Zlatan Ibrahimović, delantero de LA Galaxy, es nombrado Jugador de la Semana de la MLS

Sep 17, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Lunes, 16 de septiembre, 2019) – El delantero de LA Galaxy Zlatan Ibrahimović ha sido elegido el Jugador de la Semana de la MLS correspondiente a la jornada 28 de la temporada 2019 de la MLS.

Ibrahimović anotó un hat trick en la dominante victoria por 7-2 en casa del Galaxy sobre Sporting Kansas City el pasado domingo, el tercer triplete de su carrera en la MLS y el segundo esta temporada, a la misma vez que rompió el récord goleador en una temporada del club. El sueco lleva 26 goles y cuatro asistencias, lo que lo posiciona en el segundo lugar de la actual tabla goleadora de la MLS. Ibrahimović está a seis tantos de superar el récord de más goles en una temporada de la MLS. Marca que pudiera romper en los cuatro partidos restantes del Galaxy. LA ocupa el quinto lugar en la Conferencia del Oeste con 45 puntos (récord general de 14V-3E-13D).

En un enfrentamiento crucial con implicaciones de postemporada, Ibrahimović puso el 1-1 para el Galaxy en el minuto 32. El intento de penalti de Ibrahimović fue atajado por el portero del SKC Tim Melia. Sin embargo, vendría una segunda oportunidad para Ibrahimović, quien aprovechó el balón suelto frente a la portería y remató con la derecha (ver gol).

LA Galaxy tomó una ventaja de 3-1 en el minuto 51 en una brillante muestra de toque de balón en el área de parte Ibrahimović, quien desvió un pase para sí mismo y disparó con la zurda  entre dos defensas (ver gol). Ibrahimović firmó su hat trick en el minuto 85 para darle a LA una abultada ventaja de 7-1 al recibir un pase de Efraín Álvarez y definir de zurda (ver gol).

LA Galaxy recibirá a Montreal Impact el sábado en Dignity Health Sports Park (7:30 p.m. PT, Spectrum SportsNet).

El Jugador de la Semana de la MLS es seleccionado semanalmente durante la temporada regular mediante un proceso de votación de periodistas y aficionados, gestionado por el departamento de prensa de la MLS. Un panel de periodistas de la organización North American Soccer Reporters (NASR por sus siglas en inglés), forma el 75% del voto, mientras que una votación de aficionados por Twitter representa el 25% restante. La NASR está conformada por miembros de medios escritos, televisivos, radiales y digitales.

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Fifty days to go until the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™: tickets to watch the stars of tomorrow now available

Sep 10, 2019


With only 50 days to go until hosts Brazil take on Canada in the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup™ on 26 October in Brasília’s Estádio Bezerrão, Visa cardholders still have an exclusive opportunity to secure tickets with a 50% discount until Monday, 9 September 2019 at 12:00 (midday) Brasília time.Tickets for the first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by Brazil start at five Brazilian real and will be available in two categories, both of which will provide access to the two matches played in the respective double-header.Public sales start on 9 September at 12:00 (midday) Brasília timeAs of 9 September at 12:00 (midday) and until the day of the final on 17 November, all fans will be able to apply for tickets on a first-come, first-served basis via FIFA.com/tickets. All tickets purchased by 27 September will benefit from early-bird prices.While the only official platform on which to secure tickets will be FIFA.com/tickets, fans will also be able to apply for tickets over the counter, in the host stadiums from 23 October until 17 November.“Every kid dreams of playing for their country at a World Cup. It’s a unique opportunity and they have to enjoy it, but they also have to be focused and do a good job because not everyone gets to be a world champion,” commented Brazil’s goalkeeping great and FIFA Legend Júlio César, one of the football icons that the world first became aware of at the FIFA U-17 World Cup along with Ronaldinho, Neymar, Toni Kroos, Celestine Babayaro and Cesc Fàbregas, among many others.“I can only encourage Brazilian and international fans to secure their tickets and support a new generation of football stars.”Besides the Estádio Bezerrão in Brasília, Goiânia’s Estádio da Serrinha and Estádio Olímpico as well as Vitória’s (Cariacica) Estádio Kléber Andrade will stage the youth showpiece.Further details on the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ are available here on FIFA.com.
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55 names revealed for FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11 2019

Sep 5, 2019
55 names in the running for FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11 2019Thousands of professional players voted around the globeAll of last year’s FIFA FIFPro World11 return as candidates
After yesterday’s announcement of the inaugural candidates for the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World 11, FIFPro and FIFA have today revealed the 55 names in contention for the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11 2019. The World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from thousands of professional footballers from across the world. During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.The 55 players give a truly global representation of the beautiful game, made up of 21 different nationalities. Brazilians make up ten of the 55 names, with France (seven) and Spain (six) also well represented in the list of candidates. A sum total of 35 names currently ply their trade at four titanic clubs: FC Barcelona (11), Real Madrid (nine), Manchester City (eight) and Liverpool (seven), with 11 other club sides represented by the remaining 20 names.FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide. The rules of allocation explain the voting procedure, with the World11 votes based on the players’ performances between 16 July 2018 and 19 July 2019 inclusive.The 55 players selected *Goalkeepers (5)Alisson Becker (BRA) – Liverpool FC
David De Gea (ESP) – Manchester United
Ederson Moraes (BRA) – Manchester City
Jan Oblak (SVN) – Atletico Madrid
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GER) – FC Barcelona

Defenders (20)
Jordi Alba (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Trent Alexander-Arnold (ENG) – Liverpool FC
Dani Alves (BRA) – Paris Saint-Germain / Sao Paulo FC
Joao Cancelo (POR) – Juventus / Manchester City
Daniel Carvajal (ESP) – Real Madrid
Giorgio Chiellini (ITA) – Juventus
Matthijs de Ligt (NED) – Ajax / Juventus
Diego Godin (URU) – Atletico Madrid / Internazionale
Joshua Kimmich (GER) – Bayern Munich
Kalidou Koulibaly (SEN) – SSC Napoli
Aymeric Laporte (FRA) – Manchester City
Marcelo (BRA) – Real Madrid
Gerard Pique (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Sergio Ramos (ESP) – Real Madrid
Andrew Robertson (SCO) – Liverpool FC
Alex Sandro (BRA) – Juventus
Thiago Silva (BRA) – Paris Saint-Germain
Virgil van Dijk (NED) – Liverpool FC
Raphael Varane (FRA) – Real Madrid
Kyle Walker (ENG) – Manchester CityMidfielders (15)Sergio Busquets (ESP) – FC Barcelona
Casemiro (BRA) – Real Madrid
Kevin de Bruyne (BEL) – Manchester City
Frenkie de Jong (NED) – Ajax / FC Barcelona
Christian Eriksen (DEN) – Tottenham Hotspur
Eden Hazard (BEL) – Chelsea FC / Real Madrid
N’Golo Kante (FRA) – Chelsea FC
Toni Kroos (GER) – Real Madrid
Arthur Melo (BRA) – FC Barcelona
Luka Modric (CRO) – Real Madrid
Paul Pogba (FRA) – Manchester United
Ivan Rakitic (CRO) – FC Barcelona
Bernardo Silva (POR) – Manchester City
Dusan Tadic (SRB) – Ajax
Arturo Vidal (CHI) – FC BarcelonaForwards (15)

Sergio Aguero (ARG) – Manchester City
Karim Benzema (FRA) – Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) – Juventus
Roberto Firmino (BRA) – Liverpool FC
Antoine Griezmann (FRA) – Atletico Madrid / FC Barcelona
Son Heungmin (KOR) – Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane (ENG) – Tottenham Hotspur
Robert Lewandowski (POL) – Bayern Munich
Sadio Mane (SEN) – Liverpool FC
Kylian Mbappe (FRA) – Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi (ARG) – FC Barcelona
Neymar (BRA) – Paris Saint-Germain
Mohamed Salah (EGY) – Liverpool FC
Raheem Sterling (ENG) – Manchester City
Luis Suarez (URU) – FC BarcelonaThe final FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11 2019 will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ ceremony at the Teatro alla Scala on Monday 23 September. During the ceremony, the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11, The Best FIFA Men’s Player and Coach, The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Coach, The Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Goalkeeper, the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award for 2019 will all also be presented.You can keep up to date with the latest news on The Best FIFA Football Awards™ on the FIFA Football Awards Facebook page and join the discussion about who you think should claim this year’s prizes by using #TheBest.
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55 names revealed for FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2019

Sep 5, 2019
55 names in the running for FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2019First time that FIFA and FIFPro have combined for Women’s World11Thousands of professional players voted around the globeHistory has been made today as the 55 names for the inaugural FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 have been revealed. The World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from thousands of professional footballers from across the globe, with each player selecting one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three Forwards.The 55 players represent 16 nationalities across four confederations, with the USA (14) the most-represented nation, ahead of England, Netherlands (seven each) and France (six). The candidates ply their trade at a remarkable 24 different club sides, with an incredible 13 current Olympique Lyonnais players in the running to make the final World11.FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide. The rules of allocation explain the voting procedure, with the World11 votes based on the players’ performances between 16 July 2018 and 19 July 2019 inclusive.The 55 players selected *Goalkeepers (5)Sarah Bouhaddi (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Christiane Endler (CHI) – Paris Saint-Germain
Hedvig Lindahl (SWE) – Chelsea / VfL Wolfsburg
Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Stars
Sari van Veenendaal (NED) – Arsenal / Atletico MadridDefenders (20)Millie Bright (ENG) – Chelsea
Lucy Bronze (ENG) – Olympique Lyonnais
Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN) – Olympique Lyonnais
Abby Dahlkemper (USA) – North Carolina Courage
Crystal Dunn (USA) – North Carolina Courage
Nilla Fischer (SWE) – Linkopings
Sara Gama (ITA) – Juventus
Alex Greenwood (ENG) – Manchester United / Olympique Lyonnais
Steph Houghton (ENG) – Manchester City
Ali Krieger (USA) – Orlando Pride
Saki Kumagai (JPN) – Olympique Lyonnais
Amel Majri (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Griedge Mbock (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Maren Mjelde (NOR) – Chelsea
Kelley O’Hara (USA) – Utah Royals
Wendie Renard (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Michelle Romero (VEN) – Deportivo La Coruna
Camila Saez (CHI) – Rayo Vallecano
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) – Utah Royals
Stefanie van der Gragt (NED) – FC BarcelonaMidfielders (15)Andressa Alves (BRA) – AS Roma
Kosovare Asllani (SWE) – CD Tacon
Sara Daebritz (GER) – Paris Saint-Germain
Julie Ertz (USA) – Chicago Red Stars
Formiga (BRA) – Paris Saint-Germain
Jackie Groenen (NED) – FFC Frankfurt / Manchester United
Amandine Henry (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns
Rose Lavelle (USA) – Washington Spirit
Carli Lloyd (USA) – Sky Blue
Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER) – Olympique Lyonnais
Samantha Mewis (USA) – North Carolina Courage
Sherida Spitse (NED) – Valerenga
Danielle van de Donk (NED) – Arsenal
Keira Walsh (ENG) – Manchester CityForwards (15)Oriana Altuve (VEN) – Rayo Vallecano
Caroline Graham Hansen (NOR) – FC Barcelona
Pernille Harder (DEN) – VfL Wolfsburg
Tobin Heath (USA) – Portland Thorns
Ada Hegerberg (NOR) – Olympique Lyonnais
Jennifer Hermoso (ESP) – Atletico Madrid / FC Barcelona
Sam Kerr (AUS) – Chicago Red Stars
Eugenie Le Sommer (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Marta (BRA) – Orlando Pride
Lieke Martens (NED) – FC Barcelona
Vivianne Miedema (NED) – Arsenal
Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride
Nikita Parris (ENG) – Manchester City / Olympique Lyonnais
Megan Rapinoe (USA) – Reign FC 
Ellen White (ENG) – Birmingham City / Manchester CityThe final FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2019 will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ ceremony at the Teatro alla Scala on Monday 23 September. During the ceremony, the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11, The Best FIFA Men’s Player and Coach, The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Coach, The Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Goalkeeper, the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award for 2019 will all also be presented.You can keep up to date with the latest news on The Best FIFA Football Awards™ on the FIFA Football Awards Facebook page and join the discussion about who you think should claim this year’s prizes by using #TheBest.
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U.S. Women’s National Team 3, Portugal 0 – 2019 USWNT Victory Tour

Sep 5, 2019

USWNT ADDS TO THE RECORD BOOKS WITH 3-0 WIN VS. PORTUGAL IN THIRD MATCH OF 2019 VICTORY TOUR PRESENTED BY ALLSTATE

Carli Lloyd Notches 20th Career Multi-Goal Game with Pair of First Half Strikes; 
Lindsey Horan’s Goal and Kristen Hamilton’s USWNT Debut Highlight Second Half; 
Victory Ties Jill Ellis with Tony DiCicco for Most All-Time USWNT Wins; 
Victory Tour Will Continue vs. Korea Republic on Oct. 3 in Charlotte, N.C. and Oct. 6 in Chicago

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Sept. 3, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team continued its 2019 Victory Tour presented by Allstate with a commanding 3-0 win against Portugal before a sellout crowd of 19,600 at Allianz Field. Carli Lloyd led a rampant U.S. attack by registering her 20th career multi-goal game as she scored two first half goals to set the USA on the path to victory. Lindsey Horan’s goal in the final minutes capped what was USWNT head coach Jill Ellis’ 105th career win in charge of the team, a mark that ties her with the late great Tony DiCicco for the most in program history. 

The USA once again put on an impressive display, amassing more than 60 percent possession on nearly 500 passes, while out-shooting the visitors 21-1. An invigorated Portugal defense that played very low and compact held out longer than in the teams’ recent record-breaking encounter in Philadelphia before conceding the first goal just after the 20-minute mark.

Lloyd tucked in the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute after a wild scramble in front of the net that was set off by a Julie Ertz cross that was partially cleared and then mishit back into danger by a Portugal defender. Lloyd’s initial attempt to convert the misplayed ball was bravely saved by Portugal goalkeeper Ines Pereira before falling for Jessica McDonald to have a go but her attempt was also thwarted by Pereira. The lose ball then fell to Lloyd who made no mistake from close range to make it 1-0.

From the ensuing kickoff, the U.S. won the ball back and drove upfield where McDonald crashed a header off the crossbar. The U.S. attack kept churning out chances as a long-range blast from Samantha Mewis drew a strong save from Pereira near the half-hour mark. She did well to recover in time to then making a second solid stop on Tobin Heath, who was on hand to put the rebound on frame.

Heath then earned the penalty kick as she was chopped down in the left corner of the penalty area after a nifty dribble from which Lloyd bagged her second goal in the 32nd minute. The two talented attackers combined on a quick move into Portugal’s offensive third with Lloyd playing Heath into a one-v-one situation that she used to draw the foul. Lloyd dispatched the spot kick with ease into the upper right side of the net for her 117th career goal.

The game proceeded throughout the second half as it had in the first 45 with substitute Christen Press nearly lifting a shot over Pereira a few minutes into the second half after her great run was rewarded with a beautiful feed from Lloyd.

Press was denied a second time in the 52nd on a thunderous blast from the top of the box before McDonald headed the rebound off the bar for a second time. Ten minutes later it was Horan who rang the bar with a fierce drive from distance. She would not be denied later in the match, but in the intervening minutes, Ellis handed forward Kristen Hamilton her USWNT debut in the 76th minute as she became the 80th player to earn a call-up under the legendary U.S. coach and 29th to receive her first cap. 

The U.S. finished the night off with a textbook set-piece goal. Press lofted a corner kick from the right side into the heart of the Portugal box where Horan perfectly timed her run to meet the ball and head it into over the ‘keeper to put an exclamation point on yet the record-tying victory for the USWNT.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT players return to their NWSL clubs and the final push for the playoffs before continuing the Victory Tour next month with two games against Korea Republic. The first match will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 3 (8 p.m. ET; FS1, TUDN) and the second at Soldier Field in Chicago on Oct. 6 (2 p.m. CT; ESPN). 
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Cinco jugadores del LA Galaxy han sido convocados a sus selecciones nacionales

Sep 5, 2019

Calendario de Entrenamientos del LA Galaxy: del 2-9 de septiembre

Cinco jugadores del LA Galaxy han sido convocados a sus selecciones nacionales para la Fecha FIFA; LA Galaxy se prepara para enfrentar a Colorado Rapids el 11 de septiembre en el Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

LOS ANGELES (Martes, 3 de septiembre, 2019) – LA Galaxy (13-12-3, 42 puntos) entra a la semana de Fecha FIFA en el séptimo puesto de la tabla de la Conferencia del Oeste.

El Galaxy entrenará toda semana en Los Ángeles, a nueve días del próximo partido de temporada regular de la MLS. El 11 de septiembre, LA Galaxy visitará a Colorado Rapids (8-14-6, 30 puntos) a las 6 p.m. PT en el Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Cinco jugadores del LA Galaxy se unirán a sus respectivas selecciones nacionales durante la Fecha FIFA: Sebastian Lletget (Estados Unidos), Jonathan dos Santos (México), Uriel Antuna (México), Rolf Feltscher (Venezuela) y Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica). A continuación, encontrará el calendario internacional de las respectivas selecciones nacionales de los jugadores del LA Galaxy.

CALENDARIO INTERNACIONAL DE LOS CONVOCADOS DEL LA GALAXY

Estados Unidos

Estados Unidos vs. México

Viernes, 6 de septiembre

MetLife Stadium en East Rutherford, N.J.

5:30 p.m. PT; FS1, Univision, TUDN

Estados Unidos vs. Uruguay

Martes, 10 de septiembre

Busch Stadium en St. Louis

5 p.m. PT; FS1, Univision, TUDN

México

México vs. Estados Unidos

Viernes, 6 de septiembre

MetLife Stadium en East Rutherford, N.J.

5:30 p.m. PT; FS1, Univision, TUDN

México vs. Argentina

Martes, 10 de septiembre

Alamodome en San Antonio, TX

6:30 p.m. PT

Venezuela

Venezuela vs. Colombia

Martes, 10 de septiembre

Raymond James Stadium en Tampa, FL

5 p.m. PT

Costa Rica

Costa Rica vs. Uruguay

Viernes, 6 de septiembre

Estadio Nacional en San José, Costa Rica

7 p.m. PT

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Presentado el emblema oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Catar 2022™

Sep 5, 2019

Hoy se ha dado a conocer el emblema oficial de la 22.ª edición de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA™. La FIFA y Catar, el país organizador, marcan así un nuevo hito en el camino que lleva al mayor espectáculo futbolístico del mundo.

El emblema se presentó en Doha, capital de Catar, a las 20:22 h local (19:22 CET) ante miles de espectadores que disfrutaron de la proyección sincronizada del logotipo sobre la fachada de los edificios más representativos del país, entre ellos, la Torre Doha, el anfiteatro de Katara, el zoco de Souq Waqif o el fuerte de Al Zubarah, Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO.

Algunas de las ciudades más importantes del mundo participaron en la presentación proyectando también el emblema sobre algunos edificios emblemáticos o sobre grandes pantallas dispuestas en destacados espacios públicos. En las redes sociales, algunos de los futbolistas más famosos convertidos en leyendas mundialistas también apoyaron la presentación del emblema y lo compartieron con (los) millones de seguidores.

El diseño del emblema capta la esencia de un espectáculo que conecta e implica al mundo entero; además, incluye elementos íntimamente ligados a la cultura árabe local y regional y, cómo no, alusiones al deporte rey.

Las sinuosas curvas del emblema representan las onduladas dunas del desierto y el bucle es una referencia tanto al número ocho —la cifra de espectaculares estadios que acogerán el torneo— y al símbolo del infinito, que refleja la naturaleza interconectada del evento. Además de reproducir las formas del clásico trofeo de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, la silueta de este emblema se inspira en el tradicional echarpe de lana. Durante los meses de invierno, estos chales son muy habituales en muchas partes del mundo, en especial en las regiones árabes y en el golfo pérsico. Sus estilos y usuarios son de lo más variado.

Los complejos bordados que suelen adornar estos echarpes en el mundo árabe se representan en cierto sentido diversas culturas de Asia. De este modo, se hace referencia al segundo Mundial celebrado en este continente y a la diversidad del pueblo catarí. Esta prenda invernal dotada de elementos regionales alude igualmente tanto a las fechas de disputa de este torneo como al hecho de que será el primer Mundial que se disputará en noviembre y diciembre.

La nueva tipografía que acompaña al emblema se inspira en la caligrafía árabe tradicional con una fuente original que fusiona la tradición y la modernidad presentes en la región y en toda Asia.

El emblema es tan solo un ejemplo del atrevido y vanguardista diseño corporativo de este Mundial, que verá la luz poco antes del inicio del campeonato. En mayo de este año acogió su primer partido el espléndido Estadio Al Janoub, que recuerda a los «dhow», las típicas embarcaciones de la zona. Es el segundo coliseo catarí completado y, además, es un vivo ejemplo del gusto del país por los grandes diseños arquitectónicos. La conclusión de los seis estadios restantes está prevista para finales de este año. Entre ellos, destaca el Estadio Lusail, con sus aberturas inspiradas en unos faroles tradicionales de la zona. En él se disputará el partido inaugural el 21 de noviembre y la final, el 18 de diciembre.

En el enlace que encontrarán a continuación, todos aquellos representantes de la prensa que así lo deseen pueden descargar una serie de imágenes y vídeos relativos al emblema de este Mundial.

Al descargar a estos archivos o acceder a ellos, se acepta que:

(i)   en el caso de las imágenes estáticas, solo podrá hacerse uso de estas con fines editoriales y no comerciales; y

 (ii)  en el caso de hacer uso de los vídeos, se aceptan los siguientes términos y condiciones de uso.

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FIFA U-20 World Cup TSG report: ten rising stars the world should follow

Sep 5, 2019
The FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) has presented its main conclusions from the FIFA U‑20 World Cup Poland 2019 in a 136-page report, which is now available on FIFA.com.The document includes a tournament technical summary highlighting, among others, how ball possession was not key to success as confirmed by the fact that champions Ukraine had an average of 44%, a trend that was also identified at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.The report also contains in-depth interviews with the coaches of the semi‑finalists, exclusive tactical footage, detailed performance metrics, and a list of ten players who, according to the TSG experts, particularly caught the eye in Poland: Lee Kangin (Korea Republic – winner of the adidas Golden Ball award), Chris Richards (USA), Andriy Lunin (Ukraine – winner of the adidas Golden Glove award), Alessandro Plizarri (Italy), Serhii Buletsa (Ukraine – winner of the adidas Silver Ball award), Sékou Koïta (Mali), Yukhym Konoplia (Ukraine), Valerii Bondar (Ukraine), Gonzalo Plata (Ecuador – winner of the adidas Bronze Ball award) and Amadou Sagna (Senegal – winner of the adidas Bronze Boot).“The FIFA U-20 World Cup was very impressive in terms of both individual and collective quality. In fact, the efficiency-driven approach exhibited by the majority of teams was only possible due to the presence of players who were able to trigger quick transitions by playing clinical balls in behind the defence. There was a lot of tactical awareness too, which confirms that we are talking about very mature players that can make an impression at the highest level,” says Branimir Ujevic, FIFA’s Head of Coaching & Player Development.Led by Ujevic, the TSG team for the U-20 World Cup in Poland featured Portugal legend Fernando Couto and Croatian coach Ivo Šušak, supported by FIFA’s Goalkeeping Specialist Pascal Zuberbuhler, Performance & Game Analyst Chris Loxston and TSG Coordinator and former Swiss women’s national team captain Prisca Steinegger.FIFA Technical Study Group Report
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Defender Casey Short and Forward Kristen Hamilton Added to U.S. WNT Roster for Matches vs. Portugal

Aug 27, 2019

DEFENDER CASEY SHORT AND FORWARD KRISTEN HAMILTON ADDED TO U.S. WNT ROSTER FOR MATCHES VS. PORTUGAL IN PHILADELPHIA AND ST. PAUL, MINN.

Matches Mark First WNT Call-Up for Hamilton, Who is Tied for Second in NWSL Goals;
Short Comes into Games with 27 WNT Caps

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2019) – Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Short and North Carolina Courage forward Kristen Hamilton have been added to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the two upcoming matches against Portugal on the 2019 Victory Tour presented by Allstate.

“With the injuries we currently have to several World Cup players, and with two of our main priorities on the Victory Tour being spreading around the minutes and keeping players healthy for their clubs during this critical playoff push, it made sense to call in Casey and Kristen to give us options and depth for these games against what will be a tough Portugal team,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “Both players have been performing very well in the NWSL and I know they’ll fit right in with our group for these matches.”

Hamilton, 27, was named as an overage player to the U.S. Under-23 WNT roster that is headed to England for the four-team Nordic Tournament but will instead join the USA on the Victory Tour for her first senior team call-up. Her eight goals for the second-place Courage are tied for third in the NWSL. Short, who has 27 caps, has played in 18 of the 19 matches for the third-place Red Stars so far this season.

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions will face Portugal on Thursday, Aug. 29, in front of a record crowd at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (7 p.m. ET; FS1, FOX Sports App) and Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn. (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2, ESPN App).

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position – 2019 Victory Tour vs. Portugal:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage)
FORWARDS (8): Kristen Hamilton (NC Courage), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC)

– ussoccer.com 

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Jill Ellis to present the USA’s path to glory at FIFA Football Conference

Aug 22, 2019

Over 100 member associations have already confirmed their attendance at FIFA’s first-ever Football Conference to analyse the FIFA Women’s World Cup that will take place on 22 September 2019 at Palazzo Del Ghiaccio in Milan.

The list is headed by FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis, who will present her view on the USA’s road to glory during the “Tribute to the World Champions”.

“France 2019 was such a wonderful, global celebration of women’s football; holding a post-Women’s World Cup conference is an excellent way to summarise and capture the development and sheer growth of our sport,” said Jill Ellis.

“It will be a privilege to share and discuss with my colleagues some of my experiences from that journey through the tournament.”

FIFA Women’s World Cup finalist coach Sarina Wiegman, Sweden’s Peter Gerhardsson, England’s Phil Neville, France’s Corinne Diacre, Italy’s Milena Bertolini, Germany’s Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Norway’s Martin Sjögren, Australia’s Ante Milicic, Canada’s Kenneth Heiner-Møller, China’s Jia Xiuquan, Japan’s Asako Takakura, Spain’s Jorge Vilda, Cameroon’s Alain Djeumfa, Argentina’s Carlos Borrello, Brazil’s newly appointed manager Pia Sundhage as well as women’s football experts from all six confederations, among many others, are expected to attend.

The programme of the conference comprises an analysis of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 from a technical, tactical and physical point of view, discussions on the main footballing trends in comparison to previous editions of the tournament, the presentation of the FIFA Technical Study Group report, and podium discussions with coaches from the six confederations.

“The very positive response from our member associations confirms the great interest in the development of women’s football from a technical perspective. France 2019 set a new benchmark in women’s football and will serve as an inspiration across our member associations,” commented Branimir Ujević, FIFA’s Head of Coaching & Player Development and the Project Lead for the Technical Study Group in France.

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