Part of the prestige and tradition of the beautiful game; it’s a tradition that other sports have copied. The sport of soccer worldwide has only one captain. Vice captains will take over the band when the captain is subbed out, injured, or card suspended. But there is only one captain on the field at a time.
A captain is the coach on the field. She represents the team as a whole to answer or dispute any officiating within the game. A captain has earned the respect of her teammates. A captain will lead by example and doesn’t use a band as an attempt to stroke her ego. A captain will lead her team and pick them up when they are down. A captain wears the armband on her left sleeve. a symbol of wearing your heart on your sleeve.
In addition to breaking numerous worldwide social media and viewing records, the 2015 Women's World Cup set and broke a number of unique tournament records as well. The players and teams that participated in this wwc should all feel extremely proud for the history they have made. Their performances continue to show the world that female athletes are capable of so much more than they are ever fully recognized for.
• First player, male or female, to play in six world cup tournaments:
Shared : Homare Sawa (Japan) and Formiga (Brasil)
• Top scoring team in wwc history:
United States - 112 goals
• First hat-trick by an African player in a wwc:
Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon)
• Oldest player to score in a wwc:
• Oldest player to compete in a wwc tournament and to win a wwc final:
Christie Rampone (United States)
• Most capped active international player, male or female, in world cup play:
Christie Rampone - 308 (United States)
• Most goals scored by a single player in wwc history:
Marta - 15 (Brasil)
• Second fastest goal in wwc history:
Marie Laure Delie - 34 seconds (France)
• Most capped active female goalkeeper in wwc play, tie for most wwc shutouts, and the first goalkeeper in wwc history to receive back to back golden gloves:
Hope Solo - 177 caps and 10 shutouts (United States)
• First English player to score in three wwc tournaments:
Fara Williams (England)
• Fastest hat-trick in wwc history:
Fabienne Humm - three goals in 5 minutes (Switzerland)
• Fastest hat-trick in a wwc final, fastest hat-trick - from the time of kick-off - in wwc history - 16 minutes, first hat-trick in a wwc final, first goal scored from halfway line in a wwc final, and first American player to score in four consecutive wwc games:
Carli Lloyd (United States)
• Highest scoring wwc final:
United States vs Japan
• Tie for most minutes without conceding a goal:
540 minutes - United States and Germany
• First country to win three wwc titles, and most consecutive finishes in the top four and top three in tournament history:
• The 2015 Women's World Cup was the largest women's sporting event in history with 24 teams and 552 players
• Eight countries made first time appearances, 3 of which reached round of sixteen play (Cameroon, Switzerland, Netherlands), and 4 of which were among the teams with least goals conceded - under 5 - (Spain, Netherlands, Costa Rica, and Cameroon)
• England made the most historic run and finish for it's women's team and achieved the second best performance of either it's men's or women's teams in world cup history, finishing third
• Only two teams played the entire tournament without receiving any yellow or red cards - Australia and Costa Rica
• FIFA fair play winners - France
• Least goals conceded of any team (1) - Brasil
• This year saw the highest attendance in any wwc tournament with 1,353,506
• The opening match set the record for the largest crowd to ever watch a national team in any sport in Canada
• Broadcasters in the following countries beat the highest TV audience for any match from the 2011 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup - Australia, Brazil, China, Korea Republic, United States, and Norway
• The 2015 wwc final was the most watched world cup final, men or women, and most watched soccer match in US history with a peak audience of 30.9 million viewers
Abby is the GOAT and no one can convince me otherwise.
And if you weren’t inspired by what Homare and the Japan team did at the 2011 WWC, then I don’t know what to say to you. Their team was a huge bright spot in what was a dark time for Japan. As an American and as heartbreaking as that final was, I couldn’t help but tear up from happiness as Homare and the team lifted up that trophy.
Thanks to both for what they have done for women’s football. They have inspired millions and will continue to for a long time.