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Women's Soccer: The Game and the FIFA World Cup
     

Women's Soccer: The Game and the FIFA World Cup

by Hank Steinbrecher (Introduction), U. S. Soccer Federation Staff
 
In association with the United States Soccer Federation, Universe Publishing presents Women's Soccer: The Game and the World Cup, an official licensed product of the Women's World Cup.

The United States-the Olympics and Goodwill Games champion-hosted soccer's fourth Women's World Cup in eight cities during the summer of 1999. With opening ceremonies at

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In association with the United States Soccer Federation, Universe Publishing presents Women's Soccer: The Game and the World Cup, an official licensed product of the Women's World Cup.

The United States-the Olympics and Goodwill Games champion-hosted soccer's fourth Women's World Cup in eight cities during the summer of 1999. With opening ceremonies at Giants Stadium and the final at the Rose bowl, this was the largest women's sporting event in the world. Needless to say, the United States won.

This publication presents the women's game and its star teams and athletes in an inspiring series of articles on special women. Readers will meet the pioneers of the sport who have transcended this traditionally male bastion to make soccer as popular and meaningful to girls as it is to boys. Features by the world's top soccer journalists portray the "real soccer moms" such as USA team captain Carla Overbeck (mother of two), star players Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly, who have proudly represented the USA since they were 16 years old, and Julie Foudy, who battled her sponsor to prevent soccer balls being made by child labor, make this a book about role models for all Americans.

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VOYA
What at first glance appears to be a fluffy, photodriven commercial for the Women's World Cup turns out to be a very informative tribute to women's soccer around the world. Trecker and Miers have gathered articles that cover the women's game from local recreational teams to professional leagues, along with excellent photos of girls and women playing some serious soccer. The writers are journalists as international as the featured players and teams. Some chapters are player profilesJulie Fowdy, Danielle Fotopoulos, Pretinha, and, of course, Mia Hammbut the focus is always the status and the history of the women's game. Readers will learn that Italy, England, and Brazil have an especially hard time accepting and supporting women players. That potential roadblock has not prevented growth of the women's game in those countries, merely slowed its pace compared to that of the United States. The U.S. women's college soccer scene is also featured, with a fascinating article about the Florida Gators' triumphant win over powerhouse University of North Carolina, noting that Florida's coach is the same age as some of our now beloved World Cup players. What an effective statement for the women's soccer generation that has arrived! If you buy only one WWC bookfearing women's soccer interest will wane, shame on youbuy this one. Future Olympic and Women's World Cup players and their soccerloving parents will gobble it up. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 1999, Universe/Rizzoli, Ages 13 to 18, 96p. PLB $20. Reviewer: Elaine McGuire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789302700
Publisher:
Universe Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/1999
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.54(d)

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