|Världsmästerskapet i fotboll för damer 1995|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Norway (1st title)|
|Third place||United States|
|Fourth place||China PR|
|Goals scored||99 (3.81 per match)|
|Attendance||112,213 (4,316 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Ann Kristin Aarønes (6 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Hege Riise|
|Fair play award||Sweden|
The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, the second edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in Sweden and won by Norway, who became the first European nation to win the Women's World Cup. The tournament featured 12 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams and two best third-ranked teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the final at Råsunda Stadium on 18 June 1995.
Australia, Canada, and England made their debuts in the competition. The tournament also hosted as qualification for the 1996 Olympic games, with the eight quarter-finalists being invited to the Olympics. In the second edition of the Women's World Cup, matches were lengthened to the standard 90 minutes, and three points were awarded for a win.
Bulgaria was originally awarded hosting rights for the tournament, but had to relinquish the rights and FIFA ended up awarding the tournament to Sweden. About 112,000 tickets were sold for the entire tournament.
As a FIFA rules experiment, each team was allowed a two-minute time out each half.
Norway won the 1995 title, with one in four Norwegians watching the game on television. Norway's team plane was escorted back to Oslo by two F-16s on their way to a victory celebration.
As in the previous edition of the FIFA Women's World cup, held in 1991, 12 teams participated in the final tournament. The teams were:
For a list of the squads that disputed the final tournament, see 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup squads.
The draw for the group stage was held on 18 February 1995 in a public ceremony at the Elite Hotel Marina Plaza in Helsingborg, Sweden. The draw was conducted by Sepp Blatter, then the FIFA General Secretary, and assisted by Swedish internationals Tomas Brolin and Kristin Bengtsson, winners of the 1994 Guldbollen and Diamantbollen, respectively. There was no television coverage of the draw.
Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a defeat.
|1||Germany||3||2||0||1||9||4||+5||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Norway||3||3||0||0||17||0||+17||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||United States||3||2||1||0||9||4||+5||7||Advance to knockout stage|
Group C started with back-and-forth 3–3 draw between the United States and China with the Chinese coming back from a 3–1 deficit. Denmark's opening 5–0 win over Australia, in which Sonia Gegenhuber was sent off in the 45th minute for the Aussies, ultimately led to their securing one of the best third place runner up spots as they would lose their next two matches.
United States goalkeeper Brianna Scurry was sent off in the 88th minute of the second group game against Denmark. With all three substitutions used, U.S. manager Tony DiCicco called upon striker Mia Hamm to play goalkeeper. Hamm made two saves over eight minutes of stoppage time to secure the 2–0 win. In the other game, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first-ever World Cup goal, but China defeated the Matildas 4–2.
|United States||3–3||China PR|
Ranking of third-placed teams
|1||C||Denmark||3||1||0||2||6||5||+1||3||Advance to knockout stage|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.
|13 June – Västerås|
|15 June – Helsingborg|
|13 June – Helsingborg|
|18 June – Solna|
|China PR (p)||1 (4)|
|13 June – Gävle|
|15 June – Västerås|
|13 June – Karlstad|
|Norway||1||Third place play-off|
|17 June – Gävle|
|Sweden||1–1 (a.e.t.)||China PR|
Third place play-off
|China PR||0–2||United States|
- Karen Walker
- Marie Anne Spacey
- Angela Iannotta
- Lisa Casagrande
- Sunni Hughes
- Anne Nielsen
- Christina Hansen
- Christine Bonde
- Helle Jensen
- Helen Stoumbos
- Liu Ailing
- Sun Qingmei
- Wang Liping
- Zhou Yang
- Anouschka Bernhard
- Birgit Prinz
- Martina Voss
- Silvia Neid
- Ursula Lohn
- Patience Avre
- Gro Espeseth
- Randi Leinan
- Tina Svensson
- Tone Haugen
- Anneli Andelen
- Lena Videkull
- Pia Sundhage
- Ulrika Kalte
- Carla Overbeck
- Debbie Keller
- Joy Fawcett
- Julie Foudy
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
|Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Hege Riise||Gro Espeseth||Ann Kristin Aarønes|
|Golden Shoe||Silver Shoe||Bronze Shoe|
|Ann Kristin Aarønes||Hege Riise||Shi Guihong|
|6 goals||5 goals||3 goals, 2 assists|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. Teams eliminated in the quarter-finals are ranked by their quarter-final goal differential.
|3||C||United States||6||4||1||1||15||5||+10||13||Third place|
|4||C||China PR||6||2||2||2||11||10||+1||8||Fourth place|
|5||A||Sweden (H)||4||2||1||1||6||4||+2||7||Eliminated in|
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