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Women's National Team

2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
M 5-7 St. Simons Island, Ga. Chicago Red Stars
D 5-7 Menlo Park, Calif. NC Courage
D 5-10 Menlo Park, Calif. Chicago Red Stars
D 5-1 Rockville Centre, N.Y. NC Courage
M 5-7 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars
GK 5-9 Salina, Kan. Portland Thorns FC
GK 5-9 Satellite Beach, Fla. Orlando Pride
F 5-6 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC
M 5-9 Golden, Colo. Portland Thorns FC
D 5-6 Dumfries, Va. Orlando Pride
M 5-4 Cincinnati, Ohio Washington Spirit
F 5-8 Delran, N.J. Sky Blue FC
M 5-8 Northport, N.Y. Seattle Reign
F 5-10 Glendale, Ariz. NC Courage
M 6-0 Hanson, Mass. NC Courage
F 5-7 Diamond Bar, Calif. Orlando Pride
GK 5-9 Stratford, Conn. Chicago Red Stars
D 5-5 Fayetteville, Ga. Utah Royals FC
F 5-7 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Utah Royals FC
F 5-5 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Washington Spirit
F 5-7 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
D 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. Utah Royals FC
D 5-7 Marietta, Ga. Portland Thorns FC

2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:St. Simons Island, Ga.

Club:Chicago Red Stars

Position:Defender

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Menlo Park, Calif.

Club:NC Courage

Position:Defender

Height:5-10

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Menlo Park, Calif.

Club:Chicago Red Stars

Position:Defender

Height:5-1

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Club:NC Courage

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Mesa, Ariz.

Club:Chicago Red Stars

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:5-9

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Salina, Kan.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:5-9

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Satellite Beach, Fla.

Club:Orlando Pride

Position:Forward

Height:5-6

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Golden, Colo.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

Position:Defender

Height:5-6

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Dumfries, Va.

Club:Orlando Pride

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-4

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Cincinnati, Ohio

Club:Washington Spirit

Position:Forward

Height:5-8

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Delran, N.J.

Club:Sky Blue FC

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-8

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Northport, N.Y.

Club:Seattle Reign

Position:Forward

Height:5-10

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Glendale, Ariz.

Club:NC Courage

Position:Midfielder

Height:6-0

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Hanson, Mass.

Club:NC Courage

Position:Forward

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:Orlando Pride

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:5-9

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Stratford, Conn.

Club:Chicago Red Stars

Position:Defender

Height:5-5

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Fayetteville, Ga.

Club:Utah Royals FC

Position:Forward

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Club:Utah Royals FC

Position:Forward

Height:5-5

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:Washington Spirit

Position:Forward

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Redding, Calif.

Club:Seattle Reign FC

Position:Defender

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:St. Louis, Mo.

Club:Utah Royals FC

Position:Defender

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Marietta, Ga.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

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US Soccer

RSVP for U.S. Soccer's Women's World Cup Viewing Event at Gallagher Way Outside Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (May 20, 2019) – U.S. Soccer will host a viewing event for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Group F match against Chile on Sunday, June 16, at Gallagher Way, located adjacent to Wrigley Field.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. at Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St., near the intersection of N. Clark St. and W. Addison St.

The viewing event will feature FOX’s broadcast of the match displayed on a giant outdoor video board along with food and beverages available for purchase. The game kicks off at 11 a.m. CT. It is the second match of the group phase for the U.S. WNT, who will open the tournament against Thailand at 2 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 11 (FOX, Telemundo, FOX Sports App). The USA will also face Sweden at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 20, in its Group F finale (FOX, Telemundo, FOX Sports App).

Gallagher Way
Fans turn out at Gallagher Way to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The event at Gallagher Way is free and open to the public, however, fans are encouraged to RSVP in advance [REGISTER]. Walk-ups are welcome, but space is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are reminded to review the rules of Gallagher Way along with the prohibited items list.

Founded in 1913, the U.S. Soccer Federation has been the official governing body of soccer in the United States for more than 100 years. During that time, and especially over the past 30 years, soccer has grown tremendously at all levels. As U.S. Soccer looks towards the future, its mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. With a long-term and strategic approach, U.S. Soccer is working to accomplish its mission by supporting its members to increase participation at the youth and adult levels and assist in developing world class players, coaches and referees while consistently winning at the highest levels on the international stage. In addition, U.S. Soccer is always striving to serve fans by engaging with them in deeper and more meaningful ways.

ABOUT GALLAGHER WAY 

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville and adjacent to Wrigley Field, Gallagher Way is an entertainment destination where family, friends, neighbors and visitors get together. Gallagher Way is brought to you by — and named after — Gallagher. As part of the Ricketts family’s commitment to be a good neighbor and Gallagher’s desire to contribute to the community, Gallagher Way offers year-round community programming including movie nights, an outdoor fitness series, live music, open-air markets and more. Gallagher Way offers a host of chef-driven restaurants, beautiful Hotel Zachary and is a much sought-after destination for private events. For more information about Gallagher Way, visit www.gallagherway.com.
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WNT May 20, 2019
US Soccer

USA Defeats New Zealand 5-0 In Front Of 35,761 Fans In Second Game Of Send-Off Series, Presented By Volpi Foods

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (May 16, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team played the second match of its three-game Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods, recording a 5-0 win against New Zealand in front of 35,761 fans on a balmy spring night at Busch Stadium.

The USA dominated the flow of game, out-shooting New Zealand 25-1, and similar to the previous Send-Off Series match vs. South Africa, took the lead just past the half-hour mark when Tobin Heath touched home a Megan Rapinoe cross. Five minutes later, Rose Lavelle converted a Lindsay Horan cross with a fantastic finish to give the USWNT a 2-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw more of the same from the USA, which poured it on in the final half hour as substitute Carli Lloyd bagged a brace, the first after being on the pitch for a mere 44 seconds. Lloyd’s second in the 83rd minute was followed less than a minute later by Samantha Mewis’ third goal and fourth this year.

Up Next: The WNT travels to Harrison, N.J. for a showdown with Mexico on May 26 at Red Bull Arena (11:30 a.m. ET; ESPN, UDN) in the finale of the Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods.

Social: Follow the #USWNT on Facebook; Twitter and Instagram.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Megan Rapinoe), 35th minute:
A long ball out of the back by Abby Dahlkemper was settled by Alex Morgan for Megan Rapinoe to collect and drive toward the left end line. Picking her head up, Rapinoe spotted Heath steaming toward the right post and delivered a low cross through the goal mouth for the Portland Thorns attacker to tap in at the back post for her fourth of 2019 and ninth in her last 12 matches. USA 1, NZL 0 WATCH

USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsay Horan), 40th minute: Five minutes after the USA’s opener, Horan and Lavelle produced a near carbon copy of Heath’s goal. Horan was played into space down New Zealand’s right flank and hit a well-placed cross to the into the middle where Lavelle, through an impressive ballet of body control, connected with the ball while sliding to the ground and volleyed her shot into the roof of the net for her seventh career WNT goal. USA 2, NZL 0 WATCH

USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath), 61st minute: Foty-four seconds after entering the match as a substitute, Carli Lloyd finished of a transition opportunity at the left post by tapping in a Tobin Heath pass that cut diagonally through the box to the unmarked captain. USA 3, NZL 0 WATCH

USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press), 83rd minute: With time ticking down, Lloyd capitalized on another quick strike attack by the USA. The ball was played out of the center of midfield to Press on the left and after driving forward with pace, she centered a low cross for Lloyd to tap home as her direct run into the heart of the box took her inside her trailing defender for the gritty conversion in front of a sliding defender. USA 4, NZL 0 WATCH

USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press), 84th minute: The U.S. worked down New Zealand’s right flank through Press again, but this time she laid the ball to Mewis who dribbled toward the top of the box, beat a defender and unleashed low drive from distance that a screened Erin Nayler in the Ferns goal couldn’t react to in time as deflected off a defender and stuck into the lower left corner of the net. USA 5, NZL 0 FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • Ali Krieger earned her 100th career cap tonight, becoming the 38th WNT player in history to reach the century mark.
  • Heath scored her fourth goal of 2019. She now has 11 goals in her last 17 matches and nine in her last 12. The strike was the 29th of her career.
  • Megan Rapinoe recorded her first assist of 2019 on Heath’s opening goal.
  • Rose Lavelle’s goal was the seventh of her international career.
  • Carli Lloyd’s brace in the second half raised her career total to 110 goals. She recently moved past Michelle Akers into fourth place on the WNT’s all-time goals scored list. She leads the team with five goals in 2019. It was her fourth goal in her last three games.
  • Samantha Mewis scored her third goal in her last two games. She now has four goals in 2019 and 12 in her career. Tonight was her 49th international appearance.
  • The game marked Alyssa Naeher’s 24th career shutout.

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: May 16, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CT
Attendance: 35,761
Weather: 88 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      2             3             5                           
NZL                                      0             0             0

USA – Tobin Heath (Megan Rapinoe)                      35th minute
USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsey Horan)                         40         
USA – Carli Lloyd (Tobin Heath)                                61
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press)                             83
USA – Samantha Mewis (Christen Press)                84              

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 60), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 16-Rose Lavelle, 8-Julie Ertz (20-Allie Long, 73), 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 46); 17-Tobin Heath (23-Christen Press, 72), 13-Alex Morgan (2-Mallory Pugh, 73), 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (10-Carli Lloyd, 60)
Substitutes not used: 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Adrianna Franch, 6-Morgan Brian, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 22-Jessica McDonald
Head coach: Jill Ellis

NZL: 1-Erin Nayler; 14-Katie Bowen, 5-Meikayla Moore, 8-Abby Erceg, 3-Anna Green (19-Paige Satchell, 69); 16-Katie Duncan (22-Olivia Chance, 60), 10-Annalie Longo, 2-Ria Percival; 13-Rosie White, 11-Sarah Gregorius (17-Hannah Wilkinson, 75), 7-Ali Riley (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 23-Nadia Olla, 9-Emma Kete, 15-Sarah Morton, 18-Stephanie Skilton, 20-Daisy Cleverley
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 25 / 1
Shots on Goal: 9 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 4
Offside: 7 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
NZL – Anna Green (caution)                                       33rd minute

Officials:
Referee: Karen Abt (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA)                                                                                                                                                                                   

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  Carli Lloyd

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WNT May 16, 2019
US Soccer

Lineup Notes: Busch Stadium in St. Louis Hosts USA-New Zealand in Second Game of Send-Off Series Presented by Volpi Foods

USA vs. New Zealand
Date:
May 16, 2019
Venue: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
Broadcast: ESPN2
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT

Starting XI vs. New Zealand: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle; 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan, 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.)

Subs: 2-Mallory Pugh, 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Allie Long, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Jessica McDonald, 23-Christen Press

Starting Lineup:

  • Alyssa Naeher will earn cap No. 45 tonight. She started vs. Japan on Feb. 27 and then sat out the next two SheBelieves Cup games, against England and Brazil, due to a minor shoulder injury. She returned to the starting lineup vs. Australia on April 4 in Denver and recorded her first career assist on a towering punt that was finished by Mallory Pugh at the other end of the field. She earned her 23rd career shutout vs. South Africa on May 12.
  • Kelley O’Hara starts her second straight game today after playing 45 minutes against South Africa on May 12. She has been working her way back to full fitness from some ankle irritation and missed both April friendlies. Today will mark her 117th career cap.
  • Abby Dahlkemper hasplayed the full 90 in five of eight games this year. She will earn cap No. 39 today and make her ninth appearance of 2019.
  • St. Louis native Becky Sauerbrunn will play at home tonight and earn cap No. 157. It will be her eighth appearance and seventh start of the year.
  • Crystal Dunn , who has consistently shown her excellent attacking abilities from outside back, has 24 career international goals and will earn cap No. 84 today. She has started every game this year so far.
  • Julie Ertz makes her 81st international appearance. She has scored 18 career goals and will make her eighth start of 2019.
  • Lindsey Horan makes her fifth start of the year. She missed the SheBelieves Cup with a quad injury but returned to play a planned 66 minutes against Australia on April 4 and 60 against Belgium on April 7. She did not see action in the May 12 match vs. South Africa due to a minor hip issue. She will make her 67th international appearance.
  • Rose Lavelle earns her 26th cap today. Out of her 26 games, 21 have been starts. She has scored six career goals.
  • Tobin Heath has scored three goals this year to up her international goals total to 28. She’ll earn her 149th cap today and is in 22nd place on the USA’s all-time caps list. Heath has scored 10 goals in her last 16 matches and eight in her last 11. The 10 goals represent 36% of her career total.
  • Alex Morgan scored her historic 100th career goal on April 4 vs. Australia. She also scored against Belgium on April 7 and now has 101 career goals in 161 caps. Today marks cap No. 162for Morgan. At age 29, she is in sixth place on the USA’s all-time goal list, moving ahead of Tiffeny Milbrett. Morgan has scored 28 goals over her last 34 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. During that 28-goal streak, she has scored on about a quarter of her shots, scoring nine goals with her right foot, 15 with her left, three with her head and one with her chest. The 28 goals have included six braces and one hat trick. She will make her ninth appearance of 2019 today.
  • Megan Rapinoe, who has 44 international goals and is in 15th place on the all-time goals list, is just one goal behind Julie Foudy to move into a tie for 14th. She will earn her 152nd cap tonight. Rapinoe had a team-leading 12 assists in 2018 and has 56 assists for her career, moving her to sole possession of sixth place on the U.S. all-time list. Rapinoe's 56 assists in 151 caps is the best ratio of anyone ahead of her on the all-time list except for Hamm, who had 147 assists in her 276 caps.
  • All 23 players on the USA’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster will dress today. The jersey numbers they’re wearing are their World Cup numbers.
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WNT May 16, 2019

PREVIEW: WNT Faces New Zealand in Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods | 8pm ET on ESPN2

With the 23-player Women’s World Cup squad named on May 2 , the U.S. Women’s National Team is in its final phase of preparation before the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA is coming off a 3-0 victory against South Africa on May 12 in the first match of the three-game Send-Off Series Presented by Volpi Foods. The Americans will now play the middle game of the Send-Off Series, taking on New Zealand on May 16 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (7 p.m. CT) in front of a crowd that will be over 34,000 and the largest for a domestic friendly since Sept. of 2017 when just over 30,000 saw the USA beat New Zealand, 5-0 in Cincinnati. The USA has posted a 5-1-2 record so far in 2019 with all but one of those games coming against World Cup-bound teams.

2019 Game Lineups || 2019 Statistics

U.S. WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTER (CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21- Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), 18- Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 21/0), 1- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 44/0)
DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 38/0), 12- Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 20/1); 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 83/24), 11- Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 99/1), 5-Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals FC; 115/2); 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 156/0), 14- Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 32/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6- Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 82/6), 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 80/18), 9- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 66/8), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 25/6), 20- Allie Long (Reign FC; 43/6), 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 48/11),
FORWARDS (7): 17- Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 148/28); 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 272/108), 22- Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 7/2), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 161/101), 23- Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 114/47), 2- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 51/15), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 151/44)

SEND-OFF SERIES, PRESENTED BY VOLPI FOODS

Date

Opponent

Kickoff

Venue; City

May 16

New Zealand

7 p.m. CT

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 26

Mexico

12 p.m. ET

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

June 11

Thailand

3 p.m. ET

Auguste Delaune Stadium; Reims, France

June 16

Chile

12 p.m. ET

Parc des Princes; Paris, France

June 20

Sweden

3 p.m. ET

Stade Océane; Le Havre, France

STORYLINES

USA vs. New Zealand: The USA and New Zealand most recently met for a two-game set in September of 2017 with the USA coming away with a 3-1 win in Commerce City, Colo., followed by a 5-0 victory in Cincinnati. The match in Cincinnati drew 30,529 fans, many to see hometown hero Rose Lavelle, meaning that including with this match, New Zealand will have been the opponent in four of the largest domestic crowds ever, all 30,000-plus crowds. Before the matches in September of 2017, the last time the teams played on U.S. soil was on April 4, 2015, when a record crowd of 35,817 fans packed Busch Stadium as the USA cruised to a 4-0 victory in its first home match of 2015. In that match Megan Rapinoe earned her 100th cap, becoming the 31st American female player to reach the century mark. The USA and NZL also met in 1998 during a doubleheader that served as a World Cup send-off for the MNT that drew more than 44,000.

Becky Comes Home: St. Louis native and U.S. WNT veteran Becky Sauerbrunn returns home for this match, marking the second time she’s played in her hometown after the match in 2015 at Busch Stadium. She played youth club for the famed J.B. Marine and helped lead her teams to four State Cup titles. She attended Ladue High School where she was a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American, a two-time Parade All-American and the 2003 Missouri Player of the Year. She was also First-Team St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro as a senior when she scored 21 goals with 19 assists. She was also the conference player of the year in volleyball and basketball.

Carli Surpasses Michelle Akers: Forward Carli Lloyd has set many records throughout her career and her latest is especially impressive. After scoring her third goal of the year vs. South Africa on May 12, Lloyd now has 108 goals for in her international career, moving her to fourth-place all-time on the WNT scoring list, one goal above the legendary Michelle Akers.

Breaking Down the USA’s World Cup Roster: On May 2, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis made public the 23-player roster that will represent the USA in France this summer, a roster that was a product of more than two-and-a-half years of evaluation in trainings and games since the end of the 2016 Olympics. Ellis selected 12 players who were part of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship squad, while the roster averages 80 international caps per player and has a combined total of 94 previous Women’s World Cup appearances. Of the 23 players named to the roster, Carli Lloyd has the most World Cup experience having played in 18 matches while scoring seven goals, six at the 2015 tournament. Lloyd is also the oldest player on the roster at 36, while Tierna Davidson is the youngest at 20.

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is Around the Corner: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off June 7 as host France faces South Korea in Paris and will run through July 7 when the championship game is staged in Lyon. The tournament will mark the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for three-time World Cup champion USA (1991, 1999, 2015), one of six countries to qualify for all eight Women’s World Cups along with Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Nigeria. This will be the second Women’s World Cup to include 24 nations. Sixteen teams participated in the four World Cups held from 1999-2011. The 1991 and 1995 WWC featured 12 teams. The field for this tournament includes host France along with Spain, Italy, England, Scotland, Norway, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands from Europe; China PR, Thailand, Australia, South Korea and Japan from Asia; Brazil, Chile and Argentina from South America; the United States, Canada and Jamaica from Concacaf; Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon from Africa; and New Zealand from Oceania.

New Rules Get Test Run: In preparation for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, U.S. Soccer requested and received approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to implement three changes to the Laws of the Game during the tournament. These changes, although not officially instituted until June, will be used for the USA’s April friendly matches. At the 133rd AGM of The IFAB held in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 2, 2019 these changes (as well as additional changes) were approved to the Laws of the Game for 2019/20:

  • A player being substituted must leave the field of play at the nearest point on the boundary line.
  • Yellow and red cards for misconduct can be issued to team officials.
  • On a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play as soon as the kick is taken so a player – or opponent as long as they started outside the penalty or were not given the proper time to exit the penalty – can play the ball before it leaves the penalty area.

Follow all the #USWNT action on Twitter using @uswnt and on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

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WNT May 15, 2019
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