Japan won the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, edging out the United States in penalty kicks on Sunday.

FIFA described the match as two-time world champions USA bidding to complete a hat-trick of titles against the technically accomplished Japanese, who are making their first appearance in the Final and have yet to record a win against the Americans.

The tournament was packed with exciting games and stunning players.

Soccer is known as the beautiful game in many parts of the world, and for good reason. The women of the world cup has as much to offer off the field as they do on. Their accomplishments on the pitch are truly inspiring, but sometimes it's OK to look at more than just the action on the field.

International competition allows different cultures to meet and share experiences. There is nothing better than the World Cup. If only it happened more often than every four years!