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Jul 4, 2015

Soccer-World Cup final represents classic clash of styles

VANCOUVER, July 3 (Reuters) – The United States and Japan may be familiar foes but that doesn’t make Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final any less of a tactical conundrum for both teams with the game a classic clash of styles.

The defending world and Asian champions play a clever, short-passing, possession game while the rival Americans rely more on their athleticism, individual flair and power in the final third.

Jul 3, 2015

Union slams FIFA and demands player involvement in reforms

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The general secretary of the world players’ union FIFPro has blasted FIFA, saying the sport is ruled by “people who aren’t interested in the game” and that footballers must be involved in a reformed organisation. Announcing a series of initiatives around union representation for women, Theo van Seggelen said on Friday that change at soccer’s ruling body FIFA, which has been rocked by a series of corruption scandals, had to include the players.

“This game is still very conservative, it is out of touch and it repeatedly fails to administer its responsibility,” the Dutchman explained.

Jul 3, 2015

Soccer-Union slams FIFA and demands player involvement in reforms

VANCOUVER, July 3 (Reuters) – The general secretary of the world players’ union FIFPro has blasted FIFA, saying the sport is ruled by “people who aren’t interested in the game” and that footballers must be involved in a reformed organisation.

Announcing a series of initiatives around union representation for women, Theo van Seggelen said on Friday that change at soccer’s ruling body FIFA, which has been rocked by a series of corruption scandals, had to include the players.

Jul 2, 2015

Japan, U.S. have revenge on their minds in World Cup final

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Defending champions Japan and the rival United States are gearing up for the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday where both teams will have the added motivation of trying to avenge a past loss to the other.

For the Americans, it is all about avenging their loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final where the latter triumphed on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra time.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Japan, US have revenge on their minds in World Cup final

EDMONTON, July 2 (Reuters) – Defending champions Japan and the rival United States are gearing up for the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday where both teams will have the added motivation of trying to avenge a past loss to the other.

For the Americans, it is all about avenging their loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final where the latter triumphed on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra time.

Jul 2, 2015

Can the spirit of the women’s game survive its growth in popularity?

EDMONTON (Reuters) –

For those weary of players diving in the penalty area, rolling around on the pitch after minor fouls or brandishing imaginary yellow cards in the referee’s face, the Women’s World Cup has been a breath of fresh air.

The lowlight of the men’s tournament a year ago was Luis Suarez’s bite on Giorgio Chiellini but beyond that extreme example of unsporting conduct there were plenty of cases in Brazil of players trying to con the referee into a favourable decision.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Can the spirit of the women’s game survive its growth in popularity?

EDMONTON, July 2 (Reuters) – For those weary of players diving in the penalty area, rolling around on the pitch after minor fouls or brandishing imaginary yellow cards in the referee’s face, the Women’s World Cup has been a breath of fresh air.

The lowlight of the men’s tournament a year ago was Luis Suarez’s bite on Giorgio Chiellini but beyond that extreme example of unsporting conduct there were plenty of cases in Brazil of players trying to con the referee into a favourable decision.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Sampson draws strength from legacy-building defeat

EDMONTON, July 1 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson says his team’s march to the last four of the Women’s World Cup, which ended with a heartbreaking loss to Japan in Wednesday’s semi-final, should be the catalyst for major improvements in the game back home.

Laura Bassett’s 92nd minute own goal gifted Japan a 2-1 victory but an emotional Sampson said the first ever appearance for the Lionesses in a semi-final should encourage efforts to improve the sport in England.

Jul 2, 2015

Sampson draws strength from defeat, expects strong growth

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson says his team’s march to the last four of the Women’s World Cup, which ended with a heartbreaking loss to Japan in Wednesday’s semi-final, should be the catalyst for major improvements in the game back home.

Laura Bassett’s 92nd minute own goal gifted Japan a 2-1 victory but an emotional Sampson said the first ever appearance for the Lionesses in a semi-final should encourage efforts to improve the sport in England. “What this team have done for the women’s game back home, I know will have a lasting legacy, because the way this team has gone out, as hard as it is, will make them even bigger heroes,” Sampson told reporters.

Jul 2, 2015

England players ‘heartbroken’ after ‘cruel’ loss to Japan

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England left Commonwealth Stadium in a state of shock on Wednesday after an injury time own goal condemned them to a 2-1 Women’s World Cup semi-final loss to Japan.

Laura Bassett’s attempted sliding clearance ricocheted off the underside of the cross-bar and into the goal area in the second minute of injury time after England had struck the bar themselves twice and created a series of good chances in the second half.

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