2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: 5 Reasons to Watch

The American women are contenders to lift the World Cup.

— -- While women's soccer doesn't generally get a lot of attention, fans do get excited when the World Cup rolls around every four years.

Here are five reasons why you should follow the Women's World Cup this year:

The USA Could Win It

"Competition is what makes us all better. That's not cliché. That’s how our team operates," Solo said. "But it’s a competition that’s healthy. We know that to win the World Cup it’s going to take all 23 players."

Will the U.S. party like it's 1999? That remains to be seen. The Americans are in Group D -- the tournament's "Group of Death" -- along with Sweden, Australia and Nigeria.

Favorable Time Zones

As mentioned, the tournament will take place just north of us in Canada. That means kick-off times will occur when most of you, especially on the East Coast, can actually watch games. Forget about calling out sick or trying to watch on your phones at work.

World-Class Players

"I think that for the general public, they’re going to see an amazing level of athleticism," said U.S. coach Jill Ellis.

Artificial Turf Controversy

Long a point of debate between many players and FIFA, the tournament will be played on the fake stuff. The players even filed a lawsuit against FIFA, but it was later withdrawn.

Players have complained for years of injuries from playing on artificial turf, while some have compared it to playing on cement. FIFA's decision, critics claimed, smelled of sexism since the the sport's global governing body would never consider holding a men's tournament on fake stuff.


There are plenty of Cinderella teams. France, Spain and Nigeria could very well stun the competition over the next few weeks. It remains to be seen whether those three nations -- or any other team for that matter -- can change the the current power structure in women's world soccer.

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