Mexican Women's National Football Team / World Championships

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World Cup record scorer : Maribel Domínguez (2)
World Cup record player: Maribel Domínguez , Alina Garciamendez , Stephany Mayor , Mónica Ocampo , Nayeli Rangel , Cecilia Santiago (6 each)
Rank : 26th
Balance sheet
9 World Cup games
0 wins
3 draws
6 losses
6:30 goals
First World Cup game Mexico 1-7 Brazil East Rutherford ( USA ); June 19, 1999
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Biggest World Cup defeats Mexico 7-1 Brazil East Rutherford ( USA ); June 19, 1999 Mexico 0-6 Germany Portland ( USA ); June 24, 1999
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World Championship
Participation in the finals 3 ( first : 1999 )
Best results Preliminary round 1999 , 2011
Best placements in the countries that host the FIFA World Cup
Mexico Women's World Cup placements.PNG
(As of July 2019 )

The article provides a detailed account of the Mexican national soccer team for women at world championships . Mexico qualified for three women's World Cup finals and was in the all-time table as the best team that has not yet won a game, before the 2015 World Cup in 19th place. Mexico slipped due to the better performance of four newcomers as well as Colombia, New Zealand and South Korea after the preliminary round in 26th place and was the worst team with three participations until 2019. With the third participation of the Argentines, who could not win a game in 2019, Mexico is now the second worst team with three participations.

The national team at world championships


year Host country Participation until ... opponent Result later world champion Trainer Comments and special features
1991 People's Republic of China not qualified In the qualification to the United States and Trinidad and Tobago failed, but which also could not qualify.
1995 Sweden not qualified In the qualification of the US and Canada failed.
1999 United States Preliminary round Brazil , Germany , Italy 16. Leonardo Cuéllar Preliminary round as the worst group third
2003 United States not qualified In the qualifying failed in the intercontinental playoff against Japan.
2007 People's Republic of China not qualified In the qualification again in the intercontinental playoffs failed to Japan.
2011 Germany Preliminary round England , Japan , New Zealand 11. Leonardo Cuéllar First point win, preliminary round as third in the group
2015 Canada Preliminary round Colombia , England , France 22nd Leonardo Cuéllar Eliminated as last group
2019 France not qualified In the qualifying failed in the US and Panama.


(Information including qualification 2019: eight world championships)

  • not participated: never (0%)
  • not qualified: five times (62.5%; 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2019)
  • qualified: three times (37.5%; 1999, 2011 and 2015)
    • Preliminary round: three times (37.5%; 1999, 2011 and 2015)

The tournaments

World Cup 1991 in the People's Republic of China

Mexico was unable to qualify for the first women's World Cup . A tournament in Port-au-Prince , the capital of Haiti, served as North and Central America qualification . In the first round, the Mexicans met the USA and lost 0:12, the Mexicans' biggest defeat to date. In the second game against Trinidad and Tobago they lost 3-1, so that they had no chance to qualify for the World Cup before the game against Martinique , which as a non-FIFA member could not qualify for the World Cup. With an 8: 1 there was at least one victory with Mexico finishing third. Ultimately, the USA was the only CONCACAF representative to qualify for the World Cup and was the first CONCACAF team to become world champions.

World Cup 1995 in Sweden

Four years later, the qualification for the second women's World Cup failed, although the CONCACAF teams were now entitled to two starting places. The qualifying tournament took place in Montreal and the opponents were the USA, hosts Canada , Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica . Mexico only won against Jamaica and took a point against Trinidad and Tobago but lost the other two games. This put Mexico only in third place behind the USA and Canada, both of which qualified. This meant that Mexico was not qualified for the first women's soccer tournament at the 1996 Olympic Games , in which only the eight best teams from the World Cup could take part.

World Cup 1999 in the USA

The USA did not have to qualify as hosts for the third World Cup. So there was one less stumbling block for Mexico in qualifying. This took place as the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Canada and Mexico took advantage of the USA's absence to finish second in the tournament. In the preliminary round, the Mexicans first managed a 3-2 win against Costa Rica, followed by a 7-1 win against Haiti . With a 2-2 draw against Trinidad and Tobago, the group stage was finished as the winner. In the semifinals an 8-0 win against Guatemala followed . Mexico then lost the final against Canada 0: 1, but was able to prevail in the Pan-American playoffs with two wins (3: 1 and 3: 2) against Argentina , so that for the first time three CONCACAF teams took part in the World Cup finals.

In the USA, South American champions Brazil were the opponents in their first World Cup game. Mexico had to accept the first goal in the third minute. Maribel Domínguez was able to equalize in the 10th minute with the first World Cup goal for Mexico, after which the South American champions scored six more goals, two more from Pretinha , who had already scored the first and three from Sissi . Four Mexican players received a yellow card . In the second game, the Mexicans copied their coach Leonardo Cuéllar , who in 1978 lost 6-0 against Germany as a player with Mexico and lost 6-0 to European champions Germany - after all, without a Mexican player being warned. In the last game against runner-up European champions Italy it was 0-2. Mexico was eliminated as the worst team in this group of deaths and could not qualify for the women's soccer tournament at the 2000 Olympic Games .

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 . The Mexicans then met the USA in the group stage, for which they were automatically qualified, in their first game and lost 3-0. Against Panama we managed a 5: 1 and against Trinidad and Tobago a 2: 0. As runners-up in the group, they faced Canada and lost 2-0. In the game for third place, Costa Rica was then defeated 4-1. With that Mexico was qualified for the intercontinental playoffs against Japan . In the home game, however, it was only 2-2, so that Mexico missed the World Cup after a 2-0 away game and only the USA and Canada represented CONCACAF.

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. Mexico had to qualify for it through games against Nicaragua and El Salvador, which were won 9-0 and 8-0. Belize, which had also been drawn, did not run. Mexico reached the playoffs against a Caribbean winner and won against Trinidad and Tobago 3-0. In the semifinals, the USA was the opponent who had to intervene there. With a 2-0 draw, Mexico had to return to the third-place game, which they won 3-0 against Jamaica . Mexico was again qualified for the intercontinental playoffs against Japan. After a 2-0 defeat in the away game, the home game was won 2-1, but this was not enough to go to the World Cup, so that again only the USA and Canada represented CONCACAF.

World Cup 2011 in Germany

Mexico then qualified for the 2011 World Cup. At the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup , which again served as a qualifying tournament, Mexico was automatically qualified as the host. The preliminary round ended with two wins against Trinidad and Tobago (2-0), Guyana (7-2) and one defeat against Canada (0-3) in second place. Then Mexico was able to win a game in the Gold Cup against the USA for the first time in the semifinals (2: 1), which means they lost a game in the Gold Cup for the first time. Thus, surprisingly, it was not the USA but Mexico that made it into the final. Opponents were Canada, who won the championship for the second time with a 1-0 win. Mexico, like Canada, was already qualified for the World Cup by reaching the finals. With a 3-0 win against Costa Rica in the game for third place, the USA finished third, but this was not enough for direct qualification. Instead, the USA had to play two more games against Italy , both of which were won 1-0, making the USA the third CONCACAF team to qualify.

In Germany, Mexico was then added to the group with Japan , England and New Zealand . In their first game against England, they scored 1-1 with Cecilia Santiago, who is only 16 years and 251 days old and the youngest goalkeeper ever to play in a World Cup, and thus won their first World Cup point. In the game against eventual world champions Japan, however, they lost 4-0. Japan, which had previously won against New Zealand, had already qualified for the quarter-finals. Mexico could only achieve this with a win in the last game against New Zealand and a simultaneous defeat of England against Japan. Against the Oceania champions, Mexico took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Stephany Mayor in the second minute . Record goal scorer Maribel Domínguez even increased to 2-0 in the 29th minute. It stayed that way until the 90th minute, but then the next goal was scored and in the fourth minute of stoppage time the equalizer, whereby New Zealand won a World Cup point for the first time. A win would not have helped Mexico either, as England beat Japan 2-0 in a parallel game. After all, Mexico was not eliminated as the bottom of the group.

2015 World Cup in Canada

For the seventh World Cup, the number of starting places has been increased to 24 and the CONCACAF teams, along with hosts Canada, have three direct starting places. Another CONCACAF team had the chance to qualify in Pan-American playoffs against the third party in the South American qualification. In the qualification , for which the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 2014 served again, Mexico took third place and was thus directly qualified for the World Cup. In addition, after a 1-0 defeat against Costa Rica in the preliminary round, Martinique was defeated 10-0 - the highest international win for the Mexicans - and then Jamaica 3-1. Mexico was second in the semifinals, but could not repeat the surprise of the previous tournament and lost 3-0 to the USA. Mexico had to qualify for the World Cup through the game for third place against Trinidad and Tobago. This only succeeded in extra time, in which they won 4-2. Trinidad and Tobago then failed in the playoffs with a last-minute goal to Ecuador , which qualified for the first time. Costa Rica, which had prevailed in the semifinals on penalties against Trinidad and Tobago, then lost 6-0 in the final, which the USA exceeded their own final record of the first edition in 1991 by one goal, but had also won the final for the first time qualified for the World Cup.

When the groups were drawn for the World Cup finals, Mexico was not seeded and group F with France was drawn. Other opponents were Colombia and, like four years earlier, England . The Mexicans achieved one point in the three group matches and were eliminated from the tournament as the bottom group.

World Cup 2019 in France

In the qualification , for which the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 2018 served again, Mexico was eliminated after the group stage. Mexico, like the USA and Canada, was automatically qualified for the Gold Cup, but initially lost 6-0 to the Americans in the first game and after a 4-1 against qualifier Trinidad & Tobago still had hope of reaching the semi-finals. However, a 2-0 defeat against qualifiers Panama destroyed this. Panama then lost the game for third place against Canada in the semi-finals and after a penalty shoot-out against Jamaica and could not use the chance in the Pan-American playoffs against Argentina to qualify for the World Cup.


Mexico has played nine World Cup games so far. None of them were won, six were lost and three ended in a draw. Mexico never took part in the opening game and never played against the hosts and the defending champions, but once against the eventual world champions (2011 in the preliminary round). All games were one-off until 2015, when Mexico played England for the second time. Only one game was the first against the respective opponents so far.

Mexico has so far played against teams from all other confederations except Africa, but only against the champions of Europe, South America and Oceania. In 2015, Mexico played in the only group that did not have a continental champion.

Most games (6 each) were played by Maribel Domínguez , Alina Garciamendez , Stephany Mayor , Mónica Ocampo , Nayeli Rangel , Cecilia Santiago . Maribel Domínguez scored the most goals (2).

All World Cup games
No. date Result opponent venue occasion Remarks
1 06/19/1999 1: 7 BrazilBrazil Brazil East Rutherford ( USA ) Preliminary round
2 06/24/1999 0: 6 GermanyGermany Germany Portland ( USA ) Preliminary round First game against Germany
3 06/27/1999 0: 2 ItalyItaly Italy Foxborough ( USA ) Preliminary round
4th 06/27/2011 1: 1 EnglandEngland England Wolfsburg ( DEU ) Preliminary round
5 07/01/2011 0: 4 JapanJapan Japan Leverkusen ( DEU ) Preliminary round
6th 07/05/2011 2: 2 New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Sinsheim ( DEU ) Preliminary round
7th 06/09/2015 1: 1 ColombiaColombia Colombia Moncton ( CAN ) Preliminary round
8th 06/13/2015 1: 2 EnglandEngland England Moncton ( CAN ) Preliminary round
9 06/17/2015 0: 5 FranceFrance France Ottawa ( CAN ) Preliminary round

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

The Mexican team suffered their biggest defeats at a World Cup tournament against these teams:

  • GermanyGermany Germany 0: 6 preliminary round 1999
  • FranceFrance France 0: 5 preliminary round 2015 - also a 0: 5 in a friendly game
  • JapanJapan Japan 0: 4 preliminary round 2011 - also a 0: 4 in a friendly game



Cecilia Santiago , youngest World Cup goalkeeper
  • At 16 years and 251 days in the 2011 game against England, Cecilia Santiago is the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear in a World Cup. At the 2011 World Cup, it was used in all three games.


  • Until 2015, Leonardo Cuéllar was the only coach to take part in a men's World Cup as a player. In 1978 he played with Mexico a. a. against Germany (0: 6).

Negative records

  • Worst team at the 1999 World Cup (ranked 16th by FIFA)
  • Biggest defeats in a World Cup tournament: 2011 in Germany - Mexico against Japan and Canada against France, both 0: 4
  • Mexico is one of the eight participants who have not yet won a World Cup game.
  • Biggest defeats in the first World Cup game by 2015: Mexico - Brazil 1: 7 and Argentina - Japan 0: 6

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Because England (seventh best team) is not allowed to compete in the Olympic Games, Brazil was able to take part as ninth best team.
  2. "Olympic Football Tournament Atlanta Women 1996"
  3. Brazil - Mexico 7: 1 (5: 1)
  4. Statistical Kit FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 ™ ( Memento of January 28, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), page 39
  5. "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 /

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