8
Oct

Trinidad & Tobago Women sent to World Cup qualifying tournament with $500

For a small country like Trinidad & Tobago, the odds of making their first-ever Women’s World Cup are long enough. But not even their unpaid coach Randy Waldrum could have expected how little financial help he would receive from his own Football Association to achieve that goal.

Five hundred dollars.

That is all the “Soca Princesses” received, along with the kits on their backs, for next week’s qualification tournament in the United States.  Five hundred dollars to last them for food, transportation and equipment for at least two weeks, for the whole team.

Faced with this impossible shortage of funds, Waldrum, who also coaches the NWSL’s expansion team Houston Dash and previously led Notre Dame to two NCAA championships, has taken to social media to ask for help.

It didn’t take long for support to pile in, and Waldrum quickly found an outlet to set up a donation page. We encourage you all to join!

You can watch every match of Waldrum’s Trinidad & Tobago side during the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament LIVE on FOX Sports 1 and 2. For the full schedule, click here.

Image provided by Houston Dynamo

23
Sep

Liverpool and Birmingham Ladies trade long-range goals in ridiculous finish

imageUh oh. We’ve got two goals from 40+ yards out in the same crazy Women’s Super League match for you, but be warned: there is some seriously awful goalkeeping involved here.

In a game with huge WSL title implications, the Liverpool Ladies were up 1-0 on hosts Birmingham City Ladies when the fun began in the 87th minute.

That’s when Birmingham’s Hannah Keryakoplis took advantage of a colossal giveaway from Reds keeper Libby Stout to score a dramatic, late equalizer with a pinpoint shot from 40 yards out. Overjoyed, the entire team ran out to celebrate at the midfield line, including City goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer. The goal had, for the moment, put the hosts back in second place, two points ahead of Liverpool and just one back of leaders Chelsea with two games to play.

Alas, the Birmingham players - including Spencer, of all people -  were still running back to their positions when Liverpool skipper Fara Williams took the quick kick-off and scored from midfield to retake the lead. 2-1. Game over. Liverpool re-take second place. Ouch!

Watch the disaster unfold starting at the 1:18 mark:

H/T SBNation

25
Aug

Nigeria gift Germany Under-20 Women’s World Cup with mindless error

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Germany have won the World Cup this summer, the Under-19 European Championships, and now, the Women’s Under-20 World Cup as well.

Lena Petermann did her best Mario Goetze impression and scored the only goal of the final in the 98th minute of extra time to seal the Germans’ third triumph in the span of six weeks — but it could have been very different were it not for a colossal error by their Nigerian opposition.

In the 83rd minute, the Super Eagles thought Asisat Oshoala - voted the tournament’s best player - scored the late winner after her header beat the German goalkeeper, but the goal was correctly ruled out after her overzealous teammate Loveth Ayila thundered the ball across the line needlessly from an offside position.

D’oh!

Image provided by Getty

H/T Pies

10
Aug

England’s Beth Mead hits screamer in Under-20 Women’s World Cup

A month ago, we were watching what we thought were the final phases of the “World Cup of Goals.”

Instead, it looks like it’s far from over. The ladies at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup have picked up right where the men in Brazil left off - scoring worldies left and right.

First, France’s Claire Lavogez defied physics with a hit that rainbowed over the keeper to finish off a beautiful team move. And now, England’s Beth Mead goes on and does this:

You might want to start watching this tournament!

7
Aug

Work of art! France Under-20 women score beautiful team goal

Maybe you watched the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night, or maybe you tuned in to the Under-20 Women’s World Cup bout between France and Costa Rica instead. If you missed the latter, then you also missed the best goal of the day.

Check out this beautiful team goal from France that ends with Claire Lavogez’s nifty lob of the Ticos keeper, going off the crossbar and in:

With goals like that, the Under-20 Women’s World Cup is sure to pick up a few more viewers, we hope!

H/T SBNation

31
Jul

Norwegian football club gets big boost from super fan’s estate

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(Image via @FLFart)

A Norwegian football club just got a big boost to their bank account thanks to a local fan.

Erling Andreassen, who passed away at the age of 91 in July, left nearly all his estate to his local club in Vang, Norway: FL Fart.

(Okay, yes, funny name, have a laugh — can we move on now?)

The estate totals nearly four million Norwegian Krone ($636,000) and will go into the coffers of FL Fart. The club is best known for their successful women’s team, which is playing in Norway’s top tier women’s league.

The team issued a statement on the “magnificent” gift, saying the board hasn’t decided how the funds will be allocated, but it will be brought up at their annual meeting to figure out how to best use them. For a club of such a small size, this donation will go a long way.

And since you’re still chuckling about the club name, “Fart” translates as “speed” in Norwegian.

(H/T Who Ate All The Pies)

14
May

Hope Solo caught up in feud with Portland Thorns owner and fans

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Looks like USWNT No. 1 and Seattle Reign stopper Hope Solo has found herself in the midst of a little war of words. Shocker!

Over the weekend, Solo’s Reign visited the Portland Thorns in a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) contest between two unbeaten teams. The Reign held on to a 1-0 win, but a few egos seemed to be bruised in the process.

Thorns owner Merritt Paulson was the first to fire a shot across the bow, tweeting:

A depleted Thorns team? Paulson was likely referring to the absences of U.S. national team stars Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath. Nevertheless, another Reign and USWNT star, Sydney Leroux, fired back at Paulson:

That looked to be the end of it, until Solo tweeted out a photo on Tuesday that showed quite a few Thorns fans giving Solo the one-fingered salute.

It looks like some pretty definitive proof right here, but there’s always another side to every story. Lucky for us, these two squads will face off again on July 27, but this time on the Reign’s turf.

Stay tuned!

(H/T YardBarker)

8
Mar

Australian women’s pro team joins Under-15 boys league

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Forget ‘men versus boys.’

In Australia, it’s now: women versus boys. Literally.

A week after losing the W-League’s grand final to the Melbourne Victory, the Brisbane Roar have made the unusual choice to compete in Queensland’s Under-15s boys league. The reason? With a regular season that lasts only three months, the Roar would like to develop their players by providing them with more consistent playing time.

From The Guardian:

“We wanted to put them in a competition where physically they are able to compete and also able to play football and develop as players,” says head coach, Belinda Wilson.

What the boys have in strength, especially as they develop over the season, the women have in smarts, she says. “That’s the major difference. They are probably a lot stronger than us in the physicality, so we have to adapt our game so we can be competitive in that environment. In terms of footballing sense, the girls are a little bit more game aware and have more ability from a tactical point of view, because of the level they’ve been playing.”

She’d like to be competing with the under-16s boys, but with so many of her players away on national duties for long stretches of this season, the decision was made to go down an age group. But, she says, “we’d never, ever, ever play against the under 18s, because physically we can not compete against an under-18 boy. Or man.”

Wilson believes the regular off-season schedule will help the team be “bigger and better” next season. We’ll see.

H/T The Guardian 

13
Feb

Four players on Iran’s women’s national team found guilty of being men

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Forget random drug testing.

Female soccer players in Iran will now have to undergo mandatory, random gender testing after several top players — including four from the women’s national team — were found guilty of being men.

Medical examiners will now turn up unannounced at training sessions of teams playing in Iran’s Women’s’ Premier League and indoor league on the lookout for possible Juwanna Manns. Clubs will also be forced to carry out medical examinations on all new players before signing them to contracts, according to Ahmad Hashemian, head of the Iranian football federation’s medical committee.

From The Telegraph:

"Those unable to prove they are female would be barred from taking part in the women’s leagues until they underwent medical treatment," said Hashemian.

"If these people can solve their problems through surgery and be in a position to receive the necessary medical qualifications, they will then be able to participate in [women’s] football," Hashemian, a qualified doctor, said in remarks quoted by IRNA, the state news agency.

According to the IRNA, seven players have already had their contracts terminated under the federation’s gender test directive.

While pre-marital sex and homosexuality remain strict taboos in Iran, sex change operations have been legal in the country since 1979, when the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a religious ruling saying they were acceptable.

Photo provided by Getty Images.

H/T Dirty Tackle