Women’s Football Diaries: The fight to top Group A at the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship
Date: 7 November 2015
There is always something going on in the women’s footballing world, so much so that I find myself following the beautiful game in many different continents – usually on the same day!
With that in mind, I have created the ‘Women’s Football Diaries’ feature as not only a record for myself but also to highlight some key events, news and rumours.
This first entry focuses on women’s football in Asia, and comes with a recommendation (if you are not already watching) to watch the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship matches live, thanks to Eversport.
Huge game in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship on Sunday.
The 2015 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship kicked off on 4 November and thanks to Eversport, we have been able to watch all the matches live on Women’s Soccer United. The tournament is nearing the end of the group stage, and tomorrow brings us the crucial deciding matches in Group A!
Thailand face the hosts China at Xinhua Road Stadium, the encounter will decide who will be Group A winners. This game has extra meaning as China beat Thailand in the third place play-off at the 2013 AFC Women’s Championship, the win on penalties earned China the final berth at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – causing huge heartache for Thailand. Two teams from this edition will qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Jordan 2016. Thailand are already guaranteed a place in this year’s semi-final as they are currently top of the group so it could be a good chance to rest players, but a win will give them the ‘easier’ route to the final.
In the other Group A fixture, Korea Republic face Iran at Hankou Culture & Sports Centre Stadium in which the Koreans need a high-scoring victory as well as Thailand beating China to force the group A second spot to be decided on goal difference.
Empress Cup 2015 gets underway in Japan
The 37th All-Japan Women’s Soccer Championship (Empress Cup 2015) kicked off today and thanks to the very comprehensive reports from Ken Suzuki, we are lucky to follow the tournament again in detail.
The competition follows a knock-out format, with the tens teams of the Japanese top division appearing in round 2 (round of 32).
So what happened on Day 1? In brief, Fujieda-Junshin HS, NGU Nagoya, Kamimura Gakuen HS, Daito Bunka U., Waseda U, Osaka Sports Sci. U, Urawa Reds Youth and Yokohama Seagulls all earned wins – for a more in-depth report, check out Ken Suzuki’s dedicated Empress Cup page.
NTV Beleza win 2015 season Nadeshiko League
This is slightly older news now, but in case you missed it, NTV Beleza won the 2015 season of the Japan Nadeshiko League. Last weekend, Ken Suzuki reported that NTV Beleza had earned 15 points in the Exciting Series which is now unreachable for any other team and thus won the 2015 season of Nadeshiko League. Unfortunately, there will be no IWCC this year so we will not be able to see them compete against other top teams from other continents.
Rounding up the women’s football news, rumours and action we have witnessed from all around the world.