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Perhaps a successful WC this summer becomes a springboard for the men's WC? I'd like to see Australia give it another go. I always thought their 2022 bid got a raw deal (well apparently everyone did except the Qataris) and with the expansion to 40+ teams bring New Zealand along.

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Qualified Teams:

Australia (Co-Host)

New Zealand (Co-Host)

Japan

South Korea

China PR

Philippines*

Vietnam*

Sweden

France

Spain

Denmark

USA

Costa Rica

Canada

Jamaica

Zambia*

Morocco*

Nigeria

South Africa

Colombia

Brazil

Argentina

Norway

Germany

England

Italy

Netherlands

Switzerland

Republic of Ireland*

Haiti*

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Qualified Teams:

Australia (Co-Host)

New Zealand (Co-Host)

Japan

South Korea

China PR

Philippines*

Vietnam*

Sweden

France

Spain

Denmark

USA

Costa Rica

Canada

Jamaica

Zambia*

Morocco*

Nigeria

South Africa

Colombia

Brazil

Argentina

Norway

Germany

England

Italy

Netherlands

Switzerland

Republic of Ireland*

Haiti*

Portugal*

 

*Nation making tournament debut

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We're now assured of the three intercontinental playoff winners being all newcomers to the WWC thanks to Haiti defeating Chile. Will more to say about it later.

Paraguay-Panama match for the final spot is going on live right now in Hamilton. Now well into the second half. I sense this going to be a very even matchup between the La Albaroja Fem (Paraguay, aka Team Guarani) and  Los Canaleras or Las Marea Roja (Panama)

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Qualified Teams:

Australia (Co-Host)

New Zealand (Co-Host)

Japan

South Korea

China PR

Philippines*

Vietnam*

Sweden

France

Spain

Denmark

USA

Costa Rica

Canada

Jamaica

Zambia*

Morocco*

Nigeria

South Africa

Colombia

Brazil

Argentina

Norway

Germany

England

Italy

Netherlands

Switzerland

Republic of Ireland*

Haiti*

Portugal*

Panama*

 

*Nation making tournament debut

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Here's a final look at our groups.

Group A:

New Zealand (Co-Host)
Norway
Switzerland
Philippines*

Group B:

Australia (Co-Host)
Republic of Ireland*
Nigeria
Canada

Group C:

Spain
Costa Rica
Zambia*
Japan

Group D:

England
Haiti*
Denmark
China PR

Group E:

United States
Vietnam*
Netherlands
Portugal*

Group F:

France
Jamaica
Brazil
Panama*

Group G:

Sweden
South Africa
Italy
Argentina

Group H:

Germany
Morocco*
Colombia
South Korea

 

*Nation making tournament debut.

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  • 2 weeks later...

After several years of highly contentious relationships, "irreversible dysfunctions" with and rebellions from star players like Wendie Renaud, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Kadidiatou Diani, Sarah Bouhaddi, Amandine Henry, Eugenie Le Sommer, Perle Morroni, Griedge Mbock following hosting the previous affair four years ago, the FFF has decided enough was enough and over with women's head coach Corrine Diacre and fired her after a hearing in the four months leading up to the WWC. None ever explicitly wished Diacre fired, but it was clear with Les Bleues' damaged image. Obviously, the FFF, learning from the men in South Africa in 2010, did not want a female version of this down in Australia and New Zealand and shatter team morale and unity. What's unfortunate for the Les Bleues women is this is a team with tremendous talent and potential, but, results-wise, couldn't live up to it and break though the door to the hardware for over a decade. Not just in Europe but in the WWC and Summer Olympics too.

Renaud, for one, was stripped of her captain armband by Diacre, the first woman in France to coach a men's pro team in Ligue 2 and a ex-national team player herself before this, and even vowed not to play with the national team again as long as Diacre remained. As have several others in the latter. Many massively disagreed with Diacre's game setups. Will the distractions be blown over and all be back in time for competition. With now disgraced former FFF President Noel Le Graet, the one who hired her and kept her at arm's length, out over his alleged sexual misconduct, his release played an easy role in Diacre's firing. A time of reckoning is at hand:  

https://www.espn.com/soccer/france-fraw/story/4896643/france-federation-sack-womens-coach-corinne-diacre-following-hearing

https://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Corinne-diacre-ecartee-de-la-selection-de-l-equipe-de-france/1384877

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We only have about four months to the start. The official poster was unveiled.

 

FIFA-Women-s-World-Cup-2023-Official-Tou

 

There is also host city posters on the link:

https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/womens/womensworldcup/australia-new-zealand2023/media-releases/official-fifa-womens-world-cup-poster-unveiled-in-outdoor-galleries

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On 3/16/2023 at 5:16 PM, Sir Rols said:

Even so, Infantino did not miss an opportunity to jab at the Australians accusing them of double standards saying that Australia's multi-billion dollar trade relationship with Saudi Arabia is no different than Saudi sponsorship of a football tournament.

https://www.insideworldfootball.com/2023/03/17/infantino-says-saudi-deal-wwc-off-country-equal-right-major-sponsor/

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4 hours ago, Sir Rols said:

What more can one say? He’s a d!ckhead…

Never thought I would say this but bring back Blatter... They may have had their problems but oh how i miss the Samaranch/Blatter tournaments and games.

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Been a while since I last posted here and got some more thoughts ahead as we get several weeks away from the start of this WWC in Australia/New Zealand. But three teams have already announced their 2023 Women's World Cup rosters by today. Starting off with the defending Euro Women's champs England's Lionesses, a serious WWC contender, that Sarina Weigman, IMHO the best women's soccer coach right now, announced her 23-woman squad today at a special event in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham's Boldmere St. Michael's FC and was hotly anticipated! A little different with this as opposed to last year. Notable omissions are England captain Leah Williamson, Fran Kirby, and Beth Mead, who all will miss out on down under because of injuries--Mead couldn't recover from her ACL injury in time for Weigman to risk her inclusion. Ellen White and Jill Scott have both retired from international play--I'll miss Ellen's goal celebrations with this edition. No shock return for ex-captain Steph Houghton either. No Lucy Parker in it.

16 players from the last year's European 2023 champs squad are in this along while Niamh Charles, Laura Coombs, Lauren James, Esme Morgan, Katie Robinson, and Katie Zelem will all be playing at their first major tournament here.  Maya Le Tissier, Jess Park, and Emily Ramsey were named as standby players, training with the squad in England while Le Tissier and Park will also fly with the squad to Australia and train with them until the opening match versus debutant Haiti on July 22 in Brisbane, Queensland. Not shocking here but the bulk of the players, all but three of them (Bronze, Walsh, and Stanway) ply their soccer trade in the Women's Soccer League. Video collage roster presentation was conducted by a talented mixed media artist named Alice Issac:

https://www.englandfootball.com/articles/2023/May/31/england-womens-senior-squad-named-for-world-cup-2023-20233105

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/womens-world-cup-2023-live-lionesses-england-squad-b2348777.html

Euro Women 2022 runnerup Germany named their squad also today--and the big story is that German soccer giant Bayern Munich isn't willing to release their players for the team until June 23, rather than the June 20 deadline previously agreed between the clubs and the DFB. Bayern says the players need ample time--4 weeks, to be exact--to recuperate from the team's injuries. Wolfsburg make up the bulk of the roster led by its striker captain Alexandra Popp followed by Eintracht Frankfurt with six and five from Bayern Munich. Big omission is midfielder Giulia Gwinn, who is sidelined with a knee injury and was decided to promote younger players saying dropping her was "difficult" despite recovering ahead of schedule but unable to participate in team or contact drills. Other players not making it are goalkeeper Almuth Schult (pregnancy) and midfielder Linda Dallmann (ankle ligament tear). Again here, only three players are on non-domestic league teams:

https://www.dw.com/en/world-cup-2023-germany-squad-announced-amid-bayern-dispute/a-65780478

https://sportstar.thehindu.com/football/international-football/fifa-women-world-cup-wwc-2023-germany-squad-womens-football-news/article66915531.ece

Ladies and gentlemen, your roster for the very first Portuguese FIFA Women's World Cup team in 2023 starring Jessica Silva has been announced by head coach Francisco Neto: 

https://www.fpf.pt/pt/News/Todas-as-notícias/Notícia/news/40260

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Have a friend who is part of organising the ceremonies and she showed me some of the concepts and rehearsal footage. I cant share anything but you guys are going to be blown away. Think Sydney 2000 meets London 2012. NZ media have already stated that it will be the biggest opening ceremony ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere. Rita Ora's arrival into the stadium will put Cathy Freemans flame lighting sequence in Sydney to shame. All i can say unfort.

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15 hours ago, Scotguy II said:

Have a friend who is part of organising the ceremonies and she showed me some of the concepts and rehearsal footage. I cant share anything but you guys are going to be blown away. Think Sydney 2000 meets London 2012. NZ media have already stated that it will be the biggest opening ceremony ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere. Rita Ora's arrival into the stadium will put Cathy Freemans flame lighting sequence in Sydney to shame. All i can say unfort.

That's OK about not showing the concepts. This better be good to warrant what the experience you just described would be like before New Zealand faces Norway in Auckland to kick it all off.

In more important news, right as the 2023 England Women's World Cup was announced yesterday as its national and international profile rises, concern arises over a possible British TV blackout with both BBC and ITV not showing the upcoming soccer event because of failure to reach an agreement on the "very disappointing" rights fee offers from the two broadcasters as the British government grows concerned. Will definitely reach it; Britain is obviously way too important of a market to leave out in the cold. Likewise applies with France, Germany, Spain, and Italy:

 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-12143695/Womens-World-Cup-risk-UK-TV-blackout-government-call-deal-agreed.html

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