A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork, hard work, and commitment are themes in story of ups and downs of the U.S. Women's national soccer team during the 2023 season.
Positive Role Models
The veteran players help mentor younger ones and have fought to break down barriers for younger generations. Younger veterans work hard and commit to taking the team to victory.
The players are from various races and ethnicities; some define as LGBTQ+. A featured player from the Matildas is Australian and mixed-race. Vlatko Andonovsk is Macedonian American.
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Violence & Scariness
Occasional arguing and pushing among opposing team members during a match. Sexual harassment and the complaint made against Spanish soccer chief Luis Rubiales for giving a player an unsolicited kiss after the World Cup are discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romantically involved players are seen holding hands with and hugging their partners, but it doesn't go beyond this.
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There's lots of cursing ("s--t," "f--k") throughout.
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Products & Purchases
Team sponsor logos like Nike and Volkswagen are visible on uniforms, in stadiums, etc. None of this is offered in a marketing context.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There is brief footage of Megan Rapinoe and other players drinking champagne after winning a major championship.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Under Pressure: The U.S. Women's World Cup Team is a docuseries about the U.S. national soccer team's preperation for, and performance in, the 2023 FIFA World Cup. There's lots of swearing ("s--t," "f--k") visible sponsor logos (Volkswagen, Nike, etc.); occasional pushing and shoving between adversarial players can be seen during a match. It also highlights the efforts made by players to estabish gender equity in the sport.
Is It Any Good?
The honest and humazing docuseries reveals how the U.S. national women's team coped with the expectations placed on them by the soccer universe thanks to their winning legacy. Some of focus is on Coach Andonovski's strategies and the mistakes the team made during the World Cup tournament that ultimately led to their elimination before making it to the quarterfinals. It also highlights the commitment the players have to the sport and to the national team, and how they negotiate things like personal relationships, motherhood, and serious injuries to remain on the field. The insights it offers about the pros and cons of being a younger player vs. a veteran are interesting, especially as it pertains to how the veterans fought for a more equitable system in which later generations of players can play safely and earn salaries that are equal to those of male players. There are a lot of ups and downs during the team's 2023 journey, but what Under Pressure makes clear is that how they fare at the World Cup is not the only indicator of their many successes.
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