Josefine Oqvist (Sweden)
Although she hasn’t scored in the 2011 World Cup to date, Swedish striker Josefine ?qvist still managed to make headlines at the tournament. Following Sweden’s 1-0 defeat of North Korea, ?qvist strolled into the stands and agreed to swap shirts with a cheeky spectator.
During the epic quarter-final match between Brazil and USA, defender Erika received catcalls from all parts of the stadium from supporters who believed she was time-wasting by feigning injury. Her plan backfired as the US equalised in the last seconds of extra time and then defeated the Samba Queens on penalt.
Laure Boulleau (France)
Defender Laure Boulleau is a new addition to France’s starting line-up. All of her international caps have come at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Hope Solo (USA)
Goalkeeping is often cited as an area of weakness in women’s soccer but US stopper Hope Solo is doing all she can to change all that. The 29-year-old made a crucial save as the US beat favourites Brazil in a quarter-final penalty shootout.
Kyah Simon (Australia)
Kyah Simon, pictured here away from the pitch at the 2011 Australian A-League awards where she was named women’s player of the year, had a memorable tournament. She scored twice against Norway to propel the ‘Matildas’ into the quarter-finals where they were beaten by the Swedes.
Tatiana Ariza (Colombia)
20-year-old midfielder Tatiana Ariza was a member of a goal-shy Colombian squad eliminated in the group phase of the tournament. The team managed one draw and two defeats in their three games and failed to score a single goal.
Leni Larsen Kaurin (Norway)
Midfielder Leni Larsen Kaurin is another World Cup star who plays her club football in Germany. She made her international debut for Norway in 2001 and has played 83 times for her country.
Kaylyn Kyle (Canada)
Touch-tackling midfielder Kaylyn Kyle couldn’t help Canada escape the group stage of the tournament, crashing out after three successive defeats.
Rachel Unitt (England)
Left-back Rachel Unitt hasn’t had much luck at World Cups. In 2007, she was the only player in the England squad not to play. Four years later, on the occasion of her 90th England cap, she finally made her World Cup debut starting in England’s 1-1 draw with Mexico.
Alex Morgan (USA)
Aged 22, forward Alex Morgan is the youngest player in the US world cup squad. Before turning professional, Morgan was a college star at the University of California, Berkeley. She was thefirst player selected in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer league draft.
Nora Holstad Berge (Norway)
24-year-old Nora Holstad Berge’s defensive skills weren’t enough to stop Norway from being eliminated in the group stage of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Corine Franco (France)
Despite playing in the heart of the French defence, 27-year-old Corine Franco has a reputation as a deep-lying playmaker.