Last week, Netflix announced it has secured the rights to Jere Longman’s seminal book, The Girls of Summer: The US Women’s Soccer Team and How It Changed The World. The book, released in 2001, will be developed into a Netflix Original film. The movie will follow the 1999 U.S. Women’s National Team, now colloquially known as the ’99ers, on their long, arduous journey to be crowned the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions.
In a tweet announcing the movie, Netflix collected UGC from several players, including Brandi Chastain who recreated her title-winning kick from the mark.
What's the 1999 World Cup winning US Women's Soccer Team up to now?
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) May 12, 2020
Recent success for the Women’s National Team program has brought the team and its players to a larger audience. Because of that, there’s a large swath of fans, both young and old, who are unfamiliar with the pathway blazed by the ’99ers. This Netflix film will shed light on just how game-changing and inspiring the 1999 U.S. Women’s National Team was for people all across the world.
GESM remembers the ’99 FIFA Women’s World Cup
In honor of the ’99 World Cup-winning story being made into a Netflix movie, we asked a few members of the GESM team to recollect on the tournament and the final.