The US women are the world's top-ranked soccer team. After winning the trophy in Canada four years ago, they could become world champions for a record-extending fourth time in France. But the global competition is catching up.
The success of the US women's football team has led to record TV viewer numbers in the United States. But the boom in front of the screens isn't reflected in youth football player numbers — not yet anyway.
The US women's soccer team is making headlines at the World Cup in France. When it comes to their presence not only on the football pitch but also in society, they are in a class of their own.
France is hosting 24 teams for the Women's World Cup. Though the athletes play professionally in 34 countries, some leagues are better represented than others. Where are conditions for women's football best — and why?
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