Chile’s Road to the Women’s World Cup Started With an Indignity

PARIS — Three years ago, long before Chile’s soccer team made its first appearance in a Women’s World Cup, it made news for an embarrassing reason. In 2016, goalkeeper Christiane Endler and her teammates found out through news media reports that they had been dropped from FIFA’s official world rankings. The reason? Chile’s soccer federation […]


Soccer star Hope Solo opens up about miscarrying twins

‘The doctor said I was hours from dying’: Former US soccer star Hope Solo reveals she had to have her fallopian tube removed after she suffered an ectopic pregnancy and miscarried twins Hope, 37, opened up about her pregnancy and miscarriage in a new interview  After trying to start a family for a long time, […]


When Japan Lost Its Crown, It Found a Reason to Start Over

When Yuka Momiki of Japan scored a late goal to salvage a tie against the United States in an important tuneup for the Women’s World Cup in February, she danced a brief shimmy, then laughed about it afterward. Several days later, Momiki cleverly chipped a shot over Brazil’s goalkeeper and set up two other goals […]


For U.S. Women, a Rare Question Mark Comes With a Ready Answer

LONDON — Erica Dambach recognized that the words she was using to describe her former player Alyssa Naeher — “very quiet and reserved,” “unassuming,” “very, very humble” — were not ones most people immediately associate with an indomitable athlete. Dambach, who coached Naeher for three seasons at Penn State, said she once had those very […]


What Brand Defines These Women’s Soccer Stars? Their Own

In July 2015, after the United States women’s national soccer team had won its third World Cup final, securing its place as the dominant women’s international soccer team; after its winning game became the most-watched soccer game in United States history, with an average of 25.4 million viewers (more than the N.B.A. finals, more than […]