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.

The Olympic champion of 800m running, Caster Semenya, joined the JVW club in his home town of South Africa.

Semenya was unable to defend the title of world champion in Doha in late September, because it did not accept the use of male hormones (testosterone) as requested by the World Athletics Federation (IAAF). The 28-year-old athlete, therefore, sought a football club to train to maintain fitness.

The transfer market in South Africa is closed, so Semenya can only train with JVW teammates and not play. “I am very excited about this new journey,” owner of 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals said. “The team support and love me a lot.”

JVW was founded in 2013, by the current South African women’s soccer captain – Janine van Wyk. The women’s football tournament in South Africa is divided into nine smaller provincial competitions, and JVW is one of the strongest teams in Gauteng province.

“Semenya is free at the moment, which is why she can do something different,” van Wyk told the BBC. “She had two training sessions with the team. Semenya has a lot of football potential, but we still need to help her improve more. Semenya told me that she will not stop running. Her appearance is great for the team and the tournament “.

Earlier this year, the IAAF prescribed limits of testosterone (male hormone) in female athletes. This greatly influenced Caster Semenya’s career. Olympic champions are forced to take testosterone-lowering drugs if they want to compete on the women’s track, due to the masculine hormone in her body. But Semenya insisted she would not take the medication, and appealed to the end. The Swiss High Court on July 30 refused to suspend Semenya’s decision to take testosterone-lowering drugs.

Semenya was not the first professional athlete to play soccer. Another Olympic athlete, Usain Bolt, trained with Stromsgodset (Norway) and Central Coast Mariners (Australia) but was not signed.

Alex Morgan may also be pleased when in his hometown, the match between the USA and French hosts has an audience of 6.3 million viewers. This is the most watched match on US TV, since the 2018 World Cup Final between France and Croatia. In other countries like France, Brazil, the Netherlands … the audience watching the matches in this tournament is also very high.

It’s clear that the Women’s World Cup 2019 has brought a positive effect to women’s football. In that context, sports pen Charles Olney also pointed out that women’s football is growing and invested more in Europe, especially in countries where in the past was a force in the subject. This sport like Italy, Germany or Nordic countries, etc. Charles Olney also said that the level of women’s teams attending the 2019 World Cup has also been enhanced and the gap between the teams has also been shortened.

In addition to playing on the pitch to win glory for the country, Alex Morgan and other female players are also participating in another battle, which is the fight for equality. On March 28 this year, ie three months before competing in France, 28 members of the US women’s team sued the Football Association for being discriminated against.

The girls of the US team believe that this discrimination is reflected in the salary, medical treatment support and other conditions they receive are much lower than those of men. “We see ourselves as pioneers in women’s football and we want to continue to push those boundaries,” Alex Morgan told DW. Now she and her teammates are only 1 match away from the Final

At this time, people are anxiously waiting for the next developments of the remaining matches in the Women’s World Cup 2019 after witnessing the drama as well as the different emotions that the previous competitions brought.

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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The defending champion showed absolute dominance in the tournament that took place in France.

Recruiting American women to enter the Women’s World Cup 2019 as the defending champion. The girls of the flower flag were crowned in this tournament in 1991, 1995 and 2015.

On the day of the army, the US women’s team performed the “massacre” of neighbors of Vietnam, the Thai team 13 goals not removed.

In the next match, Carli Lloyd’s brace and the remaining table of Julie Ertz helped America 3-0 over Chile.

The girls recruited the group to close the group stage with a complete victory after beating Sweden 2-0 in the final match.

It was not until the eighth round, Jill Ellis‘s team received the first defeat. However, the students of this coach still won a 2-1 victory over Spain to fill in the quarterfinals.

Against the French owner in the quarterfinals, Megan Rapinoe shone with a brace to help the USA win 2-1, winning the right to the fourth round.

At the semifinals, a strong and youthful England international under Phil Neville couldn’t stop the defending champion. American girls had their third consecutive victory with the same score 2-1 to fill in the final name.

The US women’s team closed an ‘unrivaled’ journey when it overcame the Netherlands 2-0 in the final with goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle.

The absolute dominance of American women in two consecutive World Cups.

Megan Rapinoe also received the Golden Ball (best player) and Golden Shoe (the player with the most goals).

Her teammate Alex Morgan has 6 goals but only receives the Silver Shoe because there are fewer assists. Yellow gloves belong to Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.

Marta (Brazilian)

Referring to women’s football, there will be a lot of people who know the name Marta. The Brazilian player has never won the Women’s World Cup championship but only won the runner-up in 2007. However, Marta is still considered the legend of this tournament when there were 15 goals after four championships projections from 2007-2015.

2007 was also the peak of Marta when she scored 7 goals to put Brazil in the final but lost to Germany 0-2. Marta had five times to win the title of FIFA’s best female player of the year, as well as Messi or Ronaldo of male football. At the age of 32, Marta will still join the Brazilian women to attend the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals in France next year. After 133 matches for Brazilian women, this 10-year-old striker has had 110 goals, making the professional male players admire.

Birgit Prinz (German)

This is a notorious striker of German women in her period from 1994-2001. Prinz has 214 appearances for German women, scoring 128 goals. Compared to Brazil’s Marta, Prinz only has more than two times, but World Championships in 2003 and 2007. This striker has also won five Women’s Euro titles and three times won the Women’s Champions League. In terms of individual titles, Prinz has also been honored three times as FIFA’s Best Female Player of the Year and 8 consecutive times as the Best German Female Player of the Year. Prinz had 14 goals in the Women’s World Cup after 5 entries.

Abby Wambach (American)

Compared to Marta and Prinz, Wambach also has a terrific hunting instinct when there are 184 goals after 256 appearances for America. After the 2015 World Championship, the striker decided to retire. Wambach has had 14 goals after four World Cup games, along with two World Championships. Wambach is considered the sports symbol of America for many years. In 2012 the striker received the title of FIFA’s Best Female Player of the Year.

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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.