- The rules for the women's game are essentially the same as the men's, except in this tournament FIFA, soccer's world governing body, will experiment with timeouts. Each team will be permitted a two-minute break per half. FIFA says it's to allow coaches "an opportunity to respond to events and to communicate tactical instructions." Critics say it's a way to squeeze in television commercials. - Advancing to the quarterfinals will mean more than keeping alive a team's championship hopes; it also means a berth in the Olympics, which will include women's soccer for the first time in 1996. If the U.S. team doesn't advance, it still will receive an Olympic berth as the host team, and one of the quarterfinal losers will be bumped from the trip to Atlanta. - There's a good chance the 1999 Women's World Cup will be held in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation says it will submit a bid within the next year. Others showing interest are Australia and Chile. If the United States is awarded the event, the championship game likely would be held in Washington. "If it depends on me, {the United States} should get it," FIFA President Joao Havelange told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "But it's the executive committee that votes. But I see nobody to challenge the candidacy of the U.S. Soccer Federation." - NCAA teams are well-represented in Sweden. In addition to the U.S. team's 19 current or former college stars and one incoming freshman, there are Canada's Angela Kelly (North Carolina) and Charmine Hooper (N.C. State), Denmark's Irene Stelling (Hartford) and Norway's Cathrine Zaborowski (N.C. State). - Traveling to Sweden is no big thing for the U.S. team. Since the squad was formed in 1985, the Americans have played in Italy, China, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, Haiti, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Cyprus, Portugal and Trinidad and Tobago. - Since losing 5 of 6 games between August 1992 and April 1993, the Americans are 36-3-1 -- including 12-1-1 this year -- and have outscored their opponents 162-17. However, the losses were to Norway, China and Denmark, the latter two both first-round opponents in Sweden. - Amazingly, this tournament will include two of the biggest "names" in show business: Michael Jackson and Catherine Hepburn. The first person is actually Brazil player Marileia Dos Santos, who, in her country's soccer tradition, goes by a playing name. Why Michael Jackson? Because, her teammates explain, she looks like the King of Pop. As for Hepburn, she is a Spanish teacher from Aurora, Colo., who was selected as one of the referees. So as not to confuse anyone, she spells her first name differently than the famous actress.


BRIANA SCURRY Age: 23 Home: Dayton, Minn. College: Massachusetts. U.S. debut was 5-0 shutout of Portugal in March 1994...Started all four matches in last year's World Cup qualifying tournament... Strength is her athletic ability. Other goaltkeepers: MARY HARVEY, 30, Los Altos Hills, Calif., California. SASKIA WEBBER, 23, Princeton, N.J., Rutgers.


CARLA OVERBECK Age: 26 Home: Dallas College: North Carolina. Anchor of the defense...Started every game in 1991 world championships...Captain of 1995 squad...First U.S. appearance was vs. Czechoslovakia in 1988.

JOY FAWCETT Age: 27 Home: Huntington Beach, Calif. College: California. One of world's top defenders, she isn't afraid to race forward and join the attack...Started five of six games in 1991 championships...All-time scoring leader at Cal.

LINDA HAMILTON Age: 26 Home: Marietta, Ga. College: North Carolina. Physical player who has overcome injuries to regain starting spot... Started five games in 1991 championships. Other defenders: THORI STAPLES, 21, Joppatowne, Md., N.C. State.



Age: 24 Home: Mission Viejo, Calif. College: Stanford

Central midfielder is team's playmaker and the key to generating attack... Started every game in 1991 championships...Four-time all-American at Stanford... Played professionally in Sweden last year...College major: biology (will attend medical school after '96 Olympics).


Age: 22 Home: Modesto, Calif. College: North Carolina

College player of the year in 1994, she has quickly established herself as future U.S. star...Three-time all-American, scored 69 goals in 95 games... Joined national team in 1992...College major: physical education.


Age: 23 Home: Wilton, Conn. College: North Carolina

Dangerous left-side player with strong work ethic and scoring abilities... Started five games in 1991 championships...Despite age, she's U.S. all-time leader in games played (90)...Played professionally in Sweden last year... College major: radio, television and motion picture production.


Age: 18 Home: San Ramon, Calif. College: North Carolina

Youngest member of squad, she finished high school through correspondence classes so she could train with U.S. team...Electrifying player has started every game (26) since being called up in March 1994...One of top track athletes in California.


AMANDA CROMWELL, 24, Annandale, Va., Virginia.

JENNIFER LALOR, 20, Chula Vista, Calif., Santa Clara.

HOLLY MANTHEI, 19, Edina, Minn., Notre Dame.



Age: 29 Home: Oviedo, Fla. College: Central Florida

Best striker in the world...Leading scorer in 1991 championships with 10 goals, including five in one game...Has 82 goals in 87 U.S. appearances...Has overcome Epstein-Barr Syndrome (similiar to mononucleosis) and is at nearly full strength again...College major: liberal studies/health.


Age: 30 Home: Annapolis College: UC Santa Barbara

MVP of 1991 championships with six goals and brilliant passing...Has scored 48 goals in 88 appearances since joining team in 1987...Coach of Navy's women's team and married to coach of Washington Warthogs, Jim Gabarra...College major: business management.


Age: 23 Home: Chapel Hill, N.C. College: North Carolina.

Stated five games in 1991 championships, scoring twice...Has 47 goals in 88 U.S. appearances since joining team in 1987...Played one year at Lake Braddock High School in Burke...Two-time college player of the year...College major: political science.


DEBBIE KELLER, 20, Naperville, Ill., North Carolina.

TIFFENY MILBRETT, 22, Portland, Ore., Portland.

SARAH RAFANELLI, 23, Piedmont, Calif., Stanford.



Age: 46 Home: Wethersfield, Conn. College: Springfield (Mass.)

Was named head coach following Anson Dorrance's resignation last summer... Assistant on 1991 squad, working primarily with goalkeepers...Assistant on under-20 men's team for 1993 world championships...Played five years in American Soccer League in 1970s.


LAUREN GREGG (head coach at Virginia), APRIL HEINRICHS (head coach at Maryland).

THE STARTING LINEUP In contrast to the conservative tactics of other international teams, the U.S. team lines up in a more aggressive stance. Three forwards lead the offense (the standard practice is two) and are supported by four highly skilled midfielders and an outside defender (Joy Fawcett) who joins the attack. Says Coach Tony DiCicco: "We're an attacking team; we have attacking personalities." TV SCHEDULE

* ESPN2 will show all U.S. first-round games on same-day tape:

* June 6 4 p.m. vs. China

* June 8 4 p.m. vs. Denmark

* June 10 3 p.m. vs. Australia

* If U.S. team advances, ESPN2 will show quarterfinal and semifinal on same-day tape:

* June 13 4 p.m. Quarterfinal

* June 15 3 p.m. Semifinal

* ESPN will show championship game on one-hour delay at 1 p.m. on June 18, regardless of whether U.S. team is playing.