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Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The FIFA Women's World Cup Final

The United States takes on Japan this Sunday in an epic rematch of the 2011 World Cup final, with USA hoping to capture a win in this arena for the first time since 1999.

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Before you grab a pint and throw on your jersey, here are some things you need to know:

1. Defending champion Japan advanced to Sunday's final with a 2-1 semifinal victory over England.

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The game's heartbreaking highlight was England's shocking own goal provided from defender Laura Bassett.


4. Japan, hands down, already has the most beautiful goal of the tournament:

5. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has not conceded a goal in over 500 minutes of play.

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Martin Rogers of USA Today recently emphasized that the U.S. defense must be thanked for Solo's clean sheets, saying, "Solo made an important stop against Australia early in the team's opening match, and let in her only goal of the tournament to Lisa De Vanna soon after. Since then, the backline has resembled a fortress, going more than seven hours of play without conceding. Sometimes Solo wanders far out of her goal area, perhaps to take a better look at the action primarily taking place way off in the distance."


6. The final will be played in the 54,000 capacity BC Place in Vancouver on an artificial turf field.

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The use of artificial turf for the tournament was met with criticism, with the men's game being almost always played on real grass. Players including Abby Wambach and Homare Sawa of Japan backed out of a lawsuit against FIFA over the field conditions leading up to the games.


You can see all the final PKs from the game here:

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12. If Japan wins, it will be the only team since Germany (2003 and 2007) to win back-to-back World Cup Final titles.


Pictured Above: Japan's midfielder Homare Sawa celebrates with the trophy and teammates after the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match Japan vs USA on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt.

13. Team USA has not won a World Cup final since 1999, when it beat China 5-4 on PK kicks.

Pictured Above: Brandi Chastain #6 of Team USA celebrates the winning goal by taking off her jersey during the Womens World Cup game against Team China at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.