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Conmebol U17 qualifiers start on the 28th until February 11th in Sao Paolo, Brasil. 10 countries compete for 3 spots at the next U17 WC hosted by Trinidad & Tobago on September 5-25, 2010.

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Jan 29th - South Asian Games - in Bangladesh

Bangladesh 0 Nepal 1

India 8 Sri Lanka 1

"The removal from the world rankings marked a nadir for women’s soccer in India. The national program languished even though women’s soccer has long been popular. Indian women have played soccer for more than 100 years, and the sport is played widely in schools. In the 1970s, leagues blossomed in regions with strong soccer traditions: Goa, Bengal and Manipur. Matches could draw tens of thousands of fans.

Yolanda Sousa Hammermeier, a star in the 1970s, said fans turned out “not to see the women but the football.”

In the 1980s, India competed in the independently organized world championships that predated the FIFA Women’s World Cup. India was one of Asia’s strongest teams and was optimistic about the future."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/sports/soccer/29iht-SOCCER.html

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That's the best thing I've read in weeks. Thank you so much for posting it.

While the men’s national team arrived by plane and stayed in five-star accommodations for its camp, the women’s team - a mixture of veteran and new players - traveled by train for as many as five days and was packed three to a room in a dormitory. The women had no training uniforms when they arrived and did their own laundry.... The women were not preoccupied with the differences at the men’s camp.... After so long in the wilderness, they were happy to be together, playing the sport they love and raising their game.

Between racism, match-fixing, thuggery, pampered prima donna's and greedy owners who leech everything they can, there never is enough beautiful game in this world like that to go round.

Some interesting stuff from the linked articles:

She recalled playing against a US team in the 1981 pre-FIFA women's world cup - she said she thought they were all, like, 15. I believe that was the tournament in which she said India started off with an amazing 2-2 result against Germany - the women partied all night to celebrate and basically got destroyed in the next match. "Our coach wasn't used to winning," she said.

Five-time AIFF Women Footballer of the Year BemBem Devi:

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- and no this is not a ninja movie -

Well initially my father wasn’t interested in sports. He often asked me to concentrate on my studies. Sometimes he even got angry at my football passion. But when I represented my country in the year 1995, my father started encouraging me to play more football. But from the beginning of my career, my mother was always in favour of my playing football. Today whatever I have achieved in the green fields of my state Manipur or India, the credit must go to my mother.

That attitude in India in 1995 is a lot more amazing than suburban Britain in 2002 in Bend it Like Beckham. No surprise at all she has such a special daughter.

Again, thanks for taking the time to share that.

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Results so far of the CONMEBOL U17 Women's Championships taking place in Sao Paulo

Group B

Chile 2 - Venezuela 2

Colombia 3 - Uruguay 1

Group A

Bolivia 3 - Peru 0

Ecuador 0 - Paraguay 3

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Results of today at the CONMEBOL U17 Women's Championships taking place in Sao Paulo

Group B

Venezuela 1 - Colombia 0 (surprising result)

Argentina 1 - Chile 1

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That's the best thing I've read in weeks. Thank you so much for posting it.

I'm happy to hear that someone else enjoyed the article. I was surprised to read that India was a strong team back in the 70's and 80's.

Results from yesterday...

January 31st

Bangladesh 2 Sri Lanka 0

India 6 Pakistan 0

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Results of February 1st and 2nd at the CONMEBOL U17 Women's Championships taking place in Sao Paulo

Group B

Uruguay 1 - Venezuela 4

Colombia 3 - Argentina 1

Group A

Paraguay 4 - Peru 0

Ecuador 0 - Brasil 15 (fifteen)

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South Asian Games

Feb 2nd

Bangladesh 1 Pakistan 0

Nepal 8 Sri Lanka 0

Appears that India and Nepal are the two best teams... so far.

Feb 4th

India 5 Nepal 0

Pakistan w/o Sri Lanka *Sri Lanka didn't show up. Pakistan awarded a 3-0 victory

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Results of February 3rd and 4th at the CONMEBOL U17 Women's Championships taking place in Sao Paulo

Group A

Bolivia 1 - Ecuador 0

Brasil 5 - Paraguay 1

Group B

Chile 2 - Colombia 0

Argentina 2 - Uruguay 0

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Here is the England Womens Squad for the upcoming Cyprus Cup 2010. Looks like England are sending a strong squad to defend their title and get ready for the upcoming WC Qualifiers.

England squad: Karen Bardsley (New Jersey Sky Blue), Rachel Brown (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Boston Breakers), Dunia Susi (Chelsea), Rachel Unitt (Everton), Casey Stoney (Chelsea), Faye White (Arsenal), Laura Bassett (Leeds Carnegie), Lindsay Johnson (Everton), Jill Scott (Everton), Fara Williams (Everton), Emily Westwood (Everton) Katie Chapman (Arsenal) Kelly Smith (Boston Breakers), Dani Buet (Chelsea), Sue Smith (Leeds Carnegie), Lianne Sanderson (Chelsea) Eniola Aluko (Saint Louis Athletica), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal), Jessica Clarke (Leeds Carnegie), Jody Handley (Everton).

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Their home and away with Spain coming up will decide who goes on in their World Cup qualification group and who is eliminated. With their performance in the Euro's in the Summer it's obvious England has come a long way and should have little trouble over a two game series. But two years ago in qualification they played Spain twice and went 1-0 and 2-2 and I'm sure Hope Powell's memory is quite good.

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North Korea pulled out a month ago without announcing why and were replaced by Taiwan. The tournament is in Japan who have an entry ban on most North Koreans as a result of their nuclear testing. The Japanese granted the team full approval.

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From the CONMEBOL U17 Women's Championships which is finalizing in Sao Paulo 3 teams qualify to the WC in T&T next September.

Brasil and Chile have qualified. The third country will come out from the winner of Paraguay vs Venezuela on Thursday.

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Brasil won the title of the CONMEBOL U17 Women's Championships finalized in Sao Paulo after beating Chile 7 - 0. In spite of the embarrassing loss Chile had already qualified together with Brasil. The 3rd qualified team was Venezuela after beating Paraguay 1 - 0 for 3rd. place.

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Australia 3 (Sarah Walsh 23, 53 , Lisa de Vanna 84) New Zealand 0.

HT: 1-0.

3-0 Australia. Matilda's 19th straight over the Ferns. Hardly a NZ shot. Heather Garriock set up all three. De Vanna and Walsh ran at and through the NZ back line all game. The NZ backline's oldest player was 20 (Rebecca Smith didn't return from Germany and Stanford's WPS 1st round pick Ali Riley will be back and play on the weekend). It was Australia's first international game in over a year. No mention in any Aussie press.

New Zealand coach John Herdman: "The key thing that was missing that was the bite. The Aussies out-battled us in every area of the pitch. In the second half we came out with a bit more energy but that first half was women against girls. They set their stall out and left a mark on every single one of our players.. There will be a different look to the team on Saturday."

In surprise move, Herdman benched Oceania Football Confederation Under-20 gold boot Rosie White, who scored nine goals in three matches in the January tournament, instead opting to hand 17-year-old striker Hannah Wilkinson her debut. He had mixed feelings about the selection, but hinted at a change for the second match.

"When Rosie came in [on 56 minutes] she was a real shining light." Australian coach Tom Sermanni agreed. "Rosie caught my eye when she came on. She looks a real talent," he said. Sermanni said he was delighted by the way his squad, which boasted four professional players, had come together. “We looked sharp and have got the luxury of genuine pace up front which causes any defence problems.”

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Thanks Sigma, I dream of the day there's a Women's Network that covers this stuff:

Australia sweep New Zealand

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Australia 3-0 (0-0) New Zealand

Heather GARRIOCK 37, Lisa DE VANNA 49, Leena KHAMIS 84

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Trans-Tasman Women’s International Football Series

Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Local kick-off: 3.00pm (1.00pm AEDT)

* selected commentary from Australian and New Zealand press

An improved performance by the Football Ferns couldn't prevent a second straight 0-3 defeat to a clinical Australian side.

The home side, inspired by a vocal crowd, dominated possession for long periods and at times produced enterprising play upfront with 22-year-old stand-in captain Ali Riley – who arrived on Friday at 5am after a 10-hour flight from the United States – adding a new attacking dimension. Her combination with talented 16-year-old striker Rosie White, especially on the counter-attack, proved a highlight.

The Ferns displayed all the bite, aggression and passion missing from Wednesday night’s defeat but the Matildas made more of their chances with Heather Garriock breaking the deadlock, followed by second half goals to Lisa De Vanna and Leena Khamis.

While New Zealand failed to breach the Australian defence for the second game running, the increase in clear-cut and half chances created and an overall shift in confidence and execution gave New Zealand coach John Herdman some consolation.

"I was really impressed in the way our players responded to Wednesday and how they approached this game," Herdman said. "It was a good performance and a much better brand of football today but the difference was that the Australians were more clinical. "I can't fault the mentality or attitude of our players. I told them they were a bit gutless on Wednesday night but I certainly can't say the same today."

Australian coach Tom Sermanni outlined New Zealand's improvement. "Today we saw a different New Zealand side to what we played on Wednesday," he said.

The Westfield Matildas opened the scoring in the 36th minute when Heather Garriock collected the rebound off the cross bar from a Collette McCallum free-kick and blasted a half volley past New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon.

Australia, however, were as clinical as ever and opened the scoring in the 37th minute with what Sermanni described as a 'lucky' goal. Captain Collette McCallum's free kick hit the cross-bar and Heather Garriock was on-hand and blasted a half volley past New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon to give the visitor's a 1-0 halftime lead.

Australia twisted the knife four minutes after halftime when Lisa De Vanna snuck in behind the defence and collected a ball over the top of the Football Ferns defence from from a long Servet Uzunlar pass. After defending off the Football Ferns Abby Erceg, De Vanna composed herself to chip the advancing Bindon to make it 2 - 0.

New Zealand then looked to push numbers forward late in the game only to be caught out in their defensive third when substitute Leena Khamis (the W League goals runner-up) completed the scoring six minutes from time when two Ferns were temporarily sidelined with injury. Khamis headed Australia's final goal in the 85th minute.

New Zealand's best chance fell late to teenage substitute Hannah Wilkinson, whose injury time effort was cleared off the line.

The Ferns depart on Sunday (2/21) for the eight-team Cyprus Cup in the Mediterranean

The Westfield Matildas will now head to the Gold Coast for a week training camp as they prepare for their DPR Korea matches on the 3rd and 6th of March at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane.

Annual Series

Australian coach Tom Sermanni has called on football administrators to adopt an annual trans-Tasman series. Sermanni said the sooner an annual match, or series, was confirmed the better. "It's a question of the powers that be getting dates and getting things tided up. "This is a good time of year as we are at the end of our W-league [eight team Australian provincial competition], so we would be happy to have an annual fixture. "Whether it's three games in New Zealand, a year about, or a series and maybe we could play for some kind of cup. I'd like that.

New Zealand Gap Years

New Zealand coach John Herdman spoke of the 'wilderness' of New Zealand women's football. "Our oldest players are 35-36, but there's nothing in between so we have had to go with young players because of the wilderness years," he said. "Ten years of no international football has left a group of potentially young players with nothing and they have given the game away."

Benefits of Domestic League Pool

Australia coach Tom Sermanni has said that the W-League has been a ‘huge asset’ in the development of the national team as the Matildas continued their preparations for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup with a second 3-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

“I think it’s a real testament to the success of the Westfield W-League that we have such a strong pool of players to choose from - the league’s been a huge asset in many ways," said Sermanni (pictured). “I think this year especially we’re seeing the result of the Westfield W-League coming through as it allows for excellent preparation for the national team. “We’ve got a bigger pool of players to choose from and from that we’ve seen the inclusion of players like Kylie Ledbrook, Aivi Luik and Servet Uzunlar who have all benefited greatly from their involvement in the Westfield W-League, who have all performed well and got themselves in the national team.”

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More results from the West Asian Championships today...

Palestine 17 Kuwait 0

Bahrain 1 Iran 0

A little news clip of the Palestine team from November

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"DUBAI - Islamist lawmakers in Kuwait have called for a probe into how the women’s national football team was allowed to take part in a tournament in Abu Dhabi, branding their participation un-Islamic, the Kuwait Times reported on Tuesday."

http://business.maktoob.com/20090000438902/Islamist_MPs_call_foul_over_women_s_football/Article.htm

That didn't take too long...

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Had it been 17-0 instead of 0-17 would we have seen the fundamentalist facist rage? FIFA need to ban any men's team that ban's their women's team. No politics in soccer. Same as Iraqi or Nigerian corruption.

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