As the end of the year approaches, we’d like to take a look back at what happened in the world of minifootball this year, starting with the 2021 WMF Women’s World Cup.
After four long days of matches, the United States earned the right to call themselves champions of the 2021 WMF Women’s World Cup.
The Americans started off strong on the first day of the tournament, scoring early and often against Moldova on their way to an 18-0 victory. But the US wasn’t the only team filling the net on Day 1. Serbia impressed in their first match, beating a young India team 18-1. Egypt also had an impressive start to their tournament, beating Guatemala 5-0, while Switzerland edged out Ukraine 4-2.
Day two of the tournament saw a shocking result to start the day, as Serbia failed to score after their impressive win the day before. They found themselves on the losing end of a 1-0 battle against Egypt, who improved to 2-0 in the tournament. Ukraine also suffered another disappointing loss, going up 3-0 against Moldova before conceding four consecutive goals and losing 4-3. India bounced back from their loss on Day 1 with a 5-0 win against Guatemala, while the United States continued their impressive play with a 9-2 victory versus Switzerland.
On Day 3, Switzerland bounced back with a slight 3-2 win against Moldova to get back on track after a tough second day of the tournament. Meanwhile, Egypt beat India 9-0 to continue their unbeaten streak in group play at the tournament. Speaking of unbeaten streaks, the United States continued to dominate, earning a 9-0 win against Ukraine and finishing the group stage with a +34 goal differential.
The fourth and final day saw two competitive semi-final matchups. The United States edged out a 2-0 win over Serbia to start the day, recorded their third shutout in their first four matches of the tournament. In the other semi-final, it took penalties to decide a winner between Egypt and Moldova. After a hard-fought match, Moldova earned the edge from the spot to book their place in the final.
The United States got on the scoreboard early and often in the final, with five goals in the first half. It was much of the same story after halftime, as the United States poured it on with another four goals on their way to a 9-0 victory, being crowned WMF Women’s World Cup Champions.