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.

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.

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!

Asian women's football: deserves being heroics

When defender Saki Kumagai made the 11th minute decision and completed Japan’s incredible retrograde against the American team in the 2011 World Cup final, she not only wrote a new chapter for Japanese football but also gave world women’s football.

With that victory, Japan became the first country that surpassed all Germany, Norway or the United States to win a grand prize since these events took place in 1991.

Speaking of women’s football, the world may only notice Germany, the United States, Norway and Brazil, the teams that won 23 of the 27 first, second and third places at the Olympic and World Cup for women football from 1991 to 2008. Comparatively, in the recent 6 World Cups of men’s football, 10 different teams have been in the Top 3.

Asian women's football: deserves being heroics

However, in the 2011 World Cup, the rest of the world seems to have caught up with the top teams. To see more clearly, in the 2011 World Cup, the average difference in matches is only 1.5 goals, the lowest in the World Cup history until the 2015 World Cup. When the women football’s World Cup expanded to 16 teams in 1999, the average goal difference was reduced sharply and the number of unexpected results increased.

This change certainly has a significant contribution from Japan and other Asian teams. This is a little doubt because for a long time, Asia is still considered a low-lying area on the world’s women football ma. Remember in the 2014 World Cup, 4 teams of Iran, Japan, South Korea and Australia did not win a match and were at the bottom of the group stage. A year later at the Women’s World Cup, all five teams had at least one win, in which Thailand was the only team that did not qualify for the knockout round.

Best women football strikers of all time

Marta (Brazil)

Marta Vieira da Silva, born in 1986, is considered the No. 1 legend of women’s football in the world. She is mentioned with many different nicknames such as soccer queen, Pele wearing a skirt, the best player in the world, etc.

Best women football strikers of all time

The football player is well known for excellent ball handling skills, observation, dribbling, and score goals. Marta is the owner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award for 5 consecutive times in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. She also won the Golden Ball at the 2004 World U19 Women’s Football Championship. In addition, she and the Brazilian team won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Games. Marta currently holds the record for the most goals scored at the World Cup with 15 goals, surpassing the previous record of Birgit Prinz with 14 goals.

Mia Hamm (USA)

Born in 1972, Mia Hamm is considered a legendary symbol of American women football. Mia Hamm is the inspiration for the grass dream of so many girls around the world, who bring gender equality in football. With 158 goals in 275 matches for the national team, Mia Hamm is honored by American men as the greatest striker of all time in the United States.

Mia Hamm has twice become the best female player in the world (2001 and 2002) and was chosen by the football king Pele as one of the 125 greatest players in the world of all time. Mia Hamm officially retired and gave up her glorious career in 2004.

Michelle Akers (USA)

Michelle Akers was born in 1966, she is one of the best female football players of American football. In the 1991 season, Akers set a record when he scored 39 goals in 26 games. Akers was also the top striker in the 1991 Women’s World Cup with 10 goals.

VAR technology will be applied at the Women’s World Cup 2019

The announcement was made at the FIFA Council meeting held on March 15 in Miami, USA. Accordingly, the largest football management agency on the planet has discussed and approved some important decisions regarding international tournaments in the coming time.

After the success of the World Cup for men’s football last summer, VAR will also be presented for the first time in the same tournament for the weak, to support the referees to control and ensure fairness for the games. compare talent. However, according to FIFA, some related regulations will be modified to suit the tournament in France.

In addition, during the last meeting, FIFA also discussed the feasibility study results on increasing the number of men’s World Cup teams in Qatar in 2022 from 32 to 48 teams. Accordingly, FIFA evaluated the prospect of expanding the World Cup to 48 teams in the 2022 tournament, instead of following the previous plan at the 2026 World Cup as “feasible”, with some neighboring countries share with Qatar to host matches arising from increasing the number of participants from 32 to 48 teams (Qatar will still be the main host).

The negotiation process is now in the next phase, in which FIFA and Qatar will discuss more the general hosting plan to meet the requirements of the tournament, before submitting to the Association. FIFA and FIFA Congress passed in June.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino initiated and strongly supported the expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams right in the Qatar World Cup 2022. (Photo: Reuters)

If stakeholders can agree to finalize and post this plan, the final decision will be adopted by voting at the 69th FIFA Annual Meeting, held in Paris, France. on June 5, right before the opening of the Women’s World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, the preparation for the World Cup 32 teams continues to be conducted by the host country Qatar.

Besides, FIFA also decided to expand the FIFA Club World Cup, club-level world championships from seven teams of up to 24 teams to attend. The trial expansion tournament is scheduled for June and July 2021. In particular, 24 teams will be divided into eight groups of three teams each, playing in a round robin format to select the top team to win the quarterfinals.

However, this is only a trial tournament and details about the schedule and the attendance of representatives of the continental soccer federations will be further discussed and decided at a later stage.