After a second place at the world cup championship in 1995 the German Team became world champion for the first time on October 13, 2003 after a 2-1 victory in the final against Sweden and defended their title four years later in China after a 2-0 against Brazil. Further successes were the european championship title in 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009. The world cup silver in 1995 was crowned by the direct qualification for the Olympic soccer tournament in Atlanta 1996. Women’s soccer: once smiled on - had gone Olympic. And in the Olympic Tournament in Sydney 2000 the German women´s football team celebrated a great success: they won the bronce medal. They repeated third place in the following Olympics 2004 and 2008.
There are two names standing for success and progress. One is Gero Bisanz who coached the DFB women since their international debut in 1982, until the Olympics in 1996 where, unfortunately, no medal was won. He was followed by Tina Theune-Meyer. Her assistant and now responsible coach Silvia Neid has also been with the team from the very beginning and wore the DFB jersey 111 times.
Nowadays it is quite a normal thing for girls and women to play soccer, while not long ago, this kind of leisure activity had been disapproved of. The way to public acceptance has been long and difficult. The days when the image of fairground entertainment had been affixed to women's soccer are over. What actually counts is the mere pleasure in soccer and a serious endeavour to play it as perfectly as possible, linked with the desire to match ones strengths and faculties by way of sports.
Women's soccer is now an integral part of social life where identification with sports is concerned. The struggle for its position has been honourable and convincing. In looking back on the success of the national team, it becomes evident what a highly developed performance is required and how much attractiveness emanates from it.
The nation-wide introduction of the single-track Bundesliga in the season 1997/98 with the aim to concentrate all power proved to be the right step in the right direction after a time (since 1991) when the Bundesliga had been organized in two groups (north and south). Since 1993, matches are played over a regular time of 2 times 45 minutes. Originally, playtime was altogether 10 minutes less.
According to the latest statistics (2011), there are 1.058.990 registered female members. Women’s soccer is, indeed, stronger than generally believed (at least by men!).