The FIFA World Cup is the biggest tournament in the history of football. This is not only applicable in case of men’s football in the women’s version of the sport, as well. FIFA Women’s World Cup witnessed some of the biggest moments in women’s soccer. And it also witnessed female players trying their level best to give their best performance so that their names go down in history. From attendance at a match to achievements of a team to individual records, World Cup records are very important not just to the players but to fans as well. Let us take a look at All-Time Best Records of FIFA Women’s World Cup.
All-Time Best Records of FIFA Women’s World Cup
10. Highest attendance in a match – 90,185 (1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final)
The final match of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup determined the winner of the 1999 edition. And, it took place on 10th July 1999 at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States. China and the United States came face to face in the final. Undoubtedly, fans witnessed one of the most important events in the history of American soccer that day.
A whopping number of 90,185 total fans cheered for their respective teams at the 1999 final event. And, that feat set the record of highest attendance in a single Women’s world cup match. Without any doubt, that deserves a spot in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup. The match remained a scoreless draw and the United States won the match with a 5-4 penalty after extra time.
9. Biggest Margin of Victory – 11-0 (Germany vs. Argentina)
The German women’s national football team holds the record of the largest victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. German team scored 11 goals against the Argentine Women’s side. And this miraculous game happened on 10th September 2007 at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup China. Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, hosted the match for 28,098 fans. German forward Prinz scored her hat trick in this game while Behringer and Lingor also scored two goals each.
Smisek also scored a hat trick in the same match. And that feat made it the only match where two players of a single side scored a hat-trick. Argentina, on the other hand, failed to score any during the game and faced their biggest loss. The 11-0 win of Germany against Argentina is the ninth place achiever in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup.
8. Most consecutive losses – Argentina (6 World Cup Matches)
Argentina doesn’t have any professional domestic league for female players. And for that, only amateur football players participate in the Argentinian women’s national football team. Women’s football remains in the shadow of the men’s soccer in terms of development and support. Historically, the Argentine team defeated the Brazilian team in the finals of the 2006 Sudamericano Femenino on November 26, 2006. Without any doubt, that is their best achievement to date.
The Argentine team lost 6 times in a row from 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States till 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup China. And, it deserves the eighth place in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup. They started the streak with a 0–6 loss against Japan on 20 September 2003 at Columbus Crew Stadium. And, they ended the losing streak after 1-6 loss against England on 17 September 2007 at Chengdu Sports Center.
7. Most Consecutive Matches without a Loss – Germany (15 World Cup Matches)
The German Football Association currently directs the German women’s national football team aka the Deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft der Frauen. Undoubtedly, the German team is one of the most successful squad in women’s football. And, they won the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. As a nation, Germany is the sole one to have won both the men’s and the women’s World Cup.
Interestingly, the women’s team held the record of 15-match streak without facing a loss in the world cup. And, it is the seventh spot achiever in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup. The German team started their streak with a 4–1 victory against Canada on 20 September 2003 at Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus. And, they won the final match of the streak with a 4-2 victory against France on 5 July 2011 at Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach.
6. Most consecutive wins – Norway (10 World Cup Matches)
The Norwegian women’s national football team is currently controlled by the Football Association of Norway. The team is considered widely as one of the most successful national teams. They are also the former European, World and Olympic champions. The Norwegian women’s football team won consecutive ten matches from 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden till 1999 Women’s Football World Cup the United States.
They opened the winning streak with an 8-0 victory against Nigeria on 6th June 1995 at Tingvallen, Karlstad. Shortly after, they accomplished their 10th win in a row with a 3-1 victory against Sweden on 30th June 1999 at San Jose. This marvelous winning streak earned Norway the sixth spot in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup.
5. The player with Most Goals in a Single World Cup – Michelle Anne Akers (10 Goals-1991)
Former leading American soccer player Michelle Anne Akers played a key role in several great matches. She played a crucial role in the historic 1991 and 1999 Women’s World Cup victories by the United States. She scored a total of 10 goals in the 1991 World Cup including two goals in the final. Without any surprise, she won the Golden Boot as the top scorer of the tournament. This feat made her the only footballer to score 10 goals in a single world cup. And, it deserves the fifth place in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup.
Michelle Anne Akers settled the all-time team record of most goals in a single season. And, she made that with her 39 goals in 26 games in the 1991 season alone. One of the most successful female footballers, Michelle, was named FIFA Female Player of the Century and is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
4. Youngest Goalscorer – Elena Danilova (16 years, 3 months and 15 days)
Russian football forward Elena Yurievna Danilova currently playing for Ryazan VDV in the club league. Besides, she also makes her appearance with the Russian team. She became the Youngest Goalscorer at the fourth edition of the Women’s World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003, which was held in the United States. Elena scored Russia’s last goal in the tournament in a quarterfinal clash against eventual champions Germany on 2 October 2003, when she was just 16 years, 3 months and 15 days old.
This feat made her the youngest goalscorer ever in the FIFA World Cups. Undoubtedly, that record also deserves its place in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup. Elena Yurievna Danilova scored 9 goals and led her national team to win their first international women’s football triumph, the 2005 U-19 Euro.
3. Players with Most Appearances – Kristine Lilly (Five World Cups)
The captain of the United States Women’s team, Kristine Lilly, competed in her fifth and final World Cup at the 2007 World Cup in China. This feat made her the first woman and also one of three players in history to appear in five World Cups at the time, and is inducted in the third place in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup.
Kristine Lilly played the 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007 versions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and scored a total of 8 goals. The same feat of appearing in five world cups also later achieved by Norwegian Bente Nordby, Brazilian Formiga, Japanese Homare Sawa and also by Birgit Prinz of the German National Women’s football team.
2. Best Goal Scorer – Marta (14 World Cup Goals)
Brazilian football forward and one of the greatest female footballers of all time, Marta Vieira da Silva, besides appearing for the Brazilian soccer team, also currently plays for Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League. She was instrumental in the silver-winning performance by the Brazilian team at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She participated in four Women’s World Cup in her career till now from the 2003 edition until the last 2015 edition of the World cup while scoring 14 goals.
One of the best female footballers, Marta, scored 3 goals in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States, 7 goals in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China and 4 more goals in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Marta with her 14 goals till now in the world cup in inducted in the second place in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup.
1. Best Team – United States (86 points in 36 World Cup matches)
The United States women’s national soccer team aka The USWNT is currently controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF. The team achieved 86 FIFA World Cup points while playing a total of 36 World Cup matches till now. The United States team has the record of 27 wins, 5 draws and just 4 losses till now, and is inducted as the top team in our list of 10 amazing all-time records of FIFA women’s world cup.
The team scored a total of 98 goals in World Cups while consuming just 32 goals by the opponents till now. The United States women’s national soccer team won the FIFA World Cup twice in 1991 and 1999. They achieved the runners-up position in the last 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The United States team also achieved the second runners-up position thrice in 1995, 2003 and 2007.
Without any doubt, world sport etched these records in gold in the sports history book. Female athletes, who are often ignored and underestimated as the weaker players or are objectified for their looks, with sexist rules thrown on them, can get inspiration from these moments.