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That’s all she wrote!

The whistle has officially blown on the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC). Felicidades to No. 6 Spain for hoisting their first-ever WWC trophy in spite of their head coach and federation. Vamos — there’s a lot to discuss…

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ok so a team of relentlessly excellent women did all the work and won big in spite of abusers patronizers and misogynists in power taking credit for their work.... WAIT I GET THE SOCCER! we all get the soccer! WE ARE ALL THE SOCCER!

Soccer fan and author Glennon Doyle

— Author, activist, and burgeoning footy fan (not to mention USWNT legend Abby Wambach’s wife), Glennon Doyle, telling it like it is after Spain’s win.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup final

🏆 Through the fire they made it

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The GIST: Spain overpowered England 1–0 in yesterday’s thrilling WWC final, a feat all the more impressive considering La Roja’s ongoing protest of the Royal Spanish Football Federation and head coach Jorge Vilda.

How it happened: Spain’s all-star possession was on full display, passing circles triangles around the Lionesses. And in the 29th minute, La Roja launched a deft counter-attack as 23-year-old captain Olga Carmona made a dazzling run up the left flank before scoring the lone goal of the match.

  • England didn’t go quietly though, and had a few second-half chances to equalize. Momentum swung massively on their side when goalkeeper Mary Earps made a tremendous, f-bomb worthy penalty kick save, but the Lionesses couldn’t capitalize.

Off the field: Last September, 15 Spanish players asked not to be named to the national team until certain changes were made, accusing their federation of fostering an unprofessional work environment that had an “important effect on [their] emotional state and by extension [their] health.”

  • Three of those 15 players were eventually named to the WWC roster, but a handful made the ultimate sacrifice to fight for a better football future.

What’s next: It’s unclear. Players (understandably) weren’t too keen to speak about their ongoing protest after the game. It’s unlikely that Vilda will lose his job after the team just won their first WWC title (and after the federation made their stance clear on social media), but the fractures remain apparent and unresolved. Rooting for the players, always.

Women’s World Cup

🔢 By the numbers

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The GIST: From jaw-dropping Cinderella runs to a home country that forever changed the game Down Under to a few legends taking the WWC pitch for one last time, this year’s tourney more than delivered on memorable moments.

  • Here’s a recap of the last month, by the numbers:

5: The number of goals No. 11 Japan midfielder Hinata Miyazawa netted to win the Golden Boot, the prize awarded to the highest scoring player of the tournament. An impressive showing, and a testament to the WWC’s parity that the Golden Boot–winner was ousted in the quarter-finals.

30: As in 30K, the record-setting average attendance per match — just one of the historic crowd numbers seen throughout the tournament. But no one watches women’s sports, right?

32: Speaking of parity, this year marked the first time the women’s tourney expanded to 32 teams, an expansion critics feared would lead to lopsided results but instead provided for outstanding on pitch results…and revenue.

330: In millions, the pay gap that remains between the men’s and women’s tournaments. Maybe equal pay is behind this door?

339: The number of days until the women’s soccer group stage begins at the Paris 2024 Olympics. Magnifique.

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📨 A love letter to women’s soccer

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Looking for a new way to express your love for women’s sports and your competitive side? Topps has you covered — Women’s World Cup–style.

No. 6 Spain lifted the Cup yesterday, but everyone can be a winner with Topps’ UEFA Women’s Champions League collection, featuring some of the game’s biggest stars.

From the thrill of the chase to the rush of finding the one you’ve been searching for, trading cards are a super fun way to show off your women’s sports fandom. The collection drops in just a few days — go ahead, get in the game.

Buzzer Beaters

Two words: Lionel Messi. On Saturday, the GOAT led Inter Miami CF to the Leagues Cup title — his 44th (!!!) career trophy — scoring his 10th goal in seven matches during the penalty shootout dub.

🎾 American Coco Gauff claimed the Cincinnati Open women’s singles title yesterday, making her the first teen to win the tournament in more than 50 years, while Serbian Novak Djokovic won the men’s title in three sets.

🏌️ Yesterday, on her 19th birthday, American Alexa Pano secured her first LPGA victory, winning the ISPS Handa World Invitational after a three-way playoff. HBD, indeed.

Norwegian Viktor Hovland shot a final round course-record 61 at the BMW Championship yesterday, setting up what’s sure to be a thrilling conclusion at next weekend’s FedEx Cup playoffs event, the Tour Championship.

🏃 American Noah Lyles won the men’s 100m at the World Athletics Championships yesterday, racing to a 9.83 second finish — the fastest of his career. Blink and you’ll miss him.

♠️ The reigning WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces saw their 21-game home win streak come to an end with Saturday’s 78–72 loss to the LA Sparks. Didn’t see that one coming.

Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodríguez is on fire. J-Rod recorded 17 hits in four games, breaking an MLB record that had stood since 1925.

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The GIST's Picks

Here’s what passed The GIST squad’s vibe check this week:

🎥 What to watch

Netflix’s Break Point, a docuseries that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of the top players on the ATP and WTA tours. It's the perfect binge before the US Open, tennis’ final grand slam of the season, starts next week.

📚 What to read

The Push by Ashley Audrain. Focused on mothers and daughters, the thriller has an incredible ending that won't disappoint.

🧠 What to know

Your fertility and sexual health, with the help of Rescripted. Check out their science-backed insights to further understand women’s health and The State of Sex Ed in 2023, and be entered for a chance to win over $16K in women's health prizes, including a free egg-freezing cycle.

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Question of the Day

The WWC may be over, but there’s still so much women’s soccer to come. With fútbol fever at an all-time high, which upcoming women’s soccer event are you most excited about? Vote below, or reply to this email and let us know. Options: NWSL championship, NCAA soccer, National Team friendlies, Paris 2024 Olympics

On Friday, we asked who you thought would win the WWC third-place match. 68% of GISTers voted Australia and 32% voted for the bronze medalists Sweden.

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