Ten years ago Japan became the first Asian country to win a senior World Cup title at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™. We look back on a tournament that was an important milestone in the development of women's football.
In October 2007, when FIFA chose Germany to host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, the decision seemed only logical. Not only is Germany known for its pioneering role in women's football, the country had also impressively demonstrated its hosting qualities just one year earlier. The summer of 2006 was dominated by the FIFA World Cup in Germany and the rest of the world was impressed by the Germans' hospitality and joie de vivre during that tournament.
Exactly one month before the Women's World Cup 2011 hosting rights were awarded, the German women's team won their second consecutive World Cup title at the 2007 tournament. Four years later, they would have the historically unique opportunity to turn that back-to-back win into a hat-trick on home soil.
A year before the Women’s World Cup began, the successful hosting of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup dispelled any last doubts.