Big day is tomorrow when we see where the dice spin out
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USA/Japan/GB are seeded and apart.
One can hope...
Would be great if the draw ... pits Great Britain versus Canada in opener.
Originally Posted by Vic
Canada to kick off London 2012 against champion Japan
Posted on 24 April 2012 in Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Canada will face Japan, South Africa and Sweden at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament this July in Coventry and Newcastle. Canada will face Japan on Wednesday 25 July, South Africa on Saturday 28 July, and Sweden on Tuesday 31 July. The first two matches will be played at the City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry while the third match will be played at St. James' Park in Newcastle.
The entire London 2012 Olympic Football Draw was unveiled on Tuesday 24 April from Wembley Stadium in London, England. For the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, Japan, Canada, Sweden and South Africa make up Group F; Great Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon and Brazil make up Group E; and USA, France, Colombia and Korea DPR make up Group G.
The top-two teams from each group plus two of the three third-place teams will advance to the quarter-final phase. After the group matches from 25 July to 31 July, the quarter-final matches will be played on 3 August. Those four matches will be played in Glasgow (Hampden Park), Cardiff (Millennium Stadium), Coventry and Newcastle.
The two semi-final matches will be played on 6 August in Manchester (Old Trafford Stadium) and London (Wembley Stadium). On 9 August, the match for third place will be played in Coventry while the gold-medal final will be played in London.
"There is a bit of clarity now and that is exciting," said Canadian head coach John Herdman. "We can now start to focus on the technical blueprints and draw the route back from the gold-medal game."
It's a good draw for us, the groups are all relatively so-so but the route after that is a bit privileged.
Here's the line back from the final he was speaking of.
If you come first or second in our group you avoid 2/3 group winners (likely USA/Brazil) until the final. The first two in our group meet the second-place of the other two groups (likely France/Britain) in the quarters. Dispatch them and the first two of our group meet again in a semi to see who goes to the final.
Come in third in the wildcard spot and you have to take out the other two group winners to get to the final.
Our last two games against Japan were a 3-0 win in Cyprus in 2008 and a tie in Tokyo in 2007.
We've played Sweden four times in the past 14 months. A 1-0 win in China in in January 2011, a 1-0 loss in Rome a year ago, a 2-1 win in Arizona in November, and a 3-1 loss in Sweden last month.
If we're on form we can go quite far.
Japan and Sweden met in the world cup semi. Japan had 60% possession and a similar edge in shots (14-4) and corners (8-2). But the game was 1-1 on the hour with Sweden missing their captain who is one of their two strongest players. In a friendly a month before the cup they tied 1-1 last summer.
Great Britain 9+ (+ = all the UK)
New Zealand 24
South Africa 65
United States 1
North Korea 8
When people think of the success in 2003 most people remember the Hollywood header, the Great Canadian Wall in the back and the stunning play of Swiatek. What few remember is we placed second in our group behind Germany and in the process beat Japan 3-1 and knocked them out of the second stage of the Cup.
Our success was no mystery. It was masterful direction from Pellerud and the entire cast played humble hardworking solid football. We also had four quality professionals (Nonen, Hooper, Latham and Burtini) who benefited from playing in unquestionably the top league in the world (not a mishmash of great players in leagues around the world like we have now).
In the decade since then we have not placed higher than third in group at a FIFA world tournament. These are the teams who placed in front of us:
2011 France, Germany
2008 China, Sweden
2007 Norway, Australia
These are the teams we placed above:
2011 No one (Nigeria took 3rd, we placed last)
2004 No one (Mexico eliminated us in CONCACAF qualifying)
Godspeed to a great medal run, but if we fail in the quarters and add South Africa to that shameful list above, I wonder if anyone will actually have the eureka moment of realization that you need to focus on and support league infrastructure to develop players. Nah, never happen.
I'm assuming it was not possible for Canada to be in the same group as the USA. In that case, Group "A" would've been quite a bit easier to finish in a top 2 position. Now even second place will be a huge challenge based on what I saw at the World Cup last summer.
What the CSA should do ....
Originally Posted by Vic
Here is an idea... the CSA should approach nine nations and run a league with a 36 game season, that is 18 home games.
Approach, Honduras, Columbia, Mexico, Jamaca, Domincan Republic, Ecuador, Venzeula, Argentina.
Bring together your National Team pool in one city with a 10k plus stadia for the National Women's Team, ( I would argue Ottawa for geographic and marketing reasons ).
Pay the National team players based on carded A revenue plus added money to give each player a base of 30k per year on a group of 30 players, so 900K.
Gate receipt revenue at average of 6k at 15 =90k per game x 18 =1,620,000 revenue.
This would allow us to have our national team playing at high level consistently under the national team coach, its time realize development on the women's side in Canada will not mirror the pro side for men, lets move forward with a different model.
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I really like this idea, but the problem is I don't think you would get 6k out to every game down in Honduras, Columbia, Jamaica etc. where women's football is no where near Canada in terms of media and public attention.
Originally Posted by Trillium
Canada will have a hard time to avoid to what happened in Germany...As to the Womens "world cup" organised by CSA...Nice money making scheme...LOL
Sweden plays Scotland end of this month and the Americans at home June 16 followed by Japan in Göteborg on the 20th. Two great opponents and fresh home support, a pretty formidable combination going into a tournament.
Japan is also playing the Americans in Sweden on the 18th, followed by Australia in Tokyo July 11. Similar good timing to connect locally before getting down to business.
South Africa has Zambia at home in June and home/away with Nigeria.