FIFA Women’s World Cup Streaks
Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
As we look forward to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the tournament has witnessed some interesting streaks since its inception in 1991.
Streaks are ambidextrous the good and bad streaks witnessed at the global women’s football Mundial.
Most Consecutive Qualification
A total number of seven teams have qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since 1991.
Brazil, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Germany, Sweden, and the United States have qualified for every edition of the tournament from 1991 to 2023. None has missed any edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup with Nigeria the only team yet to make it to the semi-final out of the seven teams.
The best result for the nine-time African Champions was at USA 1999 where the team reached the quarter-final, losing 4-3 on a golden goal rule to Brazil.
Most Consecutive Wins
The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) holds the record for the most consecutive wins. The team won 12 straight games at the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 2015 to 2019.
The run started with a 1-0 win over Nigeria in 2015 to a 2-0 win against the Netherlands. The World Champions can extend this record when the 2023 tournament kicks off in July.
Most Consecutive Matches Without A Defeat
The USWNT’s invisible record of 12 games without a loss remained the longest run without a defeat at the World Cup.
From 2011 to 2019 when the USA played out a 2-2 draw with Brazil till its 2-0 triumph against the Netherlands in the 2019 Word Cup final. The record can be extended at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Most Consecutive Losses
Unfortunately, this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup co-host, Australia holds the record for consecutive losses at the tournament. The team lost eight consecutive games at the World Cup from 1991 to 2011.
The Australians suffered a 3-0 loss to Denmark at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the record reaching 2011 after a 2-1 defeat to England.
Most Consecutive Draws
The Scandinavian side, Sweden has the most consecutive draws at the tournament. The European team drew all three group games at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The streak started with an entertaining 3-3 draw with Nigeria ending with a 1-1 draw with Australia.
Most Consecutive Matches Without A Draw
Norway played 17 straight games at the World Cup without playing out a draw from 1991 to 1999.
The former World Champions started the run with a 4-0 scoreline with China in 1991 and ended the streak with a 5-0 result against the same opponent in 1999.
Most Consecutive Top-Scoring Team
Germany at consecutive World Cups emerged as the top-scoring team. The European giants ruled the world at the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup scoring the most number of goals at both tournaments under the leadership of captain, Birgit Prinz.
Most Consecutive Matches Scoring At Least A Goal
Norway played 15 games consecutively scoring in all the matches.
During the early years of the FIFA Women’s World Cup where Norway emerged as world champions, the team played 15 matches from 1991 to 1999 scoring in each game.
Most Consecutive Matches Scoring At Least Five Goals
USWNT scored at least five goals in two games at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The record still stands waiting for another team to break the streak.
Most Consecutive Matches Without Conceding A Goal
Germany holds this record playing six matches at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup without conceding a goal.
The team also holds the record for the most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal which stands at 671 minutes from 2003 to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups.
Most Consecutive Matches Conceding At Least Three Goals
New Zealand played four matches conceding at least three goals from 1991 to the 2007 World Cups.
Argentina also replicated the same record from the 2003 to 2007 World Cups.
They all achieved these feats across four consecutive games.
Most Consecutive Matches Conceding At Least Four Goals
Thailand joined Australia and Ghana with this streak. The Asian side achieved this feat at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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Ghana in the 2007 tournament, conceded at least four goals in each of its group games.
Thailand from the 2015 to 2019 World Cup followed suit along with Australia.
Most Consecutive Matches Conceding At Least Six Goals
Ecuador, Argentina, and Mexico all played two consecutive games conceding nothing less than six goals.
Mexico in 1999, Argentina (2003-2007), and Ecuador (2015) showed their defensive flaws at the FIFA Women’s World Cup shipping in goals like no other.
More records are expected to be set and extended this year when the Word Cup take centre stage. Like the first co-hosted FIFA World Cup, South Korea/Japan 2002 made lots of headlines, Australia/New Zealand 2023 is expected to be a record breaking tournament.
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