The biggest moments in sports history have stories behind them which have never been told. In 1999, Brandi Chastain kicked the winning goal for the U.S. at the Women’s World Cup. Her victory celebration in a sports bra made for one of the most iconic photos in recent memory. But how did we get to a moment where a women’s sport became a national obsession? To answer that question, we have to go back. In Season 1, soccer journalist Grant Wahl traces that ’99 Women’s World Cup victory back to the origins of the U.S. women’s national team and the first Women’s World Cup in 1991. Featuring superstars like Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy; former coach, Anson Dorrance; and even ex-FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.
Underfunded. Underprepared. Outplayed. | S1: The Women’s World Cup
The first U.S. women’s national team didn’t win a single game at its first international competition. So how did they go from complete embarrassment to tournament favorites entering the first Women’s World Cup just six years later?
The Tsunami Hitting the Shore | S1: The Women’s World Cup
The 1999 Women’s World Cup was the first to captivate an American audience. But it wasn’t the first Women’s World Cup - that happened eight years earlier. And barely anyone paid attention. How did the U.S. women go from unknowns to superstars? Why did it take so long for FIFA to hold a Women’s World Cup? And what does any of this have to do with ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter?
Sometimes you get the sense that people think women’s soccer started in 1999. But there’s more to the story than just the ‘99ers. It was the '91 team that started it all. And that's a story not even most soccer fans know.