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Jun 27, 2015

England ready to take on ‘aggressive’ Canada

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson expects his players to bring their best to their Women’s World Cup quarter-final against Canada and challenged officials to do the same on Friday.

With a raucous capacity crowd of close to 55,000 expected to fill BC Place for Saturday’s clash, Sampson put down an early marker urging the game officials not to swayed or intimidated. He also said that Canada had already benefited from some home cooking so far in the tournament.

Jun 27, 2015

Soccer-England ready to take on “aggressive” Canada

VANCOUVER, June 26 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson expects his players to bring their best to their Women’s World Cup quarter-final against Canada and challenged officials to do the same on Friday.

With a raucous capacity crowd of close to 55,000 expected to fill BC Place for Saturday’s clash, Sampson put down an early marker urging the game officials not to swayed or intimidated. He also said that Canada had already benefited from some home cooking so far in the tournament.

Jun 27, 2015

Williams at home on the World Cup pitch

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Down on Hastings Street they are unaware that the Women’s World Cup is being played just a few kilometres away and know nothing of England’s Fara Williams.

But for the those living rough on Vancouver’s skid row, Williams could be an inspiration, the English midfielder having once been one of them.

Jun 27, 2015

Soccer-Williams at home on the World Cup pitch

VANCOUVER, June 26 (Reuters) – Down on Hastings Street they are unaware that the Women’s World Cup is being played just a few kilometres away and know nothing of England’s Fara Williams.

But for the those living rough on Vancouver’s skid row, Williams could be an inspiration, the English midfielder having once been one of them.

Jun 26, 2015

Canadian harmony questioned ahead of England match

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The harmony surrounding Canada has hit a sour note this week and provided an unwanted distraction as the hosts prepare for a showdown with England on Saturday for a place in the women’s World Cup semi-finals.

Coach John Herdman and his players have been forced to confront reports of poor team morale and dissention within the ranks following comments made by Christine Latham, a former member of the Canadian national team turned television analyst.

Jun 26, 2015

Soccer-Canadian harmony questioned ahead of England match

VANCOUVER, June 25 (Reuters) – The harmony surrounding Canada has hit a sour note this week and provided an unwanted distraction as the hosts prepare for a showdown with England on Saturday for a place in the women’s World Cup semi-finals.

Coach John Herdman and his players have been forced to confront reports of poor team morale and dissention within the ranks following comments made by Christine Latham, a former member of the Canadian national team turned television analyst.

Jun 26, 2015

Funding for women’s football closely monitored, says FIFA

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Funds allocated to the development of women’s football will be

closely monitored with random audits to ensure the money is going where it should, world football’s governing body FIFA said on Thursday.

Jun 26, 2015

Funding for women’s soccer closely monitored, says FIFA

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Funds allocated to the development of women’s soccer will be

closely monitored with random audits to ensure the money is going where it should, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Thursday.

Jun 26, 2015

Soccer-Funding for women’s soccer closely monitored, says FIFA

VANCOUVER, June 25 (Reuters) – Funds allocated to the development of women’s soccer will be closely monitored with random audits to ensure the money is going where it should, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Thursday.

With FIFA engulfed in corruption, bribery and money laundering scandals, Mayrilian Cruz-Blanco, FIFA’s senior women’s football development manager, told a news conference there were strict guidelines on where money from a Financial Assistance Program (FAP) would go and how it would be spent.

Jun 25, 2015

Nothing personal as Herdman chooses Canada over England

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – John Herdman had a choice to make in 2013 — continue as the head coach of Canada and guide them to a Women’s World Cup on home soil or return home with the goal of taking charge of the England side.

The 39-year-old made his decision and on Saturday will lead out Canada against his homeland in a tasty quarter-final showdown at B.C. Place.