the USA are the only ones to have won more than twice. The United States has won the World Cup trophy four times. There have been four different winners of 8 World Cups. There have been six hosts (China, Sweden, USA, Canada, Germany, France), with the USA and China hosting twice.

Future Women’s World Cup Winners

The USWNT may have breezed through the 2015 and 2019 competitions. However, women’s soccer is still highly competitive. Everyone is now looking forward to 2023 to the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand to see if the USA can be the first team to win three successive tournaments or if Germany can join them as triple World Cup winners. Australia will be seen as a threat as its being hosted on home soil. England women’s soccer team will have a huge supporter base and continue to improve each World Cup. Japan, the Netherlands, and Sweden will undoubtedly be in contention in the final week of the tournament.

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