Playing together and playing for their country has spurred the Japanese on an amazing run.
espnW editor Joanne Gerstner takes viewers on a tour of the grounds of the FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium, where Team USA and Japan will face off in the tournament's final on Sunday.
The Japanese come from an emotional place, hoping to uplift their devastated country. The Swedes have been to the World Cup final once and are driven to return.
Sweden, France, Japan and the U.S. have survived four tough games. How much is left their tanks? Here are five storylines to watch in Wednesday's semifinals.
At this stage of the Women's World Cup, there's built-in drama because it's win or go home for each team in each game.
Young players provided a boost in 2-0 win over Japan, making England a group winner for the first time in a World Cup.
England stands a good chance of advancing to the quarterfinals. Jill Scott, with her height, could play a key role in Tuesday's game against the smaller Japanese.
The England women's national team feels it's ready to finally make its mark in the World Cup.
The superpowers haven't changed, but there are some new teams in the mix. As 16 nations vie for the trophy, expect an action-packed three weeks of soccer.