SUNDAY, JUNE 26
FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
Canada at Germany
ESPN, 8:30 a.m.
The sixth WWC kicks off, and Germany, the tournament host, faces immense pressure to three-peat after claiming the title in 2003 and 2007. Canada needs a big game from Christine Sinclair, among the world's elite strikers, to be in position for an upset.
Nigeria vs. France, ESPN2, 5:45 a.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11 a.m.
Thierry Henry returns for the Red Bulls, who haven't been playing very well -- they've been shorthanded, to injury and international duty -- and are coming off a demoralizing 4-2 loss Thursday in Seattle. The Fire aren't giving up goals since Frank Klopas took charge and could be on the verge of something nice.
New England Revolution at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.
Colorado Rapids at Columbus Crew, MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.
Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras
Fluminense at Avai, GolTV, noon and 7 p.m.
FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP
Germany vs. Panama
ESPNU, 1 p.m.
Jorman Aguilar has scored both goals for the Canaleros, who might need to conquer the mighty Germans in Queretaro, Mexico, to reach the knockout stage in the FIFA's youngest World Cup. Panama and Ecuador head into the group finales with three points, and Burkina Faso can catch them, so Group E could have a wild finish.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
Los Al Vikings at Ajax America
Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.
The first-year Vikings are still seeking their first victory, and Ajax isn't likely to play victim. The South Bay club, in rebuilding mode, looks to keep pace with the Waves and SeaLions, the Pacific-South Division's top two sides.
Orange County Waves at Claremont Stars, Claremont High School, 11 a.m.
San Diego SeaLions at L.A. Premier FC, La Cañada High School, 6 p.m.
Harrisburg City Islanders at L.A. Blues
Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.
The Blues looked flat off a monthlong league break Friday night, settling for a 1-1 draw with the 10-man City Islanders in the first meeting between the National Division rivals. They'll hope for more in the game number two.
MONDAY, JUNE 27
FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
Mexico vs. England
ESPN, 8:45 a.m.
Mexico stunned the U.S. in the CONCACAF semifinals last year in Cancún, and it's looking for another surprise in its opener. England's biggest stars are among WPS's best players, especially Kelly Smith -- and the goalkeepers include Chino Hills' Karen Bardsley.
Japan vs. New Zealand, ESPN, 5:45 a.m.