Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Spain won the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup last Sunday, but the tournament will be remembered for its remarkable feats of setting many records being the first tournament to achieve such feats.
As Spain returned home to heroes’ welcome and celebrations, we take a look at the tournaments’ firsts in 12 paragraphs.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the first senior FIFA tournament hosted in Oceania.
First FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted in two countries (co-hosted) in Australia and New Zealand. The previous editions of the tournament were hosted by a country since 1991.
Another first was that the tournament was the first FIFA Women’s World Cup with 32 teams paving the way for lots of debutants making their maiden appearance.
The tournament also witnessed the highest number of games with a total number of 64 matches.
For the first time, the FIFA Women’s World Cup had dedicated base camps for teams participating in the tournament.
The first Women’s World Cup to honour indigenous peoples and cultures as each game starts with the display of Australia and New Zealand’s cultural heritage.
Another first was that nations from all six confederations (UEFA, CAF, OCEANIA, CONCACAF, AFC, and CONMEBOL) won a match.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the first to feature over 160 goals.
The Mundial had over 1.95 million fans in the stands.
For the fans, the tournament also had over 750,000 fan festival visitors.
For the first time, the tournament became the most-watched programme in Australian television history.
Finally, and according to the tournament’s payoff and hashtag, the tournament was the first to take women’s football #BeyondGreatness.
FIFA has shared just some of the unique facts and figures that sit behind the ninth edition of the event leading into the Final.
Further reports and information will be issued in due course, highlighting the impact of the greatest FIFA Women’s World Cup ever – a tournament that FIFA President Gianni Infantino hailed as transformational after USD $570 million in revenue was generated, allowing the tournament to break even for the first time.
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• 1 – There will be a new winner of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with Spain or England set to lift the iconic trophy at Stadium Australia in Sydney/Wangal. Spain or England will join USA, Norway, Germany, and Japan as winners of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
• 2 – Australia are only the second team to host a FIFA Women’s World Cup and finish in the top four after the USA (winners in 1999, third place in 2003).
• 10 – With Spain and England reaching the Final for the first time the total number of different nations to reach the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup is ten.
• 16 – Korea Republic’s Casey Phair (16y 26d) became the youngest player to make an appearance in FIFA Women’s World Cup history at this tournament.
• 68 – Against France, Panama’s Marta Cox scored the fastest goal at Australia & New Zealand 2023 so far, timed at 68 seconds.
• 73 – When Vietnam exited the tournament, their coach Mai Duc Chung (73y 41d) set the record for the oldest coach in a FIFA Women’s World Cup match.
• 163 – Prior to the Final, there have now been 163 goals scored at Australia & New Zealand 2023. This is the most ever at a FIFA Women’s World Cup, surpassing the previous highest of 146 which was recorded at both the 2015 tournament in Canada and the 2019 instalment in France.
• 300 – This year’s tournament saw the 300th match in FIFA Women’s World Cup history played, when Colombia defeated Korea Republic 2-0 at the Sydney Football Stadium.
• 1000 – Against Costa Rica, Zambia’s Barbra Banda scored the 1000th goal in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.
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