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2017 world women's football
« on: May 01, 2017, 09:27:49 AM »
Megathread for any reports/news/videos/confusion from 2017 for international or club football, in the countries of CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, CAF, AFC, OFC, OMG, and other acronyms.


Starting with Brazil, who are planning a kind of world tour from June to August:

Brazil to play Spain (10 June), Iceland (13 June) and Germany (4 July)
www.womenssoccerunited.com/brazil-v-spain-iceland-germany/


USA, Australia, Brazil and Japan friendly tournament reported to take place from July 27 to August 3
www.womenssoccerunited.com/usa-australia-brazil-and-japan-friendly/




Brazil hosting Canada in 2016
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 08:27:11 AM »
What on earth...

"FC Barcelona to become first European club to have a team in the National Women’s Soccer League

"The Board approve the development plan for women’s football in the United States, and will enter the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)"

- http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/fc-barcelona-nwsl/

How's that gonna work?  :-\

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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2017, 08:54:41 AM »
International friendly fixtures on Thursday - China v North Korea (see their previous match) and an (under-attended) Canada v Costa Rica in Winnipeg, followed by a rematch in Toronto on 11 June:

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The special celebration will honour five players who have all taken their bow from the international game: Rio 2016 star Josée Bélanger and London 2012 heroes Jonelle Filigno, Robyn Gayle, Kaylyn Kyle, and Lauren Sesselmann.

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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 04:08:19 AM »
Highlights of China's two friendlies, and the two matches in Canada:

China v North Korea
- https://www.facebook.com/chinawomensfootballteam/videos/715020452038698/

China v Finland
- https://www.facebook.com/chinawomensfootballteam/videos/716386805235396/


Canada and Costa Rica played each other on 8 Jun in Winnipeg and 11 Jun in Toronto.
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2017, 04:30:04 AM »
Now this is ambitious...

- http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/14/football/womens-football-mount-kilimanjaro-match/index.html

- https://politicsmeanspolitics.com/former-england-player-joins-international-all-woman-football-world-record-attempt-9a123aa51c25


A group of women's footballers, with FIFA match officials, will play the highest-altitude match ever:

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Over the course of seven to 10 days, the women will scale nearly 6,000 meters (19,330 feet) of Africa's highest mountain.
After reaching the summit, they will descend to 18,799 feet and play a 90-minute, 11-a-side match on a volcanic ash pitch at an altitude not attempted before.
The footballers, representing 20 nationalities, include retired US international Lori Lindsey, former England midfielder Rachel Unitt, ex-Germany international Petra Landers and former Mexico captain Monica Gonzalez.
Ranging in ages, from 18 to 66 years old, the players will embark on the trip on June 15 and, weather permitting, play their match either on June 24 or 25.


Much like in the pre-satellite days, I guess we'll only see footage of it later, as BeIn Sports are filming the climb and the match. Most of the players are having to fundraise to make it happen.

Have you heard of any other attempts to stage a 'pro' football match in far-flung and hazardous conditions? (Qatar World Cup doesn't count)

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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2017, 01:44:32 AM »
In the next few weeks, I'd be interested to look into women's football in a few countries where women's rights are under attack, or where other major problems affect sport. How do the players and fans cope with this?

In Iran, it seems like something has to change soon – there was a protest around this week's men's World Cup qualifier.

As you probably know, "Iran has long banned women from attending men’s soccer matches, at least partly on the theory that women shouldn’t hear male fans swear and curse." :o There's even a film about it, the excellent Offside by Jafar Panahi, starring Sima Mobarak Shahi as a female fan. National futsal captain Niloufar Ardalan was blocked from playing at an overseas tournament because her husband refused, and Shiva Amini is currently "banned from sport" for appearing in a jersey and shorts overseas.

With a new government that supports reform, something has to give, but the country's powerful clerics don't want it. The men's captain, Masoud Shojaei, has spoken out supporting women's entry to men's matches, apparently the first Iran player to do so in 38 years:

- https://www.albawaba.com/sport/iran-captain-lift-stadium-ban-women-986364

There's more information on the campaign pages @OpenStadiums and @LetIranianWom.


Allowed to play, but not to watch –
the Iran women's football side

(Tasnim New Agency Hamed Malekpour - cc-by)
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Tony DiCicco RIP
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2017, 06:38:01 AM »
The successful U.S. coach Tony DiCicco has died at the age of 68. He guided the team to victory in the 1996 Olympics and 1999 World Cup:

- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/sports/soccer/tony-dicicco-dead-united-states-women-soccer-coach.html
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 07:08:20 AM »
A group of women's footballers, with FIFA match officials, will play the highest-altitude match ever:
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Over the course of seven to 10 days, the women will scale nearly 6,000 meters (19,330 feet) of Africa's highest mountain. The footballers, representing 20 nationalities, include retired US international Lori Lindsey, former England midfielder Rachel Unitt, ex-Germany international Petra Landers and former Mexico captain Monica Gonzalez.

They did it! They played a football match on Kilimanjaro.

Women's 90 Soccer At Kilimanjaro Peak Accomplished
- allafrica.com/stories/201706260114.html


- https://www.facebook.com/dana.rosiger/posts/10155408503714378 (More pics on Marca.com)


Here's a really vivid account of the start of the journey, written by Elisha Mayallah:

- http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/magazine/soundliving/Joyful-time-as-women-footballers-climb-Mount-Kilimanjaro/1843780-3986550-14wsn8yz/index.html

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Equal Playing Field had said it wanted to “challenge the social norms for girls and women in sport” and acknowledge “the systematic, structured inequality that girls and women face in most aspects of their lives.” Rajiv Radha, a Tanzanian player now based in Dubai, said: “We want to inspire other women and girls to keep challenging the inequalities in sport. “Sport brings friendships and community, commitment and leadership, and strength and health. No girl should miss out on those benefits because of her gender.”

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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2017, 07:56:21 AM »
They did it! They played a football match on Kilimanjaro.

There's a full report now online about the world record:

Kilimanjaro football
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VPQ5lKlEkk


Flour for sidelines, ah that takes me back.


The high-ranked North Korea team won't be in the 2019 Women's World Cup. We already know because South Korea went to Pyongyang and got a result :o to eliminate the North from the Asian Cup 2018, which decides World Cup qualification.

More about the Asian Cup qualifiers later. The North v South game seems to have occurred due to luck of the draw...

Interview about it here, with South Korea's Cho Sohyun:

- http://www.fifa.com/womens-football/news/y=2017/m=6/news=cho-dreaming-of-world-cup-return-2893183.html
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2017, 09:26:53 AM »
In the next few weeks, I'd be interested to look into women's football in a few countries where women's rights are under attack, or where other major problems affect sport. How do the players and fans cope with this?

Today, the story of women's football in Afghanistan, where the national team have only played since 2007:

'I won the fight for women's football in Afghanistan' - BBC
www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39671596


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Despite the difficulties that Popal and her team-mates faced, they were determined to try to inspire the next generation - and in 2007 the Afghanistan women's football team were formed. Their first game was against an International Security Assistance Forces team at the Ghazi Stadium in Kabul in the same year. Afghanistan won 5-0, but the match was about so much more than that, considering what had happened in the Ghazi Stadium in previous years.

Citing Sharia law, Taliban officials carried out lashings, stonings, amputations and executions in public places such as squares, schools or sports grounds.

Coached by Kelly Lindsey, the team has played in four South Asian Football Federation championships since 2010, including a semi-final appearance in 2012. They haven't entered the Asian Cup or World Cup yet.

The team's original captain, Shamila Kohestani, talks about her experience in this interview.
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2017, 07:00:26 AM »

Sierra Leone, another country which has had major problems.

Women's football is severely restricted, but is launching its first league including clubs outside of Freetown:

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40475718


From Canada, profiles of three goalkeepers all making contributions in the American NWSL:

- http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/canadian-goalkeepers-womens-soccer-stephanie-labbe-sabrina-dangelo-kailen-sheridan/

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Goalkeeping has turned into a position of depth for Canada. There was instant panic when longtime starter Erin McLeod went down with an ACL injury last March. But Labbe rose to the occasion at the Olympics and helped the team achieve back-to-back podium finishes.


Stephanie Labbé guards the net against Brazil
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2017, 08:08:50 AM »
In the Brasiliero, we're down to the finalists for the championship.

These were the semi-final second leg games - both home teams in white:

Santos v Iranduba, 2nd leg (5-3 agg)
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBsgISAHASk



Corinthians v Rio Preto, 2nd leg (2-2 agg)
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pahtkwz_C3M


Corinthians won on away goals 1-0.

The final 1st leg is on Thursday night.

Details here - http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/santos-fc-book-there-place-into-final-brasileiro-feminino-2017

In the semis' first leg, Iranduba broke the Brazilian league record for a match attendance.
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2017, 09:35:12 AM »

The Brasileiro women's league is over for 2017. Here's the rundown of the final - warning, it may make you want to go to Brazil. :)

It brought together the two great clubs of Sao Paulo state, Santos and Corinthians. Santos were at home for the first leg at the Estádio Urbano Caldeira.

Both clubs make interesting behind-the-scenes films about each game. Here's the one by Santos about that game:

- www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpBTFDPuIPI



Highlights - first leg
Santos 2 Corinthians 0
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpU2A_5ILbk


Second leg
Corinthians 0 Santos 1
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngWZ_8eTv5E



Details for the first leg, and second leg at Arena Barueri, which gave Santos the title. Now some of the players look forward to international action...




Tournament of Nations in the U.S. will bring together the USA, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

It's a round-robin held on three dates in Seattle and California, similar to the SheBelieves Cup.

- http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/tournament-of-nations/

Thursday 27 July 2017
Brazil v Japan
USA v Australia (Seattle, Wash.)

Sunday 30 July 2017
Japan v Australia
USA v Brazil (San Diego, Calif.)

Thursday 3 August 2017
Australia v Brazil
USA v Japan (Carson, Calif.)


Squads have been announced:

Brazil - http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/brazil-squad-tournament-of-nations/
Japan - https://eaff.com/news/3645.html
USA - http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/07/20/15/04/20170720-news-wnt-ellis-names-23-players-for-tournament-of-nations-roster
Australia - http://www.espnfc.com/australia/story/3159005/princess-ibini-named-in-australia-squad-for-tournament-of-nations


USA and Japan will renew their rivalry on August 3
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2017, 07:39:15 AM »

Finally something for New Zealand to celebrate...

- https://shekicks.net/2017/07/24/new-zealand-win-oceania-u-19-championship-title/ (Archive.org page)

That qualifies the Kiwi U19s for next year's U20 Women's World Cup in France, in August 2018.
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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2017, 08:08:05 AM »
Tournament of Nations in the U.S. will bring together the USA, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

It's a round-robin held on three dates in Seattle and California, similar to the SheBelieves Cup.

- http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/tournament-of-nations/

Thursday 27 July 2017
Brazil v Japan
USA v Australia (Seattle, Wash.)



We should say, the "inaugural" Tournament of Nations, there's going to be more :o Starts late Thursday night/Friday morning (UK time).

- http://mlsmultiplex.com/2017/07/26/uswnt-vs-australia-preview-watch/

- https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/07/21/22/30/20170721-feat-wnt-quick-hits-tournament-of-nations-opponents
- http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/07/26/17/41/20170726-feat-wnt-five-things-about-australia
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2017, 11:40:38 PM »
Tournament of Nations in the U.S. will bring together the USA, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

It's a round-robin held on three dates in Seattle and California, similar to the SheBelieves Cup.



Game 1 is here, Brazil v Japan highlights from Japanese TV - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGNTjHKfqpU until deleted

and USA v Australia -1st half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsyjBo3W5wk - 2nd half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCxbXLN4eXo


Australia at last year's Olympics
(Rovena Rosa/Agência Brasil, cc-by)


Match reports: Brazil v Japan (usa.vavel.com) and USA v Australia (theguardian.com).
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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2017, 09:12:45 AM »
Tournament of Nations in the U.S. will bring together the USA, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

It's a round-robin held on three dates in Seattle and California, similar to the SheBelieves Cup.



Game 2 full video - Australia v Japan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-XT7nkup4

and USA v Brazil - 1st half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PumoFDXhGZo - 2nd half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tEM3Q753yQ



Japan and Australia face off in the 2015 World Cup
(pic: IQremix, cc-by-sa)

Match report: Stars & Stripes FC
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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2017, 06:55:11 AM »

Among all the backslappy celebrations about Euro 2017's success in certain countries, the players' union FIFpro has given a few key reminders:

Elite Female Players Quitting Before Their Prime
- shekicks.net/2017/08/02/elite-female-players-quitting-prime


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Some of the key findings about active female players are:

  87% would consider quitting football early
  66% of national team players not satisfied with tournament prize money
  50% are not paid by their clubs
  35% of national team players are not paid for representing their country

Even the national captain Abby Erceg in a well-off country like New Zealand, who made the last World Cup, had to retire early.



Also from FIFpro, some news from Botswana:

- https://fifpro.org/news/botswana-union-fights-for-women-s-inclusion-in-sports/en/

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Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) signed an international agreement that aims to fully integrate women in sport. ... The union has been accepting women footballers as members for more than a year. The women’s football league in Botswana, often played on primary school fields, was suspended in February because of financial difficulties.

Botswana FUB: a pledge to improve
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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2017, 01:48:33 AM »
End of the line in the Tournament of Nations in the U.S. – the last matches held in Carson, California.

Game 3 full video –

Australia v Brazil – 1st half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWD3A1HbrHc – 2nd half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryCGUN-E61E

and USA v Japan – 1st half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R39kjjYoU8o – 2nd half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_X3tRLWyeM


Match reports: Aus-Brazil (Reuters), US-Japan (Stars/Stripes)


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Re: 2017 world women's football
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2017, 07:56:03 AM »
New article on Brazil's Iranduba by Josh Law:

EC Iranduba – The women’s team putting Amazonian football on the map
- thesetpieces.com/features/ec-iranduba-womens-team-putting-amazonian-football-map/


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In 2013 the club, known to locals as ‘the Hulk of the Amazon’, were one of the 20 pioneers that took part in the newly-formed Women’s Campeonato Brasileiro. But in the first few years they struggled badly ... [Director of women's football Lauro Tentardini] has transformed the club root and branch, leading them past the group stage for the first time in 2016 and into that momentous semi-final this time around.

The Arena Amazônia in Manaus, where Iranduba had a
Brazilian women's football record crowd
(pic: copa2014.gov.br, cc-by)


The match mentioned in the article, this was the Brasileiro league semi-final 2nd leg:

Santos (white) v Iranduba (green), 2nd leg (5-3 agg)
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBsgISAHASk