REIMS, France: The U.S. women's national soccer team on Tuesday launch their bid for a fourth World Cup, but beyond lifting the trophy the squad are also aiming for a cultural breakthrough for the game.For decades, the enduring woes of the women's soccer, from low pay in relation to their male counterparts to lacklustre sponsorship endorsements, have shared a common source: the lack of a mass audience.This year, however, the spotlight is on as France hosts the women's World Cup. FIFA, soccer's governing body, forecasts one billion viewers will tune in globally, up a third on 2015's tournament in Canada.It is not a challenge that daunts the team."That’s been a huge goal of this team — to continue to grow the sport," midfielder and 2015 World Cup winner Julie Ertz told reporters in Reims. "It’s exciting to be a part of the growth of the sport."The U.S. are the most successful team in the sport. They have won three World Cups since the tournament began in 1991, … [Read more...] about Beyond World Cup, US team eyes bigger trophy
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FLORIDA: A piece of paper in the backpack of Bob Marley's grandson.See, that's how this all began. One afternoon in 2014, Cedella Marley, Bob's eldest daughter with his wife Rita, was handed a flier by her son, Skip, after he came home from school. The flier was from Skip's football coach, and it asked parents to consider donating money to resurrect Jamaica's women's football team.Cedella was startled. She lives outside Miami but is still royalty in Jamaica, leading Tuff Gong, the record label her father started, as well as the foundation named for him. She made some calls. Turned out, the women's football team hadn't existed for much of the previous four years because the country's football federation cut the funding.There were still girls youth teams, sure, but no senior national team that could try to represent the country at the Olympics or the Women's World Cup.Cedella bristled. Was it a football thing? she asked. Nope. The men's team, known as the Reggae Boyz, had its funding … [Read more...] about How Bob Marley’s daughter saved Jamaican football
FRANCE: In the four years since the last Women's World Cup in Canada, the competition and talent among female footballers has gotten stronger - and more global. The stage will be as big as ever when this year's tournament kicks off Jun 7 in Paris.In our latest ESPN FC Rank, we polled our experts to gauge which players will stand out in France.25. SHANICE VAN DE SANDENAnother from the Lyon dynasty, Shanice van de Sanden is best known for two things: her blazing speed and her trademark bright red lipstick. One of the fastest players in the women's game, Van de Sanden is an absolute handful to deal with on the right wing for opposing full-backs due to her pace and skill. A player who debuted for the Oranje at just 16, she was a key member of the Netherlands' victorious European Championship side in 2017 and will be appearing in her second World Cup this summer. Van de Sanden, now 26, has 15 goals in 63 caps for the Netherlands, but it is her ability to get in behind … [Read more...] about Who is the best player at the Women’s World Cup?
KUANTAN: The name of the late Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah is synonymous with football as his deep interest in the game resulted in him devoting himself tirelessly to the development of national football. After becoming the president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) on Aug 12, 1984, he unflaggingly strove to develop the sport of football including when the national football squad received brickbats. In fact, his dedication to the national parent body enabled him to retain the post uncontested several times including for the 2001-2003, 2007-2010 and 2010-2014 terms. As the number one individual in FAM, the late Sultan Ahmad Shah was always optimistic that the ‘Harimau Malaya’ squad could resharpen its fangs on the international platform despite the bitterness of being on the 159th rung in the world football ranking in 2013. He stood firm behind the national football squad and advised the people not to despair, while stakeholders were reminded to … [Read more...] about Sultan Ahmad Shah, champion of national football
Araneta says preparation is key Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) - May 14, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano (Nonong) Araneta isn’t inclined to make predictions. What occupies his mind instead is assuring that players are properly prepared to engage on the pitch. So when Araneta was recently asked to assess the country’s chances in men’s and women’s football at the coming SEA Games, he simply said with the right training and exposure, the hope is to qualify for at least the semifinals. “I’m not into making predictions,” he said. “The key is preparing properly for a competition. The important thing is preparation, not prediction. And we’re doing our best to prepare both our men’s and women’s teams for the SEA Games.” The national men’s football team has never tasted a podium finish in … [Read more...] about Araneta says preparation is key