Soccer fever should sweep the states this fall, when the U.S.tries to efend its title in China.Fans can count on female soccer stars taking a more public stand.

This story first appeared in the December 26, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

But with Mia Hamm marrying Nomar Garciapara and other members of the 1999 championship team showing their age,look for younger stars to win over the girls who play every Saturday on their local fields.