Furthering women's soccer like no magazine has done before

Posts tagged “Japan

Two first-half goals seal U.S. victory over Japan, but Americans lose Tarpley to ACL injury

Abby Wambach redirected a service from Ali Krieger off a set piece, and Amy Rodriguez put the finishing touches on a great buildup by Heather O’Reilly and Wambach to give the U.S. all it needed to defeat Japan, 2-0, Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. But, unfortunately the U.S. was dealt a major blow as midfielder Lindsay Tarpley, who came on as a sub in the second half, tore her ACL in her right knee and will miss the 2011 Women’s World Cup.  (more…)


World Cup update: international friendlies and recent news

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup is now less than two months away, and more teams have added friendlies to their preparation. There’s also new news out of Nigeria and France. Regarding friendlies, Nigeria will play Ghana twice in May before heading to Germany. In Germany, Nigeria will play a handful of practice matches (against as yet unnamed opponents), according to Coach Eucharia Ngozi Uche. Japan will play South Korea on June 18 as their sendoff game in Ehime, Japan. New Zealand, after its two matches against Australia, will play China en route to Germany. (more…)

Eriko Arakawa: “We don’t yet know how all of this will ultimately affect soccer in Japan”

Our Game Magazine contacted former FC Gold Pride forward Eriko Arakawa prior to the earthquake and tsunami to get her take on the upcoming L1 League season. Arakawa, who plays for the Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies, responded this week. (more…)

FIFA Women’s World Rankings announced, Japan and Canada make history

FIFA announced the latest Women’s World Rankings this morning, and although the top three remained unchanged (U.S., Germany, Brazil), Japan and Canada made history. The Japanese women’s team moved up to No. 4, its highest-ever FIFA World Ranking, while the Canadians jumped three spots to No. 6, its highest ranking. (more…)

Mami Yamaguchi: “They’ve been having really difficult days every second in Japan”

Our Game Magazine spoke with Mami Yamaguchi a few days after Friday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Northeast Japan. Born in Tokyo, Yamaguchi, formerly of the Atlanta Beat of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), was in Sweden with her club Hammarby when the earthquake struck Japan. (more…)

Brazil becomes first Women’s Futsal World Cup champions

By: Nuno Ferreira

Brazil beat Portugal 5-1 to become the first Women’s Futsal World Cup champions in last Saturday’s final. A fast-paced indoor version of soccer, futsal is tremendously popular in some of the most advanced soccer nations of the world.  FIFA has had an organized Men’s Futsal World Cup since 1989. (more…)