The latest issue of FIFA World takes a look at the past, present and future of women’s football as we continue our countdown to the fast approaching FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™.
We start all the way back in 1971, with our cover feature reminiscing on the game between France and the Netherlands which would later be recognised as the first-ever women’s international match – not that any of the players involved had any idea of the fixture’s importance at the time…
Returning to the modern day, we bring you the latest news from the Women’s World Cup Welcome Tour that has been circling the globe on a whistle-stop journey to each of the 15 nations who will join hosts Germany at this year’s international footballing highlight. And, of course, we look ahead to the tournament itself, with an update on the various teams’ performances at last month’s friendly tournaments in Cyprus and the Algarve, and a report into the efforts being made to reduce the rising number of injuries at the top end of the women’s game.
As always in FIFA World, we also cast our eye beyond the sport’s elite level and pay a visit to Cambodia, where football is playing its part in efforts to keep children off the streets, and help provide an education for young girls in particular.
While women are understandably at the centre of attention with less than 100 days to go until the big kick-off in Berlin on 26 June, there is also plenty more to read about the game in general. Indeed, it has been a busy few weeks for the sport’s decision-makers and this month’s issue brings you up to speed with all the latest news from the March meetings of the FIFA Executive Committee and the International Football Association Board.
The positive results of FIFA’s last four-year financial cycle, a surprise qualifier for this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and a rare peek inside FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth academy are among the other highlights in this issue.
By clicking on the “April 2011” link below, you can read an online version of the magazine or download it. In case you missed any of our previous issues, these can also all be accessed below.