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How The Women's World Cup Works: A Guide For Everyone

In many ways, the Women’s World Cup is a lot like its male counterpart. In many ways, it isn’t. So with the tournament set to arrive this summer in France, we thought we’d explain how the Women's World Cup works in 2019.

The men’s World Cup has been around since 1930, but the women’s World Cup didn’t start until 1991. The men’s World Cup has 32 teams, the women’s just 24. The U.S. sucks at the men’s World Cup; the U.S. dominates at the Women’s World Cup.

Best FIFA Women’s Player Tries To Make Sense Of Not Making FIFPRO World XI

Alexia Putellas became the first woman to win the Ballon d’Or, UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and The Best FIFA Women’s Player in a single year, completing the historic treble on Monday at the FIFA Best awards. But there’s one honor she missed out on, and it’s hard for anyone to explain, though the Barcelona superstar tried her best to make sense of it all on Tuesday.

The 2021 Puskás Award Is Down To 3 Sizzling Finalists That The18 Somehow Failed To Predict

FIFA has narrowed down the best goal of 2021 — or the Puskás award as it’s commonly known as — to three finalists. The 2021 Puskás award will be won by one of the following three players.

2021 Puskás Award Finalists

  • Erik Lamela’s Rabona Goal vs. Arsenal 
  • Mehdi Taremi’s Bicycle Kick vs. Chelsea
  • Patrik Schick’s Goal From Midfield vs. Scotland

Lamela Rabona

2021’s Most Successful Coach Snubbed From FIFA Best Finalists; We’re Not At All Surprised

There was but one major global international soccer tournament in 2021. For some reason, the coach who inspired an underdog victory in that competition wasn’t deemed worthy by FIFA to even be a finalist for the organization’s FIFA Best Coach of 2021 award. Not that we’re the least bit surprised; we’ve long learned to expect the worst from FIFA.

Why Do Soccer Players Wear Shin Guards, And Do They Really Help?

One of the greatest aspects of soccer is the ability for anyone to play anywhere, at any time — all you need is a ball and love for the game. There is but one piece of mandatory protection in official matches. So why do soccer players wear shin guards and nothing else, and are they effective?

FIFA Gurus Decide USMNT Win Vs. Bosnia Means The U.S. Is Better Than Germany In Rankings

The FIFA rankings are nonsensical 75% of the time and only truly matter for seeding of group stages at the World Cup. Three out of every four years these rankings mean squat, but in 2022 they matter a whole lot. The top seven teams and host get the most favorable seeds during the World Cup draw. FIFA has released the December rankings and the USMNT sits at its highest ranking to end a calendar year since 2005.

The U.S. is ranked No. 11. One spot above Germany.

Kickoff Times For 2022 World Cup Means Fun Afternoons Or Brutally Early Mornings For U.S. Fans

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is only 11 months away and it’s never too early to prepare. One common question American fans will have is “what time are World Cup games in US?” 

Assuming the USMNT qualifies this time, supporters will keep their fingers crossed that the team will get some favorable kickoff times. The 2021 Arab Cup was a preview of how drastically different the kickoff times will be in the U.S. For example, the third-place game was scheduled for 5 a.m. ET while the final was at 10 a.m. ET.

After The 20-0 Game, UEFA Looking At New Qualifying Format For Next Women’s World Cup

UEFA will change the format of its continental qualifiers for the Women's World Cup from 2023 following criticism over a lack of competitiveness, the head of women's football at the European soccer governing body, Nadine Kessler, has said.

New Polling Shows Americans Really Want Biennial World Cup — I’d Like To Speak To The Manager

As FIFA continues to float the idea of a biennial men’s World Cup — bucking nearly a century of norms to hold the tourney twice as often — most everyone with any sort of stake in the beautiful game has come out against the idea. And yet, we continue to see polling data suggesting soccer fans actually want a World Cup every two years. 

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