Charlotte has plenty of places in Charlotte to catch the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Whether you are a passionate supporter, a casual fan or new to the game, here are a few notes before we introduce you to the starting XI before the tournament kicks off in France on Friday.
In 1991, 12 teams participated in the inaugural tournament, which takes place every four years. It has since expanded to 24 teams, with a nation playing — at most — seven matches to win the tournament. The U.S. Women’s National Team is the reigning champion, winning the tournament in 1991, 1999 and 2015.
Seven nations, including the USWNT, have participated in each tournament. Other originals: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden.
USWNT Group F Games: June 11 vs. Thailand 3 p.m.; June 16 vs. Chile 12 p.m. June 20 vs. Sweden 3 p.m.
Here are 11 places in Charlotte where you can catch all the action.
140 Brevard Court
Why: The Upper Deck is home to Chelsea (English Premier League side who played in Charlotte during the International Champions Cup in 2015). However, downstairs is home to all, whether you are there at 7 a.m. on an early kickoff on Saturday morning — bless that time difference — or late at night for a pint. This is not the place to be basic. You are either there for the match, beer or liquor. Do not ask for a mimosa.
911 East Morehead St.
Why: It’s home of the Queen City Outlaws, the Charlotte chapter of the American Outlaws — the group you may notice on television chanting for 90 minutes straight during national team games. If you’re looking for a group to follow the USWNT with, this is it. Sarah Nesbitt is the Queen City Outlaws president, with Katie Hadley as vice president.
1801 Commonwealth Ave.
Why: It’s Plaza Midwood’s soccer spot. If you’re looking to avoid Uptown, this is the spot to do it.
1523 Elizabeth Ave.
Why: It’s home of the Charlotte Independence — the team plays in the USL Championship. The bar is connected to the Independence office, which sits in the heart of Elizabeth. If you want to explore what Charlotte’s local team has to offer, while avoiding Uptown mayhem, visit the Jacks.
135 Brevard Court
Why: Home to Everton fans during the Premier League season, QCBC also sits across from Romare Bearden Park. It shares the Brevard Court stretch before it turns into Latta Arcade with Belfast, Hooligans, Valhalla and a few others. P.S. QCBC’s menu is served at Hooligans.
208 N. Tryon St.
Why: Queen City Gooners — the Arsenal supporters of Charlotte — religiously gather here during the Premier League season, regardless of how early the game starts. Pull up a chair and prepare to watch Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn. This is also a great space for Father’s Day brunch.
4151 Park Road
Why: Located in Park Road Shopping Center, it’s another great sit-down spot. Tucked away, it can be easy to miss on your first visit. If you’re parked near the Harris Teeter, follow the shops until you find an alley on your left next to CO. (If you hit Michael’s, you’ve gone too far.) Sir Edmond’s is at the bottom of a set of steps.
Specials: $4.50 20-ounce pints Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; half-price bottles of wine on Sundays and Wednesdays.
144 Brevard Court, Suite A
Why: Head here if you’re looking for the game and a drink. It’s an Irish pub that actually makes you feel like you’ve stumbled through a door into Dublin.
Specials: $3 pint night every Thursday from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m.; a rotation of local and import drafts.
12206 Copper Way, Suite 124
Why: Hooligans captured hearts across Charlotte during the 2014 World Cup. Located across from Romare Bearden Park in Uptown, weekend mornings there are almost a religious experience, but not everyone wants to stand for an entire match. Take the Champions League final between Liverpool and Spurs over the weekend — the place was so packed that many could not get in. Enter 12th Man. Located inside the I-485 loop, 12th Man offers more of the sit-down and order a bite and a pint experience with a splash of the eternal Hooligans essence.
1933 South Blvd.
Why: If you’re looking for a South End spot, this is it. There’s plenty of outdoor space, a great menu and a kitchen that stays open until midnight. Sounds like a win. In addition to showing the tournament, Tyber Creek will also be giving away tickets to the June 23 Gold Cup doubleheader, as well as the July 20 International Champions Cup match between Arsenal and Roma.
317 S. Church St.
Why: If you’re an ardent Liverpool supporter, you already know about this place, and you may have a few memories from their Champion’s League win over the weekend. With fabulous food and dedicated soccer supporters, it’s a good way to ease yourself into Brevard Court.