The FIFA Women’s World Cup starts Saturday

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The sports calendar is busy, busy, busy right now, with the NBA and NHL playoffs down to their final two teams each, the UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday, the French Open drawing to a close and Major League Baseball settling into a groove.

And this year, the Belmont Stakes horse race gets a little extra shine, as Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah attempts to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years. Catch the coverage Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC.

But one event that always seems to capture the attention of our country is coming up quickly: the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which begins Saturday. Every four years, nations from around the globe send their finest female soccer players to compete for this coveted trophy. And unlike the men’s World Cup, the United States women are strongly competitive, having won the contest in 1991 and 1999.

This year’s Women’s World Cup will be hosted by our neighbors to the north, Canada, with games scheduled from Saturday through July 5 in cities across the country, including Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton and relatively nearby Vancouver. The competition will air on the Fox Sports family of networks, which recently announced the schedule for the U.S. Women’s National Team, who begin play June 8 in Winnipeg.

The U.S. team’s past success has turned some of its players — Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe — into stars, but there are a bunch of women on the team who you might want to get to know before the action begins. Toward that end, the team has begun a campaign called “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.” that takes a look at the stories behind the women behind the big-time skills.

It looks awesome, quite frankly, and you should check it out. Here’s the trailer!

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