This coming Sunday, the final match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, as teams from Japan and the United States vie for the championship. Sixteen teams from around the world initially qualified for the tournament, and began playing the first round of matches in nine different arenas across Germany. This year will mark Japan's debut in the final, as the U.S. team, led by Hope Solo and Abby Wambach, tries to become the first national squad to win three Women's World Cup titles. Collected here are some images from this year's championship, from June 26 through today. The final match is scheduled to begin at 2:45 pm Eastern time on Sunday, July 17. This entry will be updated shortly afterward. [41 photos]
United States goalkeeper Hope Solo is given a yellow card by referee Jacqui Melksham of Australia for moving too early on a penalty shot during the quarter-final match between Brazil and the United States at the Women's World Cup in Dresden, Germany, on July 10, 2011.
(AP Photo/Petr David Josek) #