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The History of the Women's World Cup


The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international soccer competition contested by the senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the 1991 inaugural tournament in China, after the first men's tournament was held 61 years prior. The United States beat Norway 2-1 in the final, to become winners of the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup. The current title holder is Japan (2011).

The current format of the tournament involves 24 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about three weeks – this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament along with the host nation.

The FIFA Women's World Cup is recognized as the most important international competition in women's soccer and is played amongst the nations teams who are members of the FIFA. Since the beginning of the Women's World Championship six World Cup tournaments have been won by four different national teams. This year the tournament will be hosted by Canada and seen "live" right here on KTTW Fox 7.

Click here for a complete listing of matches, teams and times.

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