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As Women's World Cup quarterfinals begin, it's worth considering Olympic qualification. If France beats the US, all four WC semifinalists will be European. That means the third place game becomes an Olympic playoff game (the top three European WC finishers qualify for Tokyo 2020). If the US beats France, then the winners of the other three WC quarterfinals qualify for Tokyo 2020. As if the stakes weren't big enough.

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FIFA opens disciplinary case against Cameroon

FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon after their 3-0 loss to England in the round of 16 of the Women's World Cup on Sunday.

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FIFA defends VAR results at Women's World Cup

The chairman of FIFA's refereeing committee said that VAR is working as well in the Women's World Cup as it did in the men's event last year.

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1dTom Hamilton

WWC: French heatwave 'no problem' for England

France is braced for record-breaking temperatures but England manager Phil Neville insists it won't affect the Lionesses' high tempo football.

Mewis: USWNT will continue to rise to the challenge (1:21)
U.S. vs. France 'will be an electric' quarterfinal (1:42)
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England squad hit by virus, Bright 'major doubt'

England's plans for their Women's World Cup quarterfinal against Norway have been hit by a virus with defender Millie Bright considered a doubt.

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If there are any jitters heading into the U.S.-France showdown at the Women's World Cup, the Americans are hiding them well. "This is what makes the World Cup so exciting," Tobin Heath said Wednesday in a news conference. "This is a game we've been looking forward to our whole lives." The U.S. and France meet Friday at 3 ET for a spot in the semifinals.

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England could be without both captain Steph Houghton and Millie Bright for their Women's World Cup quarterfinal against Norway. Bright has a virus while Houghton is still recovering from the tackle late against Cameroon.

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Dutch reach quarters, beat Japan on late pen

The Netherlands reached the women's World Cup quarterfinals for the first time when Lieke Martens's penalty earned them a 2-1 victory over Japan.

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Morgan pumped for 'epic' quarterfinal vs. France (1:11)
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Trump: Rapinoe shouldn't protest during anthem

President Donald Trump says he does not think it's appropriate for U.S. soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe to protest during the national anthem.

Foudy: USWNT underwhelming in 1st World Cup test (1:45)
Rapinoe: USA-France is the game everyone wants (2:13)

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Alex Morgan, noting Spain might have paid extra attention to her after she left the previous game with a knock: "Maybe the Spain players saw that and wanted to be a little more aggressive with me. But I feel like, if anything, it took them off their game more than it took me off mine."

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Megan Rapinoe on the quarterfinal against France in Paris: "Hopefully it's a complete spectacle. Just an absolute media circus. I hope it's huge and crazy. That's what it should be. This is the best game, this is what everybody wanted. I think we want it, seems like they're up for it ... all the fans. Maybe it will be a pretty even split between the fans in the stadium. We've been traveling pretty deep in this World Cup. I hope it's a total [blank]-show circus. It's going to be totally awesome. I think this is what everybody wants."