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The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 will be the sixth instance of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. It has been scheduled to take place between 26 June and 17 July 2011, and it will be held in Germanymarker which won the right to host the event in October 2007.

Sixteen teams will compete at the World Cup finals. Two-time defending world champions Germany will be automatically qualified as the host nation. Other national teams will start qualification in their continental confederations in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Host selection

Six original candidates
Six nations, Australia, Canadamarker, Francemarker, Germanymarker, Perumarker and Switzerlandmarker, initially declared their interest in hosting the 2011 Women's World Cup. The German Football Association announced its hopes to host the tournament on 26 January 2006, following a pledge from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to fully support a potential bid. All six nations officially announced their interest by a 1 March 2007 deadline and acknowledged their intention of bidding by 3 May 2007 to FIFAmarker.

The final bidding dossiers had to be handed over before 1 August 2007. Switzerland withdrew on 29 May 2007, citing that Europe is heavily focused on France and Germany, and a third European bid appeared futile. On 27 August 2007, France also withdrew, reportedly in exchange for Germany's support for their bid to host the men's UEFA Euro 2016. Later Australia (12 October 2007) and Peru (17 October 2007) voluntarily dropped out of the race as well, leaving only Canada and Germany as the remaining candidates. On 30 October 2007, the FIFA executive committee in Zurich voted to assign the tournament to Germany.


After the German Football Association (DFB) expressed its intention to bid for the Women's World Cup, 23 German cities applied to host World Cup games. Twelve cities were chosen for the official bidding dossier handed over to FIFA in August 2007. On 30 September 2008, the DFB executive committee decided to use nine stadiums for the tournament; the original candidates Essenmarker, Magdeburgmarker and Bielefeldmarker were not chosen as World Cup venues.

The opening game will be held at the Olympic Stadiummarker in Berlinmarker, the venue of the 2006 men's World Cup Final; it will be the only match played in Berlin. The final of the tournament will take place at the Commerzbank-Arenamarker in Frankfurtmarker, the venue of the 2005 men's Confederations Cup final. The Borussia-Parkmarker in Mönchengladbachmarker and Frankfurt's Commerzbank-Arena are scheduled to host the semi-finals. The third place play-off will take place at the Rhein-Neckar-Arenamarker in Sinsheimmarker.

Since 2007, five of the stadiums were either newly built (Augsburgmarker, Dresdenmarker and Sinsheim) or remodeled (Bochummarker and Leverkusenmarker). Seven stadiums are the home grounds for German Bundesliga clubs. Compared to the 2006 men's World Cup, several smaller venues where chosen; six stadiums have a capacity of 20,000 to 30,000 seats. According to DFB general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, the Women's World Cup should open at the stadium where the men's World Cup ended in 2006. All cities will stage a total of four matches, with the exceptions of Berlin and Mönchengladbach; the latter will host three games. The total capacity of the nine venues is roughly 330,000. Overall, approximately one million tickets will be available.

Several of the stadiums might be known by different names during the tournament, as FIFA prohibits sponsorship of stadiums unless the stadium sponsors are also official FIFA sponsors. No decision on stadium names has been announced yet. Capacity data according to the DFB:

Impuls Arenamarker

Location: Augsburgmarker

Capacity: 25.579

Club: FC Augsburg
Olympic Stadiummarker

Location: Berlinmarker

Capacity: 74.244

Club: Hertha BSC

Location: Bochummarker

Capacity: 23.000

Clubs: VfL Bochum

Location: Dresdenmarker

Capacity: 32.066

Club: SG Dynamo Dresden

Location: Frankfurtmarker

Capacity: 49.240

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt

Location: Leverkusenmarker

Capacity: 30,000

Club: Bayer Leverkusen

Location: Mönchengladbachmarker

Capacity: 46.297

Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Location: Sinsheimmarker

Capacity: 25.641

Club: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Location: Wolfsburgmarker

Capacity: 25.361

Club: VfL Wolfsburg


FIFA had considered the prospect of increasing the number of teams from 16 to 24, to reflect the growing global popularity of women's football and the Women's World Cup. However, on 14 March 2008, the FIFA executive committee decided to keep the number of participants at 16, concerned more teams would dilute the quality of play. The idea of having 20 teams taking part, which had been discussed briefly, was ruled impossible to implement in terms of fixture planning and logistics. During the 2007 Women's World Cup, FIFA president Sepp Blatter had campaigned for the idea to increase the number of teams, although this proposal was not unquestioned. In particular the 11–0 victory of Germany over Argentina in the opening game of the 2007 tournament had created a debate whether there were 24 national teams on a comparable level.

Qualification for the tournament has not yet started. As the host nation, Germany is granted automatic qualification, while the remaining national teams have to qualify through their continental confederations. The other 41 European entrants have been drawn into groups, from which the best teams will qualify for play-offs and then the finals. Other confederations might again use their continental championship tournaments (AFC Women's Asian Cup, CAF Women's Championship, CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, OFC Women's Championship, Sudamericano Femenino) to determine the participants, but there has been no decision on the exact proceedings yet.


The preparations for the tournament are supervised by the Women's World Cup 2011 Organising Committee Germany. President of the organising committee is former German international Steffi Jones; she started her work on 1 January 2008. German president Horst Köhler will be the patron of the tournament.

The official World Cup emblem, called Arena Deutschland, was presented by Steffi Jones and Franz Beckenbauer during the break between the women's and the men's game of the German Cup final on 19 April 2008. It shows a stylized stadium with stripes in the national colours of Germany, black, red and gold, and a pictogram of the Women's World Cup trophy in the upper right corner. It was designed by the Stuttgartmarker advertising agency WVP.

The German Football Association is estimating total revenue of 50 million euros. These earnings are expected in equal parts from ticket sales and from sponsors, primarily from six National Supporters. Deutsche Telekom was announced as the first national supporter in May 2008.


The match schedule for the tournament was released on 20 March 2009. The hosts were placed in position A1 for the final draw, which will be held in December 2010 following the completion of the qualification phase. For the first time in Women's World Cup history, there will be no double-headers (back-to-back matches on a single matchday).

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

v A2 Olympic Stadiummarker, Berlinmarker
A3 v A4 Rhein-Neckar-Arenamarker, Sinsheimmarker
v A3 Commerzbank-Arenamarker, Frankfurtmarker
A2 v A4 Ruhrstadionmarker, Bochummarker
A4 v Borussia-Parkmarker, Mönchengladbachmarker
A2 v A3 Rudolf-Harbig-Stadionmarker, Dresdenmarker

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

B1 v B2 Ruhrstadionmarker, Bochummarker
B3 v B4 Volkswagen-Arena, Wolfsburgmarker
B1 v B3 BayArenamarker, Leverkusenmarker
B2 v B4 Rudolf-Harbig-Stadionmarker, Dresdenmarker
B4 v B1 Impuls Arenamarker, Augsburgmarker
B2 v B3 Rhein-Neckar-Arenamarker, Sinsheimmarker

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

C1 v C2 Rudolf-Harbig-Stadionmarker, Dresdenmarker
C3 v C4 BayArenamarker, Leverkusenmarker
C1 v C3 Rhein-Neckar-Arenamarker, Sinsheimmarker
C2 v C4 Impuls Arenamarker, Augsburgmarker
C4 v C1 Volkswagen-Arena, Wolfsburgmarker
C2 v C3 Ruhrstadionmarker, Bochummarker

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

D1 v D2 Borussia-Parkmarker, Mönchengladbachmarker
D3 v D4 Impuls Arenamarker, Augsburgmarker
D1 v D3 Volkswagen-Arena, Wolfsburgmarker
D2 v D4 Ruhrstadionmarker, Bochummarker
D4 v D1 Commerzbank-Arenamarker, Frankfurtmarker
D2 v D3 BayArenamarker, Leverkusenmarker

Knockout stage



Third place play-off


See also


  1. FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 provisionally set for 26 June to 17 July. 16 April 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  2. Germany to stage 2011 showpiece. 30 October 2007. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  3. Rede von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel. 9 December 2005. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  4. Juchem, Markus. WM 2011: Frankreichs Rückzug offenbar beschlossene Sache. 23 August 2007. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  5. DFB benennt zwölf Städte und Stadien für Frauen-WM 2011. 11 May 2007. Accessed 30 July 2008.
  6. Nine Host Cities announced. 30 September 2008. Accessed 1 October 2008.
  7. Frauen-WM voraussichtlich vom 26. Juni bis 17. Juli. 19 April 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  8. World Cup 2011 Venues. Accessed 10 July 2009.
  9. Associated Press. FIFA keeps 16 teams for 2011 Women’s World Cup. 13 March 2008. Accessed 30 July 2008.
  10. Sixteen teams at Germany 2011. 16 March 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  11. AFP. FIFA chief dismayed at 11-0 scoreline in women's World Cup opener. Yahoo! Eurosport UK. 11 September 2007. Accessed 30 July 2008.
  12. Frequently Asked Questions. Accessed 30 July 2008.
  13. Organisation Chart. 21 February 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  14. German President named patron of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011. 18 April 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  15. Germany 2011 emblem unveiled. 19 April 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.
  16. Steffi Jones: "Wir liegen wirklich voll auf Kurs". 7 July 2008. Accessed 30 July 2008.
  17. Telekom set to back FIFA Women’s World Cup. 30 May 2008. Accessed 30 July 2008.
  18. FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 match schedule published 20 March 2009. Accessed 23 March 2009.

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