The gamers and coaches wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. The players additionally knelt at some stage in a moment of silence earlier than kickoff.

“We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against Black human beings and people of color in America. We love our united states of america and we have taken this opportunity to keep it to a greater standard. It is our obligation to demand that the liberties and freedoms this state was centered upon are prolonged to everyone,” the Thorns and Courage stated in a joint assertion launched before the game.

The league said the day past that it would play the countrywide anthem earlier than the Challenge Cup games and that it would help the gamers in some thing they selected to do.

The NWSL is the first professional team recreation in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games performed besides fans at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah.

“Today, hopefully, it used to be a effective statement,” Courage midfielder Sam Mewis said. “It was an emotional time and I hope that both teams’ message comes thru clearly.”

Thorns defender Becky Sauerbrunn said: `The (players’ association) has been about participating with groups on what we can do to keep and maintain the dialog round racial injustice in this country.

“We made a sturdy announcement and we wanted to form of maintain that momentum that has been taking place and to exhibit legit dedication to the cause,” she added.

Megan Rapinoe, who performs for OL Reign but opted out of the Challenge Cup, was once criticised when she knelt at an NWSL recreation and a pair of US countrywide team games in 2016.

She said she desired to categorical cohesion with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee for the duration of the anthem to bring interest to racial inequality.

Mewis stated the teams sketch to maintain calling attention to racial injustice.

“I suppose we prefer to maintain this momentum and maintain the interest on the Black Lives Matter motion at some stage in this tournament,” she said.

AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament is the fifth of the Asian Summer Olympic Women’s Qualifying Round.


The tournament is organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to identify Asian national teams attending the Olympic football tournament.

The top two teams of the tournament qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics women’s soccer tournament in Japan as AFC representatives.

Japan is specially invited to the 2020 Summer Olympics as the host country.

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Formula

There are a total of 25 member nations of the Asian Football Confederation that qualify. The formula is as follows:

  • First round: Except Japan, the five teams with the highest rankings on the FIFA Women’s Football Rankings in June 2018 are Australia, the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, China, South Korea, and Thailand – given go straight to the third round. The next two teams – Vietnam and Uzbekistan – made it to the second round. The remaining 18 teams were divided into two groups: four teams and two teams of five. Each table is organized in a host country. The top two teams in each group and the third team with the best results make it to the next round.
  • Round two: Twelve teams are divided into three groups of four, each playing in a host country. The top teams advance to the next round.
  • Third round: Eight teams are divided into two groups of four teams. Each group competes in a host country. The first and second teams of each group will advance to the final round (4 teams remain).
  • Final round: The top teams in the third round meet the second-placed teams of the remaining group in the away format. The top two teams qualify for the Olympics.
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Schedule

Table A

  • February 3, 2020: North Korea vs. Myanmar
  • February 3, 2020: South Korea vs. Vietnam
  • February 6, 2020: Myanmar vs. South Korea
  • February 6, 2020: Vietnam vs. Korea DPR
  • February 9, 2020: DPR Korea vs. South Korea
  • February 9, 2020: Vietnam vs. Myanmar

Table B

  • February 3, 2020: Australia vs. China Taipei
  • February 3, 2020: China vs. Thailand
  • February 6, 2020: China Taipei vs. China
  • February 6, 2020: Thailand vs. Australia
  • February 9, 2020: Australia vs. China
  • February 9, 2020: Thailand vs. China Taipei

Final round

The final round is scheduled for March 2020. The two winning teams of the final round will qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

FIFA PLANS TO INVEST ONE BILLION DOLLARS

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, announced that the budget for women football would multiply by two on October 24, 2019. In addition, to develop women’s football, FIFA will invest one billion dollars in the next four years.

FIFA PLANS TO INVEST ONE BILLION DOLLARS

In addition to developing tournaments for youth, FIFA also would research the proposal to set up the International Women’s Football Association and organize the World Cup for women football clubs. Whether or not these contests will be made will be decided on March 2020.

The FIFA president also proposed increasing twofold the prize for women players at the Women World Cup in 2023 with an increase from $ 30 million(2019) to $ 60 million (2013).

In addition to the investment from its own fund, FIFA also wants to enhance the value of the contracts signed for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. “FIFA plans to renegotiate the contracts of the Women World Cup in order to provide a better bonus for female players. ”- according to AFP news agency of French.

FIFA’s changes are due to requests for equal rights from female players. In the past, female players were always more disadvantaged than male players in terms of salaries and bonuses in tournaments.

In the final of the Women’s World Cup 2019, which took place on July 7, the entire stadium shouted slogans for equality for female players.

Earlier, on March 8, International Women’s Day, 28 women from the US national football team filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court to sue their Football Association.


Tension is evident on the faces of many Cameroon players. They left the dressing room during the mid-game break very early, and walked onto the pitch with a tense expression. At the beginning of the second half, Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout was intervened by VAR, stripping a goal. This player burst into tears on the pitch, interrupting the match.

After England set the score 3-0, Cameroon played rough. Referee Qin missed the obvious penalty when Fran Kirby was fouled by Ysis Sonkeng in Cameroon’s penalty area. After that, the African team had two red cards left when Parris was beaten and Houghton was stepped on his foot, even though the referee team had VAR technology. Earlier, at the beginning of the match, Cameroon’s Augustine Ejangue also caused a disturbance when spitting on Toni Duggan’s hand.

Qin Luong’s way of playing the game made both England and Cameroon criticized. “They don’t want any African team to win,” said coach Alan Djeumfa. England coach Phil Neville was also upset: “I was ashamed for 90 minutes, sitting there and constantly witnessing the worst actions ever seen on the pitch.”

Male referees are not allowed to participate in women’s events, but female referees still participate in men’s tournaments. At the Women’s World Cup 2019, there are three female referees working in the men’s soccer tournament, including Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany), Stephanie Frappart (France) and Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay).

Referees for women in World Cups

Bibiana Steinhaus, Esther Staubli or Teodora Albon are all well-known female referees in women’s football tournaments such as the World Cup or Champions League.

1. Ms. Bibiana Steinhaus (born March 24, 1979) is the first German female referee in Germany’s professional football system. In the domestic league, Ms. Steinhaus used to hold the weight of the Bundesliga matches (for women). She also served as an arbitrator in several other international competitions such as the 2008 FIFA World Cup U20, UEFA Euro 2009.

The World Football Federation protects female referees, even though they are suspected of being able to handle intense matches.

According to the London Evening Standard, FIFA has no intention of changing how to control the matches in the women’s soccer World Cup. “It is not necessary to bring male referees to help female colleagues,” the FIFA spokesman stressed.

FIFA also absolutely supports female referee Qin Luong, who was heavily criticized by the British media and the women’s team for not showing a red card for Cameroon in the eighth round match between the two teams, although Nikita Parris, Fran Kirby and Steph Houghton were repeatedly violated. The British side said that Ms. Qin did not dare to act strongly because she was afraid of recruiting Cameroon girls.

FIFA has only allowed female referees to start matches in the women’s World Cup since 1995. However, this agency does not set specific criteria for the level of arbitration such as the number of years of experience and age like the World Cup for men’s soccer, makes the referee quality in the highest playing field in the world of women’s football in doubt.

In the English match against Cameroon 3-0 on June 23, many ugly scenes took place. At the end of the first half, when Ellen White raised the score to 2-0. The linesman is flagged offside, but the VAR team announces valid goal. Referee Qin Luong recognized the goal, but the Cameroon team said that they were forced to try, and surrounded the Chinese referee for many minutes. Cameroon kept the warmth from before, when he received a goal from an indirect penalty in the penalty area in the 14th minute because of the error of goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom.

Despite being more miserable than the 0-13 defeat to the United States, the 1-5 defeat to Sweden still made the Thai women’s team stand out and hopefully go on to the 1/8 round of the 2019 World Cup. 

When the pairs of 2019 women’s World Cup semi-finals were determined, it was also the time when the record of the watched audience was set in this tournament. It is a surprise that women’s football is less concerned than men’s football.

Even Alex Morgan, the star of the American women’s football team, had to distribute leaflets to invite the audience to see the match between her team and the Thai women’s team in the group stage. It is a poignant image if people know that American women are the No. 1 candidate for the championship and Alex Morgan is a leading female football star and is called “David Beckham” of women’s football.

The efforts of Alex Morgan and the other female players in the 2019 World Cup have finally paid off. According to statistics from the Mist, the audience watching the match between England and Cameroon girls through TV is up to 6.9 million. This record was later broken in the English women’s next match against Norway in the quarterfinals with 7.9 million viewers watching over the TV. It is expected that this figure will be crushed in the upcoming semi-final between England and the US.

Alex Morgan, the bright star of the US women’s team

The Independent (UK) said the total number of viewers watching the 2019 Women’s World Cup in the UK on TV was 22.2 million, surpassing the record of 12.4 million viewers at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Even 3 matches of the The England women’s team at the 2019 Women’s World Cup is also among the 10 football matches with the most viewers on TV this year.

Arkema, a French chemical company, recently purchased the naming rights for the French Women’s Football Championship (D1 Feminine) in a deal worth 1 million euros ($ 1.1 million) each year within 3 year. The tournament will be called D1 Arkema. Although the figure of 1 million euros is very modest compared to the 15 million euros per year that the men’s soccer tournament received from their main sponsor, but this is a very optimistic start.

“Becoming the sponsor of the D1 Feminine is a further expansion of our partnership with the Women’s World Cup. This is an asset for the Arkema brand and also a strong commitment of the Group. We accompany the French Football Federation in the country’s efforts to develop women’s football. This is also a great opportunity to enhance the image and status of women in society, ”said Le Haffaff Thierry, Arkema’s CEO.

According to Deloitte, 60% of the women’s soccer teams in the biggest leagues now have other sponsors with sponsors for the men’s soccer team in the same club. The consulting firm said the figure could reach 100% in the next Women’s World Cup season to take place in 2023. The number of European national associations with women’s football sponsors has increased from 9 in 2013 up to 17 in 2017.

Kelly Simmons, director of the professional women’s football league at the England Football Association, said the millions of pounds of deals had changed dramatically. Big deals will come with broadcast rights, such as how the Premier League for boys will bring in more than £ 3 billion a year from broadcasters. France’s highest women’s football tournament sold 5-year broadcast rights to Canal +, a pay TV company, for 6 million euros. Although this is only a small number, it is 6 times more than 2 years ago.

TF1, France’s most popular TV channel, raised the ad price twice a week for French women’s football matches, earning an estimated 9 million euros when the home team entered the knockout match. In the United Kingdom, the broadcast rights for women’s football were given to BT telecommunications company and BBC channel, almost without any money.

However, when the 2019 Women’s World Cup has just ended, it is also the start of negotiations to sign new contracts for the next season. With the increasing attractiveness of women’s football tournaments, the value of new contracts will not be low.

Women’s football is increasingly attracting the attention of sponsors and broadcasters.

At this year’s World Women’s Football Championship hosted by France, taking place from July 7.6 to 727019, the numbers broke all records so far. Accordingly, FIFA estimates it has attracted a total of 1 billion viewers, up from 750 million in the season 4 years ago in Canada. The semi-final of the British team became the most-watched television show of the year in the UK.

About 14 million Americans watching their women’s football team beat the Dutch women’s team 2-0 in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final on August 7, 2002 to win the 4th cup of the championship. instead of changing channels to watch baseball and basketball finals.

The sponsors saw the audience’s interest in women’s football and they were quick to act. Visa, a card payment company that likes to fund major sporting events, has spent a considerable amount of money on advertising in women’s football tournaments. Earlier this year, British bank Barclays became WSL‘s first-ever title sponsor, the highest football league of women’s football in the UK, in a deal worth more than £ 10 million (similar. USD 12.6 million).

On February 5, 2015, Alipay, China’s electronic payment company, announced a 10-year charity program worth 1 billion yuan ($ 145 million) to support and promote the development of the Chinese women’s soccer team.

Women’s football is attracting brands that have always avoided this sport because of the way sponsorship packages for women’s football teams are “bundled” with the men’s football sponsorship package. Avon, an American cosmetics business, became the first to sponsor a professional women’s football club, signing an exclusive deal with the Liverpool Women’s Football Club in 2017.

In April last year, Boots, the British pharmaceutical chain, signed a partnership with the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland.

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FIFA is about to conduct a draw to divide the table for the finals of the Women’s World Cup 2019 on December 8. Let’s learn more about this tournament.

Time takes place: from June 7 to July 7, 2019

Host: France (for the first time)

Number of teams participating: 24 teams, divided into 6 tables

Asia: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand

Europe: France, Germany, England, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden

The championship team

American women are the first country to have the honor of lifting the World Cup – World Cup when defeating Norwegian women in the final in Guangzhou, China. After 7 times the tournament was held, American women were also the most champion team with three times in 1991, 1999 and 2015. German women were the first team to successfully defend the World Championship in 2003 and 2007.

The Japanese women football team was the first Asian country to win the world in 2011 when defeating the United States in the final in Frankfurt, Germany. Four years ago on Canada, the Japanese women’s football team also came to the finals but easily lost to final US girls 2-5.

Tournament scale

In the first two times held in 1991 and 1995, the tournament only had 12 teams participating, divided into 3 groups. There will be 2 more ranked 3rd best teams in the tables that win tickets to the quarterfinals. By 1999 in the United States, the Women’s World Cup was increased with 16 teams participating, divided into 4 groups.

By 2015, the World Women’s football championship was increased to 24 participating teams, divided into 6 groups. The format of this tournament is very similar to that of Euro 2016 when 4 best 3 teams will enter the round of 16 teams.

World Women's Football Cup 2019: China has a patriotic spirit for the team

French news agency AFP on 23/05/2019 said that Chinese female players before leaving for France to compete in the World Women’s Football Cup 2019 must follow the lessons on “patriotism”.

“Fatherland in my heart” is the name of a series of compulsory training courses for the Chinese women’s team. The announcement of the Chinese Football Federation on Tuesday, May 21st explains that “this course helps enlighten the members about the basic rights and obligations of citizens and imbue the principles further.

The image posted on the federated website showed the female players in a classroom, hands holding books and pens, watching a projection screen intently, placed next to the large Chinese flag hanging on the wall.

World Women's Football Cup 2019: China has a patriotic spirit for the team

The course was held when there were only two weeks left until the 2019 Women’s World Cup kicked off in France. The Chinese women’s team in the first match will meet formidable German opponents in the city of Rennes on June 8.

Ranked 16th in the FIFA rankings, the Chinese team is in Group B along with Spain, South Africa, and Germany. Probably with this course, China’s “Steel Roses” hope to defeat Germany’s Mannschaft?

Like the World Cup finals for men, women also have a FIFA world football tournament organized by FIFA as FIFA Women’s World Cup. China was the first country to host the UEFA Women’s World Cup in 1991. In 2007, the most prestigious women’s tournament also returned to this billion-dollar country. Just like men, the World Cup is also held once every 4 years. Every year after the men’s World Cup is held for a year, FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held.

Let’s wait to see what Chinese women football team can achieve this FIFA Women’s World Cup season!