To set the scene for FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, which gets under way in Edmonton this Saturday, we bring up eight revealing tournament stats.
4 The number of individual awards to be handed out at Canada 2015: the adidas Golden Ball to the player of the tournament; the adidas Golden Boot to the highest scorer; the adidas Golden Glove to the best goalkeeper; and the Hyundai Best Young player award. The FIFA Fair Play award will also be presented to the team with the best disciplinary record at the competition.
5 The number of time zones spanned by the tournament’s host cities, from Moncton in the east to Vancouver in the west, an entirely accurate reflection of Canada’s national motto: A Mari Usque Ad Mare, (From Sea To Sea). With “local time” presenting five different possibilities at Canada 2015, make sure you check the kick-off times of your team’s matches carefully.
7 Canada 2015 is the seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup, the tournament having been staged twice in China PR (in 1991 and 2007) and in the USA (1999 and 2003) and once in Sweden (1995) and Germany (2011). Four nations have won the coveted trophy to date: Germany and USA twice apiece and Japan and Norway once each.
8 The number of teams who will be making their women’s world finals debuts in Canada: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Thailand.
14 The number of goals Germany’s Birgit Prinz and Marta of Brazil have each scored in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The duo are the competition’s joint-leading markswomen, with USA’s Abby Wambach just one goal behind. The record number of goals scored in a single women’s world finals match is five, a benchmark set by American striker Michelle Akers at China 1991.
15 Some $15m will be handed out in prize money to the teams taking part at Canada 2015, a 50-per cent increase on Germany 2011. The champions will walk away with $2m, while the teams finishing between 17th and 24th place will each walk away with $375,000.
24 The number of teams competing at Canada 2015, a first for a FIFA women’s competition. China 1991, the inaugural tournament, featured only 12 sides, a figure that rose to 16 at USA 1999 and remaining unchanged until this year’s finals, which will also see the introduction of the Round of 16.
625 The number of goals scored to date in the history of the Women’s World Cup. China’s Ma Li had the honour of notching the first in the opening match at China 1991, against Norway. The last was scored by Japan’s Homare Sawa and forced extra time in the final against USA at Germany 2011, a goal that ultimately helped her country win the world title and which also secured her the adidas Golden Boot. Who will succeed her at Canada 2015?