The FIFA Women's World Cup is all set to begin
As the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in Canada today, a look at qualifying action in the women’s game and defending champs Japan’s winning ways in 2011
Mumbai coaches and players speak...
Italy: Netherlands players celebrate victory and qualify after the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier match between Italy and Netherlands at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi. Pics/Getty Images
Joshua Lewis, Kenkre FC coach says, “I am not aware which channel they are telecasting the matches on, but I will definitely watch the tournament. The women players bring a new flavour to the game. I think Canada and Japan are playing well. The Brazilians though, are not on top of their game. The US are good contenders. Girls in the city will surely be hooked on to the live matches on social media.”
Italy: Cristiana Girelli (l) of Italy competes for the ball with Iya Andruschak of Ukraine during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier match between Italy and Ukraine
Hanzel Fernandez, DY Patil football coach says, “I encourage my girl’s team to watch the matches. The Indian women’s team plays well and I think this is the only football World Cup which could be hosted by India. I have a feeling that in the next 10 years, the Indian women’s team will surely qualify for the football World Cup if all the systems are in place.”
Germany: Japan celebrates after winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States of America and Japan at FIFA Word Cup stadium on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Kimberly Fernandez who plays football at state level says, “I have been following all the team updates on Facebook. I like the US team and Alex Morgan is my favourite player. I have been watching their preparations online. I like the way the team is united and plays together, there is a lot I learn by watching them play.
Germany: Ayumi Kaihori of Japan saves a penalty of Sahnnon Boxx of USA during the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium. Japan won 5-3 after a penalty shoot-out against the USA
In India, we are brought together a month before a tournament, but the US team has the players prepare almost a year in advance. I plan on watching all US matches and most of the matches that I can. I am keenly following FIFA on Facebook and other social media sites for updates on all teams.”
Germany: Abby Wambach (C) of USA scores the second goal for her team during the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Brendon Santos, St Joseph’s Convent coach says, “The teams to watch out for are the US and Germany. I have informed most of my players to watch the tournament and learn from it as every match is a learning process. I will record some interesting plays and show my students as the Women’s World Cup has players who have some innovative styles.”
Facts and Figures
>> The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup.
>> Canada will host the tournament, which will run from June 6 to July 5, 2015.
>> The tournament will see the World Cup expanded to 24 teams from 16 in 2011.
>> The tournament will use the Hawk-Eye system as goal-line technology for the first time and will also be the first Women’s World Cup to be played on artificial turf.
>> The mascot of the tournament is Shuéme, a female great white owl.
>> The cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton will host tournament matches.