The pressure is high for both squads, but the United States already has relieved some of that tension by moving into the tournament's second round, an accomplishment some observers did not expect.
The group stage had it all: cheers, tears, penalties, pelvic contusions, VAR-assisted calls that came down to millimeters. Now, the World Cup is onto the knockout round. Here's our guide to the games.
The success of the men's squad in Qatar will bring players on the women's team more money than they were rewarded for winning the 2019 tournament.
Vinod Kumar of India and Anish Adhikari of Nepal are among the many migrant workers who helped build the stadiums. Adhikari says he was misled about working conditions. Kumar died on the job.
Qatar warned about clothing restrictions for this year's World Cup, and fans are finding out that officials weren't bluffing — but some controversial outfits have slipped into stadiums.
NPR's A Martinez talks to Clint Smith about the captain of the U.S. national soccer team, who was pointedly asked about racism in America this week at a news conference in Doha.
A large part of the Latino community has been religiously watching the FIFA World Cup since it started.
History is made as the first all-female referee team officiates the World Cup match between Costa Rica and Germany.
Merritt Paulson's decision to sell the Thorns comes after a pair of team executives were dismissed for their roles in systemic abuse and misconduct in the National Women's Soccer League.