FIFA Women's World Cup

Alexia Putellas drops a golazo on Panama during Spain's 7-0 demolition

It's been almost a year since two-time Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas went down with an ACL injury that cost her a place at last summer's European Championship and almost the entire 2022-23 club season with Barcelona.  

Her last appearance for Spain was actually July 2, 2022, when she received her 100th cap and scored her 27th goal in a friendly against Italy.

Now, after a long and demanding road to recovery, Putellas made her long-awaited return to the national team Thursday during a friendly against fellow World Cup participants Panama. 

Women's World Cup: Alisha Lehmann tops list of the most influential players on Instagram

According to a report by Nielsen Sports, Swiss international Alisha Lehmann is the most influential player heading to the 2023 World Cup by Instagram standards.

Lehmann has an active presence on social media, posting updates not only about her soccer career but also as an ambassador of different brands and an activist for various causes. And all in front of 13.5 million followers.

Can the USWNT win the World Cup with Danny DeVito at CB? We use FIFA 23 to find out

Heading to the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, many have pinpointed the USWNT's lack of depth at center back as a cause for concern. So to predict the outcome of this summer's main event, we've devised the sternest, most analytical variable yet: How would the USWNT fare at the World Cup with Danny DeVito at center back?

Carli Lloyd tips Naomi Girma to be cornerstone of USWNT defense for years to come

NEW YORK - United States defender Naomi Girma completes her meteoric rise from national team debutant to the Women's World Cup stage next month and many are predicting she will be a key player for the four-times champions for many years.

The 23-year-old center back first played for the senior U.S. team last year and quickly settled in to earn a place in Vlatko Andonovski's World Cup squad.

The hero in 2019, Megan Rapinoe handed new role in fourth World Cup

NEW YORK - The USWNT's Megan Rapinoe will take on a different role in her fourth Women's World Cup appearance, coach Vlatko Andonovski said on Wednesday, as he named his 23-player squad for the quadrennial tournament.

The pink-haired forward's heroics led the U.S. to a fourth title in 2019, as her larger-than-life persona helped cement her as the biggest celebrity in American soccer, drawing legions of fans and the ire of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

From youth soccer to the World Cup in 9 months: USWNT phenom Alyssa Thompson takes the spotlight

NEW YORK - Nine months ago, Alyssa Thompson was playing youth soccer. In July, the 18-year-old forward will test herself against the best after being named in the four-time champions United States' squad for the Women's World Cup.

It has been a dizzying rise for Thompson, the second-youngest ever named in a U.S. World Cup squad.

USWNT World Cup roster revealed: The biggest surprises and snubs

The 23-player USWNT squad tasked with achieving an unprecedented World Cup three-peat was revealed by manager Vlatko Andonovski on Wednesday, and despite many obvious selections on the back of a qualifying cycle that grew pretty predictable, a late injury to captain Becky Sauerbrunn has shaken things up.

DC introduces emergency legislation to keep bars open 24/7 for Women's World Cup

Here at The18 we've been discussing strategies for staying awake to provide you with the best coverage of the Women's World Cup. The latest plan is to collectively move to Washington DC, where bars and restaurants will now be open 24 hours a day during the month-long tournament after emergency legislation was passed in the District. 

USWNT captain Becky Sauerbrunn will miss 2023 World Cup due to injury

United States captain and veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn will not be included in the squad for the Women's World Cup due to a foot injury she suffered in April, the Athletic reported on Friday.

Sauerbrunn is one of several injured American players to miss the tournament, which kicks off on July 20 in Australia and New Zealand, after attacker Mallory Swanson went down with a knee injury in April.

USWNT graces cover of latest Sports Illustrated

Things are getting awfully serious now: the kits are revealed, the roster is close to locked and Sports Illustrated has dropped its Women's World Cup preview issue with Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle, Sophia Smith and Trinity Rodman gracing the cover.