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.
The 2011 women have more options than their '99 counterparts, and with a win Sunday, hopefully the next generation will have even more.
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 Japanese midfielder sparks her team, captivates her country and has earned respect and admiration from her opponents as well.
Frustrated by its play in the semifinals against Japan, Sweden hopes to rebound with a victory in the third-place game.
Playing together and playing for their country has spurred the Japanese on an amazing run.
Thomas Dennerby thinks scoring will be a problem for Japan against a "very solid, powerful" U.S. team. His squad is the only one to face the U.S. and Japan.
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.
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.
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.
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.