Despite great hosts, FIFA still managed to keep Women’s World Cup from reaching potential

Just over a week ago, the United States Women’s National team wrapped up almost a month of great women’s soccer with a 5-2 trouncing of Japan to win the World Cup title.

In between the time when Canada kicked it all off with a 1-0 stoppage time win over China on June 6, there was a ton of great soccer. Colombia came up with the biggest upset of the tournament, beating France 2-0. Nigeria nearly managed to shock everyone by advancing out of the proverbial “Group of Death.” And England had its best ever finish with a third-place showing.

But despite all of those positives and great moments, the tournament didn’t quite live up to the potential it could have. No, it’s not because the Canadians weren’t great hosts, but rather because of — wait for it — FIFA.

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