It’s a game that highlights head butting, a lot of kicking and running tirelessly, so it’s no wonder the world is holding its breath as the Women’s World Cup approaches yet again with 16 teams playing for the title of champion. Every four years, these athletes gather to showcase their skill as well as represent their home country on the international stage.

The games start June 26 and will run through July 17 across the cities of Germany. Teams are divided in four groups, then the top two teams of each unit advance to the quarterfinals. After the four matches, the winners move to the semifinal game, which determine the contestants for the championship match.

The U.S.’s first live game is against North Korea on June 28 at 2:15 a.m., for all the loyal fans who will be up watching; that’s Prince William-and-Kate Middleton-type dedication. In town, people are able to watch every play of the World Cup in several places, including McNally’s, which manager Kenny Townsend says is a “definitely a sit down, have a drink kind of place,” The Heidelberg is also showing the games (during hours when they are open, of course). The restaurant’s back room seats about 40 people and has a projection screen for people who may have bigger watch parties.

On campus, the Women’s Center promises to have the games playing on their new flat screen. Support staff in the department of student life Struby Struble plans on following the games with an “obnoxiously large bracket” etched into her planner. She stresses that MU has a top-notch women’s soccer team, and the World Cup is only a glimpse of the height that MU’s women soccer players can reach. Kendra Collins, an upcoming senior and soccer player at MU, says she is thrilled about the upcoming World Cup games. “As a soccer player, it’s always exciting to see a women’s sport on the international stage,” she explains.

+ Raven Maragh

 

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