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Bundesliga: Winter Keeps Games to a Minimum

by Olaf Goldbecker

Same procedure as last week, only two games could be played in Bundesliga. Already on Saturday Frankfurt won their road match at Leverkusen, 3-0. Former NT player Kerstin Garefrekes was player of the match with two goals (18/79), while Australia’s Tameka Butt scored the second (65) after coming on seven minutes earlier. While Frankfurt reports about a deserved win, Bayer Coach Thomas Obliers mourned that the better team lost against the individual class of the opponent. Frankfurt’s new acquisition Lise Munk had to be taken off injured. Read more

Comfort Zone

by Stephanie Labbe

Life is about taking risks.  It is about discovering what is out there, beyond what we know as “comfortable”.  Once we put ourselves into situations that are uncomfortable we start to grow.  I thrive in uncomfortable situations.  I love to experience the unexpected, and I love the butterflies you get before doing something that once seemed so distant. Experiencing new things is one aspect, but experiencing things that are unfamiliar, and scare you, or make you anxious, that’s a whole new ball game. Read more

USWNT Algarve Cup Matches to Air on Pay-Per-View

by Brandi Ortega

Integrated Sports has announced it will air all four U.S. Women’s National Team matches at the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal. All major cable and satellite providers will air the matches live for a suggested retail price of $14.95 per match.

Eurosport announced it had obtained the exclusive rights to air the Algarve Cup matches in Europe, but legal access to Eurosport channels is not available in the U.S. Previously, Al Bann Media held the exclusive rights to air the USWNT’s games in the U.S. Investors backed out and Al Bann decided not go through with its production and broadcast.

I spoke to Doug Jacobs, founder of Integrated Sports Media, about pricing pay-per-view games, his company’s future plans for airing women’s soccer and the production behind the matches. Read more

Canada’s U23 National “Excel” Program: A New Beginning

by Ciara McCormack

Canada just wrapped up an U23 National Team camp in Tampa Bay, Fla., marking the first time Canada has held an official camp at this level. This has been a component of the Canadian development chain that has been missing through the years. With the acceleration of development in the women’s game in other countries allowing for a deep player pool, the necessity to fill this gap is one that the Canadian staff no doubt took into account as it looks towards a good performance at the 2015 World Cup on Canadian soil. Read more

NWSL Finalized Rosters

With only days remaining before the first weekend of matches in the National Women’s Soccer League, all eight teams have submitted their final rosters for the regular season. After the National Team Player Allocation, College Draft, Free Agency signing period, the Free Agent Supplemental Draft and preseason trialists, the teams announced their final rosters today.

List goes by player name, process by how they ended up on the team, position, college and last professional team if applicable: Read more

Frauen-Bundesliga: Second Half Preview

by Olaf Goldbecker

Ten games to go for all teams in 2013 said the Bundesliga schedule prior to the 2012/13 season. That was not quite the case but after Essen v Duisburg (2-0) and Leverkusen v Freiburg (1-1) were already played this year, there are just two open makeup games left (Potsdam v Sindelfingen, Jena v Frankfurt). We are taking a look at the teams before the season officially gets on the way again. Read more

NWSL Supplemental Draft Recap

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) held a six-round Free Agent Supplemental Draft Thursday afternoon via conference call. Each team originally submitted a list of eight to ten players eligible for the draft to make up the player pool. Each team then had the opportunity to select a player per round or to pass on their pick. Below is the results of today’s draft: Read more