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.
Playing together and playing for their country has spurred the Japanese on an amazing run.
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.
Although all are still stinging from game against France, England's younger players gained valuable World Cup experience that should help the team.
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.
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.
Some are established stars, some are newcomers -- all want to make their mark on women's soccer's world stage.