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The American Soccer Model and the Women’s Game

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I was privileged to be a guest on Vuvuzela The World Soccer Show on Tuesday evening to discuss the roots of Milwaukee United Soccer Club, our goals as an organization, and where we want to see the game of women's soccer go in this country. A previous segment of the show got into a discussion of soccer academies in the United States and their place in developing players for the professional game (namely, the men's game).

Two Touch Tom?

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Last week we heard the news that Australian Women's National Team coach Tom Sermanni will be taking over as the head coach of the US Women's National Team. The news was received with both positive and negative reactions from fans. While it's always nice to pick a fight on Twitter, there were several points that I found reasonable.

And We’re Back…

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It's been several weeks since we've had a new post here on Two Touch Pass, and I've spent a week or so contemplating my first post back. I suppose the reason we went away for awhile had to do with our busy lives, full of new adventures, big moves, and the many distractions we have in life. But, I'll be completely honest, my absence has been due to a post-Olympic hangover that has required me to catch my breath (weeks later) after stressing for 3 weeks.

Previewing South Africa WNT

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by Saby

South Africa
Banyana Banyana Â

FIFA Ranking: 61
Coach : Joseph Mkhonza
Number of Olympics Appearances: 1st appearance
Group: F (Canada, Japan, Sweden)
First match: Against Sweden on July 25th

South Africa Team roster:
Goalkeeper
Roxanne Barker       Pepperdine University (USA)
Thokozile Mndaweni     University of Johannesburg

Defenders
Refiloe Jane          Sundowns Ladies FC
Nothando Vilakazi         Palace Super Falcons
Amanda Sister              Liverpool Ladies FC
Janine van Wyk          Palace Super Falcons
Zamandosi Cele       Durban Ladies FC

Midfielders
Leandra Smeda        Cape Town Roses FC
Kylie-Ann Louw            Stephen F Austin (USA)
Amanda Dlamini                 University of Johannesburg
Mary Ntsweng                    TUT Ladies FC
Noko Matlou                          University of Johannesburg
Portia Modise                              Palace Super Falcons
Gabisile Hlumbane Kovsies       Ladies FC

Forward
Sanah Mollo Bloemfontein                Celtics
Robyn Moodaly           High Performance Centre
Nompumelelo Nyandeni                   FC Rossiyanka (Russia)
Andisiwe Mgcoyi                               Sundowns Ladies FC

Alternates
Lebogang Mabatle Halleluyah                    Zebra Force
Jermaine Seoposenwe                 Santos Ladies FC
Andile Dlamini                 Sundowns Ladies FC
Nocawe Skiti                                     Cape Town Roses FC

Preparation
South Africa WNT played the Cyprus Cup and the team ended up in 10th place.

Previewing Korea DPK WNT

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Democratic People's Republic of Korea (Korea DPR)/ North Korea

FIFA Ranking:Â 8

Head Coach: Gum Ui Sin

Number of Olympic Appearances: This will be North Korea's second time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics.

Previewing United States WNT

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United States

FIFA Ranking: 1 (as of July, 2012)
Coach: Pia Sundhage
Number of Olympics Appearances: The US has participated in every Olympics where women's soccer has been a sport (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012), with three gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008) and one silver medal (2000).

Previewing Brazil’s WNT

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Brazil

FIFA Ranking: 5 (as of July, 2012)
Coach: Jorge Barcellos
Number of Olympics Appearances: The US has participated in every Olympics where women's soccer has been a sport (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012), with two silver medals (2004, 2008) and two fourth place finishes (1996, 2000).

Previewing Canada WNT

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Canada Women's National Team

FIFA Ranking: 7

Head Coach: John Herdsman

Number of Olympic Appearances: This will be Canada WNT's second time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics.

PREVIEWING NEW ZEALAND WNT

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Football Ferns

FIFA Ranking: 23 (as of July 2012)

Head Coach: Tony Readings

Number of Olympic Appearances: This will be New Zealand's second time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics

Group: E (Great Britain, Cameroon, Brazil)

First Match: July 25 against Great Britain

The Football Ferns will play in the opening women's soccer match of the 2012 London Olympics against the host team, Great Britain at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Previewing Sweden WNT

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Sweden
The Blågult (Blue and Yellow)
FIFA Ranking: 4
Coach : Thomas Dennerby
Number of Olympics Appearances: 4th Olympics appearances (best result 4th in 2004)
Group: F (Canada, Japan, South Africa)
First match: Against South Africa on 7/25

Sweden Women's National Team Roster

Hedvig Lindahl (Kristianstad DFF)
Sofia Lundgren (Linköpings FC )
Berglund Emma (Umeå IK FF)*
Malin Leve City (LdB FC Malmö)*
Annica Svensson (Tyresö FF)
Sara Thunebro (The first SAK Frankfurt)
Lina Nilsson (LdB FC Malmö)*
Linda Sembrant (Tyresö FF)
Lisa Dahlkvist (Tyresö FF)
Nilla Fischer (Linköpings FC)
Antonia Göransson (The first FFC Turbine Potsdam)
Sofia Jakobsson FC Rossijanka
Caroline Seger (Tyresö FF)
Johanna Almgren (Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC
Kosovare Asllani (Kristianstad DFF)*
Marie Hammarström KIF Orebro DFF
Lotta Schelin (Olympique Lyonnais)
Madelaine Edlund (Tyresö FF)

Alternates :
Kristin Hammarstrom Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC
Stina Segerstrom Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC
Susan Moberg Kristianstad DFF
Jessica Landström Djurgårdens IF DFF

Preparation
The Swedish team qualified for the Olympics after reaching the 3rd place at the Women's World Cup.

PREVIEWING JAPAN WNT

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Nadeshiko Japan

FIFA Ranking: 3 (as of July 2012)

Head Coach: Norio Sasaki

Number of Olympic Appearances: This will be Japan's fourth time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics

Group: F (Canada, Sweden, South Africa)

First Match: July 25 against Canada

Japan, the current World Cup champions, are setting out to do what no other women's soccer team has done in the past: consecutively win a World Cup and an Olympic gold.

Previewing Great Britain Women’s Olympic Football Team

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GREAT BRITAIN: "Team GB" Â

FIFA Ranking: N/A

Coach: Hope Powell

Number of Olympics Appearances: This will be Great Britain's first time participating in women's soccer at an Olympic. Normally there is no single national team representing the Great Britain.

Previewing France WNT

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France

FIFA Ranking: 6 (as of July 2012)

Coach: Bruno Bini

Number of Olympics Appearances: This will be France's first time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics.

Group: G (United States, North Korea, Colombia)

First Match: Against United States on 7/25

Starting XI (4-2-3-1)

This is what the France WNT starting XI could look like after 9 games they have played so far in 2012.

Previewing Colombian WNT

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Colombia

FIFA Ranking: 28 (as of July, 2012)
Coach: Ricardo Roso
Number of Olympics Appearances: This will be Colombia's first time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics.
Group: G (United States, France, North Korea)
First match: Against North Korea on 7/25

The Colombian Women's National Team is an up and coming team that will play the United States, North Korea, and France in group play (Group G).

Previewing Cameroon WNT

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CAMEROON: "The Indomitable Lionesses"

FIFA Ranking: 50 (as of July, 2012)
CAF Ranking: 2nd
Coach: Enow Nagatchu
Number of Olympics Appearances: This will be Cameroon's first time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics.