Throwback

Throwback

There are moments in sports—games, plays, epic performances—which become the stuff of legend, memorialized in photographs, and forever cemented into our collective memory. But these moments aren’t the beginning. Rather, they are often the end of a story which began long before, in obscurity, struggle, and even failure. And in order to tell those stories, we need to go back. From Sports Illustrated, this is Throwback. Season 1 tells the origin story of the U.S. women’s national team and the first Women’s World Cup in 1991. Hosted by Grant Wahl, the premier soccer journalist in the U.S., this season will follow the pioneers who defined women’s soccer in America as they evolve from a group of talented but inexperienced misfits and teenagers into an American phenomenon. Featuring the voices of players who became superstars like Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly; their former coach, Anson Dorrance; historians; authors; the woman who first demanded that FIFA hold a Women’s World C... Show More

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After years of relentless training, the USWNT was finally ready for the 1st FIFA World Championship for Women’s Football for the M&M’s Cup (aka the first Women’s World Cup). The U.S. women had developed a true American playing style, but this was the world’s game. How would they fare on the biggest stage, against the most dominant players from across the globe?

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The first U.S. women’s national team didn’t win a single game at its first international competition. So how did they go from complete embarrassment to tournament favorites entering the first Women’s World Cup just six years later?

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The 1999 Women’s World Cup was the first to captivate an American audience. But it wasn’t the first Women’s World Cup - that happened eight years earlier. And barely anyone paid attention. How did the U.S. women go from unknowns to superstars? Why did it take so long for FIFA to hold a Women’s World Cup? And what does any of this have to do with ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter? 

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May 1, 2019 2 min

Sometimes you get the sense that people think women’s soccer started in 1999. But there’s more to the story than just the ‘99ers. It was the '91 team that started it all. And that's a story not even most soccer fans know.

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