At the last major tune-up before the World Cup, we checked out two of the title contenders: the United States and Sweden.
We wanted to know how women's football is perceived in those two countries, and what coaches and players expect from the tournament. And who better to ask than Pia Sundhage, the Swedish coach of the US national team? She says she hopes the World Cup will present women's football in its own light. "If we stop looking at things through the lens of men's football," she says, "we'll finally grasp the beauty of the women's game."