By Brandon Gayle, Global Lead – Athletes & Sports Solutions

Sports fans around the world gathered to watch the finale of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the end, US Soccer avenged their heartbreaking 2011 loss, defeating Japan 5 to 2 to become the first women’s team in history to win three World Cup titles. Following the United States’ win, Facebook’s Data Team analyzed the social conversation around the match. Globally, 9 million people had 20 million Facebook interactions related to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

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  • Carli Lloyd was the Player of the Match for the United States with the most buzz on Facebook
  • Yuki Ogimi was the Player of the Match for Japan with the most buzz on Facebook

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Top 5 Social Moments

  • The final whistle blows, sending the United States to their third World Cup title and first since 1999 (full-time)
  • Lauren Holiday’s stunning volley gives the US a commanding 3-0 lead (14th minute)
  • Carli Lloyd’s second goal of the match leaves Japan facing an early 2-0 deficit (5th minute)
  • Carli Lloyd completes the fastest hat trick in World Cup history, extending the U.S. lead to 4-0 (16th minute)
  • The scoring opens as Carli Lloyd redirects a U.S. corner into the net to give them a 1-0 lead over Japan (3rd minute)

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Top 5 Countries

  • United States
  • Mexico
  • England
  • Canada
  • Brazil

Athletes, entertainers, politicians, and others all took to Facebook to post about the final match. Here are some highlights:

US Soccer providing a behind the scenes look into the locker room celebration:

Alex Morgan celebrating with her teammates:

Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach sharing a moment with the trophy:

Hope Solo joining a “U-S-A! U-S-A!” chant with her fans:

Julie Johnston and Morgan Brian celebrating on the field:

Prior to the game, inspirational messages poured in from a variety of public figures including The Rock, Landon Donovan, Jimmie Johnson, Beyoncé, Ryan Seacrest, and Hillary Clinton:

Many public figures also shared messages congratulating the US team following the win including LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Tim Howard, JJ Watt, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, RGIII, Justin Timberlake, Anne Hathaway, House Speaker John Boehner, and Jeb Bush:

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be remembered for the emotion and national pride that it elicited from football fans around the world. Facebook was the place where fans and public figures came to connect around the tournament, reaffirming the platform’s standing as the global stadium for the world’s biggest sporting events.