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Now Streaming: Under Pressure – The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team

The behind-the-scenes World Cup doc is a little light on fresh insights or revelatory footage.

Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (2023)
Things didn't work out for the the USWNT at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup | Courtesy Netflix
Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (2023)

• Player Rating: 6.7
• Stream: Netflix
• Length: 4 episodes, 42 to 45 minutes each
• Audience: Ages 10 and Older

It’s a bit lacking in fresh insights or interesting behind-the-scenes footage, and doesn’t look too deeply into what went wrong for the USWNT during their disappointing World Cup, though the series still succeeds at presenting and contextualizing many of the external pressures faced during their failed chase for a three-peat.

“The World Cup will eat you up and spit you out with bad skin.”

That visceral, slightly gross quote is from USWNT and Gotham FC forward Lynn Williams, and arrives towards the end of Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team, a new docuseries streaming on Netflix that offers behind-the-scenes looks at the USWNT’s 2023 World Cup experience.

Williams’s quote is also an accurate way to describe what transpires across these four episodes, with varied forms of pressure shown weighing on the players and coaching staff of the world’s top women’s national team as it tries to three-peat as World Cup champions.

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