comic-con officially begins Thursday in San Diego, but there is another major event starting on the same day. The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup also kicks off in New Zealand and Australia, and there are several reasons to watch.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch this month-long soccer tournament.
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local ties: Stars of the San Diego Wave FC Alex Morgan and Naomi Girma will play for Team USA, and three other Wave players will represent their home countries: midfielder Emily van Egmond (Australia), goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan (Canada) and forward Sofia Jakobsson ( Sweden).
the best teams: The US women’s national team has won the last two World Cup tournaments and is ranked No. 1 in the FIFA rankings. Germany, Sweden, England and France complete the top five. Canada is also in this year’s tournament and is ranked seventh in the world.
first-timers: The Philippines, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Vietnam and Zambia are debuting countries at this year’s Women’s World Cup.
Who is missing: Mexico did not qualify for this year’s World Cup and has only played in the 1999, 2011 and 2015 Women’s World Cup tournaments.
On TV: The games will be broadcast on FOX and FS1 in English and Telemundo and NBC Universo in Spanish. Group stage matches will begin between midnight and 5:30 am and between 5 pm and 11:30 pm local time. The full schedule can be found here.
Transmission: Watch games on your smartphone, tablet or computer through Peacock in Spanish and English on FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app. You can also watch on streaming services that carry FOX, FS1, Telemundo and NBC Universo like YouTube television and fuboTV.
Local watch parties
- blue foot: A soccer staple for over 16 years, Bluefoot Bar and Lounge will show games throughout the tournament with play-by-play on its speakers. It has a full bar and serves more than a dozen local and international beers. Bluefoot does not serve food, but you are welcome to bring your own. 3404 30th Street, San Diego. bluefootsd.com
- Fair play: Catch most of the games at North Park’s newest sports bar, Fairplay, which opened 11 months ago. It has televisions around the bar and along the walls. Fairplay has a full menu, serving dishes like wings, sandwiches, burgers, and salads; There’s even a kids’ menu at this family-friendly place. 4026 30th Street, San Diego. fairplaybar.com
- Guava and grill snack bar: For Team USA’s July 26 game against the Netherlands, the San Diego Wave FC will host a party at the Guava Beach Bar and Grill in Mission Beach. The party starts at 6 pm The Wave will also have exclusive merchandise, prizes and giveaways. 3714 Mission Blvd., San Diego. playa-guayaba.com
- Mavericks Beach Club: In Pacific Beach, Mavericks Beach Club will broadcast all Team USA games. Mavericks is an indoor-outdoor restaurant with 40 TVs and five bars. During the US games, there will be $7 drink specials. 860 Garnet Ave., San Diego. maverickssd.com
- Novo Otay Ranch: The Wave is hosting a watch party for Team USA vs. Vietnam on Friday at Novo Brazil Brewing Restaurant in the Otay Ranch Town Center. The fun starts at 6 pm The venue has one 22-foot LED screen and three 14-foot LED screens. Additionally, Wave’s signature La Ola Dragon Fruit hard kombucha will be on sale for $5 a pint. 2015 Birch Road, Suite 1017, Chula Vista. novobrew.com
- O’Brien’s Pub: A watch party for Team USA on August 1, co-sponsored by Wave and American Outlaws San Diego, will be held at O’Brien’s Pub. The game against Portugal begins at midnight. 4646 Convoy Street, San Diego. obrienspub.net
- shakespearean pub: This British pub in Mission Hills will broadcast televised matches during normal business hours on its eight televisions. The first will be Nigeria vs. Canada on Thursday at 7:30pm The Shakespeare Pub has various food and drink options such as fish and chips and non-alcoholic drinks such as British soft drinks and British tea. 3701 Indian Street, San Diego. shakespearepub.com