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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old October 26th, 2000, 22:25 Thread Starter
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October 24, 2000 -- FIFA's women's soccer competitions committee announced today that the Fourth Women's Soccer World Cup will take place in China in 2003.

Format for the 2003 Women's World Cup will be similar to the 1998 competition, featuring sixteen national teams that will compete in four groups. Venues will be finalized by 2001.

During the announcement, FIFA also recommended the formation of an Under 19 Women's Soccer World Cup, scheduled after the year 2002. Host country for the Under 19 competition will be announced sometimes next year.

Source: Associated Press

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So China beat out Australia to host the WWC I would love to see fresh faces and new tactics. It wouldn't hurt to have a NEW country to win the WWC in 2003.

What do you think?

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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old November 1st, 2000, 05:10
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ummm....I'll be honest I know very little about womens soccer but am willing to learn.
I watched the olympics and was a little happy that America lost (no offence).
I know that the two main teams are China and America but what about Norway?
How big an upset was it that they won?
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Hey Pool, it's great to have you here !!

Yeah, Norway beat the U.S. at the Sydney Olympics by a golden goal !! Norway had really earned their gold. They are young, strong and may well dominate the next World Cup. Watch for their players in next year's WUSA Professional League which begins April 2001.

For more info check out this old report ...
http://www.dailysoccer.com/womensoccer-newindex.html
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World Cup 2003

The FIFA Committee for Women's Football has announced the final dates and cities for the upcoming 2003 Women's World Cup in China.
The 16-team Cup will take place from September 28 to October 16, 2003, in four cities:

Shanghai
Hangzhou
Wuhan
Chengdu

This will be the fourth Women's World Cup to be contested, and the second in China. They hosted the inaugural 1991 event won by the United States. Sweden hosted the 1995 Women's World Cup, while the USA hosted the 1999 Cup.

UPDATE:
Hongkou Stadium in the north end of Shanghai has been added as a fifth venue. The revised dates are September 23 to October 11.

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Thanks for info, Jeff Shanghai is my mother's hometown and one of the perfect cities to host WWC4.

I hope in two years' time the Chinese NT will get back to their glorious selves, perhaps under a new coach who is more forward thinking and open to suggestions and criticisms.

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The teams

See the official FIFA page on the WWC.

China qualifies as host.
Asia: 2.5 teams: Qualifying tournament to be held in April-May 2003.
Africa: Two teams; qualifiers in Nigeria in November-December 2002; link to qualifying thread
Oceania: One team: qualifiers April 5-13, 2003 in Canberra, Australia; link to qualifying thread
UEFA: Five teams: link to qualifying thread
CONCACAF: 2.5 teams: Determined in the Gold Cup competition, Oct. 27-Nov. 9, 2002: link to qualifying thread
South America: Two teams: qualifiers January-February 2003 in Peru. link to qualifying thread

The third-place qualifiers from CONCACAF and Asia will play off for the final spot.

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Anyways, I know it's way early, but any word at all about what sort of TV there might be for this?
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Welcome, Phred!

There's no official word yet, but you can count on being able to see at least all the USA games.

We'll have more information here as soon as it becomes available.
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Update: ABC will show the final game live on October 11, 2003 at 4:30 a.m. EST.

Other games involving the USA team will probably be on ESPN or ESPN2.

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From womensoccer.com:

"...ABC and ESPN...[will] televise ... 11 games from the 2003 China World Cup..."
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US team look to World Cup glory in 2003

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GUANGZHOU, China, Jan 26 (AFP)

The US world champions reckon they will go into the China 2003 World Cup with a crop of women that is even better than the all-conquering side of two years ago.
Coach April Heinrichs said Saturday, on the eve of her side's final four-nations game in Guangzhou against arch-rivals China, that she was brewing the perfect mix of experience and youth in time for 2003.
"I'm confident that we can put together an outstanding team and perhaps the best team that's ever played for the United States of America. Our young players are very good," she said./p
"We're still in a little bit of a transition, bringing in new players and still relying on experienced players" such as veteran Kristine Lilly, who holds the world record of 229 international caps.
The enforced retirement of FIFA co-player of the century Michelle Akers last year has weakened the team. Heinrichs said "they're (veterans) still carrying the ship for us, but 18 months out, we're trying to blend both."
Asked whether the team could eclipse the US side that pulled off a stunning penalty shootout win at the 1999 World Cup against the Chinese on home soil, the coach said: "I think we can... I think our 2000 team (who lost in the Olympic final to Norway) was better than our 1999 team.
"I think our improvement from '99 to 2000 was great in a short span, and I think with another 18 months, and with our women's professional league still going strong, I think the 2003 team that qualifies for the World Cup hopefully will be the best team that ever played for the United States."
The US, however, have been disappointing in Guangzhou and are already out of the running for final success in the round-robin tournament.
Having come into the event on a high after a 7-0 demolition of Mexico in their first match of the year, they have failed to find the back of the net in their first two matches.
They followed up a single goal loss to Norway with a dour goalless draw against European champions Germany, whom they had thrashed 4-1 in the first match of the US Women's Cup last September aided by two goals from striker Mia Hamm.
Heinrich admitted the US were missing Hamm's firepower up front. The prolific centre forward, who last year became the first ever FIFA World Women's Player of the Year and who leads the international scoring charts with 129 goals in just 160 international appearances, is nursing a hamstring injury.
"The enforced layoff is probably very good for Mia in terms of her freshness for the game but we've missed her tremendously," the coach said.
Heinrich commented that 1995 World Cup winners Norway, the only side to have an overall winning record over the dominant US team -- 19 wins against 16 losses -- and the Chinese were likely to be their strongest challengers in the 2003 World Cup to be staged in China.
"The Chinese are a very good team. Their new players are as good or better than their older players. It's scary that they can replace players and not seem to have a dropoff."
She added that criticism from Chinese media directed at coach Ma Yuanan after China relinquished their Asian Crown to North Korea was unjustified.
"Ma's objective is to prepare a team 18 months from now -- not for the Asian Championships two months ago.
"If he wins this tournament, he should get a raise and he should be hired for 10 more years!"
With US chances of four-nations victory already dashed, Heinrichs, who captained her country to victory in the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991, now has her sights on the Algarve Cup in March.
After that will come qualification for the main event and ultimately -- she hopes -- more World Cup glory in 2003.

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Shame the USA's womens team could thrash the male team.

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The revised dates for the 2003 WWC, as announced by FIFA June 28, are September 24 to October 11, 2003.

The teams qualified so far are:

Host: CHINA
UEFA: NORWAY, SWEDEN, RUSSIA, GERMANY
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The draw for group play in the finals will take place May 24, 2003 in Wuhan.

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france gonna meet norway this evening, we have no chance isn't it?
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Actually, it was France v. Denmark, and France won!
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Latest update from FIFA

The teams qualified so far are:

Host: CHINA
UEFA: NORWAY, SWEDEN, RUSSIA, GERMANY
CONCACAF: USA, CANADA

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What happened at the last Women's World Cup?

1999 in USA:

Code:
Group A
USA         3  3  0  0 13- 1  9
NIGERIA     3  2  0  1  5- 8  6
North Korea 3  1  0  2  4- 6  3
Denmark     3  0  0  3  1- 8  0

Group B
BRAZIL      3  2  1  0 12- 4  7
GERMANY     3  1  2  0 10- 4  5
Italy       3  1  1  1  3- 3  4
Mexico      3  0  0  3  1-15  0

Group C
NORWAY      3  3  0  0 13- 2  9
RUSSIA      3  2  0  1 10- 3  6
Canada      3  0  1  2  3-12  1
Japan       3  0  1  2  1-10  1

Group D
CHINA       3  3  0  0 12- 2  9
SWEDEN      3  2  0  1  6- 3  6
Australia   3  0  1  2  3- 7  1
Ghana       3  0  1  2  1-10  1

China  ]
Russia ]---China ]
                 ]---China]
Norway ]---Norway]        ]
Sweden ]                  ]
                          ]---USA 
Nigeria]                  ]
Brazil ]---Brazil]        ] 
                 ]---USA  ]
USA    ]---USA   ]
Germany]

Brazil won the Third Place match
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The official mascot for the WWC 2003 tournament has been unveiled by FIFA.

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France has now qualified by defeating England for the final UEFA spot.

The teams qualified so far are:

Host: CHINA
UEFA: NORWAY, SWEDEN, RUSSIA, GERMANY, FRANCE
CONCACAF: USA, CANADA
CAF: GHANA, NIGERIA

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The revised dates for the 2003 WWC, as announced by FIFA June 28, are September 24 to October 11, 2003.
The start date has been changed again to September 23.
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