Get excited, US soccer fans! The highly anticipated 2023 Women's World Cup is here, and the US Women's National Team (USWNT) is set to make their debut. Having triumphed in the past two World Cup tournaments (2019 and 2015), the USWNT kicks off their 2023 campaign against Vietnam on Friday, July 21. Thankfully, the USA vs. Vietnam match is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET, making it convenient for American viewers to catch the action. Here's all the essential information you need to know for watching the USWNT's first game and the full Women's World Cup schedule:
Date: Friday, July 21 Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Eden Park, Auckland, NZ TV
Streaming Options: Sling, Fubo
If you prefer to watch without cable, you have some excellent streaming choices. Sling TV's Blue plan starts at just $20 for the first month and offers Fox and FS1 in select markets, along with 41 other channels. It also includes 50 hours of free DVR storage so you can record the early morning matches if needed. Alternatively, Fubo TV's Pro tier grants access to Fox and FS1 (depending on your zip code eligibility) and comes with additional sports channels like ABC, CBS, CBS Sports Network, and Ion. Although it's pricier at $75 per month, it allows you to watch every World Cup game while still saving compared to a traditional cable package. Fubo also offers a 7-day free trial period, giving you a chance to catch some Women's World Cup matches without any cost. For those in the UK, BBC and ITV will share coverage of the Women's World Cup, airing all 64 matches across their networks. If you're in the UK, you can enjoy World Cup coverage for free on the BBC iPlayer or ITVX. USWNT: Undoubtedly the favorites to clinch another tournament victory, and for good reason. While some players unfortunately missed out on the final roster due to injuries, it's worth noting that every contender faces injury challenges in this tournament. The squad boasts impressive depth, and we're about to witness the introduction of new talents to a global audience. Among the rising stars on the roster, keep an eye on 18-year-old Alyssa Thompson and 21-year-old Trinity Rodman, both making their World Cup debut. They could serve as a potential x-factor for the USWNT. Meanwhile, the seasoned players Crystal Dunn and Lindsey Horan will undoubtedly guide the starting lineup. The opening match against a debutant team might play in favor of the U.S., helping them strengthen their position as the tournament progresses. Vietnam: Led by the experienced Mai Đức Chung, who has been at the helm of the team since 1997, took a break in 2005, and returned in 2014. Under his leadership, the squad has achieved six Southeast Asian Games gold medals and won the AFF Women's Championship. Their attacking prowess relies on the talents of Huynh Nhu, a 31-year-old who holds the record for the most goals scored in her country, an impressive 67 goals in just 72 appearances. The midfield is well-led by their captain, Tran Thi Thuy Trang, and they boast youthful talent on the pitch with Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha, who recently made headlines with a goal in a friendly against Germany (though the match ended in a 2-1 loss). Their recent friendly matches against New Zealand and Spain ended in 2-0 and 9-0 defeats, respectively. Nonetheless, Vietnam is a disciplined and organized side that can present challenges to their opponents on the right day, and their motivation as World Cup debutants will surely drive them to give their best. Make sure you mark your calendars and prepare to cheer on the USWNT as they aim to achieve another stunning victory in the 2023 Women's World Cup!