Netflix promises an intimate look at the U.S. Women’s National Team’s journey during 2023’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team.
The four-part docuseries, a co-production with Times Studios and Words + Pictures in association with FIFA and directed by two-time Emmy award winner, TIME Studios Head of Sports and Executive Producer Rebecca Gitlitz, will debut on the streaming service on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. The one-minute teaser trailer promises “a first-hand look at the pressure, the euphoria, the joy, and the hardships that these world-class athletes experience as they strive to capture their third World Cup title in a row,” per its synopsis. The all-access sports series will chronicle the most decorated international team in soccer’s history and their shortest run in the World Cup tournament yet.
Nevertheless, Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team will follow the U.S. Women’s National Team’s players and coaches (Namely, Vlatoko Andonovski, who stepped down as head coach on August 17, 2023) through injuries, criticism, doubt, the fight for equal pay, and upholding legacies. Featured players include veteran champions Alex Morgan and the team’s captain Lindsey Horan, as well as 18-year-old rising star Alyssa Thompson and U.S. Women’s World Cup Team first-timers Savannah DeMelo, Lynn Williams, and Kristie Mewis. Morgan kicks the trailer off with the fitting comment, “Of course there’s a target on our back. There always will be.”
That sentiment is especially true for the 2023 World Cup, considering the U.S. Women’s National Team aims for a third consecutive win after 2015 and 2019. Carli Llyod, who played as a forward on the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2015 and 2019 World Cup and was publicly critical of the team’s mindset during the 2023 World Cup, is featured in the teaser trailer saying, “They have to find a way. There’s no other option.”
The Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team footage shows unforgettable moments from the tournament that the team faced, like Lindsey Horan and Daniëlle van der Donk‘s clash during the United States vs. Netherlands match in the group stage. It also features the now infamous moment when the U.S. Women’s National Team’s time in the 2023 World Cup ended in the round of 16 with Lina Hurtig‘s penalty kick for Sweden going over the goal line after goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher‘s initial save.
Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team‘s teaser trailer ending with Lynn Williams, the U.S. Women’s National Team and NJ/NY Gotham FC forward, saying, “You can’t fail. If you fail under the pressure, you fall off,” is impactful. Williams and her other Gotham FC teammates know all about that pressure. On November 11, they won the National Women’s Soccer League Championship in a 2-1 match against OL Reign — Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe‘s final club game as professional footballers. Williams scored one goal, Esther González scored the other, and Midge Purce assisted both.
With more eyes on women’s football daily and long-time Chelsea FC Women manager Emma Hayes becoming the new U.S. Women’s National Team’s head coach, Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team couldn’t drop at a better time.
Marie Margolius produces Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team, while Connor Schell executive produces with Mike Beck, Alexa Conway, Libby Geist, Ian Orefice, Jamie Patricof, and Jessica Sherif.
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Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team streams on Netflix on December 12.