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National Archives Displays Women’s World Cup Trophy

By Angela Tudico | National Archives News

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2023 — The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy is now on view at the National Archives Museum.

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FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy, 2019, on display at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Photo by Susana Raab.

Coinciding with this year’s Women’s World Cup games, which began on July 20, the trophy will be on display through August 29 as part of the exhibit All American: The Power of Sports

The 2019 U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team defeated seven teams in seven games on their road to the championship. Victories included a win over the host country, France, and a shutout over the Netherlands in the championship game. 

The team’s notable run meant back-to-back championships under manager Jill Ellis and a record-setting fourth world championship for the team overall (1991, 1999, 2015, and 2019).

The trophy temporarily joins other artifacts related to the repeat champions on display in All American, such as the 2015 jersey given to President Barack Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia.

“The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and its players like trailblazer Megan Rapinoe appear several times in the exhibit, so the trophy is the perfect addition to All American,” said exhibit curator Alice Kamps. “The trophy exemplifies the impact of Title IX, the landmark legislation that exponentially expanded opportunities for American girls and women athletes to compete in sports, and it reveals the power of sports–and this team in particular–to break barriers.” 

The trophy is on display courtesy of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, a National Archives Foundation All American: The Power of Sports exhibit Honorary Committee member. 

The All American exhibit is currently open and will be on view through January 7, 2024, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Admission to the National Archives Museum is always free, and reservations are not required.

All American: The Power of Sports is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of AT&T, AARP, and Mars, Incorporated. Additional support provided by HISTORY® and the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family.