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FIFA Women’s World Cup

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior women’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s international governing body. The competition has been held every four years and one year after the men’s FIFA World Cup since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women’s World Championship, was held in China. Under the tournament’s current format, national teams vie for 31 slots in a three-year qualification phase. The host nation’s team is automatically entered as the 32nd slot. The tournament, called the World Cup Finals, is contested at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about one month.  The eight FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments have been won by four national teams.

The first instance of a Women’s World Cup dates back to 1970 in Italy, with the first tournament of that name taking place in July 1970.This was followed by another unofficial World Cup tournament in Mexico in 1971, in which Denmark won the title after defeating Mexico, 3–0, in the final at the Azteca Stadium.In the 1980s, the Mundialito was held in Italy across four editions with both Italy and England winning two titles.

The United States have won four times, and are the current champions after winning it at the 2019 tournament in France. The other winners are Germany, with two titles, and Japan and Norway with one title each.  Six countries have hosted the Women’s World Cup. China and the United States have each hosted the tournament twice, while Canada, France, Germany, and Sweden have each hosted it once.  Australia and New Zealand will host the competition in 2023, making it the first edition to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, the first Women’s World Cup to be hosted by two countries, and the first FIFA senior competition for either men or women to be held across two confederations.



The current trophy waphys designed in 1998 for the 1999 tournament, and takes the form of a spiral band, enclosing a football at the top, that aims to capture the athleticism, dynamism, and elegance of international women’s football. In the 2010s, it was fitted with a cone-shaped base. Underneath the base, the name of each of the tournament’s previous winners is engraved. The trophy is 47 cm (19 in) tall, weighs 4.6 kg (10 lb) and is made of sterling silver clad in 23-karat yellow and white gold, with an estimated value in 2015 of approximately $30,000. By contrast, the men’s World Cup trophy is fabricated in 18-karat gold and has a precious metal value of $150,000. However, a new Winner’s Trophy is constructed for each women’s champion to take home, while there is only one original men’s trophy which is retained by FIFA with each men’s champion taking home a replica trophy.

Since 2007, the winners are also awarded the FIFA Champions Badge, which is worn on the jerseys of the winning team until the winners of the next tournament has been decided.

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