From Japan's surprising victory to the missed opportunities and what ifs, here is what we learned from three weeks of beautiful soccer in Germany.
In an epic game, Japan rallies twice to beat the U.S. winning the World Cup for a nation reeling from natural disasters.
After three weeks, 30 matches and countless nail-biting moments, here's what to know before the U.S.-Japan final (2 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Radio).
The 2011 women have more options than their '99 counterparts, and with a win Sunday, hopefully the next generation will have even more.
Frustrated by its play in the semifinals against Japan, Sweden hopes to rebound with a victory in the third-place game.
The Japanese midfielder sparks her team, captivates her country and has earned respect and admiration from her opponents as well.
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.
A 3-1 win over Sweden puts Japan in the World Cup final for the first time and gives the still-recovering country something to feel good about.
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.
Although all are still stinging from game against France, England's younger players gained valuable World Cup experience that should help the team.
France is jubilant, England devastated as penalty kicks decide a game for the first time since the 1999 World Cup final.
espnW editor Joanne Gerstner takes viewers along for a ride on a high-speed German train as she makes the four-hour journey from Augsburg to Leverkusen.
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.
Born and raised in California, Karen Bardsley wanted to honor her English parents by playing for England.
As more women move from the playing field to the coaching ranks, they're eager to share their passion and knowledge about soccer while serving as role models for girls.