FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP REVIEW: Spain reign as Women’s World Cup goes Beyond Greatness (

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP REVIEW: Spain reign as Women’s World Cup goes Beyond Greatness


The manner of that US defeat will live long in the memory. Sophia Smith and Rapinoe missed penalties which would have won a shootout that was ultimately, albeit extremely narrowly, settled by Lina Hurtig. Yet if we thought that it couldn’t get any more dramatic than goal-line technology determining the fate of the holders and record champions, we were wrong. An even more heart-stopping shootout followed in the last eight, with Australia keeper Mackenzie Arnold saving four penalties – in between missing a spot-kick of her own – as the co-hosts’ last-16 tie with France reached an incredible climax.

Golden goals

A record number of goals were scored at this Women’s World Cup, and the quantity was more than matched by the quality. From Caicedo’s fancy footwork and fantastic finish, through thunderbolts from Braun and Brugts, to the Sam Kerr strike that nearly lifted the roof off Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, there was something for everyone. Fans will able to vote for their favourite right here on


Champions: Spain Runners-up: England Third place: SwedenInformationGuideNigeria

Award winners

adidas Golden Ball: Aitana Bonmati (ESP) adidas Golden Boot: Hinata Miyazawa (JPN) adidas Golden Glove: Mary Earps (ENG) Best Young Player: Salma Paralluelo (ESP)

Standout stats

2 – Almost two million fans, a new record, attended matches, with the final figure standing at a staggering 1,978,274.

3 – Having won the FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cup last year, Spain became the first nation to hold all three global titles simultaneously. Salma Paralluelo is the first player to win all three of these FIFA competitions.

5 – Spain became just the fifth team to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup, joining USA, Norway, Germany, and Japan in this elite club.

16 – Korea Republic’s Casey Phair (16y 26d) became the youngest player ever to appear at the Women’s World Cup.

18 – Spain ended Australia & New Zealand 2023 not just as champions but as leading goalscorers, having found the net 18 times.

50 – FIFA’s digital platforms, including, FIFA+ and FIFA+’s FAST Channels, received over 50 million visitors throughout the tournament – a 130 per cent increase on France 2019.

73 – Vietnam’s Mai Duc Chung (73y 41d) became the oldest coach ever to take charge of a team at this tournament.

163 – A record 163 goals were scored, comfortably surpassing the previous benchmark of 146 set at both Canada 2015 and France 2019.

1000 – Zambia’s Barbra Banda scored the 1000th goal in Women’s World Cup history.

770,000 – Over three quarters of a million fans attended FIFA Fan Festivals over the course of this edition.

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