Here are all the reasons you should deck yourself out in your country’s colors, grab a few friends and a responsibly portioned beverage, and give in to the soccer madness:
The United States is actually IN this one — and they’re favored to win it all (again)
It could be the most competitive tournament ever played.
The US currently holds the record for the most WWC titles, with three, but don’t count out the other top squads. There will be serious pressure on the French team to win at home, especially since their men took World Cup glory last year. And, they’re especially good again the USWNT: They’ve won two out of three of their last games against the Americans. If they both do well, they could meet in the quarterfinals. Yeah, definitely a must-watch.
Other teams to watch: Germany, who are ranked #2 in the FIFA rankings behind the US; Japan, who beat the US to secure the championship in 2011, and were beaten by the US in 2015; and Spain, who rode a massive 8-0 winning streak in their qualifying games.
And don’t forget, even teams who probably won’t make it to the final rounds will still make for some electric games early on. Take Nigeria, the only African team to qualify for all eight Women’s World Cups; or Argentina, who are back on the world stage after a long and controversial absence from international play.