7 Historical Fun Facts About Women's World Cup
With the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup underway in Canada, there's a lot of great coverage to watch and share.
And while it's not easy to keep up with every game kicking off, we've rounded up key highlights in WWC history that every soccer enthusiast or rookie sports fan should know.
- The FIFA WWC has only been around for less than 25 years. It was founded in 1991.
- The first WWC tournament was held 61 years after the men's first FIFA World Cup in 1930.
- China was the first host country of the tournament. Since then, the WWC has been held in Sweden, Germany, twice in both China and the U.S., and currently in Canada.
- The U.S. won the first WWC. Michelle Akers lead the U.S. team to victory by scoring two goals.
- So far, the German and U.S. teams hold the most championships with two titles each.
- Brandi Chastain's final goal in a penalty shootout lead the U.S. to win over China. Her celebration made the victory one of the most iconic moments in sports history.
- During the 2007 WWC in China, U.S. captain Kristine Lilly competed in her fifth and final tournament. This made her the first woman, and one of three players in history to appear in five World Cups.
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