The world of women’s sports was kicked upside down with the U.S. women’s soccer team’s thrilling penalty-kick shootout victory against China in the 1999 World Cup. Using candid footage shot by the players throughout the tournament, ESPN’s Nine for IX film The 99ers presents a unique portrait of the team that irrevocably changed the face of women’s athletics.
Date: Friday, February 7, 6PM
Location: Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
Editor: Traci Loth
Cinematographer: Matt Goodman and Nick Higgins
Executive Producers: John Dahl, Robin Roberts, Jane Rosenthal, Connor Schell and Bill Simmons
Producers: Jenna Anthony, Deirdre Fenton, Julie Foudy, Libby Geist, Traci Loth and Carol Stiff
Featuring: Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm
Post Screening Discussion: 15 Years Later Analyzing the Success of the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
It’s amazing that 15 years have passed since the women of the 1999 Women’s World Cup soccer team captured the hearts of a nation and declared once and for all that women could play at the most elite level of sport. The tournament with its attendant audience and media attention held such promise for the future. A generation later, the US women’s national team is still one of the best, if not the best in the world, but challenges still remain – including sustained success of a women’s professional league. Was 1999 the beginning of something or just an anomaly – or was it both?
Deirdre Fenton – Producer, The ’99ers (moderator)
Kristine Lilly- member of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Team
Tony DiCicco – Coach of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Team
Erin Leyden – Director, The ’99ers