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Womens World Cup / World Cup Draw Seedings
« on: January 17, 2007, 10:28:23 PM »
I will talk about something, it might be nonsense but I don't care...

I don’t think that FIFA have yet made any high profile statements about how the seeding will function for the World Cup. But there are a few ‘snippets’ tucked away in other press releases that seem to give an indication. So I thought it would be interesting to try to get a flavour for what might happen (this is all unofficial of course).

We know that the draw is take place on 22nd April 2007 in Wuhan. In another press release we have the statement:

“With regard to the draw scheduled to take place in Wuhan next spring, it was decided that world champions Germany and hosts China PR would be seeded (A1 and D1 respectively). The FIFA Women's World Ranking will be used to decide the other seeds”

Link:
http://www.fifa.com/en/media/index/0,1369,123767,00.html

Now considering that there are four groups of four (16 teams) it would seem likely that there would be four pots from which the teams are drawn. Looking at the teams that have qualified along with their current rankings, next rankings out on March 16th, we have the following:

Germany 1
USA 2
Norway 3
Sweden 4
Korea DPR 5
Brazil 6
Denmark 8
China PR 9
Canada 11
England 12
Australia 15
Nigeria 25
Argentina 31
Ghana 47

Play off match:
Japan 10 or Mexico 22

Oceania Confederation
Don’t know who this will be but New Zealand seem to be the highest ranked and they seem to spring to mind quickly. So I will assume that they make it.
New Zealand 24

So using the current rankings, in a simple manner, this would give us the following pots:-

Pot 1

China, Germany, USA, Norway

Pot 2

Sweden, N. Korea, Brazil, Denmark

Pot 3

Canada, England, Australia, Japan or Mexico

Pot 4

New Zealand, Nigeria, Argentina, Ghana

Any system that used World Cup Finals ‘pedigree’ would appear to be less favourable for England on the basis that we haven’t been to the last two  :(. So it would seem unlikely that we will be any higher than pot 3 for the draw unless there was some other seeding/drawing mechanism.

It looks as though it will be tough, as has been said already, for England. A win against the pot 4 team would seem essential and hopefully they could pick up points elsewhere to progress.

I will be supporting them all the way of course, even against Norway!

Please take all this with “a large pinch of salt”. It may be wildly incorrect.

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European Women's Football / Toppserien 2007 - Fixtures
« on: January 16, 2007, 08:08:06 PM »
I thought I would add a little piece about the Toppserien 2007 (Norwegian League) to provide a different perspective. The Norwegian league runs from the spring to the autumn and has just been increased from ten to twelve teams. Kolbotn I.L. are the reigning champions after having ‘pipped’ Trondheims-Ørn to the title on the last day of the season. Kolbotn beat Ørn away to win the league on goal difference.

The Norwegian Football Association provides an excellent service in providing details from the matches. They have an online system which gives goal updates, substitutions, bookings and how many spectators were (or were not) there. These are updated live during the matches and subsequently the results can be quickly obtained once the matches are complete. (Something like this would be a good idea over here  ;) ) I will post a link nearer to the start of the season.

During 2006 some of the matches were also shown live on television. NRK (the Norwegian equivalent of the BBC) also showed three of Kolbotn’s UEFA cup games live on the internet and I also think they were on television as well.

Kolbotn are my favourite team although I think they may find it harder this year as they have lost a few important players and have a new coach. But, on the plus side they have Solveig back and she seems to make a big difference and they still have a fairly strong squad.

Here are some odds that I seen posted a while back:-

Kolbotn  2.20 
Røa  2.40 
Trondheims-Ørn  4.00 
Asker  5.50 
Team Strømmen  6.50 
Arna Bjørnar  8.00 
Fløya  50.00 
Amazon  50.00 
Klepp  200.00 
Sandviken 200.00 
Kattem  200.00 
Grand Bodø  200.00 

Here is a full list of the fixtures:-

Round 1  21.04 

1600  Kattem - Sandviken 
1600  Fløya - Klepp 
1600  Amazon Grimstad - Team Strømmen 
1600  Arna-Bjørnar - Trondheims-Ørn 
1600  Asker - Kolbotn 
1600  Grand Bodø - Røa 
   
Round 2  28.04

1600  Sandviken - Grand Bodø 
1600  Klepp - Kattem 
1600  Team Strømmen - Fløya 
1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Amazon Grimstad 
1600  Kolbotn - Arna-Bjørnar 
1600  Røa - Asker 
   
Round 3 01.05

1600  Grand Bodø - Klepp 
1600  Kattem - Team Strømmen 
1600  Fløya - Trondheims-Ørn 
1600  Amazon Grimstad - Kolbotn 
1600  Arna-Bjørnar - Asker 
1600  Røa - Sandviken 
   
Round 4  05.05

1600  Asker - Amazon Grimstad 
1600  Kolbotn - Fløya 
1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Kattem 
1600  Team Strømmen - Grand Bodø 
1600  Klepp - Sandviken 
1600  Arna-Bjørnar - Røa 
   
Round 5  12.05

1600  Grand Bodø - Trondheims-Ørn 
1600  Kattem - Kolbotn 
1600  Fløya - Asker 
1600  Amazon Grimstad - Arna-Bjørnar 
1600  Sandviken - Team Strømmen 
1600  Røa - Klepp 
   
Round 6  19.05

1600  Arna-Bjørnar - Fløya 
1600  Asker - Kattem 
1600  Kolbotn - Grand Bodø 
1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Sandviken 
1600  Team Strømmen - Klepp 
1600  Amazon Grimstad - Røa 
   
Round 7  26.05

1600  Grand Bodø - Asker 
1600  Kattem - Arna-Bjørnar 
1600  Fløya - Amazon Grimstad 
1600  Klepp - Trondheims-Ørn 
1600  Sandviken - Kolbotn 
1600  Røa - Team Strømmen 
   
Round 8  03.06

1600  Amazon Grimstad - Kattem 
1600  Arna-Bjørnar - Grand Bodø 
1600  Asker - Sandviken 
1600  Kolbotn - Klepp 
1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Team Strømmen 
1600  Fløya - Røa 
   
Round 9  06.06

1900  Grand Bodø - Amazon Grimstad 
1900  Kattem - Fløya 
1900  Team Strømmen - Kolbotn 
1900  Klepp - Asker 
1900  Sandviken - Arna-Bjørnar 
1900  Røa - Trondheims-Ørn 
   
Round 10  09.06

1600  Fløya - Grand Bodø 
1600  Amazon Grimstad - Sandviken 
1600  Arna-Bjørnar - Klepp 
1600  Asker - Team Strømmen 
1600  Kolbotn - Trondheims-Ørn 
1600  Kattem - Røa 
   
Round 11  24.06

1600  Grand Bodø - Kattem 
1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Asker 
1600  Team Strømmen - Arna-Bjørnar 
1600  Klepp - Amazon Grimstad 
1600  Sandviken - Fløya 
1600  Røa - Kolbotn 
   
Round 12  30.06

1600  Sandviken - Kattem 
1600  Klepp - Fløya 
1600  Team Strømmen - Amazon Grimstad 
1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Arna-Bjørnar 
1600  Kolbotn - Asker 
1600  Røa - Grand Bodø 
   
Round 13  03.07

1900  Grand Bodø - Sandviken 
1900  Kattem - Klepp 
1900  Fløya - Team Strømmen 
1900  Amazon Grimstad - Trondheims-Ørn 
1900  Arna-Bjørnar - Kolbotn 
1900  Asker - Røa 
   
Round 14  07.07

1600  Klepp - Grand Bodø 
1600  Team Strømmen - Kattem 
1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Fløya 
1600  Kolbotn - Amazon Grimstad 
1600  Asker - Arna-Bjørnar 
1600  Sandviken - Røa 
   
Round 15  04.08

1600  Amazon Grimstad - Asker 
1600  Fløya - Kolbotn 
1600  Kattem - Trondheims-Ørn 
1600  Grand Bodø - Team Strømmen 
1600  Sandviken - Klepp 
1600  Røa - Arna-Bjørnar 
   
Round 16  11.08

1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Grand Bodø 
1600  Kolbotn - Kattem 
1600  Asker - Fløya 
1600  Arna-Bjørnar - Amazon Grimstad 
1600  Team Strømmen - Sandviken 
1600  Klepp - Røa 
   
Round 17  14.08

1800  Fløya - Arna-Bjørnar 
1800  Kattem - Asker 
1800  Grand Bodø - Kolbotn 
1800  Sandviken - Trondheims-Ørn 
1800  Klepp - Team Strømmen 
1800  Røa - Amazon Grimstad 
   
Round 18  18.08

1600  Asker - Grand Bodø 
1600  Arna-Bjørnar - Kattem 
1600  Amazon Grimstad - Fløya 
1600  Trondheims-Ørn - Klepp 
1600  Kolbotn - Sandviken 
1600  Team Strømmen - Røa 
   
Round 19  07.10

1500  Kattem - Amazon Grimstad 
1500  Grand Bodø - Arna-Bjørnar 
1500  Sandviken - Asker 
1500  Klepp - Kolbotn 
1500  Team Strømmen - Trondheims-Ørn 
1500  Røa - Fløya 
   
Round 20  13.10

1500  Amazon Grimstad - Grand Bodø 
1500  Fløya - Kattem 
1500  Kolbotn - Team Strømmen 
1500  Asker - Klepp 
1500  Arna-Bjørnar - Sandviken 
1500  Trondheims-Ørn - Røa 
   
Round 21  20.10

1400  Grand Bodø - Fløya 
1400  Sandviken - Amazon Grimstad 
1400  Klepp - Arna-Bjørnar 
1400  Team Strømmen - Asker 
1400  Trondheims-Ørn - Kolbotn 
1400  Røa - Kattem 
   
Round 22  03.11

1400  Kattem - Grand Bodø 
1400  Asker - Trondheims-Ørn 
1400  Arna-Bjørnar - Team Strømmen 
1400  Amazon Grimstad - Klepp 
1400  Fløya - Sandviken 
1400  Kolbotn - Røa 

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European Women's Football / National Team Fixtures - 2007
« on: January 15, 2007, 08:43:19 PM »
Here is the activity plan for Norway’s national team during 2007. Any changes will be updated:

04. - 16.02.2007: Training session in Cyprus with match against Japan 10.02

03. - 15.03.2007: Algarve Cup – matches on 07.03 Germany, 09.03 Denmark, 12.03 France and 14.03 Final/Placing match.

24. - 31.03.2007: Toppserien (Norwegian Premier League) teams in La Manga (Spain).

28. - 31.05.2007: Training session in Norway with match against China 30/31.05 (not confirmed)

15. - 18.06.2007: Euro qualifier Israel - Norway, match day 17.06.

18. - 21.06.2007: Euro qualifier Norway - Austria, match day 21.06.

08. - 15.07.2007: Training session in USA with match against USA 14.07.

23. - 26.08.2007: Training session in Norway with match against Canada 25.08. (not confirmed)

29. - 31.08.2007: Training session in Germany with match against Germany 30.08.

01. - 06.09.2007: Training session in China

06. - 30.09.2007: World Cup Finals in China

24. - 28.10.2007: Euro qualifier Norway - Russia, match day 27.10.

Source:-

http://www.fotball.no/t2.aspx?p=53172&cat=51835&x=1&a=185158

Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Israel, USA, Germany and China... A pretty hectic schedule!

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USA Women's Football / New US League for 2008?
« on: January 12, 2007, 07:43:43 PM »
Here is an article from FIFA's website regarding the prospects for a new professional league in 2008. The link can be found at:-

http://www.fifa.com/en/womens/index/0,1625,129254,00.html?articleid=129254

Not sure if this would be a good thing for the English WPL. Would it 'cream off' the best players and weaken interest or would it provide an inspiration and help to strengthen it?

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World Women's Football / Women's world football rankings
« on: January 10, 2007, 06:46:57 PM »
This site has some interesting (well I think they are  :D ) rankings for women's football.

The English get a few mentions. The national team is described as 'young talent arriving'.  :) Arsenal and Charlton in the club section and of course Kelly Smith in the player section. It would be nice to see the Premier League in the respective section for leagues. It would seem that a strong league would form the basis for consistent achievement at international level.

The link can be found here:-

http://www.womensworldfootball.com/

We may be able to plunder some more links from the list on the side  ;)

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European Women's Football / Norsk kvinnefotball blog
« on: January 08, 2007, 07:33:39 PM »
This is one of my favourites. The site provides links to many articles in Norwegian newspapers (national, regional and local) for women's football. Unfortunately to appreciate it you have to understand Norwegian. This could however prove to be easier than finding English articles about British football.  :D

Crowds are not big in Norway for a variety of reasons. So I don't think we can use that as an excuse over here.

The link can be found below:-

http://www.pvv.org/~steinl/mt/mt/


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European Women's Football / FanSoccer
« on: January 08, 2007, 07:20:40 PM »
If anybody is into their German football. Then FanSoccer is pretty good and it also includes some international stuff. The link can be found at:-

http://www.fansoccer.de/


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Women's Football / Media coverage
« on: January 07, 2007, 05:54:14 PM »
Might be a bit of a silly question.

Does anybody know if Women's Premier League matches get much coverage in the press?

I cannot recall having seen anything in any of the national newspapers, but I thought that some of the newspapers that are local to the teams might do something. However, not being that close geographically to any team, it is a bit difficult for me to know.

If any such local newspaper had an online presence that would be wonderful. A tree that money grew on would also be quite handy!  :D

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European Women's Football / Denmark's FA website
« on: January 06, 2007, 03:10:56 PM »
Here is a link to the women's section:

http://www.dbu.dk/page.aspx?id=551

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European Women's Football / Anne Mäkinen
« on: January 04, 2007, 06:48:39 PM »
If my 'creaky' Swedish skills are correct.  ::)

Anne Mäkinen, Finland's highest capped player, has decided to end her international career.

She has decided that her 108th cap against Denmark last year, when Denmark claimed a coveted WC final spot, will be her last. Anne recently changed clubs from Umeå IK, Arsenal's opponents in the UEFA Cup final, to Bälinge IF.

Source:

http://www.damfotboll.com/nyheter/default.asp?id=4756

Finland will have no competitive games for Euro 2009 as they are the hosts.

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Players / Hedvig Lindahl
« on: January 01, 2007, 12:23:05 PM »
Sweden's current national team keeper, Hedvig Lindahl, has her own website that can be found here:

http://www.hedviglindahl.se/

The is site regularly updated during the Swedish football season and Hedvig also includes information on the national team. In addition to this she also provides an English translation for many of the articles so that a broader audience can enjoy it.

I guess that she would be flattered by any new fans.

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European Women's Football / Finland Women's Football
« on: December 20, 2006, 09:56:12 PM »
Here is a link to the Football Association of Finland's website:

http://www.palloliitto.fi/maajoukkueet/naisten_maajoukkue/

Before anybody asks. No I cannot do translations.  :D

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