25 years later: Heinrichs and the World Cup trophy reunited

In a landmark moment, April Heinrichs became the first ever player to lift the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy 25 years ago. As captain, she led the United States to victory in China in 1991 - the first edition of the women's World Cup.

A prolific striker, Heinrichs scored four goals in five games on the way to victory in China, as the US beat Norway 2-1 in the Final in Guangzhou. The world champion was also coach of the US Women's National Team between 2000 and 2005 - during which time they won Olympic gold.

This Thursday, 17 March 2016, the now 52-year-old visited the FIFA World Football Museum and was reunited with her shirt, winners's medal and captain's armband from the 1991 Final - not to the mention the World Cup trophy. 


“It’s wonderful to come in and see the FIFA museum, the history of women’s football and how it integrates with men’s football but particularly how the museum celebrates the world champions," she said. 

"It’s been an honour to be here. It’s fun to remember the games but also the friends – I’ve got a lot of friends on these walls so I hope you can come and enjoy the women’s football exhibits here and also the men’s!"

Learn more about April Heinrichs' career on FIFA.com