FIFA Women's World Cup

Chelsea's Bethany England, left, celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur with teammate Magdalena Eriksson during the Women's Super League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Sunday Sept. 8, 2019. (John Walton/PA via AP)
September 08, 2019 - 2:15 pm
LONDON (AP) — The opening weekend of the Women's Super League season attracted almost 63,000 fans across six games as England enjoyed an unprecedented increase in crowds, building on a surge in interest in women's soccer during the World Cup. The cumulative crowd was a 12-fold increase on the start...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2019, file photo, Netherlands' Jackie Groenen celebrates after scoring during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Sweden, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France. The first-ever Manchester derby in the Women’s Super League opens the season when the competition is still a boost in crowds after the big interest in England’s run to the Women’s World Cup semifinals. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
September 06, 2019 - 1:29 am
LONDON (AP) — From her new home in Manchester, Jackie Groenen will gaze across to the nearby stands of Old Trafford visualizing the day she can play in the stadium. Groenen can dream big this year. Even before helping the Netherlands reach its first Women's World Cup final in July, Groenen had...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, the United States team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match against the Netherlands in Decines, France. Across the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), attendance overall is up about 15 percent this year, with the most dramatic upward swings coming after U.S. national team’s victory this summer at the World Cup in France. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
September 03, 2019 - 9:00 am
ZURICH (AP) — Eight countries have stayed in the bidding contest to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, with Belgium and Bolivia dropping out. FIFA says it has sent "the updated bidding and hosting documents" to the eight member federations. They must file detailed bid plans for the first 32-team...
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Dutch soccer player Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool holds the award of men's player of the year 2018/19 during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 02, 2019 - 7:30 am
MILAN (AP) — Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk has joined five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the three finalists for the FIFA best player award. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award. The announcement of the final three in each category —...
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United States' Morgan Brian (6), Carli Lloyd (10) and Lindsey Horan (9) celebrate after a goal by Brian during the first half of the team's international friendly soccer match against Portugal, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 29, 2019 - 10:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carli Lloyd had a goal and an assist in front of her hometown fans, and the U.S. women's national team continued its post-World Cup victory tour with a 4-0 win over Portugal in front of a record crowd on Thursday night. The announced attendance of 49,504 at Lincoln Financial...
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Baltimore Ravens' Sam Koch holds the ball for United States soccer player Carli Lloyd as she attempts to kick a field goal after the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens held a joint NFL football practice in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 28, 2019 - 8:14 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fresh off the United States' victory in the Women's World Cup, could Carli Lloyd be entertaining thoughts about a career change? The 37-year-old soccer star nailed a 55-yard field goal during a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens last week. And on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, North Carolina Courage's Jessica McDonald (14) heads the ball on goal during the team's NWSL soccer championship game against the Portland Thorns in Portland, Ore. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending league champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, evidence of a World Cup bump. In addition to bringing in new fans, players want sustained growth and stability. The key is investment. (Adam Lapierre/The Oregonian via AP, File)
August 22, 2019 - 3:13 am
While record crowds at National Women's Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, and last weekend...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Australia's Samantha Kerr plays against New Zealand during a Cup of Nations soccer match in Sydney, Australia. Kerr sat down on a metal bench after taking a few extra shots after a Chicago Red Stars practice. Red Stars coach Rory Dames poked fun at her competitive streak, and Kerr just laughed it off. If the Aussie star is on her way out of town, it was hard to tell on a picturesque summer afternoon in suburban Chicago. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
August 15, 2019 - 7:06 pm
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Sam Kerr sat down on a metal bench after taking a few extra shots after practice. Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames poked fun at her competitive streak, and Kerr just laughed it off. If the Aussie star is on her way out of town, it was hard to tell on a picturesque summer...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2016, file photo, a girl holds up a sign for equal pay for the U.S. women soccer players, during the first half of an international friendly soccer match between the United States and Colombia, in East Hartford, Conn. Players for the World Cup champion women's national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal pay are over. Molly Levinson, who represents the players in matters concerning the dispute, said in a statement Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, that the players look forward to a jury trial. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
August 15, 2019 - 9:43 am
Players for the World Cup champion women's national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation in their dispute over equal pay are over. Molly Levinson, who represents the players in matters concerning the dispute, said in a statement Wednesday that the players look forward to a jury...
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August 12, 2019 - 6:24 pm
Former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team, U.S. Soccer announced Monday. Markgraf will oversee the search for a coach to replace Jill Ellis, who is leaving the team in October. Ellis is stepping away from the job after leading the United States...
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