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    Long time supporter of the Women's national team. I wrote a few articles for Canada Soccer Magazine and organized the shirt signing thing for the 1999 Womens World Cup team. Now I'm teaching my own daughter about soccer.

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  1. Geez, they're not exactly making it easy for Sinclair to score her next three goals, are they?
  2. Yup, I am. And I note in the article that once again female players want good refereeing and don't care much about the dangly bits. The "best in the world" you mention has to be qualified by adding "female". The quality of refereeing in the NWSL is likely as good or better than the WWC simply because they don't exclude male referees.
  3. I'll just leave this article here. https://www.themaneland.com/2019/8/19/20810667/u-s-soccer-referee-structure-puts-nwsl-below-mls
  4. And once again we see why the US is the most classless team in women's soccer. Morgan, after scoring, decides that the best celebration is one that mocks her opponents. I don't think I'll watch the match on Sunday, I have better things to do than witness more of that.
  5. I didn't say women coaches were experiments, so please don't shove your words in my mouth. What I said was Carolina Morace was an experiment. As for the pre-Pellerud coaches, I don't count the part-timers. That was an embarrassment that the CSA finally corrected. The CSA may have said Morace was the best available coach, but what they meant was she was the best available female coach. For some reason we keep circling back to some "need" to have a woman coach instead of the best coach. When Herdman quit there was talk about aiming to have a woman in charge by 2021. Why? Why is it so important to have ovaries if you coach women? Morace was a disaster and her history before signing with Canada clearly showed she was tough to work with and self-centred. She quit once, came back, and then **** the bed in Germany. She quit in spirit before the last game was played and quit for real when her performance was being evaluated. Thankfully we didn't demand Herdman cut his nuts off in order to coach Canada. What I hope we don't do is what Germany did in hiring Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. If you try to tell me she was the best coach available in Germany then I have some real-estate in Florida you should look at. Her coaching resume is Ok, but hardly outstanding, and her main claim to fame is being an ex-player. And is Jill Ellis really the best coach the US could find to lead the #1 team in the world? Her decisions so far indicate she's not very good, it's just fortunate she has more talent available than any three other national teams combined. Going forward, whatever happens with Heiner-Moller, I hope the next coach is the best we can attract and afford. If it happens to be a woman, I will be more than happy to support her.
  6. VAR isn't helping much if it can't at least bring some consistency to the application of the rules. Japan was done in by a hand ball, the USA gets a pass. Offside is now called to the millimeter but studs up challenges and spitting on opponents are not dealt with correctly. Me, I am happy that goal line technology exists because it is black and white. The offside calls strike me as being too legalistic in a game that has few enough goals as it is. For the rest, I think I prefer letting a referee decide it on the field, missed calls and all, rather than watching constant appeals for video review. Let the game flow.
  7. Why on earth would we need a Canadian or a woman to coach? If the best person for the job is Canadian, great! If it's a woman, that's great, too! But I think we need the best coach, period. Our experiment with a female coach ended badly, and the Americans are not happy with Jill Ellis. The English, however, are doing just fine under Phil Neville. As for Sinclair coaching, sure, if she's actually a good coach. We shouldn't just hand her the job because she was a good player.
  8. If Wambach didn't take penalties she definitely played for a much better team and with a stronger supporting cast. Canada has always been a low scoring team so a straight comparison of Sinclair to Wambach is apples and oranges. The two have played a similar number of games, Sinclair 286 (and counting), Wambach 254, so I think the fact Sinclair is even close to the record says all we need to know as to who is the better goal scorer. As for minnows and penalties to round out her career, I'm fine with that just so long as she erases Wambach's name from the record books. The comparisons on the field makes the two look similar, but Sinclair is miles ahead in class and sportsmanship. I feel dirty mentioning Wambach's name in the same sentence as Sinclair, honestly.
  9. I'll preface this by saying I don't know what the rules are in European leagues compared to the NWSL. That said, the CSA does subsidize some Canadian players in the NWSL. There are no Canadian teams in the NWSL but there is some cooperation between the CSA and USSF. Could Canada offer the same subsidy to European teams? If there are no rules against that then why not? I think we need to start thinking well outside the box when it comes to Canadian women's player development. First, we have to admit that domestic leagues are there for entertainment and profitability for the owners and not to develop Canadian NT players. That's a nice secondary benefit, sure. Once we understand that, we have to admit a domestic women's league, especially one that is geographically national, just isn't going to happen. We obviously need a quality league for our women to play in and develop, and I don't think the NWSL is it. So what else could we do? Me, I wonder if the CSA couldn't purchase a club in England, some small 'borough team and seed it with CWNT players or prospects. Are there nationality rules in the FA WSL? Is there an opportunity for a partnership with a European FA such that we could both benefit? Us from existing infrastructure and geography, and them by improving the quality of the league? The NCAA isn't going to be able to keep up with the European teams, especially now that a transfer market is emerging for female players. If European clubs can see the financial benefit of developing female players then the NCAA model of taking 18 year olds for 4 years of intermittent play will die. Jordy Huitema is an example of that future. Still, we need to develop depth, and we need to allow late bloomers a chance to bloom. The current development model basically shuts girls down at 15 if they aren't identified as an elite prospect. That's way too early. If our best are integrated in to European leagues where will our depth players play? Where will they get the chance to improve? We can't afford to let the Europeans bury us like I think they will the US.
  10. I'm not even sure the referees are interpreting the new law correctly: New Laws
  11. Wow. When did the rules change so much? An arm in a natural position straight down by her side, a ball pounded at close range hit it, and that decides a knock out game in the World Cup? Japan attacked and attacked and attacked, with skill and creativity, and Holland gets through by pounding a ball in to a crowd? 2 minutes left but I don't see much hope. Edit: Nope. Another game where the refereeing is front and centre.
  12. Is anyone watching Japan v Netherlands? That Japanese goal demonstrates what is missing in Canada's play. They weren't afraid to run in to the box, find space, use skill to turn on goal, and the passing! Every time Canada got the ball to the top of the 18 it was to Sinclair with her back to goal, no support, and 3 Swedes making sure she couldn't turn. I don't know if that was a tactical choice or if that just demonstrates the missing pieces in Canada's attack. Either way, we can't keep pumping the ball down the wings with poor crosses in to the box. It's not good enough. https://upload.streamja.com/mp4/gv/gvwz.mp4
  13. I think there were a few others beside yourself who disagreed with me. But it's all in rhetorical good fun.
  14. Outside the paywall 🙂 At least some of it... https://headtopics.com/ca/blame-bungled-tactics-and-absurdly-cautious-coaching-for-canada-s-exit-from-the-world-cup-6541625
  15. Earlier in the tournament, in another thread, I said that the refereeing was sub-par. Man, did that offend people! I said that using only female referees was unfair to the players who earned the right to be here. My flame retarding underwear was barely up to the task. I said VAR was so intrusive here precisely because the all-female officiating staff were unable to call offside correctly, and that they weren't good enough for the level of the games (not is so many words, but that was the gist). Well, I think I am being rather soundly vindicated by the last few matches. When the US was hammering Thailand the referee wasn't important. When the US was jobbing Spain out of at least a regulation draw now we see how poorly prepared the referees are. The referee blew Canada's chances in 2012 due to the overt pressure applied by the USWNT and Wambach, and here the referee was taken in by the US professional diving team. I support women in sports, especially soccer, and that includes referees. That doesn't mean that only women should coach, or officiate, or organize, or work the concessions at a Women's tournament. The women who have earned the right to play at a WWC should not be knocked out because someone thinks that it is more important to give female referees a training opportunity. Let female referees earn the right to be there. They can get their training in league play and earn their right to progress just like any other referee.
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