Sport Holders Australia edged out South Africa 55-53 in a thrilling netball World Cup semi-final on Saturday to remain on course for a 12th crown from 15 editions of the tournament since 1963. 20 Jul 2019 09:15PM Bookmark REUTERS: Holders Australia edged out South Africa 55-53 in a thrilling netball World Cup semi-final on Saturday to remain on course for a 12th crown from 15 editions of the tournament since 1963.The Diamonds, winners of the previous three World Cups, next meet hosts England or New Zealand who will contest the second semi-final later on Saturday at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena.Victory did not come easily for top-ranked Australia who surged to an eight-goal lead at halftime but had to stave off a determined comeback by the Proteas in the last two quarters."It's amazing. It wasn't pretty but a win is a win. We go again and we're so excited," Australia's Liz Watson, who was named player of the match, said."I think it came down to heart and passion. We kept … [Read more...] about Australia pip South Africa to reach netball World Cup final
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LYON, France: The run to the World Cup final by the United States women's team has boosted their campaign for equal pay, but it should not have to be the responsibility of the players to force through change, former international Kristine Lilly said this week.Lilly, a pioneer of women's soccer who won two world titles and two Olympic golds in a 23-year playing career, was part of the 1999 World Cup winning side on home soil which raised the profile of the women's game in the U.S.The American team has continued to dominate, going for a record-extending fourth World Cup in Sunday's final against the Netherlands.However, simmering in the background has been a lawsuit brought by the players against the U.S. Soccer Federation for being paid less than their male counterparts, despite superior performances.All 28 members of the defending World Cup squad were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit against U.S. Soccer filed in March.And Lilly told Reuters on the fringes of an equality conference in … [Read more...] about World Cup players shouldn’t have fight for equal pay
AT the Asean Summit in Bangkok recently, one of the issues that was discussed was a joint bid to jointly host the FIFA World Cup in 2034. This news will be welcomed by Asean citizens, where football has a passionate following. No doubt hosting the World Cup will have positive impacts socio-culturally and economically yet there are negative effects that must be considered. One argument is the creation of new infrastructure and improvement of facilities. For example, Russia had created more than 800ha of parks and green zones, and it upgraded power stations and built new hotels to cope with the demand during the World Cup last year. These are beneficial to Russian citizens as the infrastructures are in use after the World Cup. Similarly in Asean, upgraded infrastructure could provide much needed electricity and water to poorer areas. During the 2018 World Cup, visiting fans (an estimated 570,000 international fans) spent about US$5,000-8,000 each which contributed an additional US$2.5-4 … [Read more...] about Should Asean nations co-host the 2034 World Cup?
MUMBAI: India's new soccer coach Igor Stimac is starting to instill the belief in his players that qualifying for a maiden World Cup finals is not a pipedream but a genuine target, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has told Reuters.Former Croatia defender Stimac was appointed coach on a two-year contract last month after Englishman Stephen Constantine walked away from the job in the wake of the team's exit from the group stages of the Asian Cup.India has 325 times more people than Stimac's home country but unlike the 2018 World Cup finalists, their national team have never ventured to the showpiece of the international game and are currently sitting 101st in the FIFA rankings.Stimac was part of the Croatia team that sensationally reached the semi-finals of the World Cup at the first attempt in 1998 and he is looking to his India squad to similarly buck the odds in Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup."I think his dream is to make us have a shot at qualifying for the World Cup because … [Read more...] about Stimac giving India a dose of World Cup belief, says Sandhu
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?