The 1999 Women’s World Cup was a pivotal moment in sports history. It was the most-attended women’s sporting event EVER with over 90,000 people filling up the Rose Bowl. I remember being glued to the television during the entire game. I had just gotten to the beach with my friend and her family, and I couldn’t be torn away for even a second as her brother brought everything in from the car. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this particular game would be engrained in my memory forever.
I grew up playing soccer, so I realize that the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final against China doesn’t have the same impact on everyone. But for every little girl that had ever kicked a soccer ball, these women were heroes and represented hopes and dreams. Well, that game in 1999…that was the kind of game that dreams are made of.
ESPN has put together a series called Nine for IX that shows the stories of women that have revolutionized sports. This past week, they did a short film on the “99ers.” Although it’s already aired, it’s available on iTunes for $3.99. In my opinion, well worth the four bucks to see the story of those amazing women. Enjoy!