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Get To Know The 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team

Art by Emily Scherer Graphics by Gus Wezerek This year’s U.S. women’s national team is a mix of familiar faces and young talents. A dozen players from the team’s winning run in the 2015 Women’s World Cup have returned, including eight of the 11 players who started the final match against Japan. But this is […]

Get To Know The 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team

Art by Emily Scherer Graphics by Gus Wezerek This year’s U.S. women’s national team is a mix of familiar faces and young talents. A dozen players from the team’s winning run in the 2015 Women’s World Cup have returned, including eight of the 11 players who started the final match against Japan. But this is […]

How Our 2019 Women’s World Cup Predictions Work

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from an article about our 2018 World Cup predictions. The Women’s World Cup is back, and so is another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions. For those of you familiar with our World Cup forecast for the men in 2018, or our club soccer predictions, much of our […]

Why France Is The World Cup Favorite. (Don’t Worry — The U.S. Is A Close Second.)

When the 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off Friday, the initial match will contain FiveThirtyEight’s pre-tournament championship favorite — and no, the U.S. women won’t be on the field. So, yes: With a 20 percent probability of winning the World Cup in our model, France has the best odds of any team in the field […]

How Tottenham Could Shock Us One More Time

This could finally be the year when a true underdog wins the Champions League again. The last time a club not among the world’s very elite hoisted the trophy was in 2012, when Chelsea won it all. In the six years since, the ruling class of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid captured Europe’s most […]