One of the best parts of every World Cup are the reactions to big moments.
Every four years, hardcore and first-time soccer fans are living and dying with every kick of the ball. If there’s a winning goal in stoppage- or extra-time, you’re just about guaranteed to see videos of those fans go viral.
If the United States Women’s National Team is able to win its first-ever back-to-back title in France, there are going to be plenty of those big moments. The USWNT plays in the group stage against Thailand, Chile and Sweden on June 11 (12:00 p.m. PT), June 16 (9:00 a.m. PT) and June 20 (12:00 p.m. PT), respectively, and the knockout stages commence on June 22.
The San Jose Earthquakes are hosting viewing parties at Avaya Stadium every day the United States plays, as well as the remainder of the tournament. You can RSVP here. In the East Bay, Oakland‘s New Parkway Theater (474 24th St.) is doing the same, with matches from the men’s Gold Cup and Copa America also being shown.
Beginning on June 20, the San Francisco Parks Alliance and San Francisco Parks and Recreation will co-host watch parties for four games: USA-Sweden’s Group F finale on June 20, the semifinals on July 2 and 3 and the final on July 7. The first three matches will be shown at Sue Bierman Park in the Embarcadero, while the final will be shown at Civic Center Plaza.
If you’re looking to sing songs and dress up in red, white and blue, look no further than the unofficial supporters’ group of U.S. Soccer.
Oakland: The Athletic Club, 59 Grand Ave.
San Jose: Jack’s Bar Lounge, 167 E. Taylor St.
San Francisco: McTeague’s Saloon, 1237 Polk St.
Santa Rosa: The Toad in the Hole Pub, 116 5th St.
Where else can I watch?
If suds are not your scene, but bubbles and vino are, DECANTsf (1168 Folsom St., San Francisco) is hosting watch-parties for all three games in the group stage. There are different specials by the glass and bottle for each game, based on the growing region in France where the USWNT is playing that day.
Elsewhere In San Francisco, Mad Dog in the Fog (530 Haight St.), Danny Coyle’s (668 Haight St.), Kezar Pub (770 Stanyan St.) will all be showing the game in The Haight, and you might find yourself jumping on the bandwagon of an international club team in the process.[RELATED: USWNT’s Bay Area ties run deep as World Cup quest begins]
The Old Pro (541 Ramona St.) and the Rose and Crown (547 Emerson St.) are nearby one another in Palo Alto, and the former can scratch your sports-bar itch while the latter gives you a pub experience.