FIFA Women’s World Cup to start Saturday June 6th at 2:30 p.m. PT. That is the time for the opening ceremony. You can watch on Fox Sports 1.
I just want to get that out of the way because I find that there is very little information out there about it. It’s shocking and not shocking all at the same time.
FIFA Women’s World Cup isn’t even regarded highly by FIFA. They fall all over themselves for the men, but not the women. Even the ex-president, Blatter acknowledged that more attention needed to be paid. However, he suggestion was one of absolute sexism, that the girls should wear shorter shorts if they want more people to watch. Wow. How does a sport expect to have a better and higher profile when the gentleman who runs it thinks so little?
It is also clearly less regarded by the organization by forcing the women to play on turf. How ridiculous. According to the article I just linked, a company, free of charge to FIFA, offered to put in grass over the turf. FIFA said no.
Saturday’s games will be:
Canada (host nation) versus China PR at 3:00 p.m. PT
New Zealand versus Netherlands at 6:00 p.m. PT
USA will be on Monday at 4:30 p.m. PT
Here is the FIFA website for matches and their times. It’s excellent because you can change it to your time. As silly as it sounds, I have tried to find the game on multiple websites and a lot of them are hard to understand or just plain wrong. I downloaded a calendar to my iCal and it is totally wrong.
Group A: Canada, Netherlands, China, New Zealand
Group B: Germany, Norway, Ivory Coast, Thailand
Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, Equador
Group D: USA, Sweden, Australia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Spain, Costa Rica, South Korea
Group F: France, England, Mexico, Colombia
I included the link above but the highlights for me are:
Megan Rapinoe: She is a Midfielder who takes a slew of corner kicks and happens to be my favorite player. She plays for the Seattle Reign FC when she is not amazing in World Cup or Olympic matches. She is 29 years old.
Abby Wambach: She is a forward and who everyone will be watching. She is one of the most recognized soccer players in the world and for good reason. She is known for her headers. She played on the 2003, 2007, and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. You may have last remembered her when she got punched in the Olympics by Lady Andrade that did not even get a card, despite Abby having a black eye the next day. She has been awarded the 2011 ESPY for Best Play and was voted the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year.
Alex Morgan: Forward. She has had some ankle issues that I hope resolve. She is a fun player to watch and has an amazing chemistry with Abby Wambach. She always seems to be in the right place.
Sydney Leroux: Forward. I like her, but she does not have the same chemistry with the team that Alex Morgan does. I’m excited to see how her play has progressed.
The player I do not like at all is Carli Lloyd. I’ve written about her before. I feel like she only half-asses her play. She runs when she wants to and I think the midfield suffers for it. I’m sure I will be posting again how much I dislike this player.
There has been some heat on goalie Hope Solo. I’m not sure where I stand on all of that. However, I am excited to see her play. I like her intensity on the field.
Let the games begin!