Performance at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup: Group Games


The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup is being played in Germany from 26 June to 17 July.

The official website provides information about the Tournament and shares performance data (the English language website is here).

The Group games in this Tournament are played in four pools of four teams. These pools and teams (with the FIFA World Ranking, 18 March 2011) are:

FIFA Ranking

Pool A









FIFA Ranking

Pool B








New Zealand

FIFA Ranking

Pool C






North Korea



FIFA Ranking

Pool D








Equatorial Guinea

Goal Scoring

60 goals have been scored in the 24 games played.

Goal Scorers

(Country of goalscorer in bold with hyperlink to game highlights in player’s CAPITALISED name)

2 Stephane MAYOR (Mexico v New Zealand)

6 Yuki NAGASATO (Japan v New Zealand)

8 Leena KHAMIS (Australia v Equatorial Guinea)

10 Kerstin GAREFREKES (Germany v Canada)

12 Amber HEARN (New Zealand v Japan)

12 Heather O’REILLY (USA v Columbia)

13 Homare SAWA (Japan v Mexico)

15 Shinobu OHNO (Japan v Mexico)

15 Ellen WHITE (England v Japan)

16 Lisa DAHLKVIST (Sweden v USA) (Penalty)

18 Sarah GREGORIOUS (New Zealand v England)

21 Fara WILLIAMS (England v Mexico)

21 ANONMAN (Equatorial Guinea v Australia)

22 MARTA (Brazil v Norway)

24 Gaetane THINEY (France v Canada)

25 Kerstin GAREFREKES (Germany v France)

29 Maribel DOMINGUEZ (Mexico v New Zealand)

32 Inka GRINGS (Germany v France)

33 Monica OCAMPO (Mexico v England)

35 Nilla FISCHER (Sweden v USA)

39 Homare SAWA (Japan v Mexico)

42 Celia OKOYINO DA MBABI (Germany v Canada)

46 ROSANA (Brazil v Norway)

48 Emily VAN EGMOND (Australia v Equatorial Guinea)

48 MARTA (Brazil v Norway)

49 ERIKA (Brazil v Equatorial Guinea)

50 Megan RAPINOE (USA v Columbia)

51 Lisa DE VANNA (Australia v Equatorial Guinea)

54 Lauren CHENEY (USA v North Korea)

54 ROSANA (Brazil v Australia)

54 CRISTIANE (Brazil v Equatorial Guinea)

54 Simone LAUDEHR (Germany v Nigeria)

56 Marie-Laure DELIE (France v Nigeria)

56 Marie-Laure DELIE (France v Germany)

56 Elise THORSNES (Norway v Australia)

57 Jessica LANDSTROM (Sweden v Columbia)

57 Carli LLOYD (USA v Columbia)

57 Kyah SIMON (Australia v Sweden)

60 Gaetane THINEY (France v Canada)

63 Jill SCOTT (England v New Zealand)

64 Lisa DAHLKVIST (Sweden v North Korea)

66 Camille ABILY (France v Canada)

66 Rachel YANKEY (England v Japan)

67 Abby WAMBACH (USA v Sweden)

68 Aya MIYAMA (Japan v New Zealand)

68 Inka GRINGS (Germany v France) (Penalty)

72 Laura GEORGES (France v Germany)

73 Perpetua NKWOCHA (Nigeria v Canada)

78 Rachel BUEHLER (USA v North Korea)

80 Homare SAWA (Japan v Mexico)

82 Christine SINCLAIR (Canada v Germany)

83 Elodie Thomis (France v Canada)

83 Jessica CLARKE (England v New Zealand)

83 ANONMAN (Equatorial Guinea v Australia)

84 Emilie HAAVI (Norway v Equatorial Guinea)

87 Kyah SIMON (Australia v Sweden)

89 Celia OKOYINO DA MBABI (Germany v France)

90 Rebecca SMITH (New Zealand v Mexico)

90 + 3 CRISTIANE (Brazil v Equatorial Guinea) (Penalty)

90+4 Hannah WILKINSON (New Zealand v Mexico)

When Goals are Scored

The official website uses a 0-90 minute running clock for goal times. I have used these times to allocate the goals scored into four quarters of the Group games (notionally 0-22, 23-45 (end of first half), 46-68, 69-90 (end of second half)).

Scoring the First Goal

The team that has scored the first goal has won 19 games, drawn 2 games and lost 2 games of the 24 games played. There has been one 0-0 draw.

Exception 0-0 Draw

North Korea v Columbia

Drawn Games

Mexico v England

Mexico v New Zealand


New Zealand (FIFA Rank 24) scored first and lost to England (FIFA Rank 10) (Game 12)

Norway (FIFA Rank 9) scored first and lost to Australia (FIFA Rank 11) (Game 24)

FIFA Ranking

The higher FIFA ranked team has won 16 games, drawn 3 games and lost 5 games of the 24 games played.

Drawn Games

England (FIFA Rank 10) drew with Mexico (FIFA Rank 22)

Mexico (FIFA Rank 22) drew with New Zealand (FIFA Rank 24)

North Korea (FIFA Rank 8) drew with Columbia (FIFA Rank 31)

Lost Games

Canada (FIFA Rank 6) lost to France (FIFA Rank 7)

Japan (FIFA Rank 4) lost to England (FIFA Rank 10)

Canada (FIFA Rank 6) lost to Nigeria (FIFA Rank 27)

USA (FIFA Rank 1) lost to Sweden (FIFA Rank 5)

Norway (FIFA Rank 9) lost to Australia (FIFA Rank 11)

Referees in the Group Games

The referees who have officiated the Group games are:

Jacqui MELKSHAM (AUS), Germany v Canada (3 goals)

Kari SEITZ (USA) , Nigeria v France (1 goal), Brazil v Norway (3 goals)

Kirsi HEIKKINEN (FIN), Japan v New Zealand (3 goals), France v Germany (6 goals)

Silvia REYS (PER), Mexico v England (2 goals)

Carol Anne CHENARD (CAN), Columbia v Sweden (1 goal), England v Japan (2 goals)

Bibiana STEINHAUS (GER), USA v North Korea (2 goals)Equatorial Guinea v Brazil (3 goals)

Quetzalli ALVARADO (MEX), Norway v Equatorial Guinea (1 goal)

Jenny PALMQVIST (SWE), Brazil v Australia (1 goal), New Zealand v Mexico (4 goals)

Etsuko FUKANO (JPN), Canada v France (4 goals), Sweden v USA (3 goals)

CHA Sung Mi (KOR), Germany v Nigeria (1 goal)

Christina PEDERSEN (NOR), Japan v Mexico (4 goals), North Korea v Colombia (0 goals)

Therese NEGUEL (CMR), New Zealand v England (3 goals)

Estela ALVAREZ (ARG), North Korea v Sweden (1 goal), Norway v Australia (3 goals)

Dagmar DAMKOVA (CZE), USA v Columbia (3 goals)

Gyoengyi GAAL (HUN), Australia v Equatorial Guinea (5 goals)

Finau VULIVULI (FIJ), Canada v Nigeria (1 goal)

Photo Credits

Iceland v Serbia

Flying the Flag: Nations Scoring Goals at 2010 FIFA World Cup

There were 48 games in the Group Stage of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. There were 101 goals scored. This graphic shows goals scored by nations competing in the qualification groups at the World Cup.

First Half Goals (42)

Second Half Goals (59)

Photo Credit


Analysing Performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

There will be many performance analysis projects that focus on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I tracked two performance parameters at this tournament:

  • The outcome of scoring the first goal in a game.
  • The relationship between FIFA ranking (May 2010) and game outcome.

These are the results:

Team that scores first (game count = 64):

Wins Draws Loses
46 8 3

Note: Game 58 Uruguay v Ghana ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time. It is recorded here as a draw.


0 – 0 Draws

Uruguay v France

Cote d’Ivoire v Portugal

England v Algeria

Paraguay v New Zealand

Portugal v Brazil

Switzerland v Honduras

Paraguay v Japan

Note: the Final between Netherlands and Spain ended in a 0-0 draw at full time. Spain scored the first and only goal in the second half of extra time. It is recorded as a win here.

Team that does not score first wins?

In the 64 games played three teams have scored first and lost. Nigeria scored first in Game 19 of the tournament. Greece won the game 2-1. It is interesting to note that: Greece was higher in the FIFA ranking; Nigeria had a player sent off in the 33rd minute; both of Greece’s goals were scored after the sending off. In Game 26 Cameroon scored first. Denmark won the game 2-1. Denmark was lower in the FIFA rankings than Cameroon. Both the teams to have scored first and lost in the Group Stage of the tournament were from the African continent and were been beaten by European teams. Cameroon was beaten twice by lower ranked teams (Japan and Denmark).

Brazil scored first in Game 57 and lost 1-2 to Netherlands in the quarter final game. Brazil was the higher ranked team.

Results from FIFA Rankings (game count = 64):

FIFA Ranking Wins Draws Loses
Higher Ranking Team 37 14 13
Lower Ranking Team 13 14 37

Note: Game 58 Uruguay v Ghana ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time. It is recorded here as a win for the higher ranked team, Uruguay, as a game outcome after the penalty shoot out.

Exceptions: Higher Ranking Team Loses

Greece (v Korea), Serbia (v Ghana), Cameroon (v Japan), Spain (v Switzerland), France (v Mexico), Germany (v Serbia), Cameroon (v Denmark), France (v South Africa), Serbia (v Australia), Italy (v Slovakia), Denmark (v Japan), USA (v Ghana), Brazil (v Netherlands)

Photo Credits

Players’ Entrance Tunnel

Opening Ceremony