DATES: July 21-Aug. 1
VENUES: Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.; RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.; Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando; Orange Bowl in Miami, and Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
TV: none listed
July 21-25 _ First-round games
July 28 _ Semifinals
Aug. 1 _ bronze and gold medal games
U.S. first round:
July 21 _ U.S. vs. Denmark, 4 p.m., Citrus Bowl, Orlando
July 23 _ U.S. vs. Sweden, 6 p.m., Citrus Bowl, Orlando
July 25 _ U.S. vs. China, 6:30 p.m., Orange Bowl, Miami
Also at the Citrus Bowl
July 25 _ Denmark vs. Sweden, 6:30 p.m.
ORLANDO TICKET INFO: Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster (407) 839-3900 or at the Orlando Arena Box Office (407) 849-2020. Prices range from $20 to $40.
FUN FACT: The largest crowd to watch a women's game in the United States was 7,083, which saw the U.S. beat Norway 2-1 in overtime at RFK Stadium on Aug. 6, 1995.
ANALYSIS: Norway is the defending world champion, dethroning the U.S. in the semifinals of the last championship competition in 1995. But the United States was hardly at full strength. Forward/midfielder Michelle Akers suffered a concussion and missed all but a few minutes of the tournament before the Norway match, then injured her knee in the game and struggled throughout. The loss also spurred a new resolve within the players _ to be the best.
Gold _ United States
Silver _ Norway
Bronze _ Germany
_ BRIAN LANDMAN