U.S. Women's National Team Win 2015 WWC
Building off a quick start and a first half hat trick from midfielder Carli Lloyd, the WNT beat Japan July 5th at BC Place in Vancouver, winning the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and earning the title of World Champions. The USA is now the only country to win three Women's World Cups and is the country to score the most goals (five) in a WWC final -- no other team has scored more than two. The WNT will return to the USA for a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively, before embarking on their nationwide celebration tour (details to be announced).
U.S. Fan Support Sets Viewing Records for Semifinal Match
The United States versus Germany semifinal match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup became the third most watched women’s soccer match of all-time with 8.4 million viewers, trailing only the USA-China Final in 1999 and USA-Japan Final in 2011. That United States versus Germany match also became the most-watched World Cup semifinal – men’s or women’s – ever in the United States, breaking the mark set by Germany-Italy in the 2006 Men’s World Cup (5.9).
About the Women's World Cup
The FIFA Women's World Cup is recognized as the most important international competition in women's football and is played among women's national football teams of the member states of FIFA, the sport's global governing body. The first Women's World Cup tournament was held in 1991. The 2015 tournament saw 24 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation (Canada) over a period of about three weeks. A qualification phase, which took place over the preceding three years, was used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation. Of the six women's world cups played since 1991, the US Women's National team has now won the tournament three times, finished second one time and finished in third place three times.
World Cup web site: http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/
US Women's Team World Cup promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjPmC2hf5zI