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Women’s World Cup Set To Grow Again

Written by on May 7, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Posted in World Cups

Friday was a marquee day for soccer in Canada and in particular for women’s soccer. The Parliament Buildings in Canada’s capital Ottawa was the backdrop for the announcement of the six cities that will host the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

The usual suspects were on hand – national, regional and local politicians were present along with members of the Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

The 22-day event will operate from coast-to-coast with the cities of…………

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4 responses to “Women’s World Cup Set To Grow Again”

  1. Astronomer says:

    For me, one of the greatest soccer-related developments of recent years happened last year — it was the WWC. I had tuned into ESPN to casually check out one of the early games. And, boy, was I hooked !

    Game after game featured free-flowing attacking and counter-attacking soccer — it was truly a revelation (and this coming from a guy who particularly enjoys defensive trench warfare-style games as in knockout tournaments, like the CL) . Another highly admirable aspect of the games was the lack of cynical gamesmanship and play-acting so often seen in the men’s game (though, sadly, Marta and her fellow Brazilians did exhibit a lot of cynical diving in their games, especially, in their quarterfinal against the US).

    In terms of specific teams, I particularly enjoyed the highly technical style of play exhibited by France and Japan. I was rooting for a France versus Japan final. On paper, it promised to be a feast of technical soccer. But of course that did not happen. My significant other is from France, and as things would turn out, her national team ran into my country’s team at the semifinal stage. Well, even though I am a patriotic Yank, I have no qualms in admitting that the French thoroughly outplayed us in that game; but soccer can be a cruel enterprise at times and as has happened so many times before, a couple of tactical defensive blunders remorselessly sunk the clearly better team.

    In the final, it was the reverse situation. The US were the better team by a mile but the Japanese women hung on (and hung on and hung on), and then in the end it was our turn to (cruelly) get sunk — this time, by penalties.

    I am already looking forward to the 2015 tournament (heck, I am looking forward to it more eagerly than I am for the 2014 men’s shindig).

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  2. John Bladen says:

    Astr: The 2011 WWC was a revelation. With very few exceptions the games were contested cleanly and in the spirit fans want their teams to demonstrate – a far cry from the Men’s tournament the summer before. It was in every way a better example of football than the men’s tournament, in my view.

    Bobby:

    I’m looking forward to the tournament. All the stadia mentioned (bar Saputo in Mtl) feature plastic turf. Do you believe they’ll play on the turf or will grass be required? Can’t believe BMO field won’t be used…

    Why do you say the logistics of 20 team tournaments are so difficult? If the will to use that number is present, there are many ways it might be achieved. We know FIFA’s goal is always more games and thus more revenue, and having that number of teams would certainly require “play in” games before the knockout round.

    Four groups of five are easily reduced to either 8 or 16 knockout round qualifiers. I’d favour 12 teams advancing, with the four group winners receiving a bye into the QFs and the other 8 playing off to join them.

    Five groups of four is a bit more difficult, but does provide an opportunity for the two (or four) teams outside the automatic qualifiers to play off for the final spot(s). FIFA seems heavily opposed to any configuration that doesn’t produce either 8 or 16 second round teams, but in my view it’s far from impossible.

  3. Ed Gomes says:

    When I read the headline, the only thing hat came to mind was, why?
    I’m sorry, I still have to ask why?
    So more mediocre talent gets in and it gets further diluted?

  4. John Bladen says:

    Ed: It’s never about talent levels/supply. It is always about Money with FIFA. This is no different.

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