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SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

In 1970, the Turin-based Federation of Independent European Female Football organised an unofficial women’s world cup, in which 7 teams participated and Denmark became champion.

FIFA, wary of lending the World Cup branding to what might turn out to be a failure, first organised a women’s invitational in China in 1988. Norway won this tournament. After this FIFA agreed to officially endorse a first Women’s World Cup to be played in 1991, also in China. In this inaugural edition, only 12 teams took part in the competition and the US team emerged as champions.

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The current trophy measures 47 cm, weighs 4.6 kg and is made of sterling silver, covered in 23-karat white and yellow gold. The design is a spiral, with a football at the top, in an effort to symbolise the “athleticism, dynamism and elegance of women’s football. At its base, the trophy has a cone-shaped platform where the name of each of the winning teams from Women’s World Cups past are displayed.

In 1991, only a total of 510,000 viewers came to watch the entire tour-nament. Whereas, 1,978,274 tickets were sold for Women’s World Cup 2023.

After becoming the first-ever champions, the US women’s team has won the most number of World Cup finals. Out of the eight previous editions, the United States has won 4, Germany 2, Japan, and Norway, with 1 each.

This year it was the first time that 32 nations competed. Eight new countries made their debut, including the Republic of Ireland, Haiti, Panama, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal, Zambia, and Vietnam. 

Did you know that 61 years after FIFA established the first men’s world cup, the first women’s version was organised?

HERE’S HOW 2023 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP MADE HISTORY

1. England’s Chole Kelly’s penalty against Nigeria was at a speed of 110.79 kmph, breaking the record of the fastest goal scored at a Women’s World Cup.

2. Sarina Wiegman has become the first coach to lead 2 nations to a World Cup final. Previously, she led the Netherlands women’s team to the final in 2019 and this year the England’s women team.

3. This year the teams received increased prize money. The winning team Spain took home $4.29 million.

Did you know that the prize money for the World Cup 2022 (Qatar) winning mean’s team was $42 million?

4. This is the first time the World Cup was jointly hosted by two countries. The matches were scheduled in Australia and New Zealand.

5. 164 goals were scored in this Women’s World Cup, the highest at any edition of the World Cup

6. The official match ball for the 2023 Women’s World Cup celebrates the natural landscape of host countries Australia and New Zealand. The ball has been designed by Aboriginal artist Chern’ee Sutton and Maori artist Fiona Collis.

7. The current trophy was designed in 1998 for the 1999 Women’s World Cup in the US.

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A Look At The Top 10 Stories Of 2022

2022 had some major breakthroughs! Here are the top 10 stories of 2022. Let’s take a look at all of them.

1. BCCI Unveils New Team IndiaT20 Jersey.

The BCCI unveiled the new T20 jersey for the Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams. The T20 World Cup was scheduled in Australia in October and November. The Indian men’s team donned the new jersey when it took on Australia in the first of three T20Is in Mohali on September 20.

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2. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch, Passed Away At 96.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning Monarch, died at 96, after reigning for 70 years. She was Britain’s longest-serving monarch. The UK observed an official 12 day mourning period and flags were flown at half-mast all across the country. She was the head of state of many Commonwealth countries as well as the UK. She was also the Queen of 15 countries of the Commonwealth. 

3. Draupadi Murmu Sworn-In As India’s 15th President.

Draupadi Murmu took the oath as India’s 15th President. The ceremony was held at the central hall of Parliament on 25th July. Did you know that she is India’s first tribal President and also the youngest in the office of the President of India? 

4. The First Indian Origin UK Prime Minister

After Liz Truss resigned, Rishi Sunak became Britain’s next prime minister after he won the race to lead the Conservative Party. The 42-year-old former finance minister became Britain’s third prime minister in less than two months.

5. Artemis Launched, Finally!

After several delays over the past months, NASA’s Artemis moon mission finally launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 18. The aim of this programme is to send humans back to the moon in 2025.

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6. King Charles III Ascended The Throne

According to a centuries old tradition, Prince Charles, the late Queen’s eldest son at the age of 73, is now King. He will now be known as King Charles III. According to tradition, many steps have to be taken before he is crowned the King. He was proclaimed King on September 10, at St. James’s Palace in London.

Also read, King Charles III’s Coronation- As It Happened

7. Argentina Are The FIFA World Cup Champions

Argentina are the FIFA World Cup Champions after a remarkable finals. On December 18, Argentina defeated the defending champions France 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 3-3 after extra time. Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria scored a goal each for the winning team.

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8. First Female Official At Men’s World Cup

Stephanie Frappart from France became the first female official at a men’s FIFA World Cup match when she was named the fourth official for Tuesday’s Group C clash between Mexico and Poland at 974 Stadium.The 0-0 outcome marked the second scoreless draw in the competitions.

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9. India’s 1st Private Satellite Launched

India launched its first privately developed rocket, Vikram S, from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) launchpad at Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota between November 12 and 16. Vikram S was developed by Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace and it will carry two Indian and one foreign customer payloads in a sub-orbital mission.

10. The Football Legend: ‘Pelé’ 

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, fondly known as Pelé, has died at the age of 82. The Brazilian football legend is the youngest player ever to win a FIFA World Cup at the age of 17 in 1958. He is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a 21-year career. 

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