FIFA 2011 Women’s World Cup Preview

Soccer or football is called the beautiful sport and is played worldwide.  It is the most played sport across the globe.  It has become a game that women play as much as men.  29 million women play soccer worldwide.  2 million women play soccer in the host country Germany.  This is a huge tournament for women’s soccer.

Over the last 20 years the women’s game has improved so much it has become unrecognizable.  The playing field has levelled in women’s soccer. The division between the strong teams and the challengers has narrowed.  Strong players like Canada’s Christine Sinclair, Germany’s Birgit Prinz, Brazil’s Marta, and the U.S.’s Abby Wambaugh have become role models for young female soccer players.

Sixteen teams are participating.  Four divisions of four teams.  Teams like Japan, France, Nigeria, Canada, England, are participating and favourites are United States, Germany and Brazil.  Canada is ranked number six in the world.  As opposed to our men’s squad (an embarrassing 76th in the world), the women’s team is a force to be reckoned with.  They will have a stiff challenge right off the hop with their first game coming against the dominant German side.

Canada is in the same division as host Germany, France and Nigeria.  Germany is the two-time defending champs, France is participating in their second World Cup and Nigeria is the weak link of Group A.  Canada is expected to advance along with Germany to the knockout stage.

Games will be aired on CBC or Rogers Sportsnet.  Check the schedules for both to watch games.

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