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On 1/26/2019 at 7:35 AM, Vic said:

I caught a feed of Atletico Madrid v Malaga today.

The quality of play was so incredibly high. We don't have anything remotely or fractionally near it.

We are so completely, utterly, massively and royally f#*ked.

Hate to harsh the mellow but Canadian women's soccer is Dead Man Walking.

We have a limited chance of success in France this summer but it's the least kick at the cat.

Well probably always have a Buchanan or Lawrence or Fleming, kind of like our men with Davies or Hoilett or Larin, but we can't put 11 on a field like others will be able to.

And we know the ranking of that formula / scenario.

Women's CPL is coming. I just hope it comes soon.

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China becomes another country where sanction of a top-level men's program requires a women's program as well.

https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/news/women-s-game-receives-fresh-impetus-in-china?_branch_match_id=587778880683530053

"This is a pattern on which we can model our women's game. So we have decided that each CSL [Chinese Super League] side should have a women's team by 2020 so the men's game will lend their strengths to the women's game."

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This is a bit anecdotal but also interesting, about a member of the Spain u-17 WC winning team, Salma Paralluelo, who was the left side attacker or wing.

Although she is still 15 she competes with adults in athletics, she broke the Spain u-20 400 m record yesterday and qualified for the European indoor championship by making the minimum.. So she'll be the second youngest female athlete to ever compete at a European championship. 

 

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Perhaps of the Mbappe mold on the women's side. You can't coach speed. Must be exciting to watch, will keep an eye out for her.

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Ontario High School 400m record was set in 1980 by the infamous Charmaine Crooks in a ridiculous 53.3 seconds. Would take one hell of an athlete to lower that.

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Oh man, now there's a blast from the past.  I was in high school in Sudbury when the Pan Am junior games were held there, and Crooks won the gold in the 400m.  What made her infamous?  I can't remember much from way back then.

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21 hours ago, Vic said:

Perhaps of the Mbappe mold on the women's side. You can't coach speed. Must be exciting to watch, will keep an eye out for her.

say what?

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6 hours ago, rkomar said:

Oh man, now there's a blast from the past.  I was in high school in Sudbury when the Pan Am junior games were held there, and Crooks won the gold in the 400m.  What made her infamous?  I can't remember much from way back then.

Ok that was 100.0% my ineptitude and completely the wrong word. It should have been famous, i.e.

https://canadasoccer.com/index.php?pid=7515&t=profile&

Most high school track meets now almost four decades later run around 0:59 to 1:01

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4 hours ago, The Ref said:

say what?

You're either fast or slow. You can improve your speed by only so much. It's a bit like but not as extreme as height in basketball. Can't coach that either.

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7 hours ago, jordan said:

I was going to start a new thread or post to this one but it is locked.

What a saddening and frustrating read.

Edited by BuzzAndSting

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1 hour ago, BuzzAndSting said:

I was going to start a new thread or post to this one but is locked.

What a saddening and frustrating read.

I also came here to post about this, after searching for the guy and being led to the exact 2008 thread that you mention.

Very difficult to read - I'm hoping this gets some attention and some sort of inquiry occurs. Whats the likelihood of that though?

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A 13 year old American girl who had previously committed to North Carolina has decided to turn pro. 

Moultrie’s agent, Spencer Wadsworth, declined to disclose the terms of the Nike deal, except to say that it was worth more financially than a four-year scholarship at a top university, which is generally valued at about $300,000.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/25/sports/olivia-moultrie-us-soccer.html?emc=edit_NN_p_20190226&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=6714265ion%3DwhatElse&section=whatElse&te=1

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Another of the world's greatest female strikers. Excerpts from: 
https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/mar/12/vivianne-miedema-world-cup-arsenal

Vivianne Miedema: ‘There’s a big difference playing with boys and with girls’
Vivianne Miedema in action during the Continental League Cup final against Manchester City

Her father and brother were both keen footballers, while her mother played hockey to a high level.

Miedema played alongside boys when she was young and perhaps did so for longer than many. “I think it has really benefited me,” she says. “I used to play at one of the highest levels of boys’ football too. I played against good boys, some of which are playing top-level football in Europe now, and that has really helped me. There’s a big difference between playing with boys and with girls and I would always advise girls to play with boys.”

[Both parents athletes and playing with boys... Hegerberg deja vu]

And if Miedema scores, do not expect wild celebrations: “I am happy when I score goals but I also think you need to show a bit of respect to the opponent. It depends on the goal but I’m not a big shouter or celebrater.”

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Maybe with Sportsnet and TSN losing broadcast rights to EPL for the next 3 seasons, maybe they will cover some women's soccer?

(not holding breath)

ETA: I emailed DAZN late last year to see if they were planning on showing any Women's soccer and they said no. They do carry Pac-10 women's soccer though.

Edited by BreadBoy

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Went to the 2nd leg of the Champions Leagues semis, Barça-Bayern. At the Mini Estadi, capacity 15000, some 12K and a bit came out, but it felt full (2 whole sections for Bayern fans had about 18 people). The stadium rocked, most were Barça fans and knew the standard cheers from the north end of Camp Nou, who sent a small supporter contingent. Lots of fathers with 8-10 year old daughters, and female Barça club members, but also lots of men, probably a majority of men in fact. They say that registration for girl's soccer was up 30% this year in Spain.

Well played, and tough match, with Barça edging them 1-0 to go to the final on a 2-0 overall, Mertens drawing a smart penalty. For me the key signing this year for the team is Hamaraoui, the French mid, she is an amazing player and makes the differerence amongst other talents, like Martens, Losada, Alexia Putellas another mid, in general a good side that is fairly balanced: but she got a second yellow, was sent off, and will miss the final vs. Lyon, her former side. So I think OL is the favourite, and without Hamaraoui, even more so. 

Reffing, this time from a Swiss official, still leaves a lot to be desired. Some very elemental things were missed, like deflected shots that should have been corners, out of bounds. In the end the German coach was also red-carded, going beserk over a minor sideline call. A lot of work there still.

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