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Netflix is cooking up a US Women’s soccer team documentary


US women's soccer team, Rapinoe, Morgan

The US Women’s soccer team is the latest sporting side targeted for a Netflix documentary, with the side’s dramatic 2023 World Cup campaign set to be re-lived on global screens.

The series aims to provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look into the pressures, both internal and external, placed on a side hunting an unprecedented third World Cup title.

We’ve already seen a host of Netflix’s behind-the-scenes docu-series prove to be vastly successful, including Drive to Survive and Break Point, and the streaming giant will be hoping this series has similar success.

Given the US women’s team was on the verge of greatness during the early stages of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Netflix will be hoping the series is met with a similar level of fanfare. 

With women’s football’s global popularity increasing with each year, a trend confirmed by the recent World Cup, as well as increasing interest in professional women’s leagues across the globe, the documentary couldn’t come at a better time.

US Women's soccer team, under pressure
The US Women’s soccer team has a rich World Cup history

Netflix’s ‘Under Pressure’ docu-series: Details

More than that, the producers couldn’t have picked a more compelling team to focus their storytelling skills on. 

‘There’s no measuring the level of focus and dedication it takes to become the most decorated team in international soccer history, but most of the time, the players on the US Women’s World Cup team make it look easy,’ a Netflix release announcing the series stated.

Across the board, the team is loaded with stars, from experienced veterans like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, through to elite level talent, such as Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan.

So, as Netflix braces to showcase the sides ‘passion, their fight, [and] their sacrifice’, here’s every key detail you should know ahead of ‘Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team’ hitting screens.

Is there a trailer?

Netflix released its official trailer for the series. It provides a perfect snippet of what fans can expect from the four episode series.

What will the US women’s soccer team documentary be called?

Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup team

Netflix has announced the series will be called: Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup team

When will the docu-series be released?

December 12, 2023

The streaming behemoth confirmed the series will drop in the middle of December, a period when the loaded footballing schedule means the sport, and content related to it, dominates the minds and interests of thousands of passionate fans. 

What we know about ‘Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team’

Outside of its release date, Netflix confirmed the series will be four episodes long. 

The series is also backed by a crash hot production team which includes dual Emmy winner, and series director, Rebecca Gitlitz, while executive producer Conner Schell has worked on The Last Dance, and O.J.: Made in America, and 30 for 30. 

Some serious resumes from the pair of them promise an incredibly entertaining and insightful story that chronicles the highs and lows of a touring team of champions fending off assailants on the hunt for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup. 

As for the tournament itself, fans can expect nothing short of exhilarating, unscripted drama, the kind only elite level, high stakes professional sport can produce. 

There’s was an exit etched immediately into World Cup folklore. A great team of champions downed in the cruellest of circumstances. An unfortunate outcome that prevented a truly historic 3-peat from occurring. 

But such tragedy and heartbreak will provide viewers with fantastic viewing. Great documentaries are rarely completely positive. In fact, some of the most memorable, beautifully encapsulate the emotional tribulations of professional athletes.

Think Michael Jordan breaking down in The Last Dance. Powerful, poignant, and memorable.

Fans who tune into ‘Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team’ will be rewarded with unrivalled insights into one of professional sports’ great pressure chambers. 

“It’s very simple; win every game,” we hear head coach Vlatko Andonovski explain in the trailer for the series. 

That says it all, and yet there is still so much left to be said. 

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Kyle Robbins
Kyle is a senior sports writer and producer at Only Sports who lives and breathes sport, with a particular burning passion for everything soccer, rugby league, and cricket. You’ll most commonly find him getting overly hopeful about the Bulldogs and Chelsea’s prospects. Find Kyle on LinkedIn.

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