Written by Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Ahead of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, some vibrant goalkeepers held enviable records at the tournament since its inception in 1991.
Contrarily, some goalies also had unenviable records at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Let’s look at the goalkeeping records at the Tournament.
Most Match Played
Norwegian goalkeeper, Bente Nordby holds the record for the goalkeeper with the most matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
She featured for the Scandinavian side in 20 games from 1995 to 2007. The keeper played at four World Cups in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007.
Most Clean Sheets
United States Women’s National Team goalkeeper, Briana Scurry kept the most clean sheets at the World Cup. She holds the record for the most clean sheets (games without conceding) at the tournament.
She represented the United States of America in the 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups.
Most Consecutive Minutes Without Conceding
German goalkeeper, Nadine Angerer with six consecutive clean sheets has the record for most consecutive minutes without conceding.
From 2007 to 2011 during the era of German dominance of women’s football, Angerer saw 622 minutes without conceding.
Most Consecutive Minutes Without Conceding A Goal (Finals)
Two goalkeepers hold this record, Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo (USA). Both goalkeepers played 540 minutes without conceding a goal.
Angerer at the 2007 World Cup final achieved the feat while Solo at the 2015 final achieved a similar record.
Most Goals Conceded In One Tournament
Goalkeepers love to save their teams from defeats but when a keeper concedes goals, she and her defence line become suspects.
Ecuador goalkeeper, Shirley Berruz conceded 17 goals at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup becoming the keeper with the highest number of goals conceded.
Most Goals Conceded In A Match
It wasn’t a pleasant debut tournament for Thailand at the 2019 World Cup as the team conceded 13 unreplied goals against the USA.
Goalkeeper, Sukanya Chor Charoenying was behind the sticks as the Asian side capitulated to a 13-0 loss.
Fewest Goal Conceded At A Tournament
Germany had an indomitable performance at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The European side won the title without conceding a goal with a goalkeeper behind the stick.
Nadine Angerer didn’t concede any goal throughout the 2007 tournament as Birgit Prinz led Germany to the World title. She also holds the record for the fewest goal conceded by a goalkeeper in a tournament emerging as Champions.
On June 27, 2011, Mexican goalkeeper, Cecilia Santiago made history by becoming the youngest goalkeeper at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She played against England at the age of 16 years and 251 days.
That record still stands as the world awaits a goalkeeper that will break her record.
Brazil’s Meg is the oldest goalkeeper to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
At 39 years, 159 days, Meg was behind the sticks for the Brazilians against Germany on June 9, 1995.
Most Goals Conceded By Host Goalkeeper
2007 host goalkeeper, Han Wenxia holds this unenviable record.
The Chinese goalkeeper conceded six goals in 2007 becoming the host goalkeeper conceding the most goals at the World Cup.
More records are expected to be broken and set at this year’s Women’s World Cup.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup already has diverse records before kick-off.
It will be the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to have more than one host nation, and also the first senior World Cup for either sex to be held across multiple confederations, as Australia is in the Asian Confederation while New Zealand is in the Oceanian Confederation.
In addition, this tournament will be the first to feature the expanded format of 32 teams from the previous 24, replicating the same format used for the men’s World Cup from 1998 to 2022.
Finally, the tournament will be the first to be hosted in the Southern hemisphere.
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