Category: Women’s Football

Fabulous Falcons win 5th Africa crown | Readings for 15 November 2006

Articles on the African Women’s Championship, an award for Sepp Blatter and the Luton Town manager’s rant against women linesmen.

Waltzing and brawling | Mixing it up at the Women’s Asian Cup

Adelaide, Australia | For headline writers the Women’s Asian Cup has been a dream. With the suspension of three North Korean players following a mêlée in Thursday’s semifinal against China, desk editors had their choice of stereotypes. Some went with “soccer catfight.” Others went political, hence the headline in The Age: “North Korean missiles fly on […]

Football’s island charm | Brian Ching, Oahu and how Hawai‘i gained a World Cup spot

Haleiwa, Hawai‘i | Our fascination with football on islands continues, this time with good reason. Brian Ching has become the first Hawaiian to suit up for the U.S. national team and appears certain to appear in the World Cup finals in Germany.

Women’s soccer haze | Even with World Cup rush, sex always gets headlines

Evanston, Illinois | We had intended to let this one lie, but a recent posting from Newsweek columnist Mark Starr on the hazing scandal affecting the Northwestern University women’s soccer team made us reconsider. The actions of the players depicted on a vigilante-style website intended to document misbehavior among athletes cross all boundaries of decency. Yet the “girls gone wild” approach that male sports writers have taken in discussing the incident indicates more of a prurient interest in women athletes and their sex lives than genuine concern with misdeeds.

Kick and miss | Gay Talese and the new soccer journalism

“I am not now, nor have I ever been, fond of the game of soccer.” With these McCarthy Era echoes Gay Talese begins his memoir, A Writer’s Life, published last month by Knopf. If one had to choose where Talese, the dapper practitioner of literary journalism and chronicler of popular culture for The New Yorker and Esquire, might begin summarizing his career, the 1999 Women’s World Cup final would seem an unlikely candidate.

Rice of the Rovers | ‘Condi’ cottons to Lancashire lads

Blackburn, England | The visit would not exactly qualify as ping-pong diplomacy, but sport as a means of high-level diplomatic exchange continues with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s excursion to what has been termed “the center of the world.”

Supporters | Women welcomed to Prince Abdullah al-Faisal

Jedda, Saudi Arabia | Following evening prayers, Saudi Arabia and Sweden played a friendly match tonight with historic implications: for the first time, and after pressure from Swedish authorities, women were allowed to attend. The normally rigid gender separation in public was relaxed a bit for female Swedish supporters. “They will be allowed to watch the […]

Media | Women’s dreams confront reality

New York | Despite the glowing reviews greeting the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, the reality is that women’s sports still struggle to find a place in the U.S. marketplace, especially on TV, according to the Journal News of White Plains, New York. ESPN says that 70 to […]

Here are the women | Burma excels in Southeast Asian Games

Manila | Women’s football competition has started at the 11-nation Southeast Asian Games, with the most surprising results posted by Burma: an opening-day victory over Vietnam and a 5–0 victory over Indonesia on Friday. Burma now has the early-tournament lead. The final in the biennial competition is scheduled for Dec 4. The Games include 23 other sports, […]

Heinie town | Sinclair, Pilots move 5,000 seats in 6 minutes

Portland, Oregon | Who says that women’s football can’t put butts in the seats? Five thousand tickets to the University of Portland–Notre Dame NCAA Division I women’s soccer quarterfinal sold out in six minutes on Monday. “They’ve officially achieved rock star status,” said University of Portland athletic director Larry Williams. The demand for seats to Friday’s contest […]

Buffer zone | Latina women leave home to follow the bouncing ball

New York | Acting on intrigue developed from watching brothers, fathers and husbands play football to their exclusion, women from Honduras and Mexico have overcome initial resistance and formed a local Latina league that now includes more than 200 players with roots from across Latin America, reports Elena Cabral for National Public Radio. The suggestion is […]

News from Hounslow | Second helpings of aloo gobi as Chadha mulls sequel

London | Director Gurinder Chadha has told the Sun newspaper of plans for a follow-up to Bend It Like Beckham. Both Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra would reprise their roles as ambitious young footballers en route to collegiate careers at Santa Clara (Calif.) University. “I see it more as a continuation of the characters than an […]

Coming-out party | Will gay athletes follow Swoopes’s lead?

Houston | Sheryl Swoopes of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Houston Comets has come out with pride as a gay woman. Her decision has given greater attention to the image consciousness and complicated gender politics in women’s sports, including women’s soccer. “Do we market to [lesbians] or don’t we?” asks former Atlanta city council president Cathy […]

Women’s football | 5,624 miles, 7 goals, 2 Portlands and 1 mole (U.S. v. Ukraine)

Portland, Oregon | U.S. Soccer Federation officials in 2005 improvised to fill out a slate of impromptu summer friendlies. One of those was a game against Ukraine, assisted on its visit by a West Coast–based expatriate known as “the mole.”

Women’s football | Is Skellefteå, Sweden, the game’s once and future home?

Tiffeny Milbrett, along with other women players from the United States, seek opportunities abroad to express themselves on the pitch. Milbrett has landed in Skellefteå, Sweden, on a contract for Sunnanå SK in a country that has made room for women athletes in an extensive network of sport clubs.

Luz y verdad | Women’s football in the heights of La Paz

La Paz, Bolivia, May 4 | Periodically, unrest grips Bolivia as the marginalized and oppressed indigenous majorities clash with ruling European-descent elites. Years of struggle have taught poor Bolivians that official channels for lodging their complaints and bringing about change are useless.

Women’s football | In Colombia, fútbol for peace, but what about gender equity?

Anthropologist Beatriz Vélez on the intensely masculine world of Colombian fútbol and how it provokes “much suffering for women who play football.”

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