Here's why this year's FIFA Women's World Cup is a must-see.
1. The U.S. women's team is always more exciting than the men's team.
As one of the top teams in women's soccer, the U.S. stands above the rest: They won the gold for four out of five Olympic games in a row, captured two World Cup championships in '91 and '99, and are consistently ranked as one of the top squads in the world. The U.S. men's team definitely lacks the same kind of global success. Womp womp.
2. Group of Death.
Analysts dubbed the U.S. women's team as the "Group of Death" due to the group having the most combined FIFA points and three top 10 FIFA teams that are each capable of winning it all — So watch out.
3. Oh, Canada.
Though this will be Canada's first time hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup, they've hosted the Summer and Winter Olympics previously. This means they are accustomed to providing warm hospitality to guest nations — And the mascot chosen by Canada for the 2015 World Cup is Shueme, a female great white owl.
4. First time’s a charm.
With FIFA expanding the tournament pool from 16 to 24 teams, there will be eight new teams making their Women's World Cup debut: Thailand, Switzerland, Spain, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Netherlands and Ecuador. The 2015 tournament also marks the first games played on artificial turf.
For the past four years, the U.S. team had to think about their 2011 loss to underdog Japan. But this year is a chance for the U.S. to show they are over it, and ready to win.
6. A confidence builder for young girls.
Soccer legend Mia Hamm was recently interviewed on the impact of women's sports for young girls.
"To see that confidence grow in a young girl is so important because I think boys are naturally encouraged to do those things, and the opportunities to do it for our daughters is so important," she said to Time Magazine.
The 2015 Women's World Cup is an opportunity to inspire the next generation of young girls to do great things.
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