The sixth FIFA Women's World Cup in soccer takes place in Germany from 26 June 2011 to 17 July 2011. Nine German cities host this most important international tournament in women's football. In Germany the competition is known as Frauenfußball Weltmeisterschaft, or Fußball Weltmeisterschaft der Frauen.
Are you like me? I am only interested in soccer when the big international tournaments are on, the world cup and the Olympics, that's it. I have my favourite teams in the Fußball Bundesliga, but I don't watch any football matches on TV. I check the charts occasionally, and that is all.
However, being a woman, I think the Women's World Cup should at least get the same promotion than the male counterpart. So I thought I'll pay attention for the lady's tournament here on the Germany Facts Guide.
Come on, support your country's girls! Take this opportunity to visit one, or more, of the 9 German cities that host the Women's World Cup 2011. Let's have a party as colourful and cheerful as during the Men's World Cup in Germany a few years ago.
Fußball, as we call soccer, is cult in the men's world in Germany. When women began to play soccer they were laughed at by men, of course. Women wearing a football dress (short trousers) was considered as unacceptable.
The DFB (German Football Association) forbade official matches for women in 1955. This ban lasted until 1970. Nevertheless, about 70 inofficial international matches were played by female German football teams during this ban.
Women's football still doesn't receive the recognation and support it should get, however, things are changing slowly.
15 teams qualified for the tournament while the German team got automatic qualification as the hosts and current champion.
The tournament begins with the "Group Stage". Four teams in each group play against each other. The two top teams in each group qualify for the "Knockout Stage".
The list of the 16 national teams of the 2011 tournament their with positions and results of the last world cup 2007.
Group A - matches
Chart positions Group A
Group C - matches
Chart positions Group C
Group B - matches
Chart positions Group B
4. New Zealand
Group D - matches
Chart positions Group D
4. Equatorial Guinea