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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

THE ROAD TO CANADA 2015 WORLD CUP: Canada WNT announces roster for 2015 Cyprus Women’s Cup

Canada WNT announces roster for 2015 Cyprus Women’s Cup

23 février 2015
The 2015 Cyprus Cup will be the final chance for Canada’s Women’s National Team to experience a tournament environment prior to June’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
Head Coach John Herdman has called in 24-players and just like every trip to Cyprus the team has a number of objectives going in. This year, the goal is to develop cohesion and unity that will lead to results when it matters most.
“This Cyprus Cup has a clear outcome and that clear outcome is building that team cohesion similar to what we did in the Four Nations (in China) where we built a depth in the squad,” said Herdman. “In Cyprus, it’s about the cohesion in the group of players to go and win football matches.”
Playing out of Group A, Canada opens the tournament on Wednesday 4 March against Scotland at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Two days later they’re back in action against Korea Republic (6 March) at the GSZ Stadium in Larnaca before wrapping up group play on 9 March against Italy back in Nicosia.
Canada has won the tournament three times and will be looking to bring back the championship for the first time since 2011. They’ll also be looking to build on a good start to the year when they won three games in China en route to winning the Bao’an Cup.
“We’ll be only three months out from a World Cup with probably only a few more games after this tournament,” said Herdman. “We’re starting to define the players roles and responsibilities in the team environment and the team culture.”
Depending on their results from group play, Canada would play in a ranking game to wrap up the competition on Wednesday 11 March.
Last year, Canada finished second in Group A and had to play in the fifth-place match where they beat the Republic of Ireland 2:1.
NOTE TO MEDIA: A media call will be organized with Head Coach John Herdman prior to the tournament's first match. Any other media requests can be directed to Carrie Croft (carrie.croft@fwwc2015.ca or 613-406-4986) who will be Press Officer for this camp.
While there are no broadcast or streams planned for these matches, fans will be able to follow Canada’s matches live on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN and review match reports on canadasoccer.com.
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
D- Robyn Gayle | unattached / sans club
D- Carmelina Moscato | unattached / sans club
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro
D- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Duke University
D- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Portland Thorns FC
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Portland Thorns FC
M- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County Ladies FC
M- Sophie Schmidt | unattached / sans club
M- Selenia Iachelli | unattached / sans club
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University
F- Josée Bélanger | CAN / Comètes de Laval
F- Janine Beckie | USA / Texas Tech University
F- Christina Julien | GER / FF USV Jena
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Melissa Tancredi | USA / Chicago Red Stars

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Women in Sport Conference raises key questions

Women in Sport Conference raises key questions
Published: Monday 23 February 2015, 18.44CET

The first Women in Sport Conference took place in Nyon with the aim of inspiring delegates to take steps in realising the still-untapped full potential of females in the sporting sector.

Women in Sport Conference raises key questions
Karen Espelund speaking at the first Women in Sport Conference in Nyon, Switzerland ©UEFA.com


Published: Monday 23 February 2015, 18.44CET

Women in Sport Conference raises key questions

The first Women in Sport Conference took place in Nyon with the aim of inspiring delegates to take steps in realising the still-untapped full potential of females in the sporting sector.
Over 100 women who are active in sport gathered at UEFA headquarters on 19 February, on the shores of Lake Geneva – home to almost half of all international sports governing bodies – for the first Women in Sport Conference organised by womeninsport.com.
The starting point was the realisation that, despite recent progress, women remain under-represented in the world of sport. Compared with their male counterparts, there are fewer female participants, they earn less as athletes and administrators, and they are less frequently seen on executive boards, while women's sport also receives less media coverage.
"There is absolutely no doubt that women in sport are a force for good. That said, their full potential as a group has yet to be realised. I therefore consider it a privilege to be taking part in this first Women in Sport Conference, the aim of which is to take important steps to maximise that potential," said Karen Espelund, member of the UEFA Executive Committee.
"This event is an opportunity for women from all sectors of the sports industry to share their experiences and ideas, and to become part of a growing network of sports professionals and sport enthusiasts."
In terms of popularity, women's football is one of the fastest-growing sports worldwide. However, in all sports and at all levels – from pitch to boardroom – more women need to carve out a place for themselves before we can talk about gender equality in sport. At present, just 17% of all positions of responsibility in sporting bodies are held by women.
What about women in the Olympics? It was not until London 2012 that a real turning point was reached with regard to participation. For the first time in history, 44% of the athletes were women. According to the International Olympic Committee's Dominique Niyonizigiye, whose programmes include Women and Sport, this marked the start of a new era.
Clara Pietri, a remarkably mature 20-year-old golf champion who is preparing to turn professional, came to Nyon to talk about her career, her passion for golf and what it feels like to be a woman in sport. She believes that, instead of being seen as a negative, the differences between men and women should be cultivated at all levels.
"Physically you can't compare women with men. But this is what makes women's sport so beautiful: what we lack in strength we have to make up for in tactics, skill and creativity."
UN Women's Anna Falth reminded the conference that, far from being a minority in society, women make up half the world's population. And sport should mirror society. There are lots of initiatives popping up in support of women in sport and that can only be a good thing. The conference participants agreed, however, that there is still some way to go in changing mindsets and organisational structures.
For Tatiana Oberson, who founded Women in Sport and organised this first conference, the goal was to further raise the awareness of the 130 participants and hope that they would then question the status quo within their organisations.
For more information on Women in Sport, visit womeninsport.com.
You may also like to explore UN Women's interactive platform for the economic empowerment of women: empowerwomen.org.

UEFA Champions League, Round of 16: Barcelona vs Manchester City the main match; Arsenal and Juventus have key games too

First leg
Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer, Gündoğan, Nuri Şahin, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Aubameyang, Immobile SUBS Langerak, Ginter, Kehl, Kagawa, Błaszczykowski, Ramos
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