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FIFA Women's World Cup Top 4 Positions

Name the countries who came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the women's FIFA World Cup.
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First submittedJuly 6, 2015
Last updatedJuly 7, 2019
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Year
Winner
Runners Up
Third
Fourth
2019
United States
Netherlands
Sweden
England
2015
United States
Japan
England
Germany
2011
Japan
United States
Sweden
France
2007
Germany
Brazil
United States
Norway
2003
Germany
Sweden
United States
Canada
1999
United States
China
Brazil
Norway
1995
Norway
Germany
United States
China
1991
United States
Norway
Sweden
Germany
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level 72
Jul 7, 2019
Wow, USA has been a semi-finalist at least in every single womens' world cup. I wonder why such a difference between genders?
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level 70
Jul 7, 2019
Somebody explained to me back in the day that football is "women's game" in the US and men play "men's games". If I remember correctly, this was in the late 1990s.
Does this have anything to do with it? (Like where the best sports talents go, what is getting resources for which, status etc.) My bet is on maybe.
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level 59
Jul 8, 2019
Well I wouldn't call soccer a women's game, but I think there is some truth that there are fewer sports for America's best female athletes to choose from. Soccer and basketball are probably tops by a wide margin. There are as many great male athletes in the US, but most of the best want to play football, baseball, or basketball. The USWNT also does well because, relative to many other countries, we do pump a lot into women's athletics (even if it pales in comparison to what we give men) and whatever stigma remains around being a female athlete in the US is disappearing fast. Countries with richer soccer traditions but more traditional gender roles, like Italy, Brazil, and Argentina, were slower to come around. They are mostly supporting the sport now, but they're playing catch-up. The US women's program has been working on all cylinders for over twenty years.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
The US women's football team is the most dominant squad to ever play the game in history. The number of times they have finished in the top 3 in the World Cup as a percentage, or the number of Olympic medals they've won in total, is unprecedented. No male team can match their numbers and they've been having male World Cup events since 1930. If they win one more World Cup they'll have matched Brazil's total number of wins and done it in about 1/3 of the time. They already have more gold medals than any other team. Enter some indignant European now to say "oh, we don't really notice women's football across the pond" to try and diminish their incredible achievement.
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level 20
Jul 8, 2019
This may be an achievement in women's football but definitely not in the greater football world kalbahamut. As good as they may be, put the US women's team against any u18 men's team and they'll loose 9 times out of ten. They are leagues away from any decent professional men's team.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
Did I say that they were able to compete head to head with a men's team? They are women. Women are not as physically capable as men. That doesn't change anything that I said, doofus. What an incredibly sexist thing to say.
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level 67
Jul 8, 2019
@kalbahamut: It sure is a great achievement, but it has to be said that there is far less international competiton in women's football compared to the men's. The latter is by far the most popular sport worldwide, the number of men pursuing a football career vastly outnumbering any other sport. Trying to dominate the world stage will bring a country up against the most talented and best-trained of all sportsmen nearly every other country has to offer. On the other hand, for most of the world, women's football either (sadly) goes completely unnoticed, or is a far less popular option than volleyball, individual sports etc. Far fewer countries can even present a truly professional team in world competitions, let alone compete for the title.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
So what you're saying is that the US women's team wouldn't be as dominant if all the other teams in the world were better? Yeah, that makes sense. ::eyeroll::
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
In 1930 when they played the first men's World Cup there were 13 teams competing. There was no qualifying round. There were zero teams from Asia or Africa. In the 2019 women's world cup 144 teams from every corner of the globe tried to qualify. 120 were eliminated before the tournament began.
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level 67
Jul 8, 2019
What I'm saying is that it's significantly easier to achieve this level of dominance compared to men's football. The members of an average country's men's football team are its athletic "elite", whereas, in many countries, hardly any professional female footballers exist. That's why, in my opinion, although the American women's team is obviously doing an amazing job, your comparison with the men's World Cup doesn't really work.
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level 55
Jul 8, 2019
Rimpak, would the achievements of say a lightweight boxer not be achievements in "the greater world of boxing" because they'd probably theoretically lose if they had to play against heavyweight boxers? I've never understood comparing women to men in athletic sports, the best women in the world are exceptional among women and their talents, hard work, dominance, achievements etc aren't diminished at all just because they don't have the natural advantages male bodies have.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
Yeah, george, your argument just totally falls apart when you look at my post about the number of teams competing in the men's world cup in 1930. In 28 years of FIFA women's world cups the US women's team have won nearly as many times as Brazil have won in 89 years of FIFA men's world cups. Brazil was at the very first men's world cup, and it was LESS competitive back then than the women's world cup is now. It took Brazil over 100 years to win a single gold medal in football at the Olympics. And not because it was more competitive! At the 1904 Summer games there were 3 mens' teams competing in football. THREE! And two of them were from the same country. The US women's team got 4 gold medals in a span of 20 years.
At the 1958 World Cup in Sweden where Brazil won their first championship game, there were only 16 teams competing. 4 of those were from Latin America and the rest were European teams. It's absurd to claim that men's football was always more competitive.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
Great Britain has got 3 Olympic gold medals in football in 119 years. Their first medal they are credited with come from the Paris games of 1900. There were only 3 teams competing that year: Great Britain, France, and Belgium. There was no qualifying round. So Great Britain won 2 matches to get gold. And they still have fewer gold medals than the US women's team.
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level ∞
Jul 8, 2019
It's not really that hard to explain. The U.S. doesn't do well in men's soccer because, unlike other countries, we don't funnel 10 year old boys into soccer academies and professional leagues. But in women's soccer there aren't any countries that with intensive development programs of this nature. Leveling the playing field in terms of youth development, the U.S. dominates based on our larger population.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
Population doesn't account for very much. It's a factor, but a very insignificant one. Athletic tradition and support for athletes are, obviously.
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level 63
Jul 8, 2019
I quite enjoyed the women's World Cup this time around due to its relative lack of flopping, faking injuries and crying to the officials incessantly. The men's competitors could learn a thing or two about how to toughen up from these ladies.
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level 69
Jul 13, 2019
I don't really notice soccer across, on, in or under the pond.
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level 67
Jul 8, 2019
I would guess that it's because in the United States, there's many sports (football, baseball, hockey, etc.) competing for the athletically-qualified men, whereas this isn't really the case for the women
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
I don't think this is accurate. I know lots of exceptional female American athletes that play golf, volleyball, rugby, cross country, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, basketball, tennis... or they do gymnastics or swimming. There is no shortage of options for female athletes in the United States. The issue is more that soccer is not a popular sport for men.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
1. Americans support female athletes better than most other countries do.
2. In the United States, soccer is mostly a sport for girls and small children. Capable male athletes play other sports.
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level 16
Jul 8, 2019
I got up at 1am to watch the final, I was cheering for the Netherlands because they have never won. At least I got them all with 1:12 remaining.
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level 73
Jul 11, 2019
#1 is not surprising when most countries are still very patriarchal.
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level 68
Jul 8, 2019
Kal, don't be so hard on us. There are just two things Europe is better at than the US, and if you take soccer, we only have cheese left.
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level 51
Jul 8, 2019
Nah, you'd still have healthcare.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
IMO the tops of the quizzes just got a lot uglier than they used to be. Is this another design choice meant for mobile devices? Looks awful.
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level 55
Jul 8, 2019
I prefer the former design.
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level ∞
Jul 8, 2019
Darn. I like the new design better. The change is meant to reduce clutter while also offering more information for those that want it. Specifically, the date the quiz was created, the # of times it was taken, and a link to the stats that can be clicked without having to take the quiz first. It has nothing to do with mobile devices.
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level 69
Jul 13, 2019
I'd love to have a simple 1-line "Your best score" at the head of every quiz so I don't have to click Start Quiz and Give Up to see if I've taken it before.
...Then hit Take Quiz Again and Start Quiz if I see that I haven't.
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level 57
Jul 13, 2019
Yeah, we mentioned that too in the Reddit for seeing if you've taken a quiz in that box
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level 77
Jul 8, 2019
If anyone's interested, putting those with most wins, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in order, the top 3 ranking would be:
1. USA
2. Germany
3. Norway
I did have the full list here but you know, best avoid too many spoilers. I just created a quiz with the full list, so should be available soon...
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level 60
Jul 8, 2019
Hello there. I have a series on my account which is based on the same concept, would you mind my translating this quiz into french? You don't seem to create french quizzes, but asking prior to the translation seems normal to me. Cordially, Yev.
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level 57
Jul 8, 2019
No worries, go ahead! And put the link here when it's done :)
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level 60
Jul 8, 2019
Here it is. Huge thanks to you!
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level 57
Jul 9, 2019
Awesome!
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level 56
Jul 8, 2019
seems a bit strict to not accept "UK" for England.
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level 76
Jul 8, 2019
In FIFA, the constituent "countries" of the United Kingdom compete separately.
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level 66
Jul 8, 2019
This got me too, England was the only one I missed
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level 72
Jul 9, 2019
and to make things even more complicated; because england finished as a top 3 european country, great britain (with scottish, welsh and northern irish players players being eligible for the gb team) qualified for the next olympics.
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level 21
Jul 9, 2019
all done with one minute left wow usa are great pretty looking women too
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level 28
Jul 9, 2019
How about giving credit to me? You literally stole my quiz https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/286621/fifa-womens-world-cup-top-4-positions
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level 57
Jul 9, 2019
Nah, this was made 4 years ago.. Good promotion though!
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level 76
Jul 9, 2019
I made a similar quiz 5 years ago. But I kind of did it to make a political statement.
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level 57
Jul 9, 2019
Yeah I took that one, the statement worked for everyone because we were all confused haha!
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level 69
Jul 13, 2019
They only do the World Cup thing every 4 years?
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