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Old 7th Jun 2015, 18:33
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Women's World Cup

Just watching the match between Norway and Thailand.
I don't usually watch football (soccer), with all the tantrums, spitting, snotting etc, but I thought I'd have a look.
What a difference, and a pleasure to watch, particularly Norwegian team.
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Agree .. and you forgot the almost complete absence of swearing on the field too. And it's not just limited to the international scene. I have watched the Reading Women's football team play this past two seasons and I have been quite impressed with the standard of play. It's a sport definitely on the up.
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Sorry to disagree because I'm all for equality. But I find women's football just lacks something. It's probably speed and strength but it's all a bit like Formula E to me.
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Old 7th Jun 2015, 20:43
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I would agree about the speed and strength. There's also the clever moves being only two or three sequentially. The problem being that, although the top women have a lot of skill, they haven't been playing against skilled opposition since age 4 like the men. It will come. The lighter modern ball helps a lot, as the women can now manage good long range shots.
I love the game being played fairly. I gave up watching the men's game 2 years ago for that reason. Having been a school coach (girls' football for 2 years and field hockey for 11 years), I just hate cheating and fakery.
I've been following the Canada women's team for 5 years, mainly because their coach, John Herdman (a Geordie) coaches exactly the same way I do (maybe he's a little better )
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The trouble played for England in the 80s when it was definitely unfashionable! Her England career was cut short when she was poached by an Italian side. The women's game had no money in those days and they couldn't afford to fly her back for games!

There are some incredible people who have backed women's football over the years. Sir Trevor Brooking has always supported them. A lot of credit for the English set up must go to Hope Powell who really lifted women's football from a sexist joke to the realms of the sporting mainstream.

That said, ever the optimist, I predict that the English team in Canada will emulate their male peers and exit at the quarter final stage. I hope to be proved wrong!
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Emulate the men's team? Exit at the quarter finals stage? Chance would be a fine thing!
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 07:54
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It has its knockers....

But I think there is a place in sport for women's soccer
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Sorry but I'd rather watch paint dry!
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It's an old calendar, but the Matildas aren't all that ugly either.
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 11:52
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Anotherthing, is that what Sepp Blatter was on about.
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Australia?s site rips Yanks after loss to USWNT: ?Aren?t that good? | ProSoccerTalk

The US ladies won 3-1, but their opponents said they aren't that good.

OK, they were good enough.
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Yes, I thought the Aussie comments were right up there with Tiger Woods claiming he's happy with his progress nowadays, and with most of the political twaddle we hear these days.

The score was 3-1 against you, and you claim they weren't any good and the goalie was just lucky.
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I've been following the Canada women's team for 5 years, mainly because their coach, John Herdman (a Geordie) coaches exactly the same way I do (maybe he's a little better )
I was at their Olympic semifinal match at Old Trafford where they just lost to the spams. It was a good match played in a great atmosphere.

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There's an element missing. I was coached to 'Bring the bloody thing down with your chest and don't slacken the pace'
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The best bit has to be when they swap shirts at the end of the match.


Oi'll get me coat.
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Old 13th Jun 2015, 06:52
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
The best bit has to be when they swap shirts at the end of the match.


Oi'll get me coat.
Completely agree with that. Although most are under spec for guys like Slasher and myself.

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Old 13th Jun 2015, 09:01
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Thoroughly enjoying the Womens World Cup but a pity all the games are being played on an artificial pitch. I'm sure more skills would be displayed on a grass pitch.

Considering the BBC are boasting coverage of all matches, they don't make it easy to find the right channel. On BBC3 red button the other day, it gave a result of Germany 1 USA 2. No such game.
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Old 13th Jun 2015, 11:18
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Biggest supporter of Womens Football is the Sports Bra.....

A friend in London who played it probably just under England National Team standard said she stood out, as her boyfriend used to go along to see her play. Kind of shocked when she said and believed that 60% of players were Lesbian
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Shirt swapping in women's football has gone on for ages. It's no big deal....

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Thoroughly enjoying the Womens World Cup but a pity all the games are being played on an artificial pitch. I'm sure more skills would be displayed on a grass pitch.
Still some skills to be seen, this Norskie lady shows some.
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