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Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, but the YOG male soccer tournament will only feature participating teams from six countries including Singapore: Zimbabwe, Cuba, Bolivia, Vanuatu and Montenegro.

The six-team format was proposed by FIFA with representatives from each continent. Unlike the Olympic games, there are no qualifying matches for the final tournament.

Singapore Football Association (FAS) is hopeful that the YOG Football Tournament will “provide a rare opportunity for Singaporeans to showcase their progress” to the world.

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It is highly unlikely that the YOG soccer tournament will attract much attention among Singapore soccer fans, let alone the global audience.

http://www.temasekreview.com/2010/03/22/only-six-participating-teams-in-yog-soccer-tournament-including-singapore/

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Singapore: Asia

Zimbabwe: Africa

Cuba: North America

Bolivia: South America

Vanuatu: Oceania

Montenegro: Europe

Wow, do they actually think this will help to show how far they've come? This will be one underwhelming tournament. If FIFA at least let them call the U20 or U17 continental champions squads, but I don't see this generating much buzz.

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I guess FIFA doesn't one to create another U17 world cup as an olympic tournament, which is sad cause if they want to attract people and give an olympic experience to young aged players they're doing the wrong thing.

None of these countries even qualify to final rounds of elimination rounds in the road to a World Cup in their confederations, and I think it's pointless to see teams like those winning a medal that easy :blink:

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Iran angry after women's football team banned from wearing hijab at Youth Olympics

April 3 - The Iranian Olympic Committee has called on Muslim states around the world to protest to FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after the country's women's football team were banned were from wearing the hijab at this year's inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Bahram Afsharzadeh, the secretary general of Iran's Olympic Committee, claimed the decision is a violation of Muslims rights.

The team, who qualified to compete in the Games, which are due to be held between August 14 and 26, wearing head scarves, have been informed by FIFA that they will not be allowed to compete unless they remove the hijab.

Ali Kafashian, the President of the Iran Football Association, has written to FIFA to ask them to reconsider their decision, claiming that due to religious beliefs the team will be able to participate in the competitions only if they are allowed to observe the Islamic dress code.

FIFA had passed a ruling in March 2007 that the hijab is forbidden in matches.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9337:iran-angry-after-womens-football-team-banned-from-wearing-hijab-at-youth-olympics&catid=1:latest-news

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There are good reasons why headgear is banned in contact sports, especially loose headgear like the hijab. Same reason players can't wear jewellry and have to tape over ear piercings etc. FIFA have no reason to look at their rules just to appease some Muslims.

And for an Iranian to argue that FIFA's hindering women's progress....did this guy go into hospital and get an irony bypass recently?

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Iran replaced by Thailand over Olympic hijab row

April 5 - FIFA have refused to back down in the row over Iran women's football team being banned from wearing the hijab at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore later this year and have announced that Thailand will replace them in the tournament.

The Iran Olympic Committee and Iran Football Association have sent letters of complaints to several organisations, including FIFA and the International Olympic Committee, complaining about the decision not to let the team wear the hijab at the Games in Singapore, which open on August 14.

Women in Iran are obliged to respect the hijab - Islamic dress code - and wear a long gown and scarf to conceal body contours and hair in public.

Iranian sportswomen including the football team have to keep the hijab in international competition, too.

But this doest not adhere to law 4 of football's governing rules and FIFA have now written to Iran to tell them that their place in Singapore will be taken by Thailand.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke wrote: "Taking into consideration the clear position stated by the NOC (National Olympic Committee) of Iran, the FIFA Executive Committee had no choice but to take the decision that the Iran Football Federation will not be able to participate in the inaugural Youth Olympic Football Tournaments in Singapore."

Iran's National Olympic Committee secretary general Bahram Afsharzadeh still hopes to get the decision reversed.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9348:exclusive-iran-replaced-by-thailand-over-olympic-hijab-row&catid=97:football-news&Itemid=143

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That seems a little harsh, though I suppose if you think about it it's probably the best move all round.

I wouldn't want to have to choose between giving up representing my country, or representing my country but fearing the consequences afterwards for not wearing a piece of religious clothing.

Taking the decision out of the team's hands altogether is a harsh but fair move by FIFA. FIFA will take any flack from Iran, rather than the women and the team. Good on FIFA I think.

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The Iran Olympic Committee and Iran Football Federation (IFF) have sent letters of complaints to several organisations, including FIFA and the International Olympic Committee, complaining about the decision not to let the team wear the hijab at the Games in Singapore, which open on August 14.

Women in Iran are obliged to respect the hijab - Islamic dress code - and wear a long gown and scarf to conceal body contours and hair in public.

Iranian sportswomen including the football team have to keep the hijab in international competition, too.

But this doest not adhere to law 4 of football's governing rules and FIFA have now written to Iran to tell them that their place in Singapore will be taken by Thailand.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke wrote: "Taking into consideration the clear position stated by the NOC (National Olympic Committee) of Iran, the FIFA Executive Committee had no choice but to take the decision that the Iran Football Federation will not be able to participate in the inaugural Youth Olympic Football Tournaments in Singapore."

Iran's National Olympic Committee secretary general Bahram Afsharzadeh still hopes to get the decision reversed.

He said: "The letters have been sent to heads of FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

"We have asked the heads of these international sports organisations to review and annul FIFA's decision.

"Hijab is related to the Islamic culture and Muslim women can't take part in social activities without it."

Faride Shojaee, the vice-president of the women’s department of the IFF, claimed that FIFA officials had previously allowed Iranian athletes to participate with their Islamic hijab "before denying them the right to do so in the letter they sent on Monday."

Shojaee said she would try to resolve the problem with FIFA officials at the organisation’s headquarters in Zurich next week.

She said: "FIFA officials have mistaken the religious hijab for national dress, claiming that if they were allowed to participate with Islamic hijab, other participants might also demand to appear in their respective traditional costumes."

http://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9348:exclusive-iran-replaced-by-thailand-over-olympic-hijab-row&catid=97:football-news&Itemid=143

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Interestingly enough, in Field Hockey they don't have a problem whit the Sikh headrests (sorry, I don't know how it is called). I know quite a few Canadian players wore them at the Beijing games.

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IOC Back FIFA over Hijab

The IOC says FIFA has acted within its responsibility to reject a request from Iran to allow its girls football team to compete at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games wearing head scarves.

On Monday FIFA blocked the Iranian team from Singapore this August, substituting Thailand for the competition that will include six teams.

“In accordance with the Olympic Charter, the International Federations (IFs) are responsible for establishing the technical criteria of their sports and ensuring their application. The decision by FIFA (the IF) is in line with the rules of the game, which have been communicated by the IF to the Iranian NOC,” says a statement from the IOC.

http://aroundtherings.com/articles/view.aspx?id=34597

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FIFA: Iran's football girls back in Youth Olympics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Iranian girls football team can compete at the Youth Olympics as long as its players swap their traditional head scarves for a cap that covers their hair, FIFA said Monday.

The compromise comes after FIFA initially barred the team from participating last month over its insistence on wearing head scarves. FIFA barred hijab scarves — which protect the modesty of Islamic girls and women — in 2007 for safety reasons and to prevent political or religious statements on the field.

"This decision was taken after both the Iran Football Federation as well as the Iran National Olympic Committee confirmed in writing that they will accept a solution whereby the players will not wear their Islamic Hijab during the matches of the competition," FIFA said in a statement. "Instead, the players can wear a cap that covers their heads to the hairline, but does not extend below the ears to cover the neck."

Farideh Shojaei, deputy head of Iran's football federation, said the under-15 players were thrilled with the ruling.

"We are very happy. We are hopeful to have a good presence in the coming competitions ," Shojaei said. "The decision has increased the inspiration of our team. They are determined to practice more and more."

The state-run Tehran Times reported that Iranian authorities had consented to allowing the players to wear hats and the team would play at the Youth Olympics.

"We sent FIFA a sample of our new Islamic dress and fortunately they accepted it," said Abbas Torabian, director of the International Relations Committee of Iran Football Federation said. "They announced that there was no objection if the players covered their hair with hats.

AP

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SINGAPORE: Preparations for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games have shifted into high gear with the start of the team sports draws.

Kicking off the series of draws is the Football team draw on Tuesday.

The football competition comprises men and women events.

The six teams per event will divide into two groups of three for the preliminaries.

Each team will play every other team in the group once.

The team draw will determine the grouping and match fixtures for the preliminaries.

The two teams ranked first and second in each group will move on to the semi-finals while the teams ranked third in each group play for fifth and sixth place.

Teams participating in the men's football event in Singapore 2010 are Bolivia, Montenegro, Singapore, Vanuatu, Zimbabwe and a team from the Americas.

Chile, Equatorial Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Iran, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey will compete in the Women's event.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1057152/1/.html

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Women's team draw:

Group A: Turkey, Iran and Papua New Guinea

Group B: Chile, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guinea Equatorial

Men's team draw:

Group C: Vanuatu, Bolivia and a representative from the CONCACAF

Group D: Singapore, Zimbabwe and Montenegro.

Cuba, who was among the favourites to represent the region, will not be sending a team after deciding to field their volleyball squad instead. Each NOC is only allowed to field two squads for team events during the YOG.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/sportsnews/view/1057406/1/.html

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The FIFA Executive Committee decision:

• to confirm the replacement of the Cuba boys’ team with the Haiti boys’ team for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Singapore 2010. The Cuban football team was withdrawn by its Olympic Committee as the YOG regulations do not allow one country to compete in more than one team competition, and the Cuban boys’ volleyball team also qualified for the events

http://psl.co.za/article.asp?id=354301

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Iran rejects women's FIFA-approved soccer strip

Wed Jul 7, 2010 2:17pm GMT

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian official has rejected a new women's soccer strip which was created after the world football federation banned the team from international competition due to their Islamic head gear, media reported on Wednesday.

Soccer's world governing body FIFA banned the team in April after the Iranian Olympic Committee insisted they play in head scarves.

In Iran all women are required to cover their hair in public to conform to the Islamic dress code.

In May, the Iranian Football Federation said it had reached a compromise with FIFA whereby the under-15 team would play in caps at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on August 14-26.

On Wednesday, the women's youth team tried on the new strip during a demonstration match.

But, according to Mehr news agency, the official in charge of women's affairs at Iran's Physical Education Organisation stormed off when she saw that the strip did not conform to what had been ordered.

The team would not attend the games if they had to wear the new outfit, she was quoted as saying.

"We do not approve of the strip because the manufacturer did not make the strip that we expected," she said.

Media reports did not say exactly what she found objectionable about the new kit which was designed to comply both with Islamic rules on modesty and FIFA's requirements.

"These strips should not only be approved by international federation officials but also by Iran's Sharia law and they should comply with the Islamic framework," she said.

"We will not send the team (to the Singapore games) at any cost."

Reuters

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If the above quote was read out of context you'd think they were talking about a security threat or risk of harm to the team, not a bloody strip of fabric

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The whole YOG football tournament is a joke. And the Iranian issue is nonsense. Poor girls! Let them compete and forget about covering their bodies for once...

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YOG: Turkey beat Iran 4-2 in girls' football

SINGAPORE: Competition at the Youth Olympic Games officially kicked off Thursday evening with girls' football.

The Iran-Turkey match took place at Jalan Besar Stadium.

The girls from Iran wore Fifa-approved attire -- white cap and trousers -- in place of the traditional headscarves

The girls from Turkey showed their mettle early in the game, scoring in the sxith minute.

A second goal quickly followed in the 14th minute - except that it was for the wrong side - to level the score.

Iran grabbed the lead in the 16th minute but lost it by netting an own goal in the second half.

Turkey went on to win the match 4-2.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1074913/1/.html

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