Reporting on the 2019 Women’s World Cup: ‘It was a turning point’

One of our writers reflects on the intensity and excitement of covering 15 transformative matches in 34 days Equal pay! Equal pay! I knew I would be watching history this summer. After all, it was to be the biggest ever edition of the Womens World Cup, a turning point in the development of the womens game and the best showcase of its improving quality. But as the crowd joined the US womens national team in sending the chant for equal pay echoing around the Stade de Lyon, the magnitude of the effect of this competition started to sink in. The tournament was expected to break new ground on the pitch and spur footballing change off it, but no one could …

Fifa looks to fast-track expansion of Womens World Cup to 32 teams

Fifa wants its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Womens World Cup to 32 teams Fifa wants its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Womens World Cup to 32 teams. In a document seen by the Associated Press, Fifa asked council members Friday to approve adding eight more teams within days and without a formal meeting. Agreement would include urgently rebooting the ongoing bid contest to host the 2023 tournament. Fifa believes the 2019 World Cup, won by the United States in France this month, showed a bigger tournament is commercially possible, and would speed development of the womens game. Fifa President Gianni Infantino set the 32-team target in Paris on 5 July, and proposed doubling …

Women’s World Cup the best shots by female photographers | Picture essay

Our picture editor Jonny Weeks looks back at a captivating tournament in France through the work of six exceptional female photographers While the 2019 Womens World Cup brought global attention to the talents of the worlds best female footballers, it also shone a light on the skills of the many female photographers who cover the beautiful game. From their positions on the sidelines, theyve captured the joy and despair not to mention the many VAR controversies during the past month in France. Here are our favourite pictures from six outstanding photographers: Naomi Baker, Hannah Peters, Charlotte Wilson, Catherine Ivill, Maja Hitij and Marianna Massey. Click on the images for caption info.

Womens World Cup captured publics imagination despite Fifas worst efforts | Marina Hyde

Patronising scheduling set the tournament up to fail but players such as Megan Rapinoe used their platform to highlight how the governing body has let them down Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally that the Fifa president announced: Its very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics. Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Womens World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that ones working out for him. So much of …

How does Rose Lavelle’s goal compare to other World Cup final classics?

The USA midfielder sealed her teams fourth title with a wonderful strike. Here are a few other classics from down the years Rose Lavelle, the diminutive USA midfielder, the game-sealing goal with a marvelous effort. She meandered down the pitch and, with two Dutch defenders closing in, thumped the ball past Sari Van Veenendaal.

USAs Megan Rapinoe says equal pay talk must move to the next step

Megan Rapinoe called for the conversation on equal pay to move forward after she helped the USA to retain the World Cup Megan Rapinoe called for the conversation on equal pay to move forward after she helped Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

FA furious after US officials are caught in Englands World Cup hotel

The Football Association is furious after US team officials were caught in private rooms in Englands hotel two days before the teams meet in the Womens World Cup semi-final An extraordinary spygate row has broken out at the Womens World Cup after undercover US team officials were caught wandering into private rooms at Englands hotel while Phil Nevilles side were out training. The Football Association is furious over the incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, two days before the teams meet in Tuesdays semi-final. It claimed that it would never scope out another teams hotel let alone enter their inner sanctum while they were still in the tournament. It is understood the US officials were not wearing official team uniforms …

Alex Morgan heads USA past England into Womens World Cup final

England are out of the Womens World Cup after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to USA, who remain on course to defend the title they won four years ago They have won new friends and influenced plenty of opinions during a transformative month in France but the Rhne was swelled by English tears as Phil Nevilles Lionesses proved second best to the defending champions. England head to Nice for Saturdays third-place playoff after yet more semi-final disappointment but with heads held high having played their part in a wonderful game featuring some particularly harsh luck. Foremost among it was the marginal offside which saw an Ellen White goal disallowed and, later, a penalty miss by Steph Houghton. Granted, the @guardian_sport Facebook: …

Cameroon meltdown was unimpressive but context is all important | Njie Enow

The Cameroon players lost their cool against England but they have been brought up on tales of injustice from Italia 90 and were desperate to win It was the summer of 1990 and the worlds best football nations had been battling for supremacy in Italy but a hitherto unknown central African state, Cameroon, had stolen the headlines. Jingoism was at its peak in the nation that was only appearing in the World Cup for the second time. The Indomitable Lions, as the Cameroon team are known, had become the first African side to reach the quarter-finals before that lost to England in the Womens World Cup in controversial circumstances on Sunday were not even born then, but the tale from …

Hedvig Lindahls sweet save sends Canada home and Sweden into quarters

Stina Blackstenius fired Sweden into the quarter-finals of the Womens World Cup but they needed a penalty save from Hedvig Lindahl to beat Canada 1-0 in Paris Stina Blackstenius fired Sweden into the quarter-finals of the Womens World Cup but they needed a penalty save from Hedvig Lindahl to beat Canada 1-0 in Paris. A slow-burner finally came to life in the second half, with Kosovare Asllani at the heart of it. Asllani raced downfield and played an inch-perfect pass for Blackstenius to score with the games first shot on target just shy of the hour mark. But it was also Asllani who was penalised for handball eight minutes later, before Lindahl denied Janine Beckie from the spot. The crowd …

Amandine Henry edges France past Brazil and into quarter-final

France captain Amandine Henry scored an extra-time winner against Brazil to seal a quarter-final place for the Womens World Cup hosts Captain Amandine Henry steered hosts France into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with the extra-time winner against Brazil. After Thaisa had cancelled out Valrie Gauvins 52nd-minute opener just after the hour mark, Henry settled a tense tie at Stade Ocane in Le Havre in the first minute of the second period of extra time. The Lyon midfielder stole in front of covering defender Monica to sidefoot home from Amel Majris beautifully weighted right-wing free-kick to set up a last-eight clash with Spain or three-times champions the United States. Following a cagey opening 22 minutes, France believed they had …

England fans escorted from stadium amid Cameroon World Cup tensions

England fans have told how they were escorted from the ground following the 3-0 defeat of Cameroon after tensions flared in the crowd England fans have told how they were escorted from the ground following the Cameroonian frustration at VAR decisions was reflected in the stands. Once the VAR decisions happened, the atmosphere soured off the pitch as much as on the pitch, reported the England fans. Some fans became quite aggressive with stewards, one or two pushed stewards and were led out. There was also verbal abuse aimed at anybody in Fifa gear on the pitch at half-time. Just as people calmed down, the second-half disallowed goal kicked it all off again. It didnt help that Fifa kept showing …

Fifa investigating Cameroon behaviour in World Cup defeat against England

Fifa is holding an investigation into the behaviour of the Cameroon team during their 3-0 loss against England in the last 16 of the Womens World Cup Fifa is holding a priority investigation, to be concluded within 48 hours, into the behaviour of the Cameroon team during their The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. It is also believed Fifa has officially adjudged the performance of the referee, Chinas Qin Liang, as good and found every decision and the use of VAR was correct, using the protocols and were applied to the letter. Officials also think Qin did all she could to ensure a prompt restart after the VAR delays. It is understood that Fifa accepts mistakes …

Norway break Australia’s hearts in Women’s World Cup last-16 shootout

The Matildas World Cup campaign was ended after 120 minutes finished 1-1 and Norway kept their composure in a penalty shootout Some games of football need only a single error, a single moment of brilliance to decide them. Others can feast on a cornucopia of chances yet never be sated. In Nice, Australia and Norway were two teams whose refusal to lose was only matched by an equally fervent reluctance to win. It was fitting perhaps that a winner was found via the lottery of penalties Norways were taken with aplomb while Australias were erratic and anxious. In the decisive moment, up strode Ingrid Engen and the team that has featured in the final four of one in every two …

Confident USA riding high entering Women’s World Cup knockout stage

A win over Sweden may not have done much to settle concerns over the defense, but the US are brimming with confidence as the business end of the tournament comes into view Its onto the knockout round of the Womens World Cup for the defending champions, and the US looked convincing enough in a looked shaky against Chile in the matchs only real threatening moment, but her decision-making was on point against Sweden. Still, it wasnt enough to wash away fears that the USWNT can avoid conceding goals against a top team. More suspect injury reports show the USAs confidence First it happened in the opener against Thailand: Becky Sauerbrunn was left out of the starting lineup for a mild …

I was punished for calling Sweden cowards, but now rawness is accepted | Hope Solo

I did not express myself well after USAs loss to Sweden at the Rio 2016. But US Soccer made sure it exploited my comments for its own ends This World Cup is about championing emotion especially in a lot of the marketing and ads surrounding the tournament. Nikes Dream Further campaign captures the emotion and drama of playing in a World Cup very well, with Joan Jetts Bad Reputation providing a badass soundtrack. Its great that kind of attitude is celebrated right now in the fantasy world of advertising and TV. In real life, its a little different. I have always been passionate about my sport and passionate about playing for my country. I wore my heart on my sleeve …