Germany women's national football team
The Germany women's national football team is governed by the German Football Association. The German national team is one of the most successful in women's football, they are two-time world champions, having won the 2007 tournaments. They are the only nation to have won both the men's and women's tournament; the team has won eight of the twelve UEFA European Championships, claiming six consecutive titles between 1995 and 2013. Germany is one of the two nations to win both the men's and women's European tournament, along with the Netherlands. Germany has won Olympic gold in 2016, after three consecutive bronze medals at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, finishing third in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Birgit Prinz is the team's all-time leading goalscorer. Prinz has set international records. Women's football was long met with skepticism in Germany, official matches were banned by the DFB until 1970. However, the women's national team has grown in popularity since winning the World Cup in 2003, as it was chosen as Germany's Sports Team of the Year.
As of June 2018, Germany is ranked 2nd in the FIFA Women's World Rankings. In 1955, the DFB decided to forbid women's football in all its clubs in West Germany. In its explanation, the DFB cited that "this combative sport is fundamentally foreign to the nature of women" and that "body and soul would suffer damage". Further, the "display of the body violates etiquette and decency". In spite of this ban, more than 150 unofficial international matches were played in the 1950s and 1960s. On 30 October 1970, the ban on women's football was lifted at the DFB annual convention. Other football associations had formed official women's national teams in the 1970s, the DFB long remained uninvolved in women's football. In 1981, DFB official Horst R. Schmidt was invited to send a team to the unofficial women's football world championship. Schmidt accepted the invitation but hid the fact that West Germany had no women's national team at the time. To avoid humiliation, the DFB sent the German club champions Bergisch Gladbach 09, who went on to win the tournament.
Seeing a need, the DFB established the women's national team in 1982. DFB president Hermann Neuberger appointed Gero Bisanz, an instructor at the Cologne Sports College, to set up the team. In September 1982, Bisanz organised two scouting training courses from which he selected a squad of 16 players; the team's first international match took place on 10 November 1982 in Koblenz. Following the tradition of the men's team, Switzerland was chosen as West Germany's first opponent. Doris Kresimon scored the first international goal in the 25th minute. In the second half, 18-year-old Silvia Neid contributed two goals to the 5–1 victory. With five draws and one defeat, West Germany failed to qualify for the inaugural 1984 European Championship, finishing third in the qualifying group. In the beginning, Bisanz's primary objective was to close the gap to the Scandinavian countries and Italy – the strongest teams in Europe, he emphasized training in the need for an effective youth programme. Starting in 1985, Bisanz called-up younger players, but at first had little success with this concept, as West Germany again failed to qualify for the 1987 European Championship finals.
Undefeated and without conceding a goal, the German team qualified for the European Championship for the first time in 1989. The semi-final against Italy was the first international women's football match shown live on German television; the game was decided by a penalty shootout, in which goalkeeper Marion Isbert saved three penalty kicks and scored the winning penalty herself. On 2 July 1989 in Osnabrück, West Germany played Norway in the final. Before a crowd of 22,000, they beat favourites Norway and won 4–1 with goals from Ursula Lohn, Heidi Mohr and Angelika Fehrmann; this victory marked the team's first international title. After the German reunification, the East German football association joined the DFB; the East German women's national football team had played only one official international match, losing 0–3 to Czechoslovakia in a friendly match on 9 May 1990. The unified German team defended their title at the 1991 European Championship. After winning all games in the qualifying group, Germany again met Italy in the semi-final, this time winning 3–0.
On 14 July 1991, the German team once more faced Norway in the final. The game went to extra time, during which Heidi Mohr and Silvia Neid scored for Germany and secured the 3–1 victory. In November 1991, Germany participated in the first Women's World Cup in China. Following victories over Nigeria and Italy, the German team reached the quarter-final without conceding a single goal. Silvia Neid scored the first German World Cup goal on 17 November 1991 against Nigeria. Germany won the quarter-final against Denmark 2–1 after extra time, but lost 2–5 in the semi-final to the United States, who went on to win the tournament. Following a 0–4 defeat in the third-place match against Sweden, Germany finished fourth in the tournament; the German team failed to defend their title at the 1993 European Championship, suffering a semi-final defeat to Italy in a penalty shootout, losing 1–3 against Denmark in the third-place playoff. Despite the disappointing result, new talents such as Steffi Jones, Maren Meinert and Silke Rottenberg made their tournament debut and became key players for the German team.
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The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is an organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, eFootball. FIFA is responsible for the organization of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991. FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. Headquartered in Zürich, its membership now comprises 211 national associations. Member countries must each be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean and South America. Although FIFA does not control the rules of football, that being the responsibility of the International Football Association Board, it is responsible for both the organization of a number of tournaments and their promotion, which generate revenue from sponsorship.
In 2017, FIFA had revenues of over US $734 million, for a net loss of $189 million, had cash reserves of over US$930 million. Reports by investigative journalists have linked FIFA leadership with corruption and vote-rigging related to the election of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the organization's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively; these allegations led to the indictments of nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five corporate executives by the U. S. Department of Justice on charges including racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering. On 27 May 2015, several of these officials were arrested by Swiss authorities, who were launching a simultaneous but separate criminal investigation into how the organization awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups; those among these officials who were indicted in the U. S. are expected to be extradited to face charges there as well. Many officials were suspended by FIFA's ethics committee including Michel Platini. In early 2017 reports became public about FIFA president Gianni Infantino attempting to prevent the re-elections of both chairmen of the ethics committee, Cornel Borbély and Hans-Joachim Eckert, during the FIFA congress in May 2017.
On May 9, 2017, following Infantino's proposal, FIFA Council decided not to renew the mandates of Borbély and Eckert. Together with the chairmen, 11 of 13 committee members were removed; the need for a single body to oversee association football became apparent at the beginning of the 20th century with the increasing popularity of international fixtures. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association was founded in the rear of the headquarters of the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques at the Rue Saint Honoré 229 in Paris on 21 May 1904; the French name and acronym are used outside French-speaking countries. The founding members were the national associations of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland; that same day, the German Football Association declared its intention of affiliating through a telegram. The first president of FIFA was Robert Guérin. Guérin was replaced in 1906 by Daniel Burley Woolfall from England, by a member of the association; the first tournament FIFA staged, the association football competition for the 1908 Olympics in London was more successful than its Olympic predecessors, despite the presence of professional footballers, contrary to the founding principles of FIFA.
Membership of FIFA expanded beyond Europe with the application of South Africa in 1909, Argentina in 1912, Canada and Chile in 1913, the United States in 1914. During World War II, with many players sent off to war and the possibility of travel for international fixtures limited, the organization's survival was in doubt. Post-war, following the death of Woolfall, the organisation was run by Dutchman Carl Hirschmann, it was saved from extinction but at the cost of the withdrawal of the Home Nations, who cited an unwillingness to participate in international competitions with their recent World War enemies. The Home Nations resumed their membership; the FIFA collection is held by the National Football Museum at Urbis in England. The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay. FIFA is headquartered in Zürich, is an association established under the law of Switzerland. FIFA's supreme body is the FIFA Congress, an assembly made up of representatives from each affiliated member association; each national football association has one vote, regardless of footballing strength.
The Congress assembles in ordinary session once every year, extraordinary sessions have been held once a year since 1998. The congress makes decisions relating to FIFA's governing statutes and their method of implementation and application. Only the Congress can pass changes to FIFA's statutes; the congress approves the annual report, decides on the acceptance of new national associations and holds elections. Congress elects the President of FIFA, its general secretary, the other members of the FIFA Council in the year following the FIFA World Cup. FIFA Council — called the FIFA Executive Committee and chaired by the president — is the main decision-making body of the organisation in the intervals of congress; the council is composed of 37 people: the president. The Executive Committee is the body that decides w
Japan women's national football team
The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan, represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association. It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation, its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011. The team were champions in the 2008 and 2010 EAFF Women's Football Championships, won the gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games. Japan defeated the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, thus claiming their first FIFA Women's World Cup title, becoming the first Asian team to do so and only the fourth women's world champions, it won silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making it the only Asian team to have three combined medals from international championships. They won the gold medal at the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup; the team most won the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup and the 2018 Asian Games. During the 1970s, the number of women football players and teams increased in Japan, teams made up regional leagues in various parts of Japan.
In 1980, "All-Japan Women's Football Championship" was held, in 1981 the Japan women's national football team played its first international match in Hong Kong. The team continued playing matches in Japan or in other countries, but it was not an "All Japan" national team but a temporarily organized team selected from the regional leagues. In 1986, Ryohei Suzuki was selected as the coach of the Japan women's national football team, the first "All Japan" team. In 1989, the "Japan Women's Football League" was established, the women’s national team qualified for the "1991 FIFA Women's World Cup" in China. Japan women's national football team attended various championship tournaments such as the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup which had made the national team and the L. League popular. However, in 1999, Japan failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics, this helped to cause the withdrawal of a series of teams from the L. League. Japanese women’s football was on the verge of decline.
In August 2002, the Japan Football Association appointed Eiji Ueda, coach for the Macau national football team, as the new head coach. Officials expected a revitalization of women's football and planned a team reorganization, aiming for the 2004 Summer Olympics; the team at first went through a losing streak, but Ueda improved the team, it gained wide support in Japan. In particular, a game against Korea DPR, which decided who would participate in the 2004 Olympics, not only made fans rush to the National Stadium but was watched on TV. Following the increase in public interest in women's football in Japan, the JFA organized a public contest to select a nickname for the team. "Nadeshiko Japan" was chosen from among about 2,700 entries and was announced on 7 July 2004. "Nadeshiko", a kind of dianthus, comes from the phrase "Yamato Nadeshiko". Japan was dropped with Germany and Argentina during 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. Beginning by a 6–0 thrash to newcomer Argentina, but Japan fell on 0–3 loss to champion Germany, 1–3 to Canada, who won 4th place.
Again, in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup held in China, they again faced Germany and England. They started with a 2–2 draw over England, before beating Argentina 1–0 after 90', but a 0 -- 2 loss over reigning champion. Japan's disappointing campaign through two decisive Women's World Cup would not have expected to lead to a 2011 triumph. Japan qualified for the finals by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup. After finishing second in their group behind England, Nadeshiko Japan beat two-time defending champion and host nation Germany 1–0 in the quarterfinals, before defeating Sweden 3–1 to reach the final. After the final game finished 2–2 after extra time, Japan beat the United States 3–1 in a penalty shootout, becoming the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup, the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA title, it came right after men's team won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, marked their most successful year in Japanese football. Japan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by finishing first in the Asian qualifier in September 2011, only 6 weeks after winning the Women's World Cup.
At the Olympics, after finishing second in their group behind Sweden, Nadeshiko Japan defeated Brazil 2–0 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 2–1 victory over France, whom Nadeshiko had lost to in a friendly match right before the Olympics, to reach the final. In a rematch of the World Cup final, Japan was defeated in the Olympic final by a score of 1–2 against the United States, allowing two goals to Carli Lloyd in the 8th and 54th minutes. Yūki Ōgimi scored the lone goal for Japan. Despite having won a FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, Japan entered the 2014 Asian Cup having never won the tournament, they were drawn with host Vietnam and newcomer Jordan. Their first match in the group stage of the tournament resulted in a 2–2 draw against the defending champion Australia. In the group stage, Japan upset host Vietnam by a 4–0 win before defeating Jordan with a 7–0 win to finish first with a higher goal difference. In the semi-final, Japan beat eight-time champions China 2–1 after 120'. In the final, they met Australia once again and earned a 1–0 win with Azusa Iwashimizu's goal.
This marked the first time for Japan to become "Queen of Asia". They became the first Asian team to subsequently win both the FIFA Women's World Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup; because of their top placement in the tournament, Australia, Sou
Bethany Jane Mead is an English footballer who plays as a forward for FA WSL club Arsenal and the England women's national team. Mead began her youth career at California Girls FC before joining Middlesbrough F. C. Centre of Excellence at age 10 before moving at age 16 to Sunderland in the FA Women's Premier League. In her first season she scored 23 goals in as many games,and ended the season with 29 goals in all competitions, followed by 30 goals in 28 matches the following season, 15 goals in the 2014 FA WSL season to lead Sunderland to promotion to WSL 1. Although Mead turned professional upon Sunderland's promotion, she resolved to finish her final year at University, she agreed to work as a barmaid in her local pub during the off-season, as a courtesy to the owners who had provided her with sponsorship funding. In her first match at the top level, Mead scored in Sunderland's shock 2–1 win over reigning champions Liverpool. On 19 July 2015, Mead scored a hat-trick against league leaders Chelsea, making her the league-leading scorer with eight goals.
Earlier that week, Mead avoided injury despite rolling her car three times while trying to avoid a deer. The following week, she scored twice in a 4–1 win at Bristol, sending Sunderland to the top of the WSL 1. On 24 January 2017, it was announced that Arsenal Ladies had signed Mead on an undisclosed-length full-time deal. At Arsenal, summer 2017 signing Vivianne Miedema soon occupied the centre-forward berth, so Mead had to play as a winger instead: "I'd played No 9 all my career until I came to Arsenal. I was a bit annoyed that I wasn’t playing No 9, because I thought, my best position, but now I enjoy playing on the wing. I can get involved, run at people, bring other people into play." She has represented England at every age level from under-15, played in all three England under-20 matches at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup where she scored a long-range goal against Mexico. In April 2018, Mead made her debut for the senior England women's national football team as a substitute in a 0–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification draw with Wales in Southampton.
She started her first match in September 2018, scoring twice in England's 6–0 win over Kazakhstan in Pavlodar. Scores and results list England's goal tally first. England SheBelieves Cup: 2019 Profile at Arsenal FC Beth Mead – FIFA competition record Profile at The FA.com Beth Mead at Soccerway
Alexandra Patricia Morgan Carrasco is an American soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She is a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States national team. Since 2018, she co-captains her national team alongside Megan Rapinoe. Shortly after graduating early from the University of California, where she played for the California Golden Bears, Morgan was drafted number one overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. There, she helped the team win the league championship. Morgan, 22 at the time, was the youngest player on the national team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup where the team won silver. At the 2012 London Olympics she scored the match-winning goal in the 123rd minute of the semi-final match against Canada, she finished 2012 with 28 goals and 21 assists, joining Mia Hamm as the only American women to score 20 goals and collect 20 assists in the same calendar year, making her the sixth and youngest U.
S. player to score 20 goals in a single year. She was subsequently named U. S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year and was a FIFA World Player of the Year finalist. In 2013, the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, Morgan joined the Portland Thorns and helped the team win the league title that year. Morgan played for the Thorns through the 2015 season, after which she was traded to the Orlando Pride. Off the field, Morgan teamed with Simon & Schuster to write a middle-grade book series about four soccer players: The Kicks; the first book in the series, Saving the Team, debuted at number seven on The New York Times Best Seller list in May 2013. In 2015, Morgan was ranked by Time as the top-paid American women's soccer player due to her numerous endorsement deals. Morgan, along with Canada's Christine Sinclair and Australia's Steph Catley, became the first women's soccer players to appear on the cover of FIFA video games in 2015, she appeared alongside Lionel Messi on covers of FIFA 16 sold in the United States.
A film featuring Morgan in her acting debut, Alex & Me, was released in June 2018 where she plays a fictionalized version of herself. Born to Pamela S. and Michael T. Morgan in San Dimas, Morgan was raised with her two older sisters and Jeri in the nearby suburb of Diamond Bar, located 30 miles east of Los Angeles, she began playing soccer at an early age. However, she did not begin playing club soccer until age 14. With the club team, she won the Coast Soccer League under-16 championship and placed third at the under-19 level. Morgan attended Diamond Bar High School, where she was a three-time all-league pick and was named All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. At the school, she was known for her sprinting ability. Morgan played for Olympic Development Program state teams as well, she credited the program as an integral part of her development as a soccer player: "... programs like ODP helped me because I did come into the club scene late and it was important for me to play as much as possible, play with the best players and learn from the best coaches.
That, for me, was crucial to my development."At age 17, Morgan was called up to the United States under-20 women's national soccer team. While playing in a scrimmage against the men's junior national team, she sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury and did not play for the team again until April 2008. Morgan attended UC Berkeley, where she played for the California Golden Bears from 2007 to 2010, she led the Golden Bears in scoring during her first season with the team. During a match against Stanford in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, Morgan scored an equalizer that resulted in a 1–1 draw with less than two minutes left in regulation time; the team was defeated during penalty kicks. Despite continued absences due to U. S. national team commitments throughout her collegiate career, Morgan led the Golden Bears in scoring and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament four years in a row, advancing to the second round twice. After being named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy during her junior year, Morgan became the first California player to be one of the top three finalists for the award.
She was one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport. Morgan finished her collegiate career ranked third all-time in goals scored and points for the Golden Bears, she graduated from Berkeley one semester early, with a degree in Political Economy. On January 14, 2011, Morgan was the first overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash, she was the first California Golden Bears women's soccer player to be drafted in the first round of Women's Professional Soccer. Morgan scored her first goal for the Flash during the team's home opener—a 3–0 win over the Atlanta Beat on May 1, 2011. Throughout the 2011 season, she scored four goals; the club won the WPS Championship title the same year. After the WPS suspended operations in early 2012 due to legal and financial difficulties, Morgan joined her national teammates Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Cox on the Seattle Sounders Women for the 2012 season. Of her signing, Morgan said, "I am excited to play in a city, so passionate about soccer.
The Sounders have been one of, if not the best fan support in MLS. I can only imagine how Seattle fans would respond to having a full professional women's team in the future."Due to her national team commitments and preparatio
2016 SheBelieves Cup
The 2016 SheBelieves Cup was the inaugural edition of the SheBelieves Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held in the United States. It took place between March 9, 2016, before the 2016 Summer Olympics; the four invited. Points awarded in the group stage followed the standard formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss; the schedule was announced in January 2016. 2 goals Alex Morgan1 goal Own goal Gilly Flaherty Official website