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Teaching mentees making historical past for his or her nations

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018 (FIFA.com) 27 Nov 2018 © Getty Images Inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme took place last month Thr...


FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018

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  • Inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme took place last month
  • Three coaches who took part have qualified for the U-17 Women’s World Cup semi-finals
  • FIFA.com speaks with Canada’s Rhian Wilkinson and Mexico’s Monica Vergara

Jill Ellis, Hope Powell and Asako Takakura will all be keeping a very close eye on Wednesday’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 semi-finals.

This may seem like an obvious thing to say about three accomplished and decorated women’s football coaches. However, this time around, there is added incentive for them. Just last month, they participated in the inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, where they all became mentors for three young and aspiring coaches: Ellis for Monica Vergara, Powell for Rhian Wilkinson and Takakura for Gemma Lewis.

One month later and Mexico head coach Vergara, Canada head coach Wilkinson and New Zealand assistant coach Lewis have all led their countries to historic journeys by reaching the U-17 Women’s World Cup last four. For all three nations, this is their first trip to the semi-finals of the tournament.

“I’ve had messages throughout the tournament from Monica (Vergara) and also from Gemma (Lewis) and I’ve been supporting them and encouraging them, so of course, we’re invested in our own teams’ success, but to see people you care about succeeding as well is lovely,” Wilkinson, who won 180 caps for Canada, told FIFA.com. “I’ll be as competitive as the next person when it comes game time, but to know that she’s going through the same things I am, the process is very similar, it’s nice.”

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“I was a little skeptical at first (about the mentorship programme) because I didn’t understand how it would work when there’s a lot of overlap,” Wilkinson continued. “I thought it would be a bit cagey, but actually, the people that are willing and wanting to be involved are very giving of their time, knowledge and energy.”

Like Wilkinson, Vergara played for her country’s senior national team and featured in the Olympics. She has worked in various technical coaching roles within the Mexican federation and took over as head coach of the U-17 women’s national team in January 2018.

“It (mentorship) is what football represents,” Vergara said to FIFA.com. “It’s incredible all that the mentors share, how they opened their world and experiences, and it’s something that has helped me a lot before coming here to Uruguay.”

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Historic CONCACAF derby awaits
When Mexico and Canada face each other in the semi-finals at Uruguay 2018, it will be the first time that two CONCACAF teams have met at the U-17 Women’s World Cup.

“Her team is very similar to what she was like as a player: very passionate, very strong, never giving up on any ball,” Vergara said about Wilkinson, her upcoming opponent on the touchline. “It is the same thing I know about her as a coach: she is always cheering her team on, she is very passionate, seeing the positive side of things and getting the best out of her players.”

“She’s just a class human being,” Wilkinson said of Vergara. “I think the Mexico team reflects her in that they never give up. You saw that against Ghana, falling behind twice and coming back. They’re passionate about the game and, how she acts, you can see her players obviously love her and love playing for her.”

No matter the result on Wednesday, one thing is clear, the coaching fraternity in women’s football grows stronger by the day and there will be many who follow in their footsteps.

Historical past made and targets scored on opening day


FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018

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  • Korea DPR begin title defence with defeat to England
  • Hosts France show title credentials against Ghana
  • Mexico claim maiden victory over Brazil

THE DAY REPLAYED – The opening round of matches at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 brought some historic results, including Mexico beating Brazil for the first time ever, newcomers the Netherlands taking all three points and reigning champions Korea DPR slipping to defeat. Meanwhile, hosts France, who finished as runners-up at the last tournament in 2016, served notice of their title credentials.

Group A: New Zealand 1-2 Netherlands | France 4-1 Ghana
Group B: Mexico 3-2 Brazil | Korea DPR 1-3 England

Memorable moments

Early goals
This year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup began in frenetic fashion. The opening game between Mexico and Brazil stood at 1-1 after just six minutes following goals from Katty Martinez and Kerolin Nicoli. France started equally brightly, with Emelyne Laurent breaking the deadlock in the sixth minute of their triumph over Ghana.

Korea DPR’s run comes to an end
Korea DPR had not lost a game at this tournament since 24 August 2014 when they succumbed to France in the play-off for third place. Indeed, they won every match en route to glory at the 2016 edition. However, on Sunday, they were stunned by England in Dinan-Lehon. The North Koreans will have to bounce back quickly, if they are to defend their title.

Perfect debut
The Netherlands became the 34th nation to participate at this competition and they could not have wished for a better introduction. Fenna Kalma and Eva van Deursen wrote their names into the record books as the country’s first scorers, as the Oranje beat New Zealand 2-1.

The words
“We are a family, on and off the pitch. You can tell that by the way we performed today. What more can you ask for than playing with your best friends?”
Alessia Russo, who scored a brace in England’s victory over Korea DPR

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Up next

Group A
Netherlands vs Ghana, Vannes, 16:30 local time
France vs New Zealand, Vannes, 19:30 local time

Group B
Brazil vs England, Dinan-Lehon, 13:30 local time
Korea DPR vs Mexico, Dinan-Lehon, 16:30 local time

Pickford: We are able to create our personal historical past

  • Jordan Pickford excelled once more in England’s 2-Zero win over Sweden
  • The 24-year-old was later hailed as a prototype trendy goalkeeper
  • Pickford spoke about England’s strengths and want to make historical past
By Laure James with England

It has been fairly the week for Jordan Pickford.

On Tuesday, the England goalkeeper performed an instrumental position in propelling the Three Lions to their first ever World Cup penalty shootout victory. Then Saturday noticed him emerge as hero as soon as extra, as he pulled off off save after unbelievable save to maintain Sweden at bay in his aspect’s quarter-final victory.

On the different finish, England scored twice to maneuver inside a aim of their report haul for a person World Cup – 11 from their triumphant 1966 marketing campaign. But it surely was Pickford’s acrobatics that ensured the win was a cushty one.

He was readily available to disclaim Marcus Berg on two events, first diving to his left to tip a goal-bound header around the publish after which reaching up instinctively to palm a snapshot over the bar. Ola Toivoinen additionally discovered himself thwarted by Pickford’s fast reflexes when the online appeared positive to bulge.

These feats cap a outstanding rise from the 24-year previous, who was taking part in semi-professional soccer as just lately as 2013 with English sixth-tier membership Alfreton City. Pickford had joined Sunderland’s academy when he was eight, signing his first full-time contract in 2011, however went out on mortgage to decrease league sides for first-team expertise.

The modest keeper says that these experiences have helped to make him the participant he’s immediately. And regardless of thriving in that shootout win over Colombia, the Budweiser Man of the Match from England’s quarter-final win would all the time choose shutouts over penalty drama.

“The spotlight of that was the clear sheet,” he stated of the victory over Sweden. “But it surely’ll go on my mantelpiece, that one,” added Pickford, referring to his Man of the Match trophy. “It’s about preserving performing and getting higher, and the extra video games you play, the higher you change into.

“That is the place I need to be. I simply need to be taking part in within the largest matches towards large groups. I simply preserve myself level-headed and do my greatest for the workforce. 

“I wasn’t born the final time England reached a World Cup semi-final. We’ve got all the time stated we would it not take one recreation at a time however we will go on and create our personal historical past.

“We’re a younger aspect however we’re an skilled younger aspect, as daft as that sounds. We all know learn how to work and play for one another, and what our strengths are. We all know learn how to win.”

Gareth Southgate has additionally hailed the Sunderland native, lauding him as a mannequin for the following technology of goalkeepers to aspire to.

“Pickford, for me, is a kind of prototype of what a contemporary goalkeeper must be,” stated Southgate. “The variety of touches goalkeepers have with their ft is exceptionally excessive within the trendy recreation, particularly in worldwide and European soccer.

“The Premier League is completely different with crosses into the field, so [demands] completely different expertise. However the saves Jordan made immediately at vital occasions, and his distribution in selecting out [Kieran] Trippier with a reverse move – we want goalkeepers of that ilk transferring ahead.”