Women's soccer

In this Friday, May 24, 2019, photo, Japan women's soccer team head coach Asako Takakura, center, directs her players during a training session in Narashino, east of Tokyo ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup France. Takakura went to the Women’s World Cup twice as a player and is first woman in charge, a fact she largely dismisses. But some see it as a breakthrough in a country that has few women in corporate board rooms or in the top ranks of government. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 27, 2019 - 4:36 am
NARASHINO, Japan (AP) — Jun Endo turned 19 a few days ago and is headed to her first Women's World Cup. The Japan forward has lots of company. Sixteen others on the 23-player roster are also going for the first time. "I think age doesn't matter when it comes to playing football," Endo said,...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 file photo, France women's soccer head coach Corinne Diacre during a press conference in Paris. With an experienced side featuring seven players from the Lyon side which recently won the Champions League for the fourth straight year, host France will be among the favorites for the Women's World Cup, and this suits coach Corinne Diacre just fine. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
May 24, 2019 - 6:48 pm
France has an opportunity to translate dominance at the European club level to success on the World Cup stage. With a highly experienced and skilled team, host France will be among the favorites at the women's tournament kicking off next month, and that suits coach Corinne Diacre just fine. She is...
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Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
May 24, 2019 - 6:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. star Megan Rapinoe gave FIFA some kicks two weeks ahead of the World Cup, maintaining the sport's top executives are not doing enough to close a huge gender disparity in investment. "They have essentially unlimited resources. I don't think that it's really been a huge change at...
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United States women's national soccer team members, from left, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe speak to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
May 24, 2019 - 4:54 pm
The U.S. women's national team is well aware the rest of the world is catching up. Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading to France for the Women's World Cup with any number of teams potentially in position to topple the defending champions. Among the...
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Ada Hegerberg of Lyon celebrates her goal during the women's soccer UEFA Champions League final match between Olympique Lyon and FC Barcelona at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Balazs Czagany/MTI via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 11:34 am
With a no-nonsense look etched on her face, Ada Hegerberg stares straight into the camera and says: "Now it's time for action." It's fitting the Norwegian superstar was chosen as the face of a recently launched campaign aimed at improving the profile and standards in women's soccer. Not just...
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St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) protects the puck as San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson (68), of Sweden, closes in during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final series Friday, May 17, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
May 18, 2019 - 2:02 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Binnington made save after save to pull off yet another playoff victory — and make some team history — for the Blues. The rookie goalie stopped 29 shots to set a franchise record with his 10th postseason win this year and St. Louis edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States goalkeeper Hope Solo hoists the trophy as she and her teammates celebrate defeating Japan to win the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Solo was in goal four years ago in Canada when the United States won soccer’s most prestigious tournament. She has no regrets about her acrimonious breakup with the team, which will seek to defend its title at the Women’s World Cup in France. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 17, 2019 - 3:25 pm
Hope Solo has moved on. She was in goal four years ago when the United States won the Women's World Cup in Canada. She will be a spectator when the team seeks to defend its title starting June 7 in France. Solo was dismissed following the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after calling the Swedish team "...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 3, 2017 file photo, Juventus fans leave San Carlo's square at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid, in Turin, Italy. Four young men have been convicted of the deaths of two women in the stampede they caused among soccer fans using an irritating spray to trigger panic so they could steal wallets and phones in the crowd, Friday, May 17, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
May 17, 2019 - 12:36 pm
ROME (AP) — Four young men have been convicted of the deaths of two women in a soccer stampede in the northern Italian city of Turin and given prison sentences of just over 10 years. The Italian news agency ANSA said the court on Friday ordered the sentences after convicting the men of involuntary...
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May 16, 2019 - 11:46 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd left no doubt. She hates her role as a super sub for the U.S. women's national team. "If I liked coming off the bench there would be something wrong," Lloyd said. "That's not my mindset." Lloyd may not like it, but she does it quite well. The 37-year-old Lloyd scored...
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The Women's soccer World Cup trophy is on display during its presentation in a Paris school, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. When FIFA released its global strategy for women’s soccer last year, it was met by some skepticism. But soccer’s governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan, against a backdrop of this summer’s World Cup in France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
May 15, 2019 - 2:54 pm
When FIFA released its global strategy for women's soccer last year, it was met with some skepticism. But the sport's governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan — against a backdrop of this summer's World Cup in France. Sarai Bareman, FIFA's chief women's football...
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