Team USA’s 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday in the final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup concluded a tournament that saw several noteworthy performances along with new records being set.
From goals to crowds, Team USA and the Women’s World Cup have seen significant growth from the first Women’s World Cup in 1991, when the United States won the title, subduing a field of 11 other teams before a total audience of 510,000 in China.
TeamUSA.org has selected numerous figures to statistically highlight the tournament.
26.7 million – Americans who watched the 2015 Women's World Cup final on TV, making it the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history. The previous record was 26.5 million for last summer's FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
1,353,506 – Total attendance at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The number broke the record set at the 1999 tournament in the United States (1,194,221). The 2015 Women’s World Cup included 52 games (15 doubleheaders, 20 standalone games). The 1999 Women’s World Cup included 32 matches (15 doubleheaders, two standalone games).
54,027 – Best attendance for a single game at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, for the Canada-England quarterfinal at BC Place in Vancouver. Sunday’s final at BC Place between the United States and Japan drew 53,341.
8,000 – Estimated crowd by Fox News at the U.S. Soccer Federation’s outdoor viewing party in Chicago’s Lincoln Park for the Women’s World Cup final.
630 – Maximum number of minutes (seven 90-minute games) played by five players on Team USA: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg and Becky Sauerbrunn; midfielder Carli Lloyd; and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
154 – Seconds it took before Lloyd gave Team USA the lead in the Women’s World Cup final.
55 – Approximate distance in yards that Lloyd shot from to score her third goal that gave Team USA a 4-0 lead in the Women’s World Cup final.
16 – Minutes in which it took for Team USA to score those first four goals in the 2015 final.
40 – Age of the oldest player on Team USA, Christie Rampone, who is the only remaining player to have participated in the squad’s last Women’s World Cup title in 1999 (her maiden name was Christie Pearce then).
24 – Teams in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, marking the first time the tournament field was larger than 16 teams.
22 – Age of the youngest player on Team USA, Morgan Brian, who played in six of the squad’s seven matches and had one assist. She was 6 years old when Team USA won the 1999 World Cup.
19 – Field players out of 20 on Team USA who played in at least one game during the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
16 – Years since Team USA’s previous Women’s World Cup title.
8 – Players who scored at least one goal for Team USA at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
6 – Most goals scored by a player in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, by both Team USA’s Lloyd and Germany forward Celia Sasic.
5 – Most goals scored by a single team in the Women’s World Cup final. No winning team had scored more than two goals until Team USA’s 5-2 win in 2015.
3 – Women’s World Cup titles won by Team USA, a record. Germany is second with two wins, while Norway and Japan each have one win.
Brian Trusdell has covered four FIFA World Cups and six Olympic Games during his more than 30 years as a sportswriter, mostly with the Associated Press and Bloomberg News. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.