|Teams||48 (from 6 confederations)|
|Goals scored||445 (4.01 per match)|
The 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process saw 48 teams from the six FIFA confederations compete for the 12 places in the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup finals. The places were divided as follows:
All of the confederations used their regional championship tournament to determine qualification. Hosts China PR also entered the qualifying process.
The first qualification match was played on 9 September 1989 and the qualification concluded on 14 July 1991. A total of 445 goals were scored in the 111 qualifying matches (an average of 4.01 per match).
|Confederation||Teams started||Teams eliminated||Teams qualified||Qualifying start date||Qualifying end date|
|AFC||92||6||3||26 May 1991||8 June 1991|
|CAF||8||7||1||16 February 1991||30 June 1991|
|CONCACAF||71||6||1||18 April 1991||28 April 1991|
|CONMEBOL||3||2||1||28 April 1991||5 May 1991|
|OFC||3||2||1||17 May 1991||25 May 1991|
|UEFA||18||13||5||9 September 1989||14 July 1991|
|Total||48||36||12||9 September 1989||14 July 1991|
(8 teams competing for 1 berth)
The eight teams were paired together into two knockout ties. The winners of these ties advanced to the second round, who used the same format as the first round. The final round is a two-leg final between the two winners of the second round. The winner, Nigeria qualified to the World Cup and won the tournament by defeating Cameroon 6-0 on aggregate.
(9 teams competing for 3 berths)
The first round was composed of two groups, one of four teams and the other of five. The top two teams of the groups advanced to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the winners advanced to the final and the losers played the third-place match. The winner, China; runners-up, Japan; and third place, Chinese Taipei, qualified to the World Cup.
|Chinese Taipei||0 (4)|
|Chinese Taipei||0 (5)|
|North Korea||0 (4)|
China PR, Japan, and Chinese Taipei qualified for the World Cup.
(18 teams competing for 5 berths)
The first official edition of the UEFA Women's Championship served also as UEFA's qualifying tournament for the World Cup. Out of the 18 teams participating in the tournament, the qualifiers were the four semi-finalists--Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Norway--and the best quarter-final loser, Sweden, who lost their two-leg quarter-final clash against Italy on a single away goal.
The UEFA Women's Championship had held its own qualifying campaign. It began in September 1989, and ended with a final four-style tournament in Denmark, held in July 1991, only four months before the World Cup.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Sweden qualified for the World Cup.
(7 teams competing for 1 berth) 5
The 1991 CONCACAF's Women's Championship, despite being an unofficial competition, determined the CONCACAF's single qualifier for the World Cup - the winner, the United States. The tournament took place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in April 1991 and consisted of 8 teams.
|Trinidad and Tobago||0|
|Trinidad and Tobago||4|
United States qualified for the World Cup.
(3 teams competing for 1 berth)
Only three teams participated in the tournament which took place in Sydney, Australia in May 1991: Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The teams played in a round-robin tournament in which each team played 2 matches against each opponent, with the first placed team qualifying.
The competition was eventually decided through goal-difference, as the matches between Australia and New Zealand ended with one win to each side, and both teams won all matches against Papua New Guinea.
|New Zealand||4||3||0||1||28||1||+27||6||1991 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|Papua New Guinea||4||0||0||4||0||47||-47||0|
(3 teams competing for 1 berth)
The first edition of the Sudamericano Femenino (Women's South American Championship), held in April-May 1991 determined CONMEBOL's qualifier. The host of the tournament Brazil won the tournament and with it the right to represent South America in the World Cup.
Brazil qualified for the World Cup.