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Counting down the days until the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off on July 20? Brushing up on your soccer lingo and rules so you can explain what offside means to your friends? Following every single player on the US women’s world cup roster on Instagram so you can keep up with the latest? You’re in good company.
As the USWNT heads into the 2023 Women’s World Cup as the defending champions, a lot of people — soccer fans and otherwise — are getting psyched. After all, women’s sports are hotter than ever, and another World Cup win could be record-breaking big.
Luckily, you have plenty of time to watch the players of the USWNT shine. The month-long tournament kicks off with a group round, which means we have several chances to see the team play right off the bat. After that, when the knockout round begins, the USWNT’s World Cup schedule will depend on how they play. (Good news: if history is any indication, they’ll do pretty damn well.)
Here’s what you need to know about the US Women’s National Team’s World Cup schedule, including how to watch the games.
Pre-World Cup Events to Know About
USWNT World Cup Schedule
The World Cup tournament format starts with a “group stage” in which the 32 qualifying teams are seeded into groups of four. In these groups, the teams play round-robin-style so they go against every other team in their group. During this stage, no one is immediately eliminated.
The USWNT is in Group E, playing against Vietnam, Portugal, and the Netherlands (the team that the US beat to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup).
- Friday, July 21, 9 p.m. ET: United States vs. Vietnam
- Wednesday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET: United States vs. Netherlands
- Tuesday, Aug. 1, 3 a.m. ET: United States vs. Portugal
If the USWNT advances from the group stage, they’ll move into the “knockout round” (with 16 teams total), which starts Aug. 5. The quarterfinals will be played between Aug. 10-12 and then the semifinals from Aug. 15-16. The third-place match will happen Aug. 19 in Brisbane, and the finals are planned for Aug. 20 in Sydney.
How to Watch the Women’s World Cup
Fox will be broadcasting the games, so you can watch on any cable or streaming service that carries Fox and FS1, including Sling, YouTube TV, or Hulu + Live TV. You can also stream the Women’s World Cup on FOXSports.com and via the FOX Sports App.