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Union plan to boost W-League pay and put women’s soccer on top of the world

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League, WA on the world stage, World Football

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Australia can win Olympic gold in soccer at the Tokyo Games and the women’s World Cup in 2023 if proposed development pathways are adopted, the players’ union says.

Professional Footballers Australia on Tuesday unveiled a pathway for development of women’s soccer that targets a minimum earnings package of $60,000 a year for the top 60 players in the W-League, a move that it argues would “leverage … competitive advantages” that soccer enjoys.

 

The Matildas and W-League players need increased investment to increase success.

The Matildas and W-League players need increased investment to increase success. Photo: Getty Images

The players’ union, historically one of the more thoughtful and articulate bodies associated with Australian soccer, believes that with a complete rethink about development programs and a far reaching financial overhaul the game will be able to fight back and stand its ground in a marketplace where competition is not just for sponsorship dollars and media attention but for the best athletes themselves.

PFA chief executive John Didulica says now is the time for bold and decisive action.

“The one thing thing missing from Australia’s CV as a sporting nation is a global trophy from the global game.

“Women’s football has the highest participation base among young girls in the country.

“Our national team is amongst the very best in the world and our sport offers the prospect of international opportunity like no other. However, we are yet to fully leverage these competitive advantages through the establishment of a genuine professional pathway for our elite players.

“The goals of winning the World Cup and an Olympic gold medal are ambitious, and rightly so, as they must reflect our shared ambition of being the very best.”

Currently some $3 million a year is spent on the womens game (a combined figure for all W-League clubs and the Matildas, the best of whom earn around $42,000 a year, while others earn around $32,000), according to PFA figures. Top players augment those payments from the FFA with wages from their W-League clubs and also from contracts playing in overseas leagues during the Australian off season.

The union argues that for another $1.5 million a year, it could implement its model and change the face of Australia’s female sporting landscape.

“To be the best, we need to be able to offer greatness.Through an increased investment of $1.5 million we can revolutionise the W-League and make it among the best leagues in the world, and significantly grow our talent pool, which is fundamental to our international success and ability to attract and retain the best talent,” Didulica said.

The PFA has spent months putting together a detailed package – “Grassroots to Greatness” – which contains a raft of development proposals aimed at strengthening the position of women’s soccer as competition for the best female athletes intensifies.

The huge success of the AFL Women’s competition and the bigger money on offer to elite netball players in the newly constituted Australian championship is a shot across the bow to soccer, which is also facing pressure from the Women’s Big Bash League, where crowds and television ratings have been positive.

But soccer’s trump card, the PFA argues, was, and remains, the game’s global appeal and the chance it offers to elite athletes to travel, work and compete all over the world in globally recognised tournaments.

But it acknowledges that soccer needs to pay its players properly or pay a heavy price.

Participation rates for soccer are far and away the best in the country for primary school children and teenagers; the task for the women’s game is to provide a program where the best players can earn enough money to live as full time professionals employed by the national team and their W-League clubs while those who buttress the stars in the W-League teams can at least earn more than the pittance too many now have to accept.

The key points of the PFA submission are its $60k for 60 plan, allied to a minimum salary of $11,500 for full time professionals employed during the W-League season and funding to give the womens game the chance to hire high quality international players to bolster their local talent during the regular season.

At heart is a desire not just to create a financial safety net but to create a “clear and cohesive” career path for talented juniors into senior women’s football. The union would like to see all W-League clubs field two different age teams in their state NPL competitions to provide up and coming players with the chance to develop their game.

The progam also calls for a “10 team competition structured to maximise commercial revenues” where teams play each other home and away in an 18 game regular season.

The targets, union officials admit, are ambitious, but can be attained through creative support for women players. The PFA wants the FFA to distribute at least $175,000 a year to W-League clubs to cover payments and says that the clubs themselves need to be generating $385,000 a year from their activities to be competitive.

It also pledges to develop a National Womens Football Network to fund flexible employment to female players within the football industry, many of whom now struggle to get time off to play or train properly.

PFA player relations executive and former Matildas captain Kathryn Gill said the womens game had to be central to all aspects of the sport.

“The players understand intuitively that we can only tackle the challenges if we improve the game for everyone,” said Gill, the Matildas all-time leading goalscorer.

“The women’s game has reached the point of being the largest participation sport for young girls by trading off the good-will of the football community.

“The time has come to make the women’s game a priority and use it to turbocharge football into the consciousness of Australians as the true global game and the sport of choice for women.”

Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams said the lofty targets were realisable.

“Things worth achieving are never easy and we know what we can achieve with this model, for the game, for the players and the thousands of young girls across Australia dreaming of becoming the next generation of Matildas,” she said.

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International fixtures due in Australia

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: World Football

Brazil set to play USA, Japan, Australia and Bolivia

Brazil set to play USA, Japan and Australia this summer

Brazil face some tough challenges ahead as they plan many international friendly matches for 2017.

Brazil Women’s National Team have a hectic and exciting schedule ahead with some strong opponents to battle against according to reports in Brazilian media.

In April, Brazil will play Bolivia with Araraquara likely to be the venue – this will take place between 3 and 11 of the month, which are the FIFA dates for international friendlies.

From 22 July to 3 August (to be confirmed), the team led by Emily Lima are reportedly taking part in a competition hosted in the United States where they will face USA, Japan and Australia.

From 11 to 19 September (to be confirmed), Brazil will travel to Australia where they will play their hosts as well as a match against New Zealand.

The calendar is still not completely finished, they have agreed details for matches against Spain (in June), Germany (in July) and Sweden. It is also a strong possibility that Brazil will play China in October and Korea Republic in November.

Some of the proposed fixtures have not been confirmed and are dependent on signed contracts.

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Algarve Cup Women 2017 Results

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

DrawWORLD: Algarve Cup Women – Placement Play Offs
9th place
09.03. 02:30 Iceland W  China W 2 : 1
Final
09.03. 02:30 Spain W  Canada W 1 : 0
7th place
09.03. 02:30 Sweden W  Russia W 4 : 0
3rd place
08.03. 22:45 Australia W Denmark W  1 : 2
(1 : 1)
5th place
08.03. 22:45 Japan W Netherlands W   2 : 3
11th place
08.03. 22:45 Norway W  Portugal W 2 : 0
StandingsWORLD: Algarve Cup Women
Round 3
07.03. 03:00 Portugal W Canada W 0 : 0
07.03. 03:00 Russia W  Denmark W 1 : 6
06.03. 23:00 China W Australia W 1 : 2
06.03. 23:00 Sweden W Netherlands W 0 : 1
06.03. 22:45 Iceland W Spain W 0 : 0
06.03. 22:45 Norway W Japan W 0 : 2
Round 2
04.03. 03:00 Portugal W Denmark W 0 : 6
04.03. 02:30 China W Sweden W 0 : 0
04.03. 02:30 Spain W  Norway W 3 : 0
03.03. 23:00 Australia W Netherlands W 3 : 2
03.03. 23:00 Russia W Canada W 1 : 2
03.03. 22:45 Japan W Iceland W 2 : 0
Round 1
02.03. 02:30 Australia W Sweden W 0 : 1
02.03. 02:30 Denmark W Canada W 0 : 1
02.03. 02:30 Norway W Iceland W 1 : 1
01.03. 23:00 Netherlands W China W 1 : 0
01.03. 23:00 Portugal W Russia W 0 : 1
01.03. 22:45 Japan W Spain W 1 : 2

International women’s football Cups

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: World Football

International women's football Cups

She Believes Cup

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: World Football

 

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Washington (AFP) – Camille Abily scored twice as France stunned world champions the United States 3-0 to win the She Believes Cup four-nation tournament.

Needing only a draw to win the round-robin competition, France got off to a dream start when Abily stroked her first goal home from the penalty spot at RFK Stadium after only eight minutes.

The French women then doubled their lead barely a minute later when a speculative long ball forward caused all sorts of panic in the US defensive ranks.

Eugenie Le Sommer latched onto the pass and tied US defender Allie Long in knots before picking her spot to tuck away a low finish.

That double salvo rocked the US women, who struggled to gain a foothold in the contest against a skilful French outfit, who had already drawn with Germany and beaten England earlier in the tournament.

Abily applied the coup de grace on 63 minutes for France, sidefooting home Eve Perisset’s low cross from the right flank to make it 3-0.

The victory capped a fine tournament France as they build toward’s this year’s Women’s Euro in the Netherlands, where they will be among the favourites.

US skipper Carli Lloyd however said the Americans would learn from the result as they begin their long run-up to the 2019 World Cup.

“Nobody likes losing, especially two in a row. But this is what it’s all about – to be tested by some of the best teams in the world,” Lloyd said.

“We had a lot of young players out there who haven’t been a part of this team. At the end of the day this was our first tournament of the year and it’s not easy. We’re not going to come in here and win by six or seven goals. Our focus is 2019 and the road is slowly creeping up. We don’t want to peak too early.”

Earlier Tuesday, Germany finished their campaign with a win after Anja Mittag’s first-half strike sunk England.

Mittag bundled home the winner in the 44th minute as Germany secured their first win following a draw with France and defeat against the United States in their opening games last week.

Germany held on for the victory despite a furious late onslaught from England, who came closest to equalising in injury time when Toni Duggan went clear on goal only to be denied from close range.

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The 2017 SheBelieves Cup was the second edition of the SheBelieves Cup, an invitational women’s football tournament held in the United States. It took place between March 1 and 7, 2017.[1]

The four teams were ranked No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 in the FIFA Women’s World rankings, thus making the tournament the most important friendly Cup of the year. The Algarve Cup ran in parallel as well as the Cyprus Cup. France won the tournament for the first time, winning two and drawing one of their games in the process.

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2017 Algarve Cup fixtures released

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Australia will meet Rio Olympics silver medallists Sweden in their opening match of the 2017 Algarve Cup as the full fixtures were released this week.

Last year the Matildas received their first invitation in 15 years and will enter the tournament as the second ranked nation behind Olympic bronze medallists Canada.  Placed in Group C alongside the Swedes (8), the Netherlands (12) and AFC compatriots China (13), the Matildas are set to play 4 matches in 8 days commencing 1 March 2017.

The Algarve Cup presents an opportunity for head coach Alen Stajcic to begin the assessment of players as the next four year women’s football cycle commences.

“We have to pick a new team going into the next four year cycle,” said Stajcic on the Round 12 W-League coverage.

“All the spots are up for grabs and every player is playing for a spot every week.”

Stajcic announced that the squad will be selected in mid-February with the first camp commencing on 15 February.  Fresh faces are anticipated to join the camp as the coaching staff utilise the low pressure time period to evaluate and cultivate players to take the team through to Tokyo 2020.

New year, new names as the Matildas head into a new cycle

“We really have to plan for the next four years.  We really have to look forward and plan for the future not just the Algarve.”

First step is the Algarve Cup and, with all three nations ranked in the world top 15, Stajcic has an opportunity to evaluate any potential new players against top level competition.

As for the tournament itself, the 12 teams will play round  robin format with the teams ranked to determine placement matches.  While matches in 2015 and 2016 were televised or streamed, there has yet to be indication where this will be the case in 2017.

We will have full coverage of the 2017 Algarve Cup commencing 27 February 2017.


2017 Algarve Cup Fixtures

Australia v Sweden
1 March 2015
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Kick off: 18:30 local (2 March 2017 – 5.30am AEDT)

Australia v Netherlands
3 March 2015
VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António
Kick off: 15:00 local (4 March 2017 – 2.00am AEDT)

New year, new names as the Matildas head into a new cycle

China PR v Australia
6 March 2015
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Kick off: 15:00 local (7 March 2017 – 2.00am AEDT)

Placement Match
8 March 2017 (9 March 2017)

2017 Algarve Cup Full Fixtures

Morace wants to take TT football to next level

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: World Football

Monday, January 16, 2017
Newly appointed national women’s football coach Carolina Morrace, centre, at the Piarco International Airport on her arrival to T&T, yesterday afternoon. With her is assistant coach Nicola Williams, left, and Joanne Salazar, the third vice-president in the T&T Football Association (TTFA).

Italian Carolina Morace, the country’s new women’s coach said she intends to take T&T football to the next level.

Soon after her arrival at the VIP Lounge of the Piarco International Airport yesterday afternoon, Morace told the Guardian Media that she was totally impressed with what she saw from the T&T team when she coached the Canadian team against them back in 2010, saying, “Before Canada played T&T, I thought they would have been an easy team, but instead they turned out to be much harder than I expected.”

Morace, 52, who is here on a two and a half-year contract as coach and technical director also came with her assistant coach Nicola Williams, who will be the country’s Under-20 coach.

Morace, a native of Venice, said she was honoured to be coaching T&T, as she loves to coach women’s football but called for the support of the football public and the T&T Football Association, which she had already received from its president David John-Williams.

The local football boss told a media gathering at the unveiling of Belgian Tom Saintfiet as the new men’s football coach in December, that he was honoured to have Morace as coach of the team, noting she was among the top five women coaches in the world. She coached the Canadian and Italian national teams and club sides Lazio and Viterbese men’s club side.

The former striker who played for 10 different teams in Italy, said she will first have a look at the players, the seniors, under-20s and under-17s to see the level of skill and fitness before she selects a core of 25-26 to work with for each team.

“The first thing is to create athletes and then I will focus on the league” Morace said. In addition to being coach and technical director, the Italian is the holder of a UEFA PRO License and is best known for being the first woman to coach a professional men’s football team, Viterbese of Italian in the Serie C1, will also be responsible for coaches’ education and development in the women programme. She will also conduct grassroots programmes.

Morace, who represented Italy 153 times and scored 105 goals, (from 1978 – 1997) made it clear via skype just over a month ago, that she wants to win, but noted she cannot achieve this if the players are not committed.

From https://www.guardian.co.tt/sports/2017-01-16/morace-wants-take-tt-football-next-level