Under Pressure: The U.S. Women's World Cup Team

Under Pressure: The U.S. Women's World Cup Team

TV-MA

netflix

An intimate, all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the soccer team that could have won it all

7.0

TV Show

United States of America
English
Documentary
2023
Alex Morgan, Alyssa Thompson, Lindsey Horan
174 min

TLDR

Sports fans would appreciate the personal touch, but with so many team members, I really needed Google by my side.

What it's about

In 2023, the US Women’s National Team aims for their third consecutive World Cup victory, and Under Pressure depicts the pressure, the struggles, and the excitement as they try to reach their goal.

The take

With the U.S. the clear favorites for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, Netflix immediately grabbed the chance to depict their third consecutive win… But with the surprise defeat in the round of 16, Netflix had to show a different story, and they delivered a personal and empathetic behind-the-scenes look in Under Pressure. The limited series is definitely dedicated to the fans, as the four episodes show plenty of the famous personalities that America has been rooting for, but even new viewers can appreciate the immense hard work and dedication the team devotes to their dream. Even if that goal has been cut short for some team members, Under Pressure is a reminder that the U.S. Women’s team is still in the running, and can aim for the three-peat dream again.

What stands out

Netflix is no stranger to sports documentaries, but with a whole soccer team and their staff, it can be difficult to balance all their stories. Under Pressure manages to maintain a personal tone, as we get to learn some of the common threads they share in pursuing their goal. The members balance their training with other aspects like motherhood, the media, former injury, considering career tracks, etc. For fans of the team, and soccer fans already following these players, the personal depiction is certainly a welcome one, but those new to sports might not be fully familiar with all the names and appearances in the show, especially with nearly 30 members as part of the roster.

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