2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Infobox International Football Competition
tourney_name = FIFA Women's World Cup
year = 2011
other_titles = FIFA Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft der Frauen
Deutschland 2011

size = 150px
caption = 2011 FIFA World Cup official logo
country = Germany
dates = 26 June – 17 July
confederations = 6
num_teams = 16
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The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 will be the sixth instance of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. It has been scheduled to take place between 26 June and 17 July 2011, [http://www.fifa.com/womenworldcup/organisation/media/newsid=745754.html#fifa+womens+world+cup+2011+provisionally+june+july FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 provisionally set for 26 June to 17 July] . FIFA.com. 16 April 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.] and it will be held in Germany which won the right to host the event in October 2007. [http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/federation/news/newsid=625447.html Germany to stage 2011 showpiece] . FIFA.com. 30 October 2007. Accessed 29 April 2008.]

Sixteen teams will compete at the World Cup finals. Two-time defending world champions Germany will be automatically qualified as the host nation. Other national teams will start qualification in their continental confederations in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Host selection

Six nations, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Peru and Switzerland, initially declared their interest in hosting the Women's World Cup 2011. The German Football Association (DFB) announced its hopes to host the tournament on 26 January 2006, following the pledge of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to fully support a potential bid. [ [http://wm2006.deutschland.de/DE/Content/WMAktuell/Reden/2005/rede-von-bundeskanzlerin-merkel-bundestag-dfb-leipzig.html Rede von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel] . Deutschland.de. 9 December 2005. Accessed 29 April 2008. de icon] All six nations officially announced their interest by a 1 March 2007 deadline and acknowledged their intention of bidding by 3 May 2007 to FIFA. The final bidding dossiers had to be handed over before 1 August 2007. Switzerland withdrew on 29 May 2007, citing that Europe is heavily focused on France and Germany, and a third European bid appeared futile. On 27 August 2007, France also withdrew, reportedly in exchange for Germany's support for their bid to host the men's UEFA Euro 2016. [Juchem, Markus. [http://www.womensoccer.de/2007/08/23/wm-2011-frankreich-rueckzug-offenbar-beschlossene-sache/ WM 2011: Frankreichs Rückzug offenbar beschlossene Sache] . Womensoccer.de. 23 August 2007. Accessed 29 April 2008. de icon] Later Australia (12 October 2007) and Peru (17 October 2007) voluntarily dropped out of the race as well, leaving only Canada and Germany as the remaining candidates. On 30 October 2007, the FIFA executive committee in Zurich voted to assign the tournament to Germany.


After the German Football Association (DFB) expressed its intention to bid for the Women's World Cup, 23 German cities applied to host World Cup games. Twelve cities were chosen for the official bidding dossier handed over to FIFA in August 2007. [ [http://www.dfb.de/index.php?id=500014&tx_dfbnews_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=11121 DFB benennt zwölf Städte und Stadien für Frauen-WM 2011] . DFB.de. 11 May 2007. Accessed 30 July 2008. de icon] On 30 September 2008, the DFB executive committee decided to use nine stadiums for the tournament; the original candidates Essen, Magdeburg and Bielefeld were not chosen as World Cup venues. [http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/organisation/media/newsid=892723.html#nine+host+cities+announced Nine Host Cities announced] . FIFA.com. 30 September 2008. Accessed 1 October 2008.]

The opening game will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the venue of the 2006 men's World Cup Final; it will be the only match played in Berlin. The final of the tournament will take place at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, also a 2006 World Cup venue. According to DFB general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, the Women's World Cup should begin at the stadium where the men's World Cup ended in 2006. [http://www.dfb.de/index.php?id=500014&no_cache=1&tx_dfbnews_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=14063&cHash=c04eee2ef1 Frauen-WM voraussichtlich vom 26. Juni bis 17. Juli] . DFB.de. 19 April 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008. de icon] The final match schedule will be issued by FIFA by the end of 2008. Each host city is expected to be allocated a maximum of four matches. Overall, approximately one million tickets will be available.


FIFA had considered the prospect of increasing the number of teams from 16 to 24, to reflect the growing global popularity of women's football and the Women's World Cup. However, on 14 March 2008, the FIFA executive committee decided to keep the number of participants at 16, concerned more teams would dilute the quality of play.Associated Press. [http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=soccer%20&id=3292983 FIFA keeps 16 teams for 2011 Women’s World Cup] . ESPN.com. 13 March 2008. Accessed 30 July 2008.] The idea of having 20 teams taking part, which had been discussed briefly, was ruled impossible to implement in terms of fixture planning and logistics. [ [http://www.fifa.com/womenworldcup/organisation/media/newsid=723580.html#sixteen+teams+germany+2011 Sixteen teams at Germany 2011] . FIFA.com. 16 March 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.] During the Women's World Cup 2007, FIFA president Sepp Blatter had campaigned for the idea to increase the number of teams, although this proposal was not unquestioned. In particular the 11–0 victory of Germany over Argentina in the opening game of the 2007 tournament had created a debate whether there were 24 national teams on a comparable level. [AFP. [http://www.eurosport.yahoo.com/11092007/3/fifa-chief-dismayed-11-0-scoreline-women-s-world-cup.html FIFA chief dismayed at 11-0 scoreline in women's World Cup opener] . Yahoo! Eurosport UK. 11 September 2007. Accessed 30 July 2008.]

Qualification for the tournament has not yet started. As the host nation, Germany is granted automatic qualification, while the remaining national teams have to qualify through their continental confederations. European nations will be drawn into different groups, from which the best teams will qualify for the finals. Other confederations might again use their continental championship tournaments (AFC Women's Asian Cup, CAF Women's Championship, CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, OFC Women's Championship, Sudamericano Femenino) to determine the participants, but there has been no decision on the exact proceedings yet. [ [http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/organisation/faqs/index.html Frequently Asked Questions] . FIFA.com. Accessed 30 July 2008.]


The preparations for the tournament are supervised by the so-called "Women's World Cup 2011 Organising Committee Germany". [ [http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/loc/organisation%5fen%5ffinal%5fapproved%5f44533.pdf Organisation Chart] . FIFA.com. 21 February 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.] President of the organising committee is former German international Steffi Jones; she started her work on 1 January 2008. German president Horst Köhler will be the patron of the tournament. [ [http://www.fifa.com/womenworldcup/organisation/media/newsid=745750.html#german+president+named+patron+fifa+womens+world+cup+2011 German President named patron of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011] . FIFA.com. 18 April 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.]

The official World Cup emblem, called "Arena Deutschland", was presented by Steffi Jones and Franz Beckenbauer during the break between the women's and the men's game of the German Cup final on 19 April 2008. It shows a stylized stadium with stripes in the national colours of Germany, black, red and gold, and a pictogram of the Women's World Cup trophy in the upper right corner. It was designed by the Stuttgart advertising agency WVP. [ [http://www.fifa.com/womenworldcup/organisation/media/newsid=745327.html#germany+2011+emblem+unveiled Germany 2011 emblem unveiled] . FIFA.com. 19 April 2008. Accessed 29 April 2008.]

The German Football Association (DFB) is estimating total revenue of 50 million euros. These earnings are expected in equal parts from ticket sales and from sponsors, specifically from six so-called "National Supporters". [ [http://www.dfb.de/index.php?id=504304&tx_dfbnews_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=15068&cHash=e614b6b07e Steffi Jones: "Wir liegen wirklich voll auf Kurs"] . DFB.de. 7 July 2008. Accessed 30 July 2008. de icon] Deutsche Telekom was announced as the first national supporter in May 2008. [ [http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/organisation/media/newsid=783736.html#telekom+back+fifa+womens+world+cup Telekom set to back FIFA Women’s World Cup] . FIFA.com. 30 May 2008. Accessed 30 July 2008.]

ee also

*FIFA Women's World Cup
*FIFA World Cup
*2006 FIFA World Cup


External links

* [http://www.fifa.com/germany2011 Official FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 site]
* [http://www.dfb.de/index.php?id=504446&no_cache=1 Organising Committee Germany] de icon

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