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Current FIFA rankings sees Australia rise to number 9

July 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: World Football

Women’s Ranking

  • Last Updated 10 Jul 2015
    Next Release 25 Sep 2015
Rank Team PTS Prev.Pts +/- Pos
1 USAUSA 2189 2158 1
2 GERGermany 2115 2168 -1
3 FRAFrance 2081 2103 0
4 JPNJapan 2073 2066 0
5 ENGEngland 2038 2001 1
6 BRABrazil 1975 1984 1
7 SWESweden 1971 2008 -2
8 PRKKorea DPR 1969 1969 0
9 AUSAustralia 1968 1968 1
10 NORNorway 1927 1933 1
11 CANCanada 1924 1969 -3
12 NEDNetherlands 1907 1919 0
13 ITAItaly 1875 1875 0
14 CHNChina PR 1866 1847 2
15 DENDenmark 1853 1848 0
16 NZLNew Zealand 1839 1832 1
17 KORKorea Republic 1824 1830 1
18 ISLIceland 1817 1812 2
19 ESPSpain 1815 1867 -5
20 SCOScotland 1797 1795 1
21 SUISwitzerland 1781 1813 -2
22 RUSRussia 1779 1783 0
23 UKRUkraine 1772 1772 0
24 FINFinland 1758 1770 0
25 COLColombia 1747 1692 3
26 MEXMexico 1736 1748 -1
27 AUTAustria 1719 1711 -1
28 BELBelgium 1708 1700 -1
29 NGANigeria 1659 1633 4
30 POLPoland 1654 1644 2
30 CZECzech Republic 1654 1654 -1
30 THAThailand 1654 1654 -1

A tournament that broke all records

July 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

The United States celebrates

The seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup™ began in record-breaking style, with 24 teams lining up for the very first time in the competition’s history, and ended on a similarly momentous note, as USA became the first nation to lift the Trophy three times. Just for good measure, Canada 2015 also yielded an all-time-high of 112 goals, one more than the previous best, set at Germany 2011.

The tournament ended on a suitably spectacular note, as the Stars and Stripes swamped defending champions Japan 5-2. The contest was effectively over by the 16th minute, by which time the Americans had surged into a 4-0 lead, three of those goals coming from the talismanic Carli Lloyd.

It was appropriate that the 32-year-old midfielder should prove USA’s hero. Lloyd missed a penalty in the shootout that decided the Germany 2011 Final between the same two sides, which ended with the Nadeshiko celebrating their first world title. She and 13 other members of the USA squad were on duty that fateful night in Frankfurt, a defeat they have now avenged in style.

Awarded the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s most outstanding player, Lloyd later described her side’s performance as “historic”, while goalkeeper Hope Solo said it was the greatest moment of her career. The seven-goal encounter was the highest-scoring final in the history of the competition and drew an enthusiastic response from US President Barack Obama, who tweeted his congratulations to the victors: “What a win for Team USA! Great game @CarliLloyd! Your country is so proud of all of you. Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon.”

Records for Sawa, Formiga and Marta
Despite failing to retain the title, Japan have plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Coach Norio Sasaki seemed to agree, saying that it was a success in itself to reach the Final. Canada 2015 was veteran Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa’s sixth World Cup, a record for the competition, which she now shares with Brazil’s Formiga, who also became the tournament’s oldest markswoman.

With her strike against Korea Republic in the group phase, Formiga’s team-mate Marta became the highest all-time scorer in the Women’s World Cup with 15 goals, one more than the great German striker Birgit Prinz. The Brazilians advanced from the group phase as the only side along with Japan to win all their group matches, but exited the competition in the Round of 16, going down 1-0 to Australia.

Third place went to England, their best finish in the competition. The Three Lionesses secured the last place on the podium courtesy of a 1-0 win over Germany, a victory that broke a 20-game winless run against their old foes. England’s ground-breaking run featured a quarter-final defeat of the hosts, who advanced beyond the group phase for only the second time, much to the delight of the more than 1.3 million viewers who followed their progress on TV.

Germany again missed out on a place in the top three, just as they had done on home soil four years ago, when they fell in the quarter-finals. With legendary goalkeeper Nadine Angerer having now retired from international football and coach Silvia Neid set to hand over the reins to former international Steffi Jones at the end of 2016, the Germans face a transitional phase.

Judging by the talented youngsters they unveiled in Canada, however, Die Mannschaft would appear to have grounds for viewing any generational handover with optimism. FIFA Fair Play Award winners France can also look forward to a bright future. Though dejected to lose on penalties to the Germans in the quarter-finals, with Eugenie le Sommer, Louisa Necib and Camille Abily in their ranks, Les Bleues have plenty of talent to sustain them in the years ahead.

Coast to coast
Perfectly encapsulating the tournament slogan ‘To a Greater Goal™’, the eight debutants (Côte d’Ivoire, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Thailand, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Cameroon) mostly acquitted themselves well on their first appearances on the big stages, with the Dutch, Swiss and Cameroonians all reaching the Round of 16.

Boasting players of the calibre of Asisat Oshoala, Veronica Boquete and Shirley Cruz, Nigeria, Spain and Costa Rica respectively brought a breath of fresh air to the competition and showed that the women’s game is on the up and up around the world.

Canada’s national motto is A Mari Usque Ad Mare (From Sea To Sea), which is entirely appropriate for a tournament in which games were staged from Moncton in the east all the way to Vancouver in the west and across five time zones in all, a first in the history of the game.

“This World Cup should serve as inspiration to all the member associations,” commented Lydia Nsekera, Chairwoman of the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, at the tournament’s closing press conference. Nsekera also urged the champions not to rest on their laurels – while the seventh women’s world finals are now over, the eighth are already hoving into view.

So it’s goodbye Canada 2015 and salut France 2019!

Participating nations
Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China PR, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, USA.

Final standings
1. USA
2. Japan
3. England
4. Germany

Host cities
Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg.

146 (an average of 2.8 per match).

Individual awards
adidas Golden Ball: Carli Lloyd (USA)
adidas Silver Ball: Amandine Henry (France)
adidas Bronze Ball: Aya Miyama (Japan)

adidas Golden Boot: Celia Sasic (six goals, one assist)
adidas Silver Boot: Carli Lloyd (six goals, one assist)
adidas Bronze Boot: Anja Mittag (five goals, two assists)

adidas Golden Glove: Hope Solo (USA)
Hyundai Best Young Player: Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada)
FIFA Fair Play Award: France

Womens World Cup Finals Results so far

July 03, 2015 By: Penny Category: World Football



Match for third place


Sunday 05 July

05 Jul 2015


BC Place Stadium

FIFA announces shortlists for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 awards

July 03, 2015 By: Penny Category: World Football

( 02 Jul 2015
FIFA Women's World Cup Awards
FIFA has today announced the shortlists for the adidas Golden Ball (8), adidas Golden Glove (3) and Hyundai Young Player (3) Awards. The respective lists have been submitted by the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG).

Candidates for the adidas Golden Ball at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ (in alphabetical order):

  • Saori ARIYOSHI (JPN)
  • Lucy BRONZE (ENG)
  • Amandine HENRY (FRA)
  • Julie JOHNSTON (USA)
  • Carli LLOYD (USA)
  • Aya MIYAMA (JPN)
  • Megan RAPINOE (USA)
  • Celia SASIC (GER)

The adidas Golden Ball will be awarded to the best player of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. The adidas Silver and Bronze Ball Awards will be presented to the second and third-best players.

Candidates for the adidas Golden Glove at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (in alphabetical order):

  • Nadine ANGERER (GER)
  • Ayumi KAIHORI (JPN)
  • Hope SOLO (USA)

The adidas Golden Glove will be presented to the tournament’s best goalkeeper.

Candidates for the Hyundai Young Player Award at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (in alphabetical order):

  • Kadeisha BUCHANAN (CAN)
  • Jiali TANG (CHN)

The Hyundai Young Player Award will be presented to the best young footballer born on or after 1 January 1995.

All award winners will be decided by the FIFA TSG.

The winners, including the adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Boots for the tournament’s top scorers and the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, will be announced after the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Final on 5 July.

State girls have Collette in their corner

July 03, 2015 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

Collette McCallum in her international glory days. Photo: Getty Images

Friday, July 03, 2015

Former Matildas midfielder Collette McCallum will assist her ex-Perth Glory Women teammate Elisa D’Ovidio at the Football Federation Australia National Championships in Coffs Harbour next week.

Football West News

It is McCallum’s first state coaching role following her recent retirement from the game as a player.

The presence in camp of one of WA’s best female players would be a boost to players from both U15 and U13 WA State teams, according to D’Ovidio.

“It’s great for the girls to have someone like Collette around,” D’Ovidio said. “I had the pleasure of playing in the same team as her with Perth Glory and obviously we all saw how good she was on the international stage for the Matildas.

“Collette has a lot to offer and the girls have responded very well so far.”

WA U15 girls team. Photo: Vince Caratozzolo

D’Ovidio, who is also Football West Women’s Development Officer, steered the State girls U15s to Group B success at the tournament last year and knows the team faces a tougher task in Group A this season.

But, having spent 19 years in WA women’s football, she has an excellent understanding of their capabilities and is confident they can hold their own against the country’s best players.

“I’ve been involved in coaching girls’ football in WA for the past eight years and during that time the game has taken great strides,” D’Ovidio said.

“It’s been fantastic to see the improvement in technical ability, attitude and enthusiasm towards the game. The National Championships obviously give the girls an opportunity to see how they match up against other states, some of which are drawing from a much bigger pool of players.

“The girls have trained well, they’re excited about the challenge and we hope they’ll perform very well over there.”

The U15 team takes on NSW Country, NSW Metropolitan, South Australia and Victoria in Group A matches as well as a crossover game against Group B team Tasmania.

WA U13 girls team. Photo: Vince Caratozzolo.

WA’s U13 team, coached by Darren Young, take on Group B opponents ACT, Norther Territory, NSW Country and Tasmania. They face a tough test in a crossover match against Group A side NSW Metropolitan.

The teams travel to Coffs Harbour tomorrow for the tournament which runs from July 5 to 10.

U13 squad: Tanessha Baker; Siobhan Connolly; Yasmin Furse; Abbey Green; Jade Inskster; Annabelle Leek; Leticia McKenna; Emma McMurdo; Grace Mitchell; Mia Njirich; Thalia Organ; Ashleigh Santich; Eden-Lee Schaffer; Danielle Suckling; Nicole Tjahyadi; Isabella Wallhead.
Coach: Darren Young
Assistant: Faye Chambers
Manager: Salv Todaro

U15 squad: Morgan Aquino; Rosie Lehane; Ashling Devitt; Cheyenne Wise-Jarvis; Tessa De Leo; Sofie Osborne; Georgia Cawley; Isabella Foletta; Katie Grayson; Kizanne Mulder; Bianca Webb; Georgie Ireland; Lauren DeGaye; Tia Bergin; Sasha Edwards; Tylah Nation.
Coach: Elisa D’Ovidio
Assistant: Collette McCallum
Manager: Donna Harris
Physiotherapist: Lauren McCreay

Despotovski in frame to coach Glory women

July 03, 2015 By: Penny Category: W League

Dale Miller
July 1, 2015, 11:18 am

Despotovski in frame to coach Glory women Will Jamie Harnwell, right, be handing over the reins at Perth Glory women to fellow club legend Bobby Despotovski? Pic: Lee Griffith/WA News

Bobby Despotovski could be set to join Perth Glory’s senior coaching ranks, with the club legend in the mix to head up the women’s team next season.

The former striker is among a pool of leading candidates for the role. The high-flying women’s team, which won the Premier’s Plate in the W-League last season, will be managed by Glory for the first time starting from today.

Soccer authority Football West had overseen WA’s top female soccer team for the past seven years.

Despotovski has been coaching Perth’s National Premier League under-20s team.

Club legend Jamie Harnwell, who coached the Glory women to the plate and W-League grand final last season, will also be invited to apply for the position.

Harnwell was highly critical of the club over the salary cap scandal earlier this year.

Retired Glory duo Jacob Burns and Steven McGarry, as well as the club’s under-18s coach Callum Salmon, will all be considered for assistant coaching roles.

The Glory women’s side had four players representing Australia at the World Cup in Canada in a sign of the side’s strength, with Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord, Alanna Kennedy and Mackenzie Arnold all helping the Matildas reach the tournament’s quarter-finals.

Glory owner Tony Sage said it was a fitting time for the women to join the Glory family.

“This is an exciting and promising day for football across the state,” Sage said.

“It means from today, we have three teams under the one Glory umbrella.

“The A-League, Youth League and W-League teams will spread the Glory brand and each team will fly the flag for Western Australia on the national front.

“I’d also like to commend everyone at Football West, including CEO Peter Hugg, on a fantastic achievement and their role in boosting the profile of the women’s game.”