FIFA Fever

I have never been a big sports fan. In fact, some would even go so far as to describe me as an “anti-sports” fan. To be honest, I never intended on ever attending a sports event in again, let alone watch them on TV. As a child, I played soccer for 3 seasons, and decided it was not for me. From that point on, sports were not of any interest to me. I attended a University where football was almost as important as academics were. Again, I attended 4 games in 4 years. Everything changed on June 8, 2015.

Megan Rapinoe scores 2 out of 3 goals against Australia. Image Credit: http://www.ussoccer.com

Megan Rapinoe scores 2 out of 3 goals against Australia. Image Credit: http://www.ussoccer.com

The first FIFA Women’s World Cup game I watched was USA vs. Australia. I did not know that I would immediately fall in love with the game after 90 minutes of casually watching. There is something that sucks you in. The fans in the stadium go wild for both sides, and the energy on the screen is enough to make you want to hop in a plane to see the next game live.

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is taking place all over the great nation of Canada. There are 24 teams from all over the world that started the World Cup games on June 6, 2015. Some of the teams that stand out are USA, Brazil, Canada, and Germany. My personal favorite is team USA.

FILE - In this July 10, 1999 file photo, the United States' Brandi Chastain celebrates by taking off her jersey after kicking in the game-winning penalty shootout goal against China in the Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. On Monday Aug. 19, 2013,  Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Chastain visited a soccer camp in Manhattan and promoted "The '99ers," the latest in the ESPN Films Nine for IX documentary series that will air Tuesday night.  (AP Photo/The San Francisco Examiner, Lacy Atkins, File)

FILE – In this July 10, 1999 file photo, the United States’ Brandi Chastain celebrates by taking off her jersey after kicking in the game-winning penalty shootout goal against China in the Women’s World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. On Monday Aug. 19, 2013, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Chastain visited a soccer camp in Manhattan and promoted “The ’99ers,” the latest in the ESPN Films Nine for IX documentary series that will air Tuesday night. (AP Photo/The San Francisco Examiner, Lacy Atkins, File)

The first FIFA Women’s World Cup was held in China in 1991, with twelve teams. The second was in 1995 in Sweden, with twelve teams represented. One of the most famous moment’s in Women’s World Cup history was in 1999, when the USA won against China, and Brandi Chastain She took off her jersey and waved it over her head (as men frequently do), showing her muscular torso and sports bra as she celebrated.

The US team after the win against Nigeria. Image Credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images

The US team after the win against Nigeria. Image Credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images

Currently, the USA and Germany are tied with 2 wins each for overall World Cup Champions (USA in 1991 and 1999, Germany in 2003 and 2007).  Brazil forward Marta Vieira da Silva has been named FIFA World Player of the Year five consecutive times between 2006 and 2010, and is currently the top scorer of all time in the FIFA World Cup, with 15 goals. Tied for second place is Germany’s striker, Brigit Prinz and the USA’s forward, Abby Wambach, both with 14 goals. Prinz is currently retired, which leaves Wambach for the chance to pass Marta this year.

Abby Wambach after her goal against Nigeria. Image Credit: http://www.epsn.com

Abby Wambach after her goal against Nigeria. Image Credit: http://www.epsn.com

Team USA, currently coached by Jill Ellis, has a power roster with not only season players, but also some fresh faces. The most by far is 25 year old Alex Morgan (#13). Morgan, despite her knee injury, has been able to get time on the field.

Christen Press. Image Credit: http://footballschristenpress.blogspot.com/

Christen Press. Image Credit: http://footballschristenpress.blogspot.com/

While becoming a super fan of the USA Women’s soccer team, I have taking an interest to learn more about them as individual women. Christen Press, striker and 24 year old player, has a personal blog where she dives into her life as a player as well as everyday life. Defender, Meghan Klingenberg, aka Kling, is the most active on Twitter (meghankling). Megan Rapinoe has her own website full of photos, and she even shares her passion for giving back to the community as well as the Human Rights Campaign. The rest of the team takes turns posting on their Instagram page (ussoccer_WNT)

#shebelieves campaign to empower girls to achieve their goals

#shebelieves campaign to empower girls to achieve their goals

As you take some time to get to know the women of team USA, remember that they have several matches coming up. Tomorrow, June 22, the US will take on Colombia in round 16 of the Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

Which team do you think will win?

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