It’s worth mentioning that the FIFA Women’s World Cup is one of the biggest international football competitions on the planet, where compete the senior women’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) - the sport’s international governing body. The competition is held every four years. All started with the first so- called «FIFA Women’s World Championship», which was held from the 16th -30th November in 1991 in China. It was at this time that the President of FIFA, Dr. João Havelange, spoke in favour of a first-ever Women’s World Cup. The year of the very first FIFA Women’s World Cup and women’s football in general finally received recognition and a significant boost on an international level.
The first Women’s World Cup in 1991 came a whole 61 years after the first Men’s World Cup in 1930. Twelve national teams took part in the competition – four from UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), three from AFC (Asian Football Confederation), two from CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Carribbean Association Football) and one each from CONMEBOL (South American Football Confederation) , CAF (Confederation of African Football) and OFC (Oceania Football Confederation).The tournament consisted of 12 teams and 26 matches with thousands of factory workers attending each game. At the final match that the U.S. Women’s team won 2-1 against Norway, the players were cheered on by some 65,000 spectators.
June 1995 took the World Cup to Sweden where the world's women best teams gathered for a second time to not only play for the world cup but also to qualify for the first women's Olympic Football Tournament the following year in Atlanta, Georgia.
At the Women’s World Cup of 1999 in California , one of the most famous moments of the tournament was American defender Brandi Chastain's victory celebration after scoring the Cup-winning penalty kick against China. Brandi took off her jersey and waved it over her head (as men frequently do), showing her muscular torso and sports bra as she celebrated. The 1999 final in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California had an attendance of 90,185, a world record for a women's sporting event.
The 1999 and 2003 Women's World Cups were both held in the United States; in 2003 China was supposed to host it, but the tournament was moved because of SARS disease (Severe acute respiratory syndrome). As compensation, China retained its automatic qualification to the 2003 tournament as a host nation, and was automatically chosen to host the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. Germany hosted the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. In March 2011, FIFA awarded Canada the right to host the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
During the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, both the players, Formiga from Brazil and Homare Sawa from Japan, made a record of appearing in six World Cups, a feat that had never been achieved before by either female or male players. Christie Rampone (the US) is the oldest player to ever play in a Women's World Cup match, at the age of 40 years. The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was the most watched soccer match in American history with nearly 23 million viewers, even more than the 2015 NBA Finals and Stanley Cup. It was also the most watched Spanish-language broadcast in tournament history. More than 750 million viewers were reported to have watched the tournament worldwide. The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup set a new attendance record for all previous FIFA competitions other than the men's FIFA World Cup.
The official trophy, which was designed by William Sawaya (Lebanese architect) and hand-crafted by Milanese specialists Sawaya & Moroni for the 1999 tournament presents a plate at the base bearing the engraved year and name of each FIFA Women's World Cup champion. In the form of a spiral band, enclosing a football at the top, aiming to capture the athleticism, dynamism and elegance of international women's football. Moreover, the women's champion is given a replica Winner's Trophy to take home, while there is only one original men's trophy.
By all time performances the United States won 3 times and now are the existing winners (1991,1991, 2015), Germany – 2 times (2003,2007), Norway – 1 time (1995), Japan – 1 time (2011).
In March 2015, France was awarded with the right to host the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will be the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the time period between 7 June and 7 July 2019. Matches are planned in nine host cities across France.
The Women’s World Cup gained recognition which helped to highlight crucial issues in the sporting community and to push an agenda for equal rights on the pitch. In 2018 FIFA issued the FIFA Women’s Football Strategy where by 2026 planning to double the number of female players to 60 million and develop female football at local, regional, national and international levels to retain and grow female participation, while advocating for a global stand against gender discrimination through playing football.
By now the whole world is waiting for the coming football female event which is too big to miss – the Women’s World Cup 2019 France.