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Dec 7, 2014

Canada thanking their lucky after World Cup draw

GATINEAU, Quebec (Reuters) – Canadian coach John Herdman was thanking his lucky stars on Saturday after his team avoided the so-called ‘Group of Death’ and landed in a challenging but familiar pool at the 2015 Women’s World Cup draw on Saturday.

Herdman got just about everything he had wished for as he watched the balls pulled from the pots during an intimate ceremony conducted by FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke at the Canadian Museum of History.

Dec 7, 2014

Soccer-Canada thanking their lucky after World Cup draw

GATINEAU, Quebec Dec 6 (Reuters) – Canadian coach John Herdman was thanking his lucky stars on Saturday after his team avoided the so-called ‘Group of Death’ and landed in a challenging but familiar pool at the 2015 Women’s World Cup draw on Saturday.

Herdman got just about everything he had wished for as he watched the balls pulled from the pots during an intimate ceremony conducted by FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke at the Canadian Museum of History.

Dec 6, 2014

Americans put in tough group in women’s World Cup draw

GATINEAU, Quebec (Reuters) – Concerns over artificial turf were replaced by worries over opponents as number one ranked Olympic champions the United States found themselves in the ‘Group of Death’ at the 2015 women’s World Cup draw on Saturday.

The Americans were placed in Group D alongside fifth ranked Sweden, who conceded just one goal in 10 qualifying matches, 10th ranked Australia and African champions Nigeria.

Dec 6, 2014

Soccer-Americans put in tough group in women’s World Cup draw

GATINEAU, Quebec Dec 6 (Reuters) – Concerns over artificial turf were replaced by worries over opponents as number one ranked Olympic champions the United States found themselves in the ‘Group of Death’ at the 2015 women’s World Cup draw on Saturday.

The Americans were placed in Group D alongside fifth ranked Sweden, who conceded just one goal in 10 qualifying matches, 10th ranked Australia and African champions Nigeria.

Dec 5, 2014

Equal pay for women many World Cups away, says FIFA

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Women should not expect to be paid the same as men for many World Cups to come, said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Friday, adding that any comparisons between the two tournaments was not worth debating.

Valcke, who will conduct the 2015 women’s World Cup draw on Saturday, noted that women will see prize money jump from the $10 million at the last World Cup in Germany to $15 million next year in Canada but it will be a long, long time before there will be the same type of pay parity that women enjoy at the tennis grand slams.

Dec 5, 2014

Soccer-Equal pay for women many World Cups away, says FIFA

OTTAWA, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Women should not expect to be paid the same as men for many World Cups to come, said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Friday, adding that any comparisons between the two tournaments was not worth debating.

Valcke, who will conduct the 2015 women’s World Cup draw on Saturday, noted that women will see prize money jump from the $10 million at the last World Cup in Germany to $15 million next year in Canada but it will be a long, long time before there will be the same type of pay parity that women enjoy at the tennis grand slams.

Dec 5, 2014

FIFA dismiss discrimination claims as “nonsense”

OTTAWA (Reuters) – FIFA prepared on Friday to stand their ground in a turf war with top women football players, dismissing as “nonsense” any suggestion that staging next year’s World Cup on artificial grass was discrimination.

The bitter dispute between football’s governing body and a group of players who have filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association continued to overshadow the buildup to Saturday’s glitzy World Cup draw for the June 5 to July 6 2015 tournament in six venues across Canada, all on artificial turf.

Dec 5, 2014

Soccer-FIFA dismiss discrimination claims as “nonsense”

OTTAWA, Dec 5 (Reuters) – FIFA prepared on Friday to stand their ground in a turf war with top women soccer players, dismissing as “nonsense” any suggestion that staging next year’s World Cup on artificial grass was discrimination.

The bitter dispute between soccer’s governing body and a group of players who have filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association continued to overshadow the buildup to Saturday’s glitzy World Cup draw for the June 5 to July 6 2015 tournament in six venues across Canada, all on artificial turf.

Dec 3, 2014

Turf war set to overshadow World Cup draw

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – With Ecuador having grabbed the last spot in the 2015 Women’s World Cup focus will shift to Saturday’s tournament draw which will be overshadowed by an ongoing turf war between players and soccer’s governing body FIFA.

Players have pressed for talks with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who will conduct the draw in Ottawa, but so far have been unable to confirm a meeting.

Dec 3, 2014

Soccer-Turf war set to overshadow World Cup draw

Dec 3 (Reuters) – With Ecuador having grabbed the last spot in the 2015 Women’s World Cup focus will shift to Saturday’s tournament draw which will be overshadowed by an ongoing turf war between players and soccer’s governing body FIFA.

Players have pressed for talks with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who will conduct the draw in Ottawa, but so far have been unable to confirm a meeting.