Depending on how you look at it, the Women’s World Cup does come before the next Men’s World Cup, yes? OK, maybe that’s a stretch but we’re excited nonetheless. The event is taking place in Canada. Yes, the place known for winter sports is hosting lots of soccer matches this summer.

We think that it’s pretty awesome that our friends up north are showcasing the world’s beautiful game in a country known for hockey and curling. Take that IOC!

The reason were especially stoked for this World Cup is because the United States is a legit contender! Not to say that the men’s team wasn’t but Team USA is more or less favored in this tourney! And with one game in their pocket already (Sorry Aussies), things are looking up.

Here are the Groups:

Group A: Canada, China, New Zealand, Netherlands
Group B: Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, Norway, Thailand
Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, Ecuador
Group D: USA, Australia, Sweden, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Korea Republic, Spain, Costa Rica
Group F: France, England, Colombia, Mexico

The Women’s World Cup runs through Sunday, July 5, 2015 so there is plenty of time to enjoy the games and find excuses to hit bar. And what would the excuse be like without some suggestions. Here are some of our favorite soccer bars. Enjoy and let’s go America! U-S-A!

Nevada Smith’s
1oo Third Avenue
New York, NY

356 W. 44th Street
New York, NY
(212) 445-0131

Tir na nOg
315 W. 39th Street
New York, NY
(212) 760-0072

Nelly Spillane’s
18 E. 33rd Street
New York, NY
(212) 792-9673