Jordan 2016 official emblem unveiled( 03 May 2015

The Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 has unveiled the official emblem for the upcoming tournament. With Jordan hosting the event in 2016, the logo was designed to reflect the kingdom’s most iconic symbols.

The reveal took place during the Soccerex Asian Forum 2015’s two-day activities at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. The U-17 Women’s World Cup’s official emblem was launched by HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein President of the Jordan Football Association (JFA), President of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) and Vice President of FIFA.

The official emblem resembles the overall shape of the unique FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trophy, working as a canvas to showcase the visual aspects of the Jordanian culture and art. A number of traditional items can be identified, like the distinctive pattern of the Jordanian scarf, the Hatta, and a Pan Arabic colour scheme, while a star taken from the national flag shines bright from the top of the emblem. Jordan’s national flower, the black iris, sits above the base of the emblem, symbolising the evolving character of FIFA’s youth tournament. Altogether, the visual keys form an iconic brand mark for the tournament and appeal to a wider, international audience.

“We are excited to have launched the tournament’s official emblem declaring Jordan as the host country of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016,” said Salah Sabra, LOC Chairman. “We are very proud to be accommodating such a globally acclaimed sports event that is highly anticipated by organisers, fans and audiences alike. Moreover, we are confident that the enthusiasm and support demonstrated by the Jordanian people, who are well known for their hospitality and passion for football, will positively contribute towards the overall success of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and will reaffirm Jordan’s ability to host renowned international sport events.”

In turn, LOC CEO, Samar Nassar, stated: “The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup official emblem embodies Jordan’s rich culture and represents the Kingdom’s unique spirit, history, heritage and authenticity of its people. By hosting the tournament, we are creating an ongoing legacy for women’s football and Jordanian football as a whole, particularly given the tournament’s promising launch. Despite being formed just ten years ago, our national women’s football team’s great potential and ambition have spurred it towards achieving multiple local and regional accomplishments and successes. We are confident that hosting the U-17 Women’s World Cup will serve as motivation for our female Jordanian players and will help us uncover many hidden athletic talents.”

Leon answers your Tweets( 02 May 2015

Canada’s Adriana Leon took part in a FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour event presented by Coca-Cola in Toronto, where she and fellow team-mates got to meet some of their biggest fans. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport of Ontario took part in the celebrations as the host country gets excited for the Opening Match on 6 June. 

During the event, she took time out to answer a few of your #AskDri Twitter and Facebook questions. We hope you like the answers, and thank you again for sending so many in!

I’ll go with Wendie Renard (France), Kim Little (Scotland), Camille Abily (France, Megan Rapinoe (USA) and Aya Miyama (Japan).

I would say any of the top ten teams. Then again, every team is going to be trying their hardest, so every game is going to be a battle. But I’ll go with any top ten team.

Hockey. No question about it.

We have as good of a chance as winning as any other team does. As I said before, it’s going to be a super competitive tournament. Every game will be a battle.

I’d probably be a vet, because I love animals. Or I would be a professional hockey player. I just love dogs, all kinds of dogs.

Going into my first World Cup, I’m super excited. I can’t wait for that opening game to stand next to my team-mates and sing that national anthem with all the Canadian fans in the stadium. It’s going to be a really special moment.

I’d say our sports scientist with Team Canada Cesar Meylan. He knows what he’s doing, he’s smart. He’s a great trainer. He pushes us every day. But he just had a kid, so we’ll see if he softens up a bit!

Since the Olympics (London 2012), women’s soccer has increased tremendously in Canada. Younger girls now have role models to look up to and we also now have this Excel Program in Canada. Girls from the U-20s who want to jump to the women’s national team, there’s now a program that creates a pathway for girls to keep playing and to get ready for the next level. I think that’s been a huge step in the youth program. I think now there’s better coaching and coaches are properly training girls at a younger age. They don’t really just throw them a ball and tell them to kick it around anymore. It’s detailed and we got over tactics of the game and work on individual skill, so it’s improved a lot, which is really good to see.

I’d have to say the USA. If we could get a game against them at the World Cup, it’s always a battle playing them. I think it would be an exciting match for us. I think everyone would love to see that.

35 days to go( 02 May 2015

The Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ went to extra time for the third time and to penalties for the second time, where Japan defender Saki Kumagai had the honour of hitting home the decisive spot-kick as the Nadeshiko triumphed 3-1 over USA in the shoot-out.

The only other time the Final went to penalties was in 1999 when the Stars and Stripes came out narrow 5-4 winners over China PR, when another defender, Brandi Chastain hit the winning penalty much to the delight of the American supporters in attendance at the Rose Bowl.

At USA 2003, Germany needed extra time to beat Sweden 2-1 when Nia Kuenzer scored the match winner in the 98th minute.

Argentina collect final ticket to Portugal 2015( 26 Apr 2015

Argentina maintained their record of qualifying for every edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, but only after the narrowest of margins with a penalty shoot-out victory over Ecuador on Sunday.

La Albiceleste appeared to comfortably be on track for passage to Portugal 2015 after racing to a 4-1 lead over Ecuador in their third-place play-off.

However, Ecuador roared back into contention to draw level at 4-4 and push the match into extra time.

No goals were scored during the added period forcing penalties. In contrast to eight-goal match, the penalty shoot-out contained just a single goal as Argentina’s Lucas Medero scored with a crucial strike.

Brazil and Paraguay collected passage to Portugal on Saturday by reaching the final, with the former winning the continental crown with an 8-3 win.

Argentina’s qualification completes the 16-team field for Portugal 2015 which will take place 9-19 July.

41 days to go( 26 Apr 2015

Norway have conceded 41 goals over the 31 matches the Scandinavian side have competed in during their six previous FIFA Women’s World Cup™ competitions, which results in an average of 1.32 goals conceded per game.

This summer, Even Pellerud’s side face Germany, Côte d’Ivoire and Thailand in Group B, where they will see if they can drop that average as Norway chase a second world title.