Women's Soccer World Cup 2019: What To Know

Women's World Cup
Women's World Cup 2019

We are the champions:

The US beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final on Sunday July 7th. This is their fourth time winning the World Cup.

The US scored a remarkable 13 goals against Thailand on June 11th, breaking the record for most goals scored in a single match in FIFA Women's World Cup history.

The Story

The Women's World Cup is here. Time to figure out what jersey you’re going to rock all summer long.

Give me some history.

The men's tournament dates back to 1930. For years, women in many countries – like Germany and the UK – were banned from playing professional soccer. Because, you know...they were women. But in 1970, some went rogue and organized a tournament in Italy. Years later, FIFA caught up with the times and the first Women's World Cup took place in 1991. The US won. And it has won a total of three times – the most out of any other country and including the last one in 2015. (Only three other countries have won: Germany, Japan, and Norway.)

I’m pumped already.

Same. So let's talk details, shall we? Kickoff is Friday June 7 at 3pm ET. For the next four weeks, 24 teams will compete in a total of 52 games in nine cities across France. You can watch it all on Fox and FS1. Telemundo and Universo will have the games in Spanish.

So...the Women's World Cup. Just like the men's?

Kinda. Teams are divided into six groups from A through F. And each group has four teams. 16 advance to the knockout phase: the two winners from each group and the four best third-place teams. And it’s all leading up to the final, which goes down July 7. The US is a favorite to win. But Germany, England, Canada, and France will give it a run for its money. If France wins (note: this year's le host), it would be the first major international trophy for France's women's team.

Oh la la. What are the perks of winning?

Cash money. But, surprise: men get more money than women (think: $4 million compared to what the winning men’s team won last year...$38 million). The world players’ union – which had pushed for a higher prize money – said the cash bonus for women was insufficient and that “football remains even further from the goal of equality.” Feel free to take a break to scream into your pillow.

Just did. Also, isn’t there some tension in France right now?

Oui. Back in November, yellow vest protesters – mostly made up of lower- and middle-class citizens in France – started protesting against a fuel tax hike that the government hoped would help fight climate change. To help stop these protests, the gov scrapped the fuel tax hike and upped the minimum wage. But protests have continued every weekend since.

Every weekend?

Yup. 29 in a row, to be exact. But what they're currently protesting has gone beyond the tax hike. It's turned into resentment against the government over wealth inequality. Many of the protesters say they couldn't afford that fuel tax increase, let alone pay their bills. French President Emmanuel Macron is still trying to patch things up – in what has become the biggest political crisis since he took office.

Give me something good. Who's the mascot?

Say bonjour to ettie (yes, lowercase e). She’s a young chicken and the daughter of Footix, the mascot from the 1998 World Cup that also took place in France. Her name comes from the French word for star – étoile. Oui love her too.