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[ 1 ] It's been out there for a while, but in September 2016, CONMEBOL made it a regulatory requirement that after 2019 only men's clubs with a women's team would be eligible for Copa Libertadores ( the prestigious South American annual (men's) club competition). Critics of the rule contend that small clubs with less financial resources would drop out of the competition or that some clubs would cynically just do the bare minimum.Anyway, the intent of CONMEBOL's  new rule is to drive up the growth of women's soccer in South America.

[ 2 ] In Colombia, DIMAYOR ( the sports organization who organize and operate professional soccer in Colombia) chose to be proactive to CONMEBOL's directive and to set up a pro league for the Colombian women: the 2017 Liga Aguila Femenina. Furthermore, DIMAYOR expressed the ambitious intent to make  the Liga Aguila Femenina  the best women's league in South America.

[ 3 ] Some key points about Liga Aguila Femenina:

- the cost of running the league would be shared by the clubs and DIMAYOR

- the league consists of 18 clubs divided into 3 groups, although there were a few notable absences: Millonarios, Junior, Medellin, & Nacional

- rosters were allowed to be between 20 to 25 players

- clubs were allowed to have up to 8 amateur trialists

- clubs were allowed to have up to 8 foreign professionals ( a number which will be lowered in future seasons) 26 Venezualans alone crossed the shared border to play in the Liga Aguila Femenina. Other nations with players in the league include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador,  Guatemala, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, and the USA.

- the first matches began in February ( 2017 ) , with playoffs in mid May, and the Gran Final concluding just yesterday.

-select matches were broadcast by Win Sports TV

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liga_Profesional_Femenina_de_Fútbol_2017_(Colombia)

[ 4 ]  June 24, 2017 , Independiente Sante Fe femenino were crowned the inaugural champions of the 2017 Liga Aguila Femenina with a 3 - 1 aggregate victory over Atletico Huila femenino. The match winning goal in the second leg of the Gran Finale was scored by Leicy Santos in front of 33 300 enthusiastic fans!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYZh8ojzHgc

There was also a good looking  trophy ceremony ( something the NWSL needs to improve upon ):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCM2-i80h_k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQPL16CfDLU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O48vxf38Rcg

[ 5 ] At times, the Colombian Women's National team can be quite ordinary. But occasionally, they do something notable like a 2 - 0 victory over France in group stage of the 2015 WWC:; or a 2 - 2 draw with the USWNT in group stage of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. And this was before the Colombian women got a professional league!   To me, the  professionalizing of their talent pool could take Colombia to the next level.

 

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United WF 17 is a 6 team  pre-season  women's club football tournament  held in  Tenerife, Spain  which went from August 14 - August 18, 2017.

https://twitter.com/UnitedWF17?lang=en

The final was today, and  UD Granadilla Tenerife  ( of Spain )  won the tournament on penalties ( 9 - 8 ) over ZFK Spartak Subotica ( of Serbia ). Canadian Alix Bruch  successfully scored two penalties in the shootout for the losing side.  Canadian Jordyn Listro scored on  her lone  penalty in the shoot out for the winners.

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[ 1 ]  10 Player shortlist for the Best FIFA Women's  2017 award:

 Lucy Bronze (ENG - Manchester City Women / Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)
 Deyna Castellanos (VEN - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
 Pernille Harder (DEN - Linkopings / VfL Wolfsburg (Women))
 Sam Kerr (AUS - Perth Glory / Sky Blue FC)
 Carli Lloyd (USA - Houston Dash / Manchester City Women)
 Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER - Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)
 Lieke Martens (NED - FC Barcelona Femeni)
 Vivianne Miedema (NED - FC Bayern Munich Frauen / Arsenal Women)
 Wendie Renard (FRA - Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)
 Jodie Taylor (ENG - Arsenal Women)

[ 2 ]  It's a bit amusing that Venezuelan/FSU sophomore striker, Deyna Castellanos  is so high on FIFA's list, but somewhat low on NCAA college lists. Deyna  Castellanos is currently number #20 on Topdrawersoccer.com's  " Women's National  Top 100"  and on the second team for Topdrawersoccer.com's "Women D1 Preseason Best XI". By comparison Jessie Fleming is ranked #4 and on the preseason first team.

[ 3 ] Obscure woso trivia :  Though different birth years, Deyna Castellanos  and Dzsenifer  Marozsan share the same calendar birth date of   April 18.

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2017 FISU in Taipei kicks off.

MEN:  Uruguay 2-0 Canada 

Canada went down to 10 men on a second yellow at 49' when it was 0-0 and gave up a goal in the 80'.  Then the Canadian goalkeeper took a straight red at the 89' and Uruguay added another at the 90'.  53% possession against Uruguay playing short for that long is pretty impressive.

The men play Japan tomorrow.  Japan beat Malaysia 2-0 in their opener, outshooting them 16-2.

WOMEN: Canada 1-0 Ireland

The women had similar 53% possession and outshot the Irish 15-8.  Who else but Joelle Gosselin scored in the 64'.  

Next up for the women is Mexico on Tuesday,  Mexico played Ireland to a scoreless draw in their opener with 65% possession, outshooting them 18-0.

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I watched the Canada/Ireland game last night, and have to say that we came close to not winning that game.  We seemed better technically, but had little skill in penetrating the Irish defense.  Time after time we hoofed a long ball into the top of the box, where the tall Irish backs would head it back out again to safety.  It seemed that only number 8 on our team (can't remember her name) was consistently dangerous in attacking the box with the ball.  I hope our team can come up with some fresh ideas for attacking in the coming games.

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[ 1 ]  Ireland's backup keeper is Eve Badana, from Markham, Ontario. She's been with Republic of Ireland since 2012. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve_Badana

      - This site has an archive of the Canada- Ireland  match :  https://en-gb.facebook.com/faithirdlevelfootball/

[ 2 ]  Madelaine ( Maddie ) Hill from Brampton, Ontario (  who plays with Sunderland Ladies in FAWSL ) is with Team GB : 

http://sunderland.fawsl.com/news/hill_selected_for_gb_team.html#TSKK3Dxte0LB6XWk.97

[ 3 ]  That's quite a beating that Colombia has  received : they've conceded 31 goals in two matches. Yikes.

 

 

 

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She's very well-spoken and sincere in that interview.

This was another interesting read:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/40962526

"Since making the complaint, Chelsea forward Aluko has not been picked for England and last played for her country in April 2016 despite being the Women's Super League One top scorer the same year."

The irony is England massively out-shot the Dutch in their 3-0 loss to them in the Euro and of 20 attempts only hit the net 5 times.

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2017 FISU Round Two

MEN:  Japan 5-0 Canada 

Japan with 65% possession and out-shooting Canada 15-3 with 12 on target.  Scoreless after 40' and 1-0 at half-time but not a pretty second half.

Next up for the men is Malaysia tomorrow.

WOMEN: Mexico 2-0 Canada

Relatively even possession which is notable for a Canadian team playing Mexico. Goals in the 15' and 33'. Shots were 16-7 for Mexico.

Next up for Canada is Brazil Thursday.  Brazil beat Colombia 17-0 and Japan 3-1.

After the third games are the final classification games.

 

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[ 1 ]  Mark  Sampson's "ebola" joke, if true, is unfunny and racially insensitive.

[ 2 ]  That said, can there be racism when there are two people of colour on the current England squad? I'd be curious to know what Demi Stokes and  Nikita Parris  have to say on this matter  without fear of FA reprisal.  They  could be the difference in either confirming or refuting Aluko's charges/claims. If all the England players of colour were treated badly by Sampson then charges of racism become  more convincing. But if Stokes and Parris  say ,in full honesty, that they had no problems ( or minor problems ) with Sampson then charges of racism collapse.

[  3  ]  PFA support for Aluko

:https://thepfa.com/thepfa/latestnews/article/2017/8/22/statement-pfa-support-for-eni-aluko

[ 4 ] Off Topic ( the Jessie Fleming stay in school or play abroad discussion ) :

Just throwing this out there   but  Eni Aluko is an example of a player who got a meaningful education ( a law degree ) on the side,  while being a starter for both  club(s) and country.

 

 

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20 hours ago, tc-in-bc said:

[ 1 ]  Mark  Sampson's "ebola" joke, if true, is unfunny and racially insensitive.

[ 2 ]  That said, can there be racism when there are two people of colour on the current England squad? I'd be curious to know what Demi Stokes and  Nikita Parris  have to say on this matter  without fear of FA reprisal.  They  could be the difference in either confirming or refuting Aluko's charges/claims. If all the England players of colour were treated badly by Sampson then charges of racism become  more convincing. But if Stokes and Parris  say ,in full honesty, that they had no problems ( or minor problems ) with Sampson then charges of racism collapse.

 

 

 

An unequivocal YES!

Don't know enough to comment on Mark Sampson but know enough to answer that question.

Being a little bit racist is like being a little bit pregnant..

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^  I think in general you're right. My point is that if Sampson can demonstrate a good working relationship with Stokes and Parris  ( perhaps even a friendly one ) then  that would counter any allegations that Sampson is a racist. The second part of Aluko's complaint is about bullying .My hunch is that Sampson ( the Sampson team )  has treated some players poorly and that it's a function of his personality, his management deficiencies and his management style -- and not motivated by racist beliefs. Anyway, as of today, Mark Sampson retains support from the FA  and  from the current England squad which went to the Euros ( which  would  include Stokes & Parris) :

QUOTE :   The FA are adamant that Sampson’s job is not under threat and he will continue to lead the team ahead of the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign next month.

QUOTE :    Significantly, despite the controversy and the seriousness of the allegations made against him, Telegraph Sport has learnt that the former manager of Bristol Academy has also retained the support of the England players who reached the semi-finals of the European Championships, without Aluko, in July.

LINK:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/08/22/fa-continue-back-mark-sampson-despite-fresh-allegations-racism/

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FISU Games

Men

It was the 9-16 placement game for the Men today.  They beat the USA 2-0.  Marc Olivier Kouo Dibongue from Laval gets the hat trick.

Their next game is the 9-12 placement game against South Africa on Sunday and then a final game Tuesday against Brazil or South Korea to determine their final standing.

Women

Canada lost 1-0 to Brazil with just 32% possession and getting well out-shot and massively out-cornered. It wasn't a complete loss though as we did commit almost 20 fouls.

Next up is a 5-8 classification game tomorrow against South Korea, followed by a final placement game on Monday against the USA or Mexico. The South Koreans beat the USA 3-0, tied Argentina 2-2, and tied Chinese Taipei 1-1.

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12 minutes ago, Vic said:

FISU Games

Men

It was the 9-16 placement game for the Men today.  They beat the USA 2-0.  Marc Olivier Kouo Dibongue from Laval gets the hat trick.

 

Goal assist and Red card?

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Brampton, Ontario's Maddie Hill scored one goal  for  GB in their  6 - 1 victory over Argentina.  Additionally, GB avoid finishing 13th and last place in the 2017 FISU.

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Yeah saw the sub and thought it was a third goal, so no Gordie Howe hat trick. Just a pair of goals.

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