1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualification
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1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualification

1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams48 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played111
Goals scored445 (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).

Four teams withdrew during the qualification without playing a match: Congo, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, all of which are African teams.

Qualified teams

Final qualification status
  Qualified for the World Cup
  Failed to qualify
  Did not enter the World Cup
  Not a FIFA member

Qualification process

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
  • 1 8 nations started, but Martinique were not eligible for World Cup qualification, because they are only members of CONCACAF and not FIFA.
  • 2 China was selected as host after it qualified to the tournament

Confederation qualification processes

Africa (CAF)

(8 teams competing for 1 berth)

Qualified:  Nigeria

The only African team to qualify to the World Cup was the winner of the 1991 CAF Women's Championship, Nigeria.

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.

Final Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Nigeria  6-0  Cameroon 2-0 4-0

Asia (AFC)

(9 teams competing for 3 berths)

Qualified:  China PR -  Chinese Taipei -  Japan

The 1991 AFC Women's Championship, consisting of nine teams, served as the AFC's qualifying tournament.

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.

Knockout stage

 China PR1
 North Korea0
 China PR5
 Japan0 (5)
 Chinese Taipei0 (4)
Third place
 Chinese Taipei0 (5)
 North Korea0 (4)

China PR, Japan, and Chinese Taipei qualified for the World Cup.

Europe (UEFA)

(18 teams competing for 5 berths)

Qualified:  Denmark -  Germany -  Italy -  Norway -  Sweden

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.

Germany won the tournament by beating Norway 3-1 in extra time.

Second round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Norway  4-1  Hungary 2-1 2-0
Sweden  1-13  Italy 1-1 0-0
Denmark  1-0  Netherlands 0-0 1-0 (a.e.t.)
England  1-6  Germany 1-4 0-2
  • 3 Italy won based on the away goals rule and qualified; Sweden qualified for being the best quarter-final loser.

Knockout stage

 Norway0 (8)
 Denmark0 (7)
 Germany3 (a.e.t.)
Third place
 Denmark2 (a.e.t.)

Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Sweden qualified for the World Cup.

North, Central America & the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

(7 teams competing for 1 berth) 5

Qualified:  United States

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.

Knockout Stage

 Trinidad and Tobago0
 United States5
 United States10
Third place
 Trinidad and Tobago4
  • 5Martinique were not members of FIFA

United States qualified for the World Cup.

Oceania (OFC)

(3 teams competing for 1 berth)

Qualified:  New Zealand

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.

Final standings

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
 New Zealand 4 3 0 1 28 1 +27 6 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup
 Australia 4 3 0 1 21 1 +20 6
 Papua New Guinea 4 0 0 4 0 47 -47 0

South America (CONMEBOL)

(3 teams competing for 1 berth)

Qualified:  Brazil

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.

Final standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 2 2 0 0 12 2 +10 4
2  Chile 2 1 0 1 2 6 −4 2
3  Venezuela 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 0

Brazil qualified for the World Cup.

External links

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