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Watch: ESPN documentary on the 1999 Women’s World Cup

I get ridiculously excited just watching this preview for The ’99ers, a new documentary about the 1999 Women’s World Cup, which premiered earlier this week as part of ESPN’s Nine for IX series celebrating women’s athletics on the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

The tournament’s epic final match–in which Brandi Chastain famously ripped her shirt off after nailing the winning penalty kick–was watched live by over 90,000 people at the Rose Bowl and millions more at home. Over a dozen years later, it remains the most watched women’s sporting event in history.

But it wasn’t just a pivotal moment in women’s sports history. In 1999, as Travis Waldron reminds us, soccer hadn’t yet become a hugely popular youth sport, Major League Soccer was only a few years ...

I get ridiculously excited just watching this preview for The ’99ers, a new documentary about the 1999 Women’s World Cup, which premiered earlier this week as part of ESPN’s Nine for IX series celebrating women’s athletics on the 40th anniversary of ...

FIFA takes first step towards lifting hijab ban for Muslim women soccer players

File this one as a win!

Muslim female soccer players are celebrating a decision by the International Football Association Board to allow them to test specially designed head coverings for four months.

Soccer’s international governing body, known as FIFA, has prohibited headscarves since 2007, citing safety concerns. The new headscarves will be fastened with Velcro rather than pins.

As you may remember, thanks to the ban on veiling, Iran’s women’s soccer team was effectively banned from participating in the next Olympics. That prompted Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who is a vice president of FIFA, to start pushing for change. A Dutch design successfully convinced FIFA that safety was not an issue.

I’m thrilled to see that there’s one ...

File this one as a win!

Muslim female soccer players are celebrating a decision by the International Football Association Board to allow them to test specially designed head coverings for four months.

Soccer’s international governing body, known ...

What exactly do we have to do for you to watch women’s soccer?

According to three members of France’s womens’ soccer team, Gaetine Thiney, Elodie Thomis and Corine Franco, it’s probably–show up naked. In a risky move, all three players posed nude for a German magazine to generate some discussion around why people aren’t as interested as they should be in women’s soccer. The image, while so obviously sexual, is made interesting with the caption, “Is this how we should show up before you come to our games?”

Most people are missing the point, arguing that these women are using sex to garner more viewership. And while on one level that might be true, it is really the controversy around using the image that is being used for more attention–a decidedly political ...

According to three members of France’s womens’ soccer team, Gaetine Thiney, Elodie Thomis and Corine Franco, it’s probably–show up naked. In a risky move, all three players posed nude for a German magazine to generate ...

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