Get your popcorn ready!
We are literally days from watching the stars shine as the Women’s World Cup kicks off in France on June 7th. There’s a ton of story lines to talk about, but here’s what you need to know.
The U.S. WNT are still the favorites. As defending champions and current #1 in the FIFA world rankings, the women are looking to add a 4th star on their crest. With the likes of Mallory Pugh, Lindsey Horan, Alex Morgan and Carly Lloyd the squad is deep, young, experienced and talented. Their first game is on June 11th, on Fox.
France is dangerous despite past disappointments. As host and ranked 4th in world, they are ready to win their first major international women’s trophy. Wendie Renard, Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer will try to lead the team and dispel some of the pressure of being on home soil. Add the fact that Lyon, the base of the National Team, just won the Women’s UEFA Champions League, they are another team to watch. They kick-off the tournament on June 7th on Fox.
Speaking of Lyon, one player we’ll be sorely missing is Ada Hegerberg. The 23-year-old from Norway has opted to sit this tournament out, and instead continue to bring to light some of the issues facing women’s soccer. While some strides have been made in women’s soccer, for her it’s not enough. “I’ve done what I can do to make an impact and when that doesn’t work, you have to make choice”.
On the lighter side of things, we still get to enjoy Marta and the Brazilian National Team. For those of us who were lucky enough to be around, she played in the WPS for 3 different teams and made regular appearances in the suburbs of Philadelphia playing against the Independence. We also welcome newcomers Jamaica, who with the help of Cedella Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation, were able to become the first Caribbean team to qualify for the event.
Get Your Player Involved!
So what can you do with all this information? Well hopefully, you have some sick days accumulated and can enjoy some of the games.
But seriously, here at Quik Touch we believe you, the parents, hold the ultimate key to your player’s development. You can create a soccer culture by simply tuning into some games and even the pre and post-game coverage that has gotten better over the years. It’s tough to sit down for 90 mins and watch a game, I know. But by simply following a team or following a player, your player will start watching the game in a different light. They will start figuring out the what, how, why and when. That will help facilitate learning on the field. And that’s a goal, everyone wants to score!
When To Watch
Here are the U.S. group games:
U.S. – Thailand: June 11, 3pm on FOX
U.S. – Chile: June 16, 12pm on FOX
U.S. – Sweden: June 20, 3pm on FOX