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A World Cup to remember: Breakthrough moment for women's football

By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS
2 min

Surely it will be remembered as a breakthrough month for women's football. Team USA have kept their title after a World Cup final that like the rest of the tournament here in France kept its promise. The 2-0 win against reigning European champions the Netherlands included marquee names, collective skill, flashes of brilliance... and a sprinkling of controversy with VAR technology arguably changing the course of the match.

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We ask our panel about the signature boisterousness of an American squad that brings a new kind of culture to football and takes on all comers, including their own president. Should they indeed go to the White House? What about their call for equal pay with the men's national side?

The game's biggest star - Norway's Ada Hegerberg - boycotted the tournament over the issue. Now, with TV ratings records shattered, how will this World Cup more broadly impact women's sport? How many girls will be inspired to play team sports competitively? Can success on the pitch change the world we live in?

Produced by Alessandro XENOS, Juliette LAURAIN and Ingri BERGO

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