Starting off in my home country Ghana, 30 players have been called into camp by tentative national team head coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo. The Black Queens are preparing for the second edition of the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B Women’s Cup, taking place from 8 May – 18 May 2019 in Ivory Coast.
Welcome to your weekly dose of women’s football affairs. It is less than two months until the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 24 teams heading to France have been busy over the international break (1-9 April) putting in final preparations towards the tournament. At this point I’m pretty sure the various coaches know who they’ll be taking to France – Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman announced her squad on Wednesday. The trophy arrived in Africa, making stops in South Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria and 2020 Olympic qualifying concluded in Africa (1st round) and Asia (2nd round). Continue Reading!
WELCOME to another weekly recap of women’s soccer affairs. As usual, quite a lot took place over the week. Although I cannot cover EVERYTHING, here are a few stories to keep you updated on the “woso” (that’s jargon for “women’s soccer” if you didn’t know) world.
The latest FIFA rankings are out and the USA retains top position whilst England moves into third place off the back of a successful SheBelieves Cup campaign, another record attendance was set in Portugal and the South African Football Association has allocated R10 million (about $697,495) towards a professional league.
TWITTER LANDS MEDIA RIGHTS TO BRAZILIAN TOP-FLIGHT LEAGUE
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has agreed on a broadcasting deal with the social media giant which will afford it exclusive rights to the 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol Feminino league phase as well as the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the two-legged final to also possibly feature on the platform. The deal forms part of efforts on the part of the CBF to give the women’s league heightened visibility. The games will be available live and as recaps globally, even for non-Twitter subscribers, via the platform’s Explore function. (Source: SportsPro Media)
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP KITS UNVEILED. The jerseys that will grace this year’s tournament were revealed this week. Nike released bespoke and stylish kits for 14 of the 24 teams headed to France at an event in Paris. Each kit was made from at least 12 recycled plastic bottles, part of the sports apparel brand’s efforts to be an industry leader in environmental sustainability. Teams including the United States, England, Australia, Nigeria, France, and Brazil form part of the 14 who will be wearing the Nike kits. Although Adidas did not unveil their jerseys at an extravagant event, members of the German, Spanish, Scottish, Argentinean and Swedish teams will grace the tournament in equally stylish uniforms. Umbro also revealed its kits for Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz. (Source: Portland Business Journal and Footy Headlines)