The United States Women’s National Soccer Team won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, defending their title by beating the Netherlands in the final. The World Cup was held in France, and was contested by 24 women’s national teams.The U.S. advanced through the group stage with a perfect record, then beat Spain, France, and England in the knockout stage to become finalist.
The final was held on 7 July 2019 in Lyon, in which the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0. The two American goal scorers in the final were Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. Rapinoe also received personal awards for best player and top scorer of the tournament.
The United States broke several records during the 2019 World Cup. Its group-stage game against Thailand resulted in a tournament-record 13-0 score. With 26 total goals scored, the U.S. now holds the record for most goals scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament.
With the 2019 title, the United States has now won the World Cup for a record four times, while Coach Jill Ellis became the first coach to win the World Cup two times. The final game was highly anticipated in the United States. According to the official broadcaster FOX Sports, the final delivered over 14 million American viewers, topping the 2018 men’s final by 22 percent.
Qatar was represented at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in several ways. Qatar Airways has been an Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA. Through this partnership, Qatar Airways has sponsored many FIFA events, including the 2019 World Cup. The airline will continue to sponsor major upcoming FIFA events, including the 2019 and 2020 Club World Cup, and the 2022 World Cup that will be hosted by Qatar.
Qatar also helped train referees for the World Cup by offering a Women’s Referee Course in Doha. The event hosted by the Qatar Football Association was participated by 75 referees. The course included training for the newly implemented video assistant refereeing system (VAR), as well as simulations, theory lessons and fitness checks.
In addition, the World Cup provided six Qatari students the opportunity to attended one of the semi-finals as flag bearers. Students were chosen from Qatar Foundation programs by one of the official partners of FIFA called Wanda Group. This opportunity provided students a lifetime experience that included standing alongside the players before kick-off, watching the game at Stade de Lyon, and touring the beautiful French city of Lyon.
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