Fans cheer on Team U.S.A.Nic Czarnecki/Metro Boston

By Dan Kelley and Nate Homan

Hey soccer fans. We know it’s really hard to divert your attention from the ongoing scandal embroiling FIFA. But guess what? There are actual games being played. Right now! By some of the best athletes in the sport.

It’s the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sure, the prize money is a fraction - about 2 percent - of that offered to men but hey, at least it’s soccer. And with 24 teams in the tournament, this year is the biggest yet. And unlike the men’s world cup, the U.S. team has a chance of winning this thing.

The action kicked off over the weekend with host country Canada besting China and Netherlands beating New Zealand.


On Monday, the U.S. team gets its first game of the tournament when it plays Australia at 7:30 p.m. ET. There's a complete TV schedule here.

For those who don’t have Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2, the channel that will show most of the tournament in the U.S., here’s a list of bars that are known by soccer fans to show games.

Park Restaurant and Bar: The Boston Breakers, the hometown women’s soccer team whose goaltender is playing on the U.S. team, are hosting a free World Cup viewing party tonight at the Park Restaurant and Bar in Cambridge at 7:30 p.m.. It’s a five-minute walk from the Harvard T stop at 59 JFK Street.

The Banshee: If aliens land on Earth and are wondering what an authentic Boston Irish pub filled with football fans looks like, take them to The Banshee.

Phoenix Landing: Located right on Mass. Ave., Phoenix Landing is a fantastic soccer bar in Central Square.

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