Sept. 10-30 2007 – The fifth edition of FIFA’s Women’s World Cup returned to the country where it first began – China. For two weeks in September, the finest women’s soccer players in the world descended on five Chinese cities to showcase their skills and stake claim at the sport’s biggest prize. Defending champion Germany, two-time champion United States, 1995 titlest Norway and perennial contenders China were dubbed as the teams to beat at the event.
Where: Five stadiums across China ranging in capacity from 34,000 to 60,000: Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhan.
When: Sept 11 through Sept. 30. 2007
Who: 16 women’s national teams.
Format: The teams are divided into four first-round groups, with the top two in each advancing to a single-elimination quarterfinal bracket.