December 16th, 2009

  • teenny

Women's Football Post. It's a big one.

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ROBBEN ISLAND, South Africa (AP) - FIFA has decided to expand the women's World Cup from 16 to 24 teams from 2015.
Although the 2011 tournament in Germany will stay at 16, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Thursday that women's football had advanced so much it made sense to make the increase.Valcke said after Thursday's executive committee meeting on Robben Island, "the value of women's football around the world had become higher and higher." source

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Full-time professionalism will be introduced to the English game when the eight-team Women's Super League is launched in 2011, clubs have been told by the Football Association. The FA wants each club to pay its top four players an annual salary of £20-30,000, a demand that the new league's project leader, Sally Horrox, admitted might deter some of the prospective founder members.
"My one concern," said Horrox, "is that we might be scaring a few of the clubs off. But we are raising the bar for the women's game and we are serious about player payments and other minimum requirements."
Another of the requirements is that clubs must match the £70,000 a year that the FA is prepared to give each team for the first two years of the league's operation. "We can't afford to pay our players expenses, let alone £30,000 a year," said the Sunderland chairman, Maurice Alderson. "We run our whole club on less than half of that. I love the concept of the league and I'd love be part of it, but it's going to be very difficult."

Doncaster Belles are likewise among the current Premier League's poorer clubs, but the chairman Jonathan James said: "We definitely want in – our business plan is 90% complete and I'm very confident that we will raise the necessary finance."
read rest at source

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feel free to ask question about the goings on in this post
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  • c0rrine

there is football today

11:00 EST/16:00 GMT - Barcelona v Atlante

14:45 EST/19:45 GMT - Burnley v Arsenal
14:45 EST/19:45 GMT - Chelsea v Portsmouth
15:00 EST/20:00 GMT - Liverpool v Wigan Athletic
15:00 EST/20:00 GMT - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

Local times: here

Heerenveen v FK Ventspils
Hertha Berlin v Sporting Lisbon
CSKA Sofia v AS Roma
FC Basel v Fulham
Panathinaikos v Dinamo Bucuresti
SK Sturm Graz v Galatasaray
Club Brugge v Toulouse
Partizan Belgrade v Shakhtar Donetsk
CFR Cluj-Napoca v PSV Eindhoven
Sparta Prague v FC Copenhagen
Athletic Bilbao v Werder Bremen
CD Nacional de Madeira v Austria Vienna

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Nina Dobrev
  • arooj

Premier League asks Wolves to explain team selection.

The Premier League has written to Wolves to "request their observations" about Mick McCarthy's team selection for the game at Manchester United.

Boss McCarthy rested 10 first-team players in Tuesday's 3-0 defeat, with an eye on Sunday's match with Burnley.

Premier League rule 20, section E, says teams must field a full-strength side in all top-flight matches.

A statement read that when Wolves respond: "The board will decide whether any further action is warranted."

McCarthy's selection against United was branded "grossly disrespectful" by Wolves supporter chief Arthur Williams.

Williams, one of more than 3,000 Wolves fans in attendance as they lost 3-0, said: "The fans sung 'We want our money back' and that's understandable.

Saturday's 1-0 win over Tottenham was the second successive top-flight win for Wolves - the first time the club have achieved that in 26 years - and lifted them out of the relegation zone, although they are now back in the bottom three after losing to Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

He told BBC Sport: "Of course we were all surprised by Mick's team selection but it is his prerogative to pick whatever team he sees fit for any particular game.

"He is very cognisant of what the fans want and I think what they want most is to stay in the Premier League. Mick is picking a team for each individual match that will give us the best chance to do that.

"You have to remember that 10 of our first-team squad have already had serious operations and/or injuries this season already and Mick has to bear that in mind.

However, Williams, head of the North West Wolves supporters branch, countered to BBC Sport: "Listening to Mick's reasoning, you can understand it but then he confounded it by saying we've got some big games coming up. Well surely last night was a big game?"

"Coming as it was on the back of a win at Tottenham, I thought there was something to be gained from that match on Tuesday.

"It's well catalogued that United haven't the best of defences at the moment, with injuries and so on, and I just thought with the likes of the players that were missing we just might have pressed on and got something out of it.

What do you guys think of McCarthy's decision? Can it be justified? Isn't football a squad game anyway?

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england WC bid

Milton Keynes part of England's 2018 World Cup bid

Milton Keynes will be part of England's 2018 World Cup bid after being named as a candidate host alongside 11 cities.

However, Derby, Hull and Leicester's applications were rejected.

London will forward four stadia to Fifa and Manchester two, with the final decision on which will be used made by football's governing body in late 2010.

Sunderland, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Bristol and Plymouth are the other cities to be included in the bid.

The Liverpool bid suffered a blow on the deadline day for applications when the government backed a decision to refuse planning permission for Everton's plans for a new stadium at Kirkby.

However, Anfield - or a new Anfield, should it be far enough along the planning and building process - will figure in England's bid because of its "history and tradition in English football", said Football League and selection panel chairman Lord Mawhinney.

Three stadia will be forwarded from London, Wembley Stadium, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and either the Olympic Stadium or Tottenham's yet-to-be-built new ground.

i expect it will be the current anfield used, as with those two clowns in charge, i've probably got more chance of living on mars than a new stadium being built
Calvin Harris
  • nha_chi


The 25th Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games), in Laos, are headed towards the final throws this week. Sort of a mini Olympics in a way. Yesterday the Vietnam Women's Football team won against Thailand via penalties 3-0. And on 12/17, the men's finals will take place, pitting the Vietnamese against the Malaysians!

I'm Vietnamese so I know I'm excited about this. Riots already broke out over the Semi Final win, so this is going to be epic whether Vietnam wins or loses, because the government have declared the 17th a National Holiday for everyone to watch the match.

Any other Southeast Asians out there who are paying attention to this???

From the Vietnam v. Thailand semi-final match (4-1)

BTW: I don't support the red flag with the yellow star. I was a part of the protest at my Uni to have the flags removed and replaced with the original yellow and red stripe flag. JSYK. :)