LYON, FRANCE - JULY 07: (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN CONVERTED TO BLACK & WHITE) USA lift the trophy after victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

FIFAWWC Countdown: Day 32 - Seven facts about the FIFA Women's World Cup

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has become one of the most exciting and highly anticipated sporting events on the global stage. With each edition, the tournament continues to break barriers and captivate audiences worldwide. In this article, as a part of Edge of the Crowd’s 70-Day WWC countdown, we explore seven intriguing facts that highlight the incredible history and impact of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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The Inaugural Women’s World Cup

In 1991, the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup took place in China. Twelve teams participated, and the tournament marked a significant milestone in women’s football. The United States emerged as the Champions, defeating Norway in the Final, and since then, the competition has grown exponentially.

Record-Breaking Viewership

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has experienced a remarkable surge in global viewership. 1.12 billion viewers tuned in to the 2019 edition held in France, revealing the increasing international interest in women's football.

Unparalleled Dominance

The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has established itself as a powerhouse in women’s football. The USWNT has won the tournament four times (1991, 1999, 2015, 2019) and consistently demonstrates a high level of skill, passion, and determination, making them a force to be reckoned with.

Captivating Performances

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has witnessed numerous unforgettable individual performances. Marta, Prinz, and Hamm have amazed supporters with their talent, imagination, and goal-scoring abilities. These exceptional athletes have elevated the tournament to new heights.

Record-Breaking Goals

You can’t talk about incredible goal-scoring feats at the FIFA Women’s World Cup without mentioning Brazillian superstar Marta, the player with the most total goals at a World Cup, men's or women's. At the 2007 WWC alone, Marta set the tournament alight by scoring seven goals in a single tournament. Her goal-scoring ability is witnessed by her record-breaking total number of Women’s World Cup goals (17) and has solidified her status as one of the greatest female footballers of all time.

Rising Competition

The level of competition in the FIFA Women’s World Cup continues to rise with each edition. More nations are investing in women’s football, resulting in increased competitiveness and captivating matches. Germany, Brazil and Japan compete with emerging nations, adding excitement to the tournament.

Inspiring Social Impact

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has transcended sports and become a catalyst for positive social change. The tournament has sparked important conversations around gender equality, equal pay, and women’s empowerment. Players and teams have had a long-lasting effect on society by advocating for inclusivity, diversity, and women's rights.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is a testament to the remarkable talent, passion, and resilience of female footballers worldwide. It has a rich history and an impressive viewership, pushing women's football to new heights. As the competition grows, we can expect even more extraordinary moments and stories to emerge from future editions of this celebrated sporting event.

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