Netflix will release its behind-the-scenes documentary of the USWNT’s disastrous World Cup campaign on December 12.
In an early Christmas present to soccer fans, the show will detail the team’s failed attempt to win a third straight World Cup in the summer, in Australia and New Zealand.
Titled ‘Under Pressure’, Netflix said in a short statement on X on Wednesday: ‘From enduring injury to upholding legacy, the series follows the athletes behind the most decorated team in international soccer history on the road to the 2023 FIFA World Cup.’
USA crashed out in the round-of-16 on penalties to Sweden after struggling through the group stages, only winning one game across the entire competition – the opening one, against Vietnam.
It was Megan Rapinoe‘s last World Cup and she missed a penalty in the shootout against Sweden, before drawing fury from supporters back home for ironically laughing at her miss.
Netflix will release a behind-the-scenes series of USWNT’s disastrous World Cup next month
The World Cup exit saw the end for coach Vlatko Andonovski, who resigned in the aftermath. Emma Hayes will take over in his place in the new year – the show may well provide fascinating insight for her ahead of her new job.
The team attracted continued criticism throughout the World Cup campaign for appearing to focus on off-field exploits as much as their success on the pitch.
Carli Lloyd, a two-time USA World Cup winner, covered the tournament for FOX as an analyst and was most critical – especially when Rapinoe and Co danced on the field in celebration at reaching the knockout stages of the tournament following a stuttering 0-0 tie with Portugal.
‘I have never witnessed – I am just seeing these images for the first time on the desk and I have never witnessed something like that,’ Lloyd said.
‘There’s a difference between being respectful of the fans and saying hello to your family, but to be dancing and to be smiling? The player of the match was the post. You are lucky not to be going home right now.’