United States women's national soccer team

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A tickertape parade for thhe United States women's national soccer team in Manhattan in 2015.

The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) represents the United States of America in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning four Women's World Cup titles (1991, 1999, 2015, and 2019), four Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012), and nine CONCACAF Gold Cups. It medaled in every World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics by Sweden. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football).[1]

After mostly being ranked No. 2 from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to November 2014, the longest consecutive top ranking of any team. Since FIFA rankings were established in 2003, it has been ranked No. 1 for a total of 13 years; the only other team to be ranked No. 1, Germany, has been there for a total of 41⁄2 years. The USWNT has never been ranked lower than second.[2]

The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999, and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor. On April 5, 2017, USWNT players and U.S. Soccer reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that would, among other things, lead to a pay increase. In February 2022, numerous current and former members of the USWNT, including Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, settled a lawsuit with the U.S. Soccer Federation for $24 million and a requirement that male and female soccer players be paid equally, regardless of the proportion of prize money they receive, making it the first such instance in the world.[3]

On 2 April 2017 the United States women's national soccer team lost 5-2 to the FC Dallas U-15 boys academy team.[4][5]

In November 2022 the team took home $5.85 million after the men's team success in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This is due to a profit sharing arrangement between the men's and women's teams.[6][7]

On 2 June 2023 the United States women's national soccer team lost 12-0 to Wrexham Association Football Club.[8][9]

Wrexham is a Welsh professional association football club based in Wrexham, Wales, that compete in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of English football, following promotion from the 2022–23 National League. Formed in 1864, it is the oldest club in Wales and the third-oldest professional association football team in the world.[10][11]

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