While the world watched the Americans wade through qualifying for their appearance to a women's world cup, other qualifying games were underway. The UEFA play-offs and the commencement conclusion of the African Women's Championships.
The following a summary of those matches.
The Play-offs will decide the last place in FIFA World Cup from UEFA. The teams with the best second place record are Netherlands, Scotland, Italy and Ukraine.
Each team will play 2 legs in a semifinal berth to determine which two teams will play in the finals, which will also be played over two legs.
Midfielder, Valentina Cernoia got the Italians off to a flying start scoring in the 1st minute of the match. Ukrainian Daryna Apanaschenko (midfielder) leveled it up with a header in the 34'. However, the Italians restored the advantage as forward Melania Gabbiadini snatched what proved to be the game winner in extra-time of the first 45'.
The two teams will go head to head, with the Italians holding on to 1 goal difference for the deciding match at the Arena Lviv in Lvivon the Wed. 29th, October.
Dutch striker, Lieke Martens's goal in the 10-minute, immediately put the Scots on the back foot but their woos got worse when Holland doubled their advantage as Manon Melis converted a penalty in the 23-minute after Frankie Brown was called for an infringement.
Kim Little revived Scotland's hopes when she slammed home a low corner shot in the goal off of a penalty after Stefanie van der Gragt handled the ball in the area.
The Scots will have one more shot to head to the finals of the play-offs when the meet Holland in the second leg in
CAF - African Women's Championship
In the third place match between Ivory Coast and South Africa, midfielder Rebecca Ida, scored the only goal of the match to give her team their first appearance in a women's world cup. The feat inself is remarkable considering this is only the second appearance of the Ivorians in the Africian Championship.
Two first-half goals from Desire Opanranozie and Asisat Oshoala sealed the deal in a fast paced match which saw the Nigerians surviving attack after attack from Cameroonians.
The opening goal came from forward Opanranozie, in a wonderful curling effort from a free-kick, but the 'Les Lionnes' regrouped stronger in their quest for a goal.
The fight wanned a bit when the Super Falcons added another goal to their tally in the 43 minute. Oshoala swooped on a poor clearance by Yvonne Leuko.
The Cameroonians continued the onslaught, showing great spirit but Nigeria held on to claim victory and further extend the defense, their goalkeeper Ibubleleye Whyte and the goal postsaw several world-classThe Nigerian secured their record to seven titles (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014).