Women's World Cup

  • Cup in reviewFive things we learned from the World Cup

    From Japan's surprising victory to the missed opportunities and what ifs, here is what we learned from three weeks of beautiful soccer in Germany.
  • Women in SportsAfter World Cup, still a long way to go

    In the wake of a thrilling showcase, former WNBA president Val Ackerman notes the many challenges women's sports continue to face.

Mia Hamm at WWC

Mia's musings: World Cup retrospective

Mia Hamm describes what stood out to her most over the course of the three-week run in Germany.

Photo Gallery: Finals Game

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Battle for the trophy

See the best action photos from Sunday's Japan vs. USA match.

WWC: Pressure Makes Us

Pressure Makes Us Poster App

THIS U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM IS UP AGAINST IT THIS SUMMER. Make your own personalized Pressure poster on Facebook to support the team and we will send it to them in Germany.

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ESPN Photos from World Cup

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Dates: June 26 - July 17, 2011

Host Nation: Germany

Teams: 16

Qualified Teams:

Group A: Germany, Canada, Nigeria, France
Group B: Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, England
Group C: United States, North Korea, Colombia, Sweden
Group D: Brazil, Australia, Equatorial Guinea, Norway

U.S. Women's World Cup roster

1Hope SoloGoalkeeper
2Heather MittsDefender
3Christie RamponeDefender
4Becky SauerbrunnDefender
5Kelley O'HaraForward
6Amy LePeilbetDefender
7Shannon BoxxMidfielder
8Amy RodriguezForward
9Heather O'ReillyMidfielder
10Carli LloydMidfielder
11Ali KriegerDefender
12Lauren CheneyForward
13Alex MorganForward
14Stephanie CoxDefender
15Megan RapinoeMidfielder
16Lori LindseyMidfielder
17Tobin HeathMidfielder
18Nicole BarnhartGoalkeeper
19Rachel BuehlerDefender
20Abby WambachForward
21Jillian LoydenGoalkeeper

The Fan Report

U.S. women handle defeat with grace

U.S. players acknowledge disappointment but give lots of credit to Japan.

Road Trip: espnW in Germany

Souvenir shopping at the Women's World Cup

espnW's Jacqueline Purdy shows off some of the soccer-related swag she picked up in Frankfurt, Germany, on the day of the U.S.-Japan final. Video »

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All-time FIFA Women's World Cup Results

YearWinnerRunner-UpThird Place
2011JapanUnited StatesSweden
2007GermanyBrazilUnited States
2003GermanySwedenUnited States
1999United StatesChinaBrazil
1995NorwayGermanyUnited States
1991United StatesNorwaySweden


Moving the goal

Kelly Smith is the best women's soccer player ever produced by England, the country that invented the game. After a struggle with alcohol abuse and depression, the former Seton Hall star is sober and focused. Her story is one of six told in espnW's HERoics soccer film series. Watch the full documentary »