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Australia has pulled out of the bidding to be the host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, leaving Canada, Germany and Peru as the remaining contenders to stage the event.

FIFA gave no reason yesterday for Australian's decision in its statement. The decision on the host will be made by FIFA's executive committee on Oct. 30.
 

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Peru has withdrawn: it's now Canada or Germany

17 October 2007

With less than two weeks to go until the designation of the host country of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011, two member associations – Germany and Canada – are in the running to stage the sixth edition of the flagship competition in women’s football.

The Peruvian football association yesterday informed FIFA of its withdrawal from the bidding procedure.The two candidates will present their bids to the members of the FIFA Executive Committee at FIFA headquarters on Monday, 29 October.

The following day, Tuesday, 30 October, the FIFA Executive Committee will decide which country will host the tournament. The successful bidder will be announced at a media conference at FIFA headquarters at 14.00h on the same day. The host country of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ will also be revealed at the same event.
 

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And the winner is.... Germany. :) Welcome back. ;)
 

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FIFA has decided not to expand the number of teams competing in the 2011 World Cup finals. It will remain at 16.

The feeling was that expanding the number of teams would result in too great a strength discrepancy among the teams.

I think their decision is correct. The sad fact is that women's football is still strong in only a handful of countries in each confederation, and the number of truly competitive teams remains small.

For the 2015 World Cup, there will be 24 teams. I think this is a mistake, quite frankly, for the reasons cited above.
 

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The first FIFA Women's World Cup on German soil kicks off on 26 June 2011 at the Berlin Olympic stadium with the opening ceremony and the Opening Match featuring the host nation, the only events scheduled for the capital. The tournament continues in Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden, Frankfurt, Leverkusen, Mönchengladbach, Sinsheim and Wolfsburg, and concludes with the Final on 17 July in Frankfurt.

The Final Draw for the tournament, determining the seeded teams and the definitive fixture plan, will take place November 29, 2010.
 

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Allocation of the 16 finalists to the Confederations:

HOST: Germany
AFC: 3
CAF: 2
CONCACAF: 2.5
CONMEBOL: 2
OFC: 1
UEFA: 4.5

See the separate Qualifying thread for news and commentary on the qualifying matches.
 

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The Draw (numbers indicate FIFA World Ranking as of March 18, 2011):

Group A
2 Germany
6 Canada
27 Nigeria
7 France

Group B
4 Japan
24 New Zealand
22 Mexico
10 England

Group C
1 USA
8 Korea DPR
31 Colombia
5 Sweden

Group D
3 Brazil
11 Australia
9 Norway
61 Equatorial Guinea
 

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Match Schedule

Group A
June 26 Germany v. Canada in Berlin (18:00 CET) and Nigeria v. France in Sinsheim
June 30 Germany v. Nigeria in Frankfurt and Canada v. France in Bochum
July 5 France v. Germany in Mönchengladbach and Canada v. Nigeria in Dresden

Group B
June 27 Japan v. New Zealand in Bochum and Mexico v. England in Wolfsburg
July 1 Japan v. Mexico in Leverkusen and New Zealand v. England in Dresden
July 5 England v. Japan in Augsburg and New Zealand v. Mexico in Sinsheim

Group C
June 28 USA v. North Korea in Dresden and Colombia v. Sweden in Leverkusen
July 2 USA v. Colombia in Sinsheim and North Korea v. Sweden in Augsburg
July 6 Sweden v. USA in Wolfsburg and North Korea v. Colombia in Bochum

Group D
June 29 Brazil v. Australia in Mönchengladbach and Norway v. Equatorial Guinea in Augsburg
July 3 Brazil v. Norway in Wolfsburg and Australia v. Equatorial Guinea in Bochum
July 6 Equatorial Guinea v. Brazil in Frankfurt and Australia v. Norway in Leverkusen


Quarterfinals
July 9
#1: Winner Group A v. Runner-up Group B in Wolfsburg
#2: Winner Group B v. Runner-up Group A in Leverkusen

July 10
#3: Winner Group C v. Runner-up Group D in Augsburg
#4: Winner Group D v. Runner-up Group C in Dresden


Semifinals, July 13
Winner QF#1 v. Winner QF#3 in Frankfurt
Winner QF#2 v. Winner QF#4 in Mönchengladbach


Third place match, July 16 in Sinsheim
Between Semifinal Losers


Final, July 17 in Frankfurt
Between Semifinal Winners

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The group stage matches will kick off at 14:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 20:45 CET, while games from the quarter-finals onwards will kick off at 13:00 and 20:45 CET. With the exception of the opening match in Berlin, all of host nation Germany's matches have been scheduled for 20:45 CET.
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Schedule by date:

June 26 Germany v. Canada in Berlin and Nigeria v. France in Sinsheim
June 27 Japan v. New Zealand in Bochum and Mexico v. England in Wolfsburg
June 28 USA v. North Korea in Dresden and Colombia v. Sweden in Leverkusen
June 29 Brazil v. Australia in Mönchengladbach and Norway v. Equatorial Guinea in Augsburg
June 30 Germany v. Nigeria in Frankfurt and Canada v. France in Bochum
July 1 Japan v. Mexico in Leverkusen and New Zealand v. England in Dresden
July 2 USA v. Colombia in Sinsheim and North Korea v. Sweden in Augsburg
July 3 Brazil v. Norway in Wolfsburg and Australia v. Equatorial Guinea in Bochum
July 5 France v. Germany in Mönchengladbach and Canada v. Nigeria in Dresden
July 5 England v. Japan in Augsburg and New Zealand v. Mexico in Sinsheim
July 6 Sweden v. USA in Wolfsburg and North Korea v. Colombia in Bochum
July 6 Equatorial Guinea v. Brazil in Frankfurt and Australia v. Norway in Leverkusen
July 9 QUARTERFINALS in Wolfsburg and Leverkusen
July 10 QUARTERFINALS in Augsburg and Dresden
July 13 SEMIFINALS in Frankfurt and Mönchengladbach
July 16 THIRD PLACE in Sinsheim
July 17 FINAL in Frankfurt
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Playoff tree (actual results):
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          )   Japan  )
    Japan )          )
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                     )   Japan )
                     )         )
   Sweden )          )         )
          )  Sweden  )         )
Australia )                    )
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                               )  Japan
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  England )                    )
          )  France  )         )
   France )          )         )
                     )         )
                     )     USA )
                     ) 
   Brazil )          )
          )     USA  )
      USA )
 

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jeff, what fascinates you in Women´s football? Would you come over to watch a game here? The chances to get tickets are exellent: 400.000 of 700.000 tickets sold until now, not so many games sold out so far.

I think this WC can´t be compared with the man´s Tournament in 2006. Then our whole country was football crazy, fan parties everywhere, everyone was watching. Football fan or not. Even the official "open" trainings (every team had 2, 3 for the people to watch) were very popular. Altough they were for free they hand out tickets for it and not everyone who wanted got one. I can not imagine that madness for the Women´s WC; I fear the majority in my country will completely ignore that or even not know there´s a WC taking place.
 

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There's no denying that the women's game is neither as strong nor as popular as the men's game. But the top teams can play some very entertaining football. Here's but a small example of how exciting the women's world cup can be.

I think you are going to be surprised at the level of enthusiasm that will materialize in Germany next summer. Germany are the defending champions and look good to repeat.
 

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But the people in my country are not interested in woman´s football. I know many who are crazy about football, but they all wont go to games for example.
 

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Excerpt from January 5 interview with Sepp Blatter:

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ is a major event on the calendar. What are you expecting from the competition?

I think it’s important it’s taking place in the heart of Europe, in a country where women’s football is strong. The women’s game has struggled to gain acceptance in financial terms. People don’t seem to have much faith in it, but Germany can change that by putting on a good tournament and, more importantly than anything, filling the stadiums. A crowd of 50,000 is expected for the Opening Match in Berlin, which is already a great achievement.

Why has women’s football failed to take off in some countries?

Young women have a lot of passion for the game. It’s a sport anyone can play, but when women reach a certain age or level they find there aren’t any professional leagues around, which makes it difficult for them to carry on playing. Technically, however, the game has improved a great deal. For example, the standard of play in the final of the U-17 Women’s World Cup between Japan and Korea Republic was very high.
 

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CANADA: Frustrated national women's coach to quit after the World Cup
By Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2011

Canadian national women's soccer head coach Carolina Morace will quit the team after the World Cup in Germany this summer.

The stunning revelation came in a memo leaked to soccer reporters today amid reports of her growing frustration with the Canadian Soccer Association.

"I am staying to execute my plan over the next few months because my players have worked hard and deserve to be prepared in the best way possible for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Germany," she states in the memo. "My primary focus at this time is to prepare my players for the experience of representing Canada on the world's largest stage, and I will continue to be available to discuss my team and our preparations with the media at any time. In respect of my contract with the CSA, I cannot answer any questions regarding this decision until the World Cup is over."

The 47-year-old former Italian international was hired by the CSA two years ago and has injected a successful possession-style of play that has seen the team climb to ninth spot in the FIFA world rankings -- its highest position in four years. Her team captured the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament in Mexico three months ago.
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Apparently her main complaint is with the funding of the Canadian women's soccer program

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Kara Lang's message to the Canadian Soccer Association on behalf of the Women's National Team:

The players are aware of [Carolina Morace's] decision to resign after the World Cup, and want to express that they are behind her 100 per cent. This is not an acceptable outcome, and the players would like to urge the CSA to act quickly to resolve this situation.

Carolina has brought a new mindset to the women's team, and the players feel she is the key to achieving a medal in the World Cup and beyond. By allowing her to leave, the CSA would be doing a grave disservice to the team and to soccer in Canada.

For those of you who think that the issue of Carolina's resignation is separate from that of governance reform - you are sadly mistaken.

Carolina Morace is the best thing that has ever happened to the women's program, and if not for the current governance structure, she would be able to do her job to the best of her ability.

The Canadian national women's team feels that it is in the best interests of the game in Canada to do whatever it takes to ensure she remains a part of the program.
 
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