As an organization, FIFA is kind of the worst. But that hasn’t changed our love for the individual players currently competing in the Women’s World Cup (going on in Canada now through July 5). These ladies seriously kick ass, both on and off the field. And they deserve our support.

So in spite of FIFA’s vile corruption and outright sexism, here are five ferocious female players to watch--and cheer loudly for as they take on the Beautiful Game.

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Miraildes Maciel Mota, aka “Formiga” (Brazil)

Though this is her sixth World Cup appearance, this midfielder has been kicking it professionally for over two decades. Her insane speed and agility earned her the nickname "Formiga(“ant” in Portuguese).

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Sydney Leroux Dwyer (USA)

The badass forward took to Instagram with a pic of her scraped-up legs, calling out FIFA for not allowing the female pros to play on grass (like their male counterparts) but instead on rough artificial turf. Equality in sports? C'mon guys, it's 2015.

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Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)

One of the World Cup’s youngest players, this 20-year-old leads the charge for Muslim women in professional sports; she famously rebelled against her parents by dropping out of school and hasn’t looked back since joining the international scene in January.

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Melissa Barbieri (Australia)

In 2008 “Bubs” was the first Aussie woman to ever play on a men’s professional team. When she’s not winning Goalkeeper of the Year, she’s working to spread the inclusive message of soccer to girls around the globe with the Live Your Goals campaign.

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Abby Wambach (USA)

She’s the leading all-time international scorer (for both women and men), 2012’s World Player of the Year and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. What else is there to say?

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