Women's Soccer: Gearing Up for the Olympics and Beyond

As the Olympics approach, the excitement surrounding women’s soccer reaches a fever pitch. The 33rd Summer Olympics, scheduled to be held from July 26 to August 11, 2024, in Paris, France, promises to be a landmark event for the sport.

Olympics Women’s Soccer

Since its Olympic debut in 1996, women’s soccer has carved out a prestigious spot in the annals of the Games. This tournament has not only showcased the sport’s evolving skill level but also its growing popularity and influence worldwide. With the 2024 Paris Olympics set to host 12 women’s teams, including Brazil, Colombia, the USA, and France (the latter qualifying as the host nation), the event is poised to add another thrilling chapter to this history. Each of the 12 teams will consist of 18 players, bringing the total number of soccer athletes to 216. Furthermore, Paris 2024 will award two sets of medals in soccer, heightening the competition’s stakes.

Beyond the Olympics: Where to Watch Women’s Soccer

The passion for women’s soccer extends well beyond the Olympic Games, with professional leagues across the globe showcasing the sport’s talent and resilience. The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States and the Women’s Super League (WSL) in England are just two examples of the premier leagues contributing to the sport’s growth and visibility. These competitions play a crucial role in the ongoing development of women’s soccer, providing platforms for athletes to shine.

Upcoming Matches and Viewing Options

Beyond the Olympics, the women’s soccer calendar is filled with thrilling matches, including league showdowns and cup finals. Noteworthy upcoming games include the NWSL Championship, the UEFA Women’s Champions League final, and the FA Women’s Super League (WSL) critical fixtures. Fans can watch these games on various channels and streaming services:

  • ESPN+ offers extensive coverage of the NWSL and other international competitions.
  • NBC Sports broadcasts selected matches from the Women’s Super League, bringing English football to American audiences.
  • The BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website stream Women’s Super League matches and international competitions accessible in the UK, with highlights available globally.
  • FIFA+, a relatively new platform, provides access to live matches from women’s leagues worldwide, documentaries, and exclusive content, aiming to bring more attention to women’s football.