Oct
20
2007
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Women’s Football

Facts and Figures
• Today, 26 million women play football worldwide – 20% more than at the start of the millennium.
• Just under 10% of all players are women. At youth level, more than 12% of players are girls
• Between 2000 and 2006, the number of registered female players rose by more than 50%.
• In North and Central America, more than 10 million women play football, almost 25% of the total number of players in that region.
• Some 40 member associations have more than 100,000 female players, among them India, Colombia, Turkey, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Vietnam, South Africa and Romania.
• In Canada, women account for 33% of all players.
• In the United States and Canada, the eight million female footballers account for no less than 30% of all players. One in every four of them falls into the youth category.
• Out of the 500,000 female footballers in Scandinavia, 50% are youth players.
• In Scandinavia, women footballers account for 20% of all players, far more than in any other region in Europe.
• One in every one thousand players worldwide is an Arab woman. In the 19 Arab countries, from Algeria to Yemen, more than 270,000 women play football.
• In the Turks and Caicos Islands, every fourth football player is female.
• Despite a population of less than 15,000, Grenada has almost 500 female footballers.
• In the Solomon Islands, some 6,000 women play football – constituting 22% of all the nation’s players. This is a larger share than in many of the world’s “major” footballing countries.
• A mere 45 teams played in the qualifiers for the 1991 Women’s World Cup. By comparison, an impressive 119 teams entered the race for one of the 15 berths in China in 2007.
• In 1991, only three South American teams participated in Women’s World Cup qualifiers. This time around, all ten associations on the continent sought to qualify for the event.
• As recently as eight years ago, only eight teams from CONCACAF played in the Women’s World Cup qualifiers. This figure has more than tripled to 25 associations for the 2007 qualifying competition.
• The average number of goals scored in the qualifiers for this year’s Women’s World Cup was 3.9 – the lowest ever and a clear sign of stiffer competition.
• In 1991, there were only 49 active senior national teams playing a total of 99 international matches. Last year, 134 teams accounted for a record total of almost 450 matches!
• More than 2.5 million spectators have attended FIFA Women’s World Cup matches since 1991.
• The average attendance for the 32 matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999 was almost 40,000!
• Published in mid-2003, the first FIFA Women’s World Ranking listed
• 108 teams. Four years on, that figure has gone up to 142.
• A crowd of 90,185 people watched the final of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup between the USA and China PR – a record attendance not only for women’s football but also for women’s sport in general.
• In July 2003, 75,000 fans flocked to the Azteca stadium to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup preliminary competition play-off between Mexico and Japan – the biggest attendance ever outside the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Olympic Football Tournaments.
• The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Overall attracted more than 660,000 fans to matches and was reported on by 2,500 members of the media. Moreover, an estimated 40 million TV viewers in the USA alone watched the American hosts capture their second title.
• The 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup final between Germany and Sweden attracted a record 13 million TV viewers in Germany – considerably more than had watched the German men’s national team’s decisive EURO 2004 qualifier the day before.
• In 2003, the official website of the fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup registered 50 million hits.
• No fewer than 23 cities in Germany, one of countries bidding to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011, expressed an interest in serving as a venue for the event.