Sweden 2 - 1 France
Japan 2 (3) - 2 (1) USA
In retrospect my bracket wasn't that far off. Except for how I definitely didn't see Japan coming...
Silver Ball: Abby Wambach
Bronze Ball: Hope Solo
Golden Boot: Homare Sawa
Silver Boot: Marta
Bronze Boot: Abby Wambach
Golden Glove: Hope Solo
Best Young Player: Caitlin Foord (AUS)
Fair Play Award: Japan
Goalkeepers: Ayumi Kaihori (JPN) and Hope Solo (USA).
Defenders: Alex Scott (ENG), Laura Georges (FRA), Erika (BRA), Saskia Bartusiak (GER), Sonia Bompastor (FRA) and Elise Kellond-Knight (AUS).
Defensive midfield: Shannon Boxx (USA), Homare Sawa (JPN), Caroline Seger (SWE) and Jill Scott (ENG).
Attacking midfield: Kerstin Garefrekes (GER), Shinobu Ohno (JPN), Louisa Necib (FRA), Anonman (EQG), Aya Miyama (JPN) and Lauren Cheney (USA).
Forwards: Lotta Schelin (SWE), Marta (BRA) and Abby Wambach (USA).
If you missed any games or want to rewatch them, try ESPN3.com or this index of downloads from Rojadirecta.
The women's game has arrived. The level of skill and speed, the increased support in more countries, the (mostly) fair play and good reffing, the incredible organization of the tournament, and the phenomenal fans...I mean, people who were already women's soccer fans knew all of this. But now it's been proven on the world's biggest stage in front of countless new potential fans.
But will it last? This is the question on everyone's lips now: will 2011 be what we thought 1999 would be? Women's soccer has proved it deserves to be mainstream, but will it be?
If you liked what you saw here, please consider going to see your local club team! They need your support!
I want to thank everyone on _fb again for being so amazing this whole tournament. It wouldn't have been nearly as much fun without you, and it's been a pleasure to make these posts. I hope I continue to see y'all around here, tumblr and twitter, reppin' for the ladies. ;) So tell me: now that it's all over, what are you feeling? What did you like, what didn't you like? Will you be tuning in for Canada 2015?