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2007 Nián nǚzǐ shìjièbēi zúqiú sài
|Teams||16 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Germany (2nd title)|
|Third place||United States|
|Goals scored||111 (3.47 per match)|
|Attendance||1,156,955 (36,155 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Marta (7 goals)|
|Best goalkeeper||Nadine Angerer|
The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fifth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was an international association football competition for women held in China from 10 to 30 September 2007. Originally, China was to host the 2003 edition, but the outbreak of SARS in that country forced that event to be moved to the United States. FIFA immediately granted the 2007 event to China, which meant that no new host nation was chosen competitively until the voting was held for the 2011 Women's World Cup.
The tournament opened with a record-breaking match in Shanghai, as Germany beat Argentina 11–0 to register the biggest win and the highest scoring match in Women's World Cup history. The tournament ended with Germany defeating Brazil 2–0 in the final, having never surrendered a goal in the entire tournament. The Germans became the first national team in FIFA Women's World Cup history to retain their title.
The venues selected to host the competition were:
|Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium|
|Yellow Dragon Sports Center||Chengdu Sports Centre||Hongkou Stadium|
|Capacity: 51,000||Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 33,000|
FIFA automatically seeded the host and defending champions, slotting China and Germany into Group D and Group A, respectively. The FIFA Women's World Ranking for March 2007 was used to determine the teams to occupy the other seeded positions, B1 and C1. United States were ranked first, Germany second and Norway third, so the United States and Norway were also seeded.
Also, no two teams from the same confederation could draw each other, except for those from UEFA, where a maximum of two teams from UEFA could be drawn into the same group. Group B quickly became dubbed the group of death since three of the top five teams in the world were drawn in this group — the USA (1st), Sweden (3rd) and Korea DPR (5th), according to the June 2007 FIFA Women's World Rankings, the last to be released before the tournament. The same four teams were drawn together in Group A in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, on that occasion the USA and Sweden progressed to the knockout stages. Also in 2015 The United States and Sweden would meet in the group of death again. This time it was with Nigeria and Australia as group mates.
All times are local (UTC+8).
Teams are ranked on the following criteria:
|Behringer 12', 24'
Prinz 29', 45+1', 59'
Lingor 51', 90+1'
Smisek 57', 70', 79'
|K. Smith 81', 83'||Report||Miyama 55', 90+5'|
|González 60'||Report||González 9' (o.g.)
J. Scott 10'
Williams 50' (pen.)
K. Smith 64', 77'
Exley 90' (pen.)
Lingor 87' (pen.)
The four teams were also paired in the same group in 2003.
|United States||2–2||North Korea|
|Report||Kil Son-Hui 58'
Kim Yong-Ae 60'
|Svensson 50'||Report||Uwak 82'|
|Wambach 34' (pen.), 58'||Report|
|Kim Kyong-Hwa 17'
Ri Kum-Suk 21'
|Ri Un Suk 22'||Report||Schelin 4', 54'|
De Vanna 57', 81'
|R. Gulbrandsen 52'
|Sinclair 16', 62'
|R. Gulbrandsen 5'||Report||De Vanna 83'|
R. Gulbrandsen 39', 59', 62'
Horpestad 45' (pen.)
Okoe 80' (pen.)
|2||China PR (H)||3||2||0||1||5||6||−1||6|
Marta 74', 90+3'
Renata Costa 86'
|Li Jie 31'
Bi Yan 50'
Song Xiaoli 88'
|Report||Marta 42', 70'
Cristiane 47', 48'
|China PR||2–0||New Zealand|
|Li Jie 57'
Xie Caixia 79'
|22 September — Wuhan|
|26 September — Tianjin|
|23 September — Wuhan|
|30 September — Shanghai|
|22 September — Tianjin|
|27 September — Hangzhou|
|23 September — Tianjin|
|30 September — Shanghai|
All times are local (UTC+8).
Marta 23' (pen.)
|Report||De Vanna 36'
(All times UTC+8)
|Rønning 42' (o.g.)
|Report||Osborne 20' (o.g.)
Marta 27', 79'
|R. Gulbrandsen 63'||Report||Wambach 30', 46'
|Report[permanent dead link]|
The following awards were given for the tournament:
|Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Golden Shoe||Silver Shoe||Bronze Shoe|
|Marta||Abby Wambach||Ragnhild Gulbrandsen|
|7 goals||6 goals||6 goals|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
|Goalscorers sorted by number of goals (high-low) and team (alphabetically)|
|Eliminated in the quarter-finals|
|Eliminated at the group stage|
Table source
UEFA used the FIFA Women's World Cup as its qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympic women's tournament. The best three performing UEFA teams will qualify for the Olympics. Originally it was thought that, should England make the top three European teams, they would compete under the United Kingdom banner. However, on 6 September 2007, FIFA issued a press release indicating that England are ineligible to participate in the 2008 Olympics as England does not have its own Olympic Committee. For the determination of the ranking only first through fourth place, quarterfinal elimination or group phase elimination count. If there is a need to make a distinction between teams eliminated in the quarterfinal or between teams eliminated in the group phase these teams will meet in a play-off match. In no case will the points or goals (difference) count for teams eliminated before the semi-final.
Germany and Norway qualified for the Olympics at the World Cup, whereas Denmark and Sweden had to enter a play-off for the third Olympics spot. Sweden won both legs of the playoffs with a total of 7−3 on aggregate to qualify for the Olympics.