Did you watch the Women’s FIFA World Cup? Here’s what happened.

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Team USA won their 2nd consecutive title as they beat The Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final to win their 4th trophy. The final that took place in the French city of Lyon, saw the United States dominate the proceedings against the Dutch who were playing the Women’s World Cup final for the first time.

There’s a Women’s FIFA World Cup? Yes! The first edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup took place in 1991. It is held once every 4 years. Since then, 4 teams have won the 8 editions with the USA winning 4 times. Apart from the United States, Germany have won the title twice with Norway & Japan winning it once each.

The United States were led by their decorated skipper, Meghan Rapinoe, who has been quite vocal about a lot of issues. Rapinoe has been supporting LGBTQ rights, gender & pay equality. Rapinoe, along with many of her teammates, had earlier filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation accusing the organisation of gender discrimination. Currently, the US men’s football team players get over $5000 as base salary for every game they play. Women, on the other hand, get only $3600 for every game. Rapinoe also was very vocal against US President Donald Trump and said that she along with her team won’t go to the White House if invited.

Controversies aside, this World Cup was dominated by the United States right from the start. The team won all 3 of its group games and marched into the knockouts. The team then beat Spain, and then hosts France & England en route to the final. Rapinoe was in the news for all the controversial reasons, but also for her dominating display on the field. With 6 goals including one in the final, Rapinoe won the Golden Ball & the Golden Boot awards which are given for the best player and most goals scored at the World Cup.

Which are the other good teams? Apart from the United States, England and The Netherlands were two of the best teams in the tournament. England who were considered one of the favourites to win, were knocked out in the semifinals. Interestingly, the Dutch women’s team who recorded their 2nd ever Women’s World Cup appearance made it to the final and were considered one of the most talented sides in the tournament.


Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.

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