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Consider this the 2019 Women’s World Cup’s first final: It’s arguably the two best teams in the tournament, fighting for a semifinal birth.
When the draw for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was announced, many predicted what has indeed happened: France would win Group A, the U.S. would win Group F, and the two teams perhaps most likely to win the tournament would meet in the quarterfinals. Our advice is not to despair that this isn’t the finals, but to consider this the first of two finals, with the actual finals coming Sunday, July 7.
France enjoys an advantage as tournament hosts. They also have players that rival the rest of the world in sheer talent, and seven of their usual 11 starters play for the same club team. They’re formidable, but then again, so is the U.S., who looked more vulnerable than usual in their 2-1 Round of 16 win over Spain on Monday. But the U.S. still has outpaced their opponents 20-1 in their four matches.
U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe, a quite quotable vocal leader on the squad, declared that this should be and would be a “total shitshow circus” featuring two watchable teams and amped-up fans—and she’s absolutely right. This match has the potential to be not only the best match of this World Cup but the best women’s match of all time. The teams are that good, and the spotlight is just that bright.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the United States vs. France at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
United States vs. France
- When: 3pm ET, Friday, June 28
- Where: Parc des Princes in Paris, France
- Streaming: Fox
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup live stream: Watch U.S. vs. France for free
Each of the following services carries Fox, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch U.S. vs. France at the 2019 Women’s World Cup for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2 (where much of the Women’s World Cup action will be), NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. And for the Women’s World Cup, it’s especially strong, promising to stream each match in 4K. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list and our FuboTV review.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. FS1 and FS2, where the bulk of Women’s World Cup coverage lives, are part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite, and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
United States vs. France: Why it matters
Again, to quote Megan Rapinoe: “Total shitshow circus.” France has a stellar defensive anchor in Wendie Renard (who is 6’2″!), a cadre of talented scorers (especially Eugenie Le Sommer and Delphine Cascarino), and a ball-winning defensive midfielder and emotional leader in Amandine Henry—who all happen to play their club soccer at Lyon, which is currently the best all-around women’s pro team in the world. If not for the United States and their recent dominance, the French team would be the outright favorites to win the World Cup, and plenty of people out there think they’ll overcome the Americans and join their male counterparts who won it all last year.
Questions aplenty emerged from the U.S. win over Spain on Monday: Alex Morgan didn’t score. The offense didn’t seem to get going, certainly not to the high-octane level achieved in the group stages. Coach Jill Ellis had some odd substitutions—Carli Lloyd got on the field a lot later than a lot of fans would have liked, and Lindsey Horan was subbed in very late—risking a yellow card that would have excluded her from this match had she picked one up.
Clearly, both teams will be up for this match, and though soccer is unpredictable — and this is the type of match that can be tense and tentative given its gravity — expect fireworks. Both teams know how to rise to the moment, and they’re not the type to hold back.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.