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Fighters on and off the Field

The US women’s national soccer team (USWNT) is the most successful in international women’s soccer history. US women’s national team’s impressive international awards tally includes four Women’s World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. The team had incredibly won at least one medal in every World Cup and Olympic tournament in women’s soccer history from 1991 to 2015. The only time they could not return with a medal was when they were knocked out of the 2016 Summer Olympics in the quarterfinals. USWNT competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football) and The United States Soccer Federation administers the team.

Team USA women’s soccer – the record breakers:

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For the US Women’s National Soccer Team, winning is a habit. For decades, the US Women’s National Soccer Team has been topping all women’s soccer charts, breaking records regularly. US women’s national team won the first Women’s World Cup in 1991. And then the first women’s Olympic soccer games in 1996. The Women’s World Cup, 2015 Final between the US and Japan was the most-watched soccer match ever in the broadcast history of America. With an average of 23 million viewers, the game’s ratings were higher than that of the NBA finals and Stanley Cup finals. US Olympic Committee selected USWNT as the Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999. Sports Illustrated in 1999 chose the entire team as Sportswomen of the Year for its otherwise individual Sportsman of the Year honor.

Notable Players of USA women’s soccer:

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The USA women’s national team boasts the first six players in the game’s history to have earned 200 caps. Soon, five more Americans: Heather O’Reilly, Kate Markgraf, Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, and Abby Wambach also joined this famous list. Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone are the only players to have played more than 300 international matches. Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers became the first two women and the only two Americans in the FIFA 100. This was a list of the 125 greatest living football players chosen by the legendary Pelé.

USWNT in Popular Culture:

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The story of the US women’s national team has inspired one and all and has been featured in famous works. “The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer” made NPR’s 2019 year-end books list.

The 2005 documentary “Dare to Dream: The Story of the US Women’s Soccer Team” was produced by HBO.

Equality through women’s soccer:

The USWNT has waged a legal fight with the United States Soccer Federation against gender discrimination. The players condemn their low paychecks despite all their success. The US Women’s National Soccer Team players demand equal pay for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams. Learn the US womer soccer.

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