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OTTAWA---Several Norwegian players teamed with
Norway s national TV broadcaster NRK to produce a
"mockumentary" addressing sexist stereotypes and
critics who say the women s game is no match to the
During the four-minute video, Scandinavian players---
in mock seriousness---reveal to an "interviewer" how much
they struggle at soccer.
Midfielder Emilie Have acknowledges how she sometimes
forgets to use her feet and instead tends to pick up the ball.
Goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth complains the goal is too
large, and says it would be easier with two keepers or, better
"We suck, plain and simple," veteran defender Trine
Ronning says in the Norwegian-language film, which features
The Norwegians pretend to send Fifa suggestions on
how to improve the women s game. Their proposals include
smaller pitches, lighter balls and having players throw
the ball off free kicks.
They even produce a letter from Fifa President Sepp
Blatter, who sums up his "response" to the proposals
by writing: "HAHAHA these suggestions made my
Posted to YouTube on June 15, the video has attracted
nearly 270,000 hits.
"For me, it s good humour," Ronning said this week.
"It was a way for us to tell the people that we don t
care about it, because the product is very, very good,
as it s been shown in many matches in this tournament.
We just have to joke about it."
Here are some other things happening around the
Women s World Cup:
CLOSE, AND GETTING CLOSER: Swiss coach
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg realises how close her young
team was to advancing to the quarterfinal of the
Women s World Cup. Switzerland was outplayed in
the second half of a 1-0 loss to host Canada on Sunday
after an impressive start.
She considered her team an "equal match" for
Canada, and now Switzerland heads home to plan for
"We may all be disappointed, but at the same time,
this World Cup has been a huge experience for us,"
she said. "We should digest it, look at the moments
to move us forward and take the next step."
The Swiss learned the margin for error is so slim
at this level on the world stage. Voss-Tecklenburg has
been there before as a three-time World Cup player
for Germany, though her young team is still evolv-
"I feel bad for my players. They re sad, they re dis-
appointed. They invested," Voss-Tecklenburg said.
"They did a lot correctly. They allowed two goal
chances and one went in."
RECORD ATTENDANCE: Women s World Cup
organisers say they expect attendance at the Women s
World Cup to reach a record 1.25 million.
The current record is 1,194,221, set in 1999 when
the event was held in the United States. The U.S.
national team won the World Cup with a victory over
China on penalty kicks in the final at the Rose Bowl.
But it should be noted that the tournament has
been expanded to 24 teams and 52 matches, up from
16 teams and 32 matches. And also, Fifa counts atten-
dance at doubleheaders even though just one ticket
gives access to both games.
"We re feeling very good, we re very happy," Peter
Montopoli, general secretary of the Canadian Soccer
Association and CEO of the tournament s national
organising committee, told the Canadian Press.
For Canada s 1-0 victory over Switzerland on Sunday
night, attendance at BC Place in Vancouver was
announced at 53,855, the largest crowd to watch a
Canadian national team, men or women, in any sport.
That broke the previous record of 53,058 that watched
Canada defeat China 1-0 in the tournament opener
The knockout-round match between German and
Sweden on Saturday in Ottawa was also a sellout.
BORDER CROSSING: The US should be expecting
a warm welcome in Canada s capital on Friday, when
they face China in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Ottawa organisers say that 50 per cent of the tickets
sold for the nine games played at Landsdowne Stadium
were to Americans. Though Ottawa is a mere two-
plus-hour drive from Syracuse, six from New York
City and eight from Detroit, geography wasn t much
of a factor.
Tickets were sold to fans as far off as Alabama.
The "Passport Packages," which went on sale first
in September, allowed people to buy tickets for all
nine games at each venue. Just as important, they
guaranteed buyers the first opportunity to purchase
individual seats for the championship game in Van-
couver on July 5.
Norway's Isabell Herlovsen, right, hangs her head as England players
celebrate together following their 2-1 win over Norway after the whistle
ending the second half of soccer action during the Round of 16 at the Fifa
Women's World Cup on Monday in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. AP PHOTO
mockumentary on women's game
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