United States Women's National Soccer Team / World Championships

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Logo of the women's national team with World Cup stars
World Cup record scorer : Abby Wambach (14)
World Cup record player: Kristine Lilly (30)
Rank : 1
Organizer: 1999, 2003
Balance sheet
50 World Cup games
40 wins
6 draws
4 defeats
138: 38 goals
First World Cup game Sweden 2: 3 USA Panyu ( CHN ); November 17, 1991
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Biggest World Cup victory USA 13: 0 Thailand Reims ( FRA ); June 11, 2019
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Biggest World Cup defeat USA 0: 4 Brazil Hangzhou , ( CHN ); September 27, 2007
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World Championship
Participation in the finals 8 ( first : 1991 )
Best results World Champion 1991 , 1999 , 2015 , 2019
Best placements in the countries that host the FIFA World Cup
USA Women's World Cup placements.PNG
(As of July 7, 2019 )

The article provides a detailed account of the US women's national soccer team at World Cups . The USA was the only North American team to qualify for all women's World Cup finals and is in first place in the all-time table . The USA became the first women's world champion and is the record world champion with four titles and the only North American nation to become world champion in football. The USA was the only team to ever reach at least the semi-finals and played the maximum number of 50 games so far. They are the only team to have become world champions on two surfaces - grass and artificial turf - as well as on three continents (North America, Asia and Europe).

The national team at world championships


year Host country Participation until ... opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1991 People's Republic of China final Norway World Champion Anson Dorrance Michelle Aker's first ever top scorer
1995 Sweden 3rd place match People's Republic of China 3. Tony DiCicco Loss against eventual world champions in the semifinals
1999 United States final People's Republic of China World Champion Tony DiCicco Victory on penalties
2003 United States 3rd place match Canada 3. April Heinrichs
2007 People's Republic of China 3rd place match Norway 3. Greg Ryan
2011 Germany final Japan Vice world champion SwedenSweden Pia Sundhage
2015 Canada final Japan World Champion Jill Ellis Highest final win (5: 2)
2019 France final Netherlands World Champion Jill Ellis Qualified as the winner of the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 2018 . In France, Chile, Sweden and Thailand were the opponents in the group stage. With three wins, including the 13-0 record victory against Thailand, the group winners reached the knockout round.


(Information incl. 2019: eight world championships)

  • not participated: never (0%)
  • Qualified without qualification (as host): twice (25%; 1999 and 2003)
  • athletically qualified: six times (75% or 100% of the attempts; 1991, 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019)
    • Match for 3rd place: three times (37.5%; 1995, 2003 and 2007)
    • Vice world champion: once (12.5%; 2011)
    • World champions: four times (50%; 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019)

The tournaments

World Cup 1991 in the People's Republic of China

Lineups in the first women's World Cup final

For the first women's World Cup, the USA qualified as winners of the North and Central America qualifications . At a tournament in Port-au-Prince , the capital of Haiti , they met in the first round on Trinidad and Tobago , Mexico and Martinique , which as a non-FIFA member could not qualify for the World Cup. The USA prevailed with three wins and scored 34-0 goals. In the semifinals, hosts Haiti were beaten 10-0 and in the final Canada , which had also reached the final without conceding a goal, 5-0. The USA was the only CONCACAF representative to qualify for the World Cup finals.

In the People's Republic of China, the team met Sweden , South American champions Brazil and Japan in the group stage . On November 17, 1991, they played their first World Cup game in Panyu and won 3-2 against Sweden. Carin Jennings scored the first two World Cup goals for the USA. After a 5-0 win against Brazil and a 3-0 win against Japan, the group won the quarter-finals. This was followed by a 7-0 win against the Republic of China and a 5-2 win against European champions Germany in the semifinals , with Carin Jennings taking the USA into the lead with a “flawless” hat trick . In the final, runner-up European champions Norway were the opponents and here it was Michelle Akers who secured the 2-1 win with two goals and also became the first top scorer with a total of 10 goals. Carin Jennings was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.

World Cup 1995 in Sweden

In contrast to the men's World Cup, where the defending champion was automatically qualified until 2002, the defending champion also had to qualify for the second women's World Cup. The USA achieved this impressively at the qualifying tournament in Montreal with four wins and 34-1 goals. Opponents were Canada, who also qualified second as the CONCACAF teams were now entitled to two starting positions, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica .

In Sweden, the USA met the Asian champions People's Republic of China in the first group game and surrendered a point in a World Cup game for the first time in a 3: 3 after 3: 1 lead. In the second game a 2-0 win against Denmark followed and in the last group game against Oceania champions Australia a 4-1 win. With that, the USA were group winners ahead of the tied Chinese because of the better goal difference. In the quarter-finals they met Japan and won 4-0, so that in the semi-finals they got revenge for the previous World Cup final. This time the Norwegians had the better end for themselves and won 1-0. This was the first time the USA had lost a World Cup game. In the game for third place, China was the opponent again and this time the two-goal advantage was maintained and won 2-0.

World Cup 1999 in the USA

The USA did not have to qualify as hosts for the third World Cup. In 1996, the USA won the first ever women's soccer tournament at the Olympic Games, which is one of the reasons why they were considered the favorites for the World Cup. They lived up to this role in the first games. In the first group game they met Denmark and won 3-0. In the second game, African champions Nigeria were defeated 7-1 and in the third game North Korea 3-0. In the quarter-finals, European champions Germany were defeated 3-2 after a 2-1 deficit, and South American champions Brazil 2-0 in the semifinals . The final in Los Angeles against Asian champions China then took place in front of a record crowd of 90,185 spectators. None of the women's football games recognized by FIFA had more spectators. The final was the first goalless and after 120 minutes a penalty shoot-out had to be played for the first time in the final. While all five American shooters were successful, Liu Ying failed at Briana Scurry . Brandi Chastain , who, after being the last successful shooter, took off her jersey and knelt on the field in a black sports bra, was particularly remembered .

2003 World Cup in the USA

The 2003 World Cup should actually take place again in the People's Republic of China . Because of the SARS epidemic, the tournament was moved to the USA at short notice. This was the second time that the World Cup took place in the USA, making the USA the only nation to host a soccer World Cup twice in a row. As hosts, the USA were automatically qualified again, but they still took part in the qualifying CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 2002 , which they also won 2-1 against Canada with a golden goal . With the participation in the finals they would have been athletically qualified for the World Cup.

In the group stage of the World Cup they met Sweden in their first game and won 3-1. This was followed by a 5-0 win against African champions Nigeria and a 3-0 win against Asian champions North Korea. The USA then met Norway as group winners and won 1-0. In one of the best women's World Cup games, they then lost 3-0 in the semifinals against European champions Germany, with the last two goals not falling until stoppage time when the USA pushed for an equalizer or a tie. In the game for third place, neighboring Canada was defeated 3-1. In the final, Germany secured the World Cup title for the first time with a golden goal from Nia Künzer, making the DFB the first association to become world champions both for men and women.

World Cup 2007 in the People's Republic of China

Four years later the World Cup took place in the People's Republic of China for the second time . The 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup again served as a qualifying tournament, with the USA only having to intervene in the semi-finals. With a 2-0 win over Mexico, they qualified for the World Cup and the final. They were able to win this again, like four years before, 2-1 against Canada, but only with a penalty that was converted in the 120th minute.

The USA traveled to the World Cup as an Olympic champion. In China they had the same opponents in the preliminary round as four years earlier, but started with a 2-2 win against North Korea, where they were now 2-1 behind. A 2-0 win against Sweden followed and a 1-0 win against Africa champions Nigeria with a goal scored by Lori Chalupny in the first minute of the game. The quarter-finals against England were won 3-0 by three goals in the second half. For the semi-finals against Brazil , coach Greg Ryan replaced regular goalkeeper Hope Solo with Briana Scurry , who was the only goalkeeper who had not conceded a goal in 10 World Cup games, but lost 4-0. Solo accused the coach in an interview of having made a mistake with the move, she could have prevented the goal herself. Although Solo apologized a little later for her remarks, she was not used in the game for third place, which was won 4-1 against Norway , nor did she travel home with the team. Solo was only called back to the US national team when Pia Sundhage changed coach in early 2008. Semi-final winners Brazil then failed in the final to defending champions Germany, who were the first team to defend their title in women's football and were the first team to not concede a goal at a World Cup.

World Cup 2011 in Germany

Lineups in the final

The USA only qualified for the World Cup in Germany via the intercontinental playoffs. Previously, the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 2010 , which again served as a qualifying tournament, survived the preliminary round with three wins against Haiti (5: 0), Guatemala (9: 0) and Costa Rica (4: 0). Then a game in the Gold Cup was lost for the first time with the 1: 2 in the semifinals against Mexico. A 3-0 win against Costa Rica resulted in third place, but this was not enough for direct qualification. Instead, two more games had to be played against Italy , both of which were won 1-0.

The USA traveled to Germany again as an Olympic champion . In the group phase, as in the two previous tournaments, North Korea and Sweden were the opponents, as well as newcomer to the World Cup Colombia and for the first time the US girls were looked after by a foreigner, Swede Pia Sundhage , who led the US team to their third Olympic victory in 2008 would have. After two wins against North Korea (2-0) and the newcomer to the World Cup (3-0), they lost against Sweden 2-1. This was the first time that the USA were only runner-up in the group and met South American champions Brazil in the quarter-finals . The USA took the lead in the second minute with a Daiane own goal , but had to accept an equalizer in the 68th minute with a penalty converted by Marta . The Brazilians were lucky because Hope Solo held the penalty shot by Cristiane , but referee Jacqui Melksham had it repeated because a US player had run into the penalty area too early, and Marta who then started was ultimately successful. In addition, they had to play outnumbered, as Rachel Buehler had also received the red card for the emergency brake that led to the penalty . But it stayed at 1: 1 until the end of regular time, which resulted in extra time. In this Marta scored the 2-1 lead for Brazil after just two minutes. In the second minute of overtime stoppage time Abby Wambach managed to equalize 2-2 after a wide cross from Megan Rapinoe . This resulted in a penalty shoot-out in which all five Americans converted - even if Shannon Boxx only made the second attempt. But since Solo could save a penalty, the USA reached the semifinals. Here they met France , which had come this far for the first time at a World Cup, won 3-1 and were in the final for the third time, giving them the chance to become record world champions. Opponents were the Japanese , who surprisingly eliminated hosts and defending champions Germany in the quarter-finals and had never made it past the quarter-finals before. The USA had never lost to Japan before and were therefore considered favorites. After a goalless first half, Alex Morgan was able to complete a counterattack in the 69th minute to make it 1-0. Japan was able to equalize in the 81st minute, so there was an extension. Here, too, the Americans took the lead again. Homare Sawa was able to equalize with her fifth goal, which made her top scorer of the tournament three minutes before the end of extra time. In stoppage time, Azusa Iwashimizu received the red card because of an emergency brake, but it stayed at 2-2, so that for the second time the penalty shoot-out had to decide the world title. Since the only 170 cm tall Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori was able to save two penalties from the Americans and Carli Lloyd shot over the goal, while three Japanese women converted and only one did not, Japan became the first Asian team to become world champions. Hope Solo, who could only save a penalty, was awarded the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper.

2015 World Cup in Canada

Starting grid in the final

In the qualification , for which the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 2014 served again, the USA prevailed again as the winner. In the preliminary round, the first game against Trinidad and Tobago was only won 1-0, but then Guatemala and Haiti were clearly beaten (5-0 and 6-0). In the semifinals, they beat Mexico 3-0 and with a 6-0 win against Costa Rica in the final, the USA beat their own final record of the first edition in 1991 by one goal.

When the groups were drawn, the USA was seeded and was set as the group head of group D. As in the last three events, African champions Nigeria and Sweden were drawn for the Australians. The group was considered the most balanced of the World Cup; it is the only one with four teams who have reached at least the semi-finals in their last continental title bouts. The USA traveled to the World Cup again as an Olympic champion .

In the first game the US girls prevailed 3-1 against lively Australians, followed by a goalless draw against Sweden and in the last group game they were able to rely on world record holder Abby Wambach , who scored 1-0 with her 14th World Cup goal -Secured victory against the African champions. In the round of 16 against Colombia, Wambach missed a penalty, but their colleagues Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd (by penalty) made it into the quarter-finals. There it came to the final revision of 1999 against the USA. From the final squad at that time, only the now oldest World Cup player Christie Rampone was in the US squad in 2015 , but she was not used in both games. The US-Americans dominated the game, but missed many chances while the Chinese only shot once at the goal of the US girls in the entire game. As in 1999, the game went into the second half without goals, but six minutes after the restart, Carli Lloyd scored a 1-0 win in her 200th international match. The two-time world champions USA and Germany met in the semi-finals and the USA prevailed 2-0 and became the first team to reach the final for the fourth time. There it came to repetition of the final of 2011 against Japan, which had reached the final with six wins. After just five minutes the USA were leading 2-0, after 16 minutes it was 4-0, which meant that the game was almost decided. Japan made it 1: 4 before the break and shortly after the break the US girls helped them with an own goal, but quickly made it 5: 2, but it stayed.

World Cup 2019 in France

Starting grid in the final

In the qualification , for which the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 2018 served again, the USA qualified by reaching the final. In the preliminary round, the first game against Mexico was won 6-0, then Panama and Trinidad and Tobago were just as clearly beaten (5-0 and 7-0). In the semifinals, a 6-0 win against Jamaica followed, which had come this far for the second time and had eliminated Costa Rica, the finalist of the last edition in 2014, in its groups. The final, no longer decisive for the qualification, was won 2-0 against Canada.

At the World Cup, the Americans won their first game with a 13-0 record win against Thailand , with Alex Morgan being the second player to score five goals in one game and ten goals in the second half. They won against newcomer Chile 3-0, with Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler , who was chosen as player of the game, preventing a bigger defeat in the second half. In the last group game they met Sweden for the sixth time in a World Cup group game and won 2-0. As group winners, the Americans met Spain in the round of 16 , which made it to the knockout stage for the first time in their second World Cup participation. Megan Rapinoe converted two penalties and won 2-1. In the quarter-finals they met France and for the first time in a World Cup game against the hosts. The USA also won this game 2-1, with Rapinoe again scoring two goals. The USA met the team from England in the semi-finals, against which they also won 2-1. It could Alyssa Naeher ensure victory by a penalty held. In the final, the title was defended with a 2-0 win against European champions Netherlands.


The USA was the only team to play the maximum possible number of 50 World Cup games. Of these, 40 were won, four lost and six ended in a draw. Games went into overtime three times because a winner had to be determined. They were all decided on penalties , two won and one lost. The USA took part in the opening game of the World Cup once, in 1999 as hosts and had 12 home games, but played for the first time in the quarter-finals in 2019 against the hosts. The USA played three times against the eventual world champions (1995 and 2003 in the semi-finals and 2011 in the final) but in 2015 there was only the first game against the defending champion in the final. The USA played the most frequently (6 times) against Sweden. The most frequent last opponents were China, Japan and Norway (twice each, twice in the final against Japan with a win and one defeat on penalties and once each in the final and game for third place against China and Norway - always successful). Three games were the first so far against the respective opponents.

The USA have so far played against teams from all six confederations and also against the champions of the other confederations (17 times), most often (5 times each) against the Asian and European champions .

Most of the games played Kristine Lilly , who was used in the first 30 games and has played the most World Cup games of all players of both sexes. Most goals (14) were scored by Abby Wambach , who, together with Birgit Prinz, is second behind the leading Marta (17) on the list of the best World Cup goalscorers .

All World Cup games
No. date Result opponent venue occasion Remarks
1 11/17/1991 3: 2 SwedenSweden Sweden Panyu ( CHN ) Preliminary round
2 11/19/1991 5-0 BrazilBrazil Brazil Panyu ( CHN ) World Cup preliminary round
3 11/21/1991 3-0 JapanJapan Japan Foshan ( CHN ) Preliminary round With her 50th international match, Debbie Belkin becomes the sole record national player in the USA and increases the record to 51 games in the next game
4th 11/24/1991 7-0 Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Foshan ( CHN ) Quarter finals
5 11/27/1991 5: 2 GermanyGermany Germany Guangzhou ( CHN ) Semifinals Shannon Higgins breaks Debbie Belkin's record with her 51st international .
6th 11/30/1991 2: 1 NorwayNorway Norway Guangzhou ( CHN ) final 1. World title
Shannon Higgins becomes the sole record holder with her 52 caps
7th 06/06/1995 3: 3 China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China Gävle ( SWE ) Preliminary round
8th 06/08/1995 2-0 DenmarkDenmark Denmark Gävle ( SWE ) Preliminary round
9 06/10/1995 4: 1 AustraliaAustralia Australia Helsingborg ( SWE ) Preliminary round
10 06/13/1995 4-0 JapanJapan Japan Gävle ( SWE ) Quarter finals
11 06/15/1995 0: 1 NorwayNorway Norway Västerås ( SWE ) Semifinals
12 06/17/1995 2-0 China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China Gävle ( SWE ) 3rd place match
13 06/19/1999 3-0 DenmarkDenmark Denmark East Rutherford Preliminary round
14th 06/24/1999 7: 1 NigeriaNigeria Nigeria Chicago Preliminary round 1st game against Nigeria
100th home game
Highest win for a CONCACAF team against an African team
15th 06/27/1999 3-0 Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea Boston Preliminary round 1st game against North Korea
16 07/01/1999 3: 2 GermanyGermany Germany Washington, DC Quarter finals
17th 07/04/1999 2-0 BrazilBrazil Brazil San Francisco Semifinals 100th international match by Brandi Chastain
18th 07/10/1999 0: 0 n.V .; 5: 4 i. E. China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China los Angeles final 2nd world title
19th 09/21/2003 3: 1 SwedenSweden Sweden Washington, DC Preliminary round 300th game
20th 09/25/2003 5-0 NigeriaNigeria Nigeria Philadelphia Preliminary round
21st 09/28/2003 3-0 Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea Columbus Preliminary round 100th international match for Kate Sobrero
22nd 10/01/2003 1-0 NorwayNorway Norway Foxboro Quarter finals
23 05/10/2003 0: 3 GermanyGermany Germany Portland Semifinals
24 10/11/2003 3: 1 CanadaCanada Canada Carson 3rd place match
25th 09/11/2007 2: 2 Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea Chengdu ( CHN ) Preliminary round
26th 09/14/2007 2-0 SwedenSweden Sweden Chengdu ( CHN ) Preliminary round
27 09/18/2007 1-0 NigeriaNigeria Nigeria Shanghai ( CHN ) Preliminary round
28 09/22/2007 3-0 EnglandEngland England Tianjin ( CHN ) Quarter finals 100th international match by Abby Wambach
29 09/27/2007 0: 4 BrazilBrazil Brazil Hangzhou ( CHN ) Semifinals End of longest run without defeat (51 games)
Highest defeat
30th 09/30/2007 4: 1 NorwayNorway Norway Shanghai ( CHN ) 3rd place match 300th victory
100th victory in a neutral place
31 06/28/2011 2-0 Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea Dresden ( DEU ) Preliminary round
32 07/02/2011 3-0 ColombiaColombia Colombia Sinsheim ( DEU ) Preliminary round 1st international match against Colombia
33 07/06/2011 1: 2 SwedenSweden Sweden Wolfsburg ( DEU ) Preliminary round
34 07/10/2011 2: 2 n.V .; 5: 3 i. E. BrazilBrazil Brazil Dresden ( DEU ) Quarter finals
35 07/13/2011 3: 1 FranceFrance France Mönchengladbach ( DEU ) Semifinals 100th international match by Hope Solo
36 07/17/2011 2: 2 n.V .; 1: 3 i. E. JapanJapan Japan Frankfurt am Main ( DEU ) final
37 06/08/2015 3: 1 AustraliaAustralia Australia Winnipeg ( CAN ) Preliminary round 100th World Cup goal for the USA by Christians Press
38 06/12/2015 0-0 SwedenSweden Sweden Winnipeg ( CAN ) Preliminary round
39 06/16/2015 1-0 NigeriaNigeria Nigeria Vancouver ( CAN ) Preliminary round
40 06/22/2015 2-0 ColombiaColombia Colombia Edmonton ( CAN ) Round of 16 With her 174th international match, Hope Solo replaces Briana Scurry as the record goalkeeper in the USA.
41 06/26/2015 1-0 China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China Ottawa ( CAN ) Quarter finals 200th international match by Carli Lloyd
42 06/30/2015 2-0 GermanyGermany Germany Montreal ( CAN ) Semifinals
43 07/05/2015 5: 2 JapanJapan Japan (TV) Vancouver ( CAN ) final 3rd world title
44 06/11/2019 13: 0 ThailandThailand Thailand Reims ( FRA ) Preliminary round Biggest World Cup victory (women and men), 5 goals by Alex Morgan
45 June 16, 2019 3-0 ChileChile Chile Paris ( FRA ) Preliminary round
46 06/20/2019 2-0 SwedenSweden Sweden Le Havre ( FRA ) Preliminary round
47 06/24/2019 2: 1 SpainSpain Spain Reims ( FRA ) Round of 16
48 06/28/2019 2: 1 FranceFrance France Paris ( FRA ) Quarter finals First game against the World Cup hosts
49 07/02/2019 2: 1 EnglandEngland England Lyon ( FRA ) Semifinals
50 07/07/2019 2-0 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Lyon ( FRA ) final 4th world title

Note: Teams in bold were champions of their confederation at the time.

Record against the other world champions at world championships

  • Germany : 4 games - 3 wins, 1 loss - 10: 7 goals
  • Japan : 4 games - 3 wins, 1 draw (lost on penalties) - 14: 4 goals
  • Norway : 4 games - 3 wins, 1 loss - 7-3 goals

The US team achieved their highest victories against the following countries in World Cup tournaments:

  • ColombiaColombia Colombia 3-0 (2011, preliminary round) - also a 3-0 in the OS preliminary round 2012
  • NigeriaNigeria Nigeria 7-1 (1999, preliminary round) - highest victory of a CONCACAF team against an African team
  • Korea NorthNorth Korea North Korea 3-0 (1999 and 2003, each preliminary round) - also a 3-0 at the Algarve Cup 2014 in the game for 7th place
  • ThailandThailand Thailand 13: 0 (2019 preliminary round)

The US team suffered their biggest defeats at a World Cup tournament against these countries:

  • BrazilBrazil Brazil 0-4 (2007, semi-finals) - USA's biggest defeat
  • GermanyGermany Germany 0: 3 (2003, semi-finals)



Christie Rampone , oldest World Cup player in May 2015
  • The oldest participant who was world champion and was used: Christie Rampone at the age of 40 years and 11 days at the 2015 World Cup
  • The oldest player who was in a World Cup final: Christie Rampone at the age of 40 years and 11 days at the 2015 World Cup. She has also been the oldest World Cup player since June 16, 2015 when she was 8 days before her 40th birthday was substituted on in the group game against Nigeria.
  • Most goals in a game:
    • Michelle Akers - 5 goals in the game against the Republic of China, final result: 7-0 (November 24, 1991). Three of them as a "flawless" hat trick .
    • Alex Morgan - 5 goals against Thailand on June 11, 2019
  • Most clean sheets : Briana Scurry (1995–2007) and Hope Solo (2007–2015): 10 each
  • Most goals in a World Cup tournament: Michelle Akers - 10 goals in 6 games at the 1991 World Cup
  • Most World Cup game minutes: Kristine Lilly with 2536 minutes.
  • Player with the most World Cup games: Kristine Lilly at 30
  • Most saved penalties in penalty shootouts : Hope Solo / USA (2011), Ayumi Kaihori (2011) and Gao Hong / China (1995) - 2 penalties each.
  • Wendy Gebauer scored the 50th World Cup goal on November 21, 1991 with the 3-0 final score against Japan, Julie Foudy scored the 200th World Cup on June 19, 1999 with a 2-0 (final 3-0) against Denmark Goal and Lauren Chenney scored the 550th World Cup goal on June 28, 2011 with the 1-0 (final score 2-0) against North Korea.


  • Anson Dorrance is the first coach to win 6 consecutive World Cup games: 1991
  • Jill Ellis is the first coach to win 11 consecutive World Cup games: 2015 and 2019


  • Most total goals: 138 (17 more than Germany)
  • Most games: 50 (out of 50 possible)
  • Most wins: 40
  • Most clean sheets: 27
  • Most goals per game: 2.76
  • Fewest goals conceded per game: 0.76
  • Most goals in one game: 13 against Thailand on June 11, 2019
  • Most knockout games: 26, of which 20 won, 3 draws (won 2 on penalties, lost 1)
  • Second most draw games: USA and Australia (6; including games that were decided by penalty shoot-out) (China (7)
  • The longest series of preliminary round games without a loss: 17 of 17 games 1991–2011. The series ended with the last preliminary round match at the 2011 World Cup, which the USA lost 2-1 to Sweden. It was the USA's first defeat in a World Cup preliminary round match.
  • The most common final round pairings: USA versus Sweden 6 ×
  • The most common semi-final pairings 3 × USA against Germany (1991, 2003 and 2015)
  • The most common final pairings: USA versus Japan (2011 and 2015)
  • The most common preliminary round pairings:
    • 6 × USA against Sweden (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015)
    • 4 × USA against North Korea (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) and Nigeria (1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015)
  • The USA required the fewest games to become world champions (6) in 1999, as they were automatically qualified as organizers.
  • First world champion in another country and continent: 1991 in the People's Republic of China / Asia
  • Most penalty shootouts: 3, of which two won and 1 lost
  • The USA, which played most of the World Cup games, never played the hosts in the first 7 tournaments if they were not hosts themselves. Only in the 48th game did they have to play against the hosts (France).
  • As reigning world champions, the USA always came third until 2015: 2 × (1995 and 2003)
  • In 2003, Norway and the USA met for the first time in the quarter-finals (0: 1) for two former world champions at a World Cup.
  • The USA have so far played the most frequently against the other world champions (12 times) and scored the most goals against the other world champions.
  • The USA are the only Olympic champion who could also become world champion (1996/1999 and 2012/2015)
  • The USA were the only team to have reached the semi-finals eight times and have been four times world champions, one time runner-up and three times third
  • The USA are the only team to have reached the final five times. At every World Cup, either the USA or Germany made it to the final, but never both at the same time.
  • In 2011, the USA and Japan were the first two runners-up in the final.
  • In 2015, the USA and Japan were the finalists of the previous World Cup for the first time.
  • In 1999, the USA was the first team to win the final on penalties (USA - China 5: 4). The second (2011) final decided on penalties was also played in 2011 between the USA and an Asian team.
  • The USA scored the most goals per game on the way to the World Cup in 1991 and Germany in 2003 (4.17 goals per game).
  • The USA in 1991 and Germany scored the highest number of goals per game to reach the final (4.6 goals per game).
  • Twice the defeated finalist scored more goals per game than the world champions on the way to the final: USA (2011, 2.2 goals / game vs. Japan 2.0 goals / game) and China (1999, 3.8 goals / game) vs. USA 3.6 goals / game)
  • Most goals in a World Cup final (excluding penalties): 7 goals in the 2015 final between the USA and Japan (5-2).
  • The USA and Sweden played the game for third place most often and always won: three times.
  • The US is the first country to finish third twice in a row. In addition, the USA is the only country that became world champion after finishing third at the next World Cup.
  • Only the USA finished third as hosts (2003).
  • Most goals were scored in the 2007 third place match, in which the USA beat Norway 4-1.
  • Only the USA survived the quarter-finals as hosts.
  • Highest quarter-final win: USA against Rep. China 7-0 (1991)
  • The fastest goals in finals: 3rd, 5th, 14th and 16th minutes (2015) and 20th minute (1991)
  • The USA were the first team to reach the final three times in a row, winning it twice


  • Fastest own goal: Daiane (Brazil) after 75 seconds against the USA in 2011
  • First red card in a World Cup final: Azusa Iwashimizu (Japan), 2011 against the USA


  • The game with the most spectators: The final of the 1999 USA-China World Cup with 90,185 spectators
  • The opening game with the most spectators: USA - Denmark 3-0 with 78,972 spectators
  • The 1999 World Cup in the USA had the greatest number of spectators, with 1,195,215 spectators watching the 32 games, an average of 37,350 per game


  • Most of the appearances as a referee: Kari Seitz 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011

Negative records

  • Most cautions in one game: 8 in the game between the USA and Brazil at the 2011 World Cup and Germany - Brazil on June 9, 1995. While Rachel Buehler received the red card in the first game, Suzy received two yellow cards in the second game received, d. H. the yellow-red card .
  • Fewest goals in a World Cup final (without penalties): no goal in the 1999 final between the USA and China, this is the only final so far in which no finalist has scored a goal.
  • Most own goals: 3

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Of which 3 games decided in penalty shootouts (2 wins and 1 loss each)
  2. The placements from 5th place onwards were determined by FIFA without any placement games, see Technical Report FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 ™ , page 159
  3. Sweden - USA 2: 3 (0: 1)
  4. The final of the 2nd unofficial World Cup 1971 in Mexico between Denmark and Mexico took place in front of 110,000 spectators in the Aztec Stadium , see Mundial (Women) 1971
  5. youtube.com: "Brandi Chastain Remembers WWC"
  6. 2003 WOMENS WORLD CUP USA vs. Germany (Match 5)
  7. fifa.com: "Wambach (2011: BRA vs. USA)"
  8. youtube.com: "USA trump Brazil in classic thriller"
  9. kicker.de Kaihori gives Japan its first World Cup title , accessed on January 24, 2015.
  10. youtube.com: "Women World Cup 2011 Final Japan USA"
  11. framba.de: "Women's World Cup 2015: group draw degenerates into a farce" ( Memento of the original from December 9, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / framba.de
  12. USA - China PR 0: 0 a.d. 5: 4 E.
  13. Kate Markgraf Retires from Professional Soccer ( Memento of the original from January 27, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.ussoccer.com
  14. ussoccer.com: "USA Advances to 2015 World Cup Quarterfinal with 2-0 Win Against Colombia"
  15. fifa.com: "Statistical Overview: Records & Milestones"