Netflix announced that it would make a documentary film about the U.S. women’s national team that won the home soil World Cup in 1999. The film will recreate the moment when the team won the tournament, which ended in a penalty shootout victory in the Rose Bowl over China.
The streaming giant has acquired the rights to the book by Jere Longman, “The Girls of Summer: The US Women’s Soccer Team and How It Changed The World.”
The film will be produced by Liza Chasin (Darkest Hour, Baby Driver, Love Actually), along with Hayley Stool and Ross Greenburg. Marla Messing, Jill Mazursky and Krista Smith, president and CEO of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will act as executive producers.
The Revolutionary Moment:
The 1999 Women’s World Cup is seen as a revolutionary moment in women’s game history, with the USWNT filling stadiums across the country that summer.
The tournament resulted in the final at the Rose Bowl in Southern California, with the United States emerging triumphant after 120 scoreless minutes in a penalty shootout against China.
USWNT defender Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt after scoring the World Cup-winning penalty and created an instantly iconic moment.
The World Cup victory was the second for the USWNT after having taken home the inaugural event in 1991 as well. The squad went on to win another two World Cups, in 2015 and 2019.