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Archive for December, 2010

Four Nations Tournament and Cyprus Women’s Cup highlight the start of 2011

Seven teams competing in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup begin 2011 with a pair of tournaments. The U.S., Canada, and Sweden will take part in the Four Nations Tournament in mid-January in Chongqing, China, while England, North Korea, New Zealand, and France will play in the Cyprus Cup in February/March. (more…)

Quotes of the year from Women’s Professional Soccer

Throughout the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season, Our Game Magazine writers had a chance to interview a number of players and coaches. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from the season. (more…)

Becky Edwards latest player to sign with WNY Flash

Former FC Gold Pride midfielder Becky Edwards has signed with the WNY Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). The 22-year-old recently was called up by the U.S. U-23 team for its mid-December training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Edwards joins a Flash team that last week acquired Swedish international Caroline Seger and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Yael Averbuch. (more…)

Jitex Cup 2011 four-team tournament set for February in Sweden

Swedish club Jitex BK of Damallsvenskan have organized a four-team tournament that will be played Feb. 5 and 6 at Valhalla Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. Jitex Cup 2011 also features 2010 Damallsvenskan champions LdB FC Malmö, Fortuna Hjørring (2009-10 champions of Elitedivisionen in Denmark), and Norwegian side Kolbotn, which finished third in the 2010 Toppserien table. (more…)

Mike Lyons to coach Washington Freedom, Megan Rapinoe signs with Philadelphia

As first reported by Our Game Magazine’s Ryan Wood, the Philadelphia Independence have signed former Chicago Red Stars and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Megan Rapinoe. Also, it is expected that Mike Lyons will be named as the head coach of the Washington Freedom. (more…)

Brisbane Roar look to snap Sydney FC curse and to remain in first place in Australia’s W-League

The two teams that met in last year’s W-League Grand Final and then in round one of this year’s W-League season, will face each other Saturday, Jan. 1, in a game that will give one team a significant upper hand heading into the final four weeks of the 2010/11 season. The Brisbane Roar look to retain their spot at the top of the table, while second-place Sydney FC needs only a draw to pull level with the Roar. (more…)

Happy Holidays from Our Game Magazine

Dear Soccer Fans,

As the holiday season comes and goes, we are all reminded how fortunate we are and how good life really is. I always think it’s amazing how much a holiday, no matter how commercialized, can bring out the good in so many people. For that, I am truly thankful for this time of year. (more…)

India wins first-ever women’s South Asian Football Federation Championship

It’s been an historic two weeks in Bangladesh. The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship has been played every two years on the men’s side since its first tournament in 1993. This year, the the first-ever SAFF Women’s Championship was held, and it took place in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The tournament began Dec. 12 with eight teams split into two groups, and it ended Thursday, Dec. 23, when the Indian Women’s National Team beat Nepal, 1-0, on a goal by the tournament’s leading scorer, Sasmita Malik. She scored 14 goals, including three hat tricks, in the five games India played. (more…)

Canada Women’s National Team: Firsthand (foot?)

By Carmelina Moscato, Canadadian National Team midfielder:

The end of 2010 marks the end of the most successful year in Canadian soccer history, both male or female, with the women’s national team not only winning CONCACAF and qualifying for the 2011 World Cup, but winning every other major tournament they were in this year. Currently on a 10-game unbeaten streak, the Canadian Women’s National team begins 2011 preparations and the six-month countdown to the World Cup with positivity, motivation, and inspiration moving forward. (more…)

Youth Soccer in Sweden Part 3

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”  Abraham Lincoln

I have a dream

By Frida Farstad Eriksson

I have a dream to one day play professionally and also play on the national team. I know it is a lot of hard work to get there and only the best can make it. Some might have more talent than me and can seemingly get there easier, but I believe in the hard work day by day to get me there some day. (more…)

FA announces fixtures for Women’s Super League

This morning, the Football Association announced the first seven games for each club in the new FA Women’s Super League in England. The first games are scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2011. The league runs through August and will take a break during the Women’s World Cup. Also, five matches will air live this season on ESPN. Here’s the list of matches:

Date Match Kick-off Venue
Thurs 14 April 2011 Birmingham City v Bristol Academy 7.45pm Stratford Town FC
Chelsea v Arsenal 7.45pm Tooting & Mitcham FC
Lincoln Ladies v Doncaster Rovers Belles 7.45pm Lincoln United FC
Liverpool v Everton 7.45pm Skelmersdale United FC
Wed 20 April 2011 Everton v Doncaster Rovers Belles 7.45pm Marine FC
Liverpool v Birmingham City 7.45pm Skelmersdale United FC*
Thurs 21 April 2011 Arsenal v Bristol Academy 7.45pm Boreham Wood FC
Chelsea v Lincoln Ladies 7.45pm Tooting & Mitcham FC
Sat 23 April 2011 Bristol Academy v Liverpool 6.30pm WISE Campus
Sun 24 April 2011 Birmingham City v Lincoln Ladies 5.00pm Stratford Town FC
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Chelsea 2.00pm Keepmoat Stadium
Arsenal v Everton 2.00pm Boreham Wood FC
Thurs 28 April 2011 Arsenal v Birmingham City 7.45pm Boreham Wood FC
Sat 30 April 2011 Lincoln Ladies v Everton 3.00pm Lincoln United FC
Sun 1 May 2011 Bristol Academy v Doncaster Rovers Belles 2.00pm WISE Campus
Liverpool v Chelsea 2.00pm Skelmersdale United FC
Wed 4 May 2011 Bristol Academy v Chelsea 6.30pm WISE Campus
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Liverpool 7.45pm Keepmoat Stadium
Everton v Birmingham City 7.45pm Marine FC
Lincoln Ladies v Arsenal 7.30pm Lincoln United FC
Sun 8 May 2011 Chelsea v Birmingham City 2.00pm Tooting & Mitcham FC
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Arsenal 2.00pm Keepmoat Stadium
Everton v Bristol Academy 2.00pm Marine FC
Liverpool v Lincoln Ladies 2.00pm Skelmersdale United FC
Thurs 12 May 2011 Birmingham City v Liverpool 7.45pm Stratford Town FC
Bristol Academy v Arsenal 6.30pm WISE Campus
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Everton 7.45pm Keepmoat Stadium
Lincoln Ladies v Chelsea 7.30pm Lincoln United FC

Holiday wishlist and New Year’s resolutions from players and coaches

We asked several players, coaches, general managers, (and even ourselves) what are three things you wish for this holiday season (in no particular order), and we also asked them to tell us the best thing that happened to them in 2010 and what is their New Year’s resolution or wish for 2011. Enjoy. (more…)

Youth Soccer in Sweden Part 2

My Favorite Place

By Frida Farstad Eriksson

This is the second in a three-part-series

At the time I left my team with the boys and started in AIK, I didn’t think about that this was an elite club. I had no understanding of the everyday meaning of that concept at my level. It was painful to leave my best friends, but I somehow knew I had to pay the price. If I wanted to take a shot at developing my full potential as a soccer player, I had to join a girls’ team. The only club I could imagine to switch to was the club I was a fan of, AIK.  And it was a lucky move at the right time. I have seen and understood this as time has passed. (more…)

LdB FC Malmö midfielder Therese Sjögran signs with Sky Blue FC

Therese Sjögran has signed to play for Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). Sjögran will be out on loan from Swedish club LdB FC Malmö, the 2010 Damallsvenskan champions. Sjögran has played for LdB FC Malmö since 2001 and has 63 goals in more than 200 appearances with the club. A member of the Swedish National Team since 1997, Sjögran has more than 200 caps and 18 goals for Sweden. (more…)

FA Super League news: Birmingham City announce roster, Hofstra’s Amy Turner signs with Doncaster

Monday, nearly five weeks after playing in the NCAA Division 1 tournament in the U.S., Hofstra University center back Amy Turner signed with the Doncaster Rovers Belles of the new FA Women’s Super League. Turner played for the club before leaving in 2009 to attend Hofstra. Meanwhile on Tuesday, Birmingham City announced its 18-player roster, which includes former Chicago Red Stars forward Karen Carney.


Youth soccer in Sweden

My favorite place

By Frida Farstad Eriksson

This is the first in a three-part-series

Imagine a place where all your problems disappear, a place where you can be yourself, a place where you feel totally free, that makes you happy and content.  I have such a place. It is the soccer field.  Nothing is better than to feel the wind wipe my face, running after the ball, hearing my own breath from running and falling to the ground from fatigue.  Smelling the rubber and feeling the blood pulsate through the body.  It makes me enjoy and love life. Even better is to hear the coach call out: “Good Frida! Nice Frida!” It gives new energy to run, to kick, to dribble, to shoot, and try to do it even better, just to get to hear those words again.

I really love playing soccer. It is my passion. I have played since I was six years old. I started out playing on a boys’ team, since where I lived I was the only girl who wanted to play soccer my age. I am only 15 years old. But I believe only in this short time a lot has happened when it comes to girls playing soccer.  There were of course girls’ teams other places here in Stockholm, but not in my hometown. (more…)

WPS news on Cat Whitehill, Stephanie Cox, Yael Averbuch, and Caroline Seger

Another busy day around Women’s Professional Soccer as the Atlanta Beat signed former Washington Freedom and U.S. Women’s National Team defender Cat Whitehill, the WNY Flash signed former Sky Blue FC and USWNT midfielder Yael Averbuch, and the Boston Breakers re-signed Stephanie Cox. Also, WNY Flash Head Coach Aaren Lines talks to Our Game Magazine about one of his newest players, Caroline Seger. (more…)

U.S. Soccer news: Sundhage announces roster for January camp, Wambach and Henninger win awards

U.S. Women’s National Team Coach Pia Sundhage called up 26 players for the team’s January training camp. The group includes first-time call-ups Jordan Angeli (Boston Breakers), Meghan Klingenberg (University of North Carolina), and Kristie Mewis (Boston College). Mewis is the youngest player called up. The 20-year-old midfielder was the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. (more…)

Business as Usual? No

By David Bayer

The sports world was transformed with the advent of free agency in Major League Baseball in the ’70s. As a fan, the player movements from team to team provided an interesting new twist. Eventually though, as a supporter of teams that weren’t spending money, frustration set in … and then anger. The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. The reoccurring themes for players leaving their teams were: a “business decision” or “best thing for my family” or “want to play on a winner.”

As millions of dollars piled up, those reasons were hard to swallow, and my tolerance of pro athletes waned. Mad at the teams and players, I decided to curtail my support of pro sports at the box office. And they haven’t missed me. And now, free agency is rearing its ugly head in the WPS. A friend (Carolyn Blank) and a pseudo family member (McCall Zerboni) have already departed from our Atlanta Beat. And there will be more changes to come. The “FA” designation still looms over more of our favorites.

So, now what? Same old story? Is it time to depart? NO! (more…)

KIF Örebro Coach Nisse Jansson talks about Sara Larsson and Maria Bjorg Agustdottir signings

Sara Larsson and Mary Björg Agustdottir signed recently with KIF Örebro of Damallsvenskan in Sweden. KIF Örebro Coach Nisse Jansson talks about the team’s newest players. (more…)

Thor/KA announce signings of Manya Makoski and Marisha Schumacher-Hodge

Thor/KA of Úrvalsdeild, the top flight women’s league in Iceland, announced today the signings of midfielders Manya Makoski and Marisha Schumacher-Hodge. Makoski played in 2009 for the Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and last year was a member of the Atlanta Beat. Schumacher-Hodge spent the first month and a half of the season with the Atlanta Beat last year before going to Finland to play for Kokkolan Palloveikot (KPV). (more…)

Canada crowned champions of Torneio Internacional de São Paulo

By Beto Alfaya

In front of an attendance of 18,326, Canada became Torneio Internacional de São Paulo champions with a 2-2 draw against Brazil. Canada won on goal differential. Brazil started the game without Cristiane and Grazielle, both injured, so the young 17-year-old Thais started the game, her first with the national team, while Canada had back its entire team. (more…)

Caroline Seger traded from Philadelphia to WNY Flash

The Philadelphia Independence have traded midfielder Caroline Seger to the WNY Flash for the Flash’s second round picks in this year’s and next year’s WPS Drafts. The Swedish international was the first pick in the 2009 WPS International Expansion Draft. With the Independence last season, Seger played in 18 games (17 starts), scored one goal, and had five assists.

“I’m excited about playing for the Flash next year,” Seger said. “The organization and management seems really professional. I´m looking forward to the challenges that we would be facing next year. My time in Philadelphia has been very fun, and I’ve found memories of a lifetime. I wish all the players and staff good luck in the future.” (more…)

Brazil hit with yet another injury

Injury plagued Brazil, already without Cristiane, who injured her shoulder Thursday, Dec. 9, in the first round of the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo, suffered another injury setback. Starting forward Grazielle (Santos FC) injured her knee Wednesday night against Canada in the final game of the group stage. (more…)