Women’s World Cup finals guide
Facts about the U.S. women's team and the Women's World Cup final.
- The 2011 Women's World Cup final will be between the United States and Japan.
- The final is at 2:45 p.m. EDT Sunday on ESPN, with TV coverage beginning at 2 p.m. The game will be played in Frankfurt, Germany.
- The U.S. women's team hadn't made a World Cup final since 1999, when they won the tournament in Pasadena, Calif. That final game (at the Rose Bowl) had an attendance of 90,185, a world record for a women's sports event.
- The U.S. team also won the World Cup in 1991, the first year the women's tournament was held. Germany also has two titles. The winners over the years are: U.S. (1991), Norway (1995), U.S. (1999), Germany (2003), Germany (2007).
- The U.S. team has won gold medals at three of the past four Olympics.
- U.S. forward Abby Wambach has been one of the stars in this World Cup, and she scored her third goal of the tournament on Wednesday. She is tied for third on the all-time World Cup scoring list with 12 goals; the record stands at 14 goals.
- Wambach also is third on the U.S. women's soccer all-time scoring list. Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly are the only players with more goals.
- Here are the U.S. goal scorers in this World Cup: Wambach (3), Lauren Cheney (2), Rachel Buehler (1), Carli Lloyd (1), Alex Morgan (1), Heather O'Reilly (1) and Megan Rapinoe (1).
Sources: http://www.ussoccer.com/Teams/US-Women.aspx; http://soccernet.espn.go.com/league/_/id/fifa.wwc/fifa-womens-world-cup?cc=5901; http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/index.html