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  1. The Republic of Ireland women's national football team represents the Republic of Ireland in competitions such as the FIFA Women's World Cup and the UEFA Women's Championship. The Republic of Ireland has yet to qualify for a major tournament. It has, however, taken part in invitational tournaments such as the Algarve Cup, the Istria Cup and the Cyprus Cup. It is organised by the Women's Football Association of Ireland. The following 20 players were called up for the UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifier against Montenegro on 3 September 2019. No. Pos.
  2. Women's Knockout Cup (New Zealand) The Women's Knockout Cup is New Zealand Footballs women's national club based knockout competition that was first played in 1994. The Kate Sheppard Cup, currently known as the New Zealand Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup for sponsorship purposes, is New Zealand's premier knockout tournament in women's association football. It was previously known as the Women's Knockout Cup, until it was renamed in 2018. Performances By team Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
  3. Women's soccer in Australia Women's soccer, also known as women's football, is a popular sport in Australia. The sport has a high level of participation in the country both recreational and professional. Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the national governing body of the sport in Australia, organising the W-League, the Australian women's national team, and the nine state governing bodies of the game, among other duties. Women's participation of modern soccer has been recorded since the early 1920s. It has since become one of Australia's most popular women's team sports. National t
  4. Women's football in Scotland Women's association football is a largely amateur sport in Scotland, given the greater emphasis of the male competitions. As in the men's game, the women's league structure consists of a Premier League and a Football League with Divisions One and Two, but the second division is split into North, West, East, and South East regions. In the women's SFL, reserve and youth squads may compete as long as they do not compete in the same division as the titular club. The team that wins the Premier League title qualifies for the following season's UEFA Champions League. Th
  5. Women's football in England Women's football has been played in England for over a century, sharing a common history with the men's game as the country in which the Laws of the Game were codified. Although women's football was originally very popular in the early 20th century, after an almost terminal decline it has only been since the 1990s that the game has seen a large increase in female players, as well as in spectators, culminating in England hosting the Women's European Championships in 2005. League system The national league system in women's football in England is current
  6. The following 23 players were named to the roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club 1 GK Stephanie Labbé October 10, 1986 (age 32) 65 0 North Carolina Courage 18 GK Kailen Sheridan July 16, 1995 (age 24) 7 0 Sky Blue FC 21 GK Sabrina D'Angelo M
  7. The Canada women's national soccer team represents Canada in international women's soccer and is directed by the Canadian Soccer Association. Canada hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and reached the quarter-finals. The team reached international prominence at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing in the third place match to the United States. Canada qualified for its first Olympic women's soccer tournament in 2008, making it to the quarterfinals. Canada are two-time CONCACAF women's champions as well as Olympic bronze medallists from London 2012 where they defeated France 1–0 and the 20
  8. The expansion of the National Women's Soccer League began with the league's sophomore season in 2014, when the league expanded to a ninth team in Houston, and is an ongoing process that currently has seen two expansions and one relocation. The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) was established as the top level of professional women's soccer in the United States in 2013 in the wake of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA, 2001–2003) and Women's Professional Soccer (WPS, 2009–2011). The league has seen two teams fold, one relocate to a distant city, and one relocate to a secondary city
  9. The National Women's Soccer League currently has nine clubs. Former commissioner Jeff Plush announced that the league planned to expand to 14 teams by 2020. At the time, Plush suggested that the league was in varying stages of talks with a dozen different potential expansion groups, including some from MLS organizations. In April 2016, MLS (Major League Soccer) commissioner Don Garber stated that half of MLS teams could be running National Women's Soccer League teams in the near future. In May 2017, FC Barcelona announced that it had approved a plan to launch an expansion team in the league as
  10. 18. P.V. Sindhu India, badminton In a country where Saina Nehwal is treated as the badminton queen, it's easy for a younger player to get lost in the shuffle. But World No. 3 P.V. Sindhu, 22, is making sure that doesn't happen. Her medal tally does the talking: silver at the Rio Olympics, silver at the 2017 World Championship, and gold and silver at the 2017 Commonwealth Games. The Indian government awarded her some of the highest sports and civilian awards (Arjuna Award, Padma Shri and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award) in the history of the country. And she's making heads turn off the
  11. 11. Victoria Azarenka Belarus, tennis Victoria Azarenka, a new mother flush with motivation and a deeper sense of responsibility, was raring to go as the 2017 grass-court season opened. But a court order arising from a custody battle with her infant son's father stopped the Belarusian in her tracks after just two events (she was 4-2, with two victories at Wimbledon). Unable by law to travel with son Leo, Azarenka chose not to travel at all. The custody case is ongoing. Azarenka, 28, and No. 98 on the World Fame 100, joined Serena Williams to lobby tennis officials to provide greater
  12. For Michelle Wie, 28, the majority of her life has been spent in the golf limelight. Once deemed a teen phenom and potential PGA Tour contender at the age of 13, Wie is no stranger to fame (she's ranked 97th on the World Fame 100). Six days before her 16th birthday, Wie shed her amateur status and turned pro, instantly becoming the world's highest-paid female golfer. Since joining the LPGA Tour in 2009, the Hawaii native has claimed five LPGA victories, including a major, the 2014 U.S. Women's Open. But Wie struggled after her major victory and failed to cash in a first-place prize until her m
  13. There was not a spare seat in the Pyeongchang auditorium when Lindsey Vonn conducted her first news conference of the 2018 Winter Olympics. She walked in, clutching her dog, Lucy. Vonn, World Fame 100's No. 95, was one of the box office stars of this year's Games, and the most-talented female skier of her generation returned a bronze in the downhill, having suffered a treasure trove of breaks, fractures and tears since she won gold in 2010. It was an Olympics driven by pressure to finish on a high, but also emotion after the death of her grandfather three months earlier. Her Games finished app
  14. After making a name for herself at the Rio Olympics through her candid-yet-unorthodox demeanor, Fu Yuanhui had a humble 2017 in the pool, narrowly missing the 50m backstroke title by a one-hundreth of a second and failing to making the 100m final at the FINA World Championships in Budapest. Fu, 22, and 89th on the World Fame 100, became an internet sensation in Rio by speaking her mind on TV interviews and blurting out phrases that raised many eyebrows. Fans loved her for keeping it real, a defiant counter to the age-old stoical image of Chinese athletes in front of the world. -- Kevin Wang
  15. The face of U.S. women's soccer found success overseas last year, the Women's French Cup and the UEFA Women's Champions League in the 2016-17 season. The 28-year-old forward, who will likely become the seventh American woman (and 17th woman ever) to score 100 goals, closed out 2017 by scoring seven goals in 14 matches for Team USA. While Alex Morgan, who is No. 88 on the World Fame 100, made headlines for her electrifying on-field finishes, she also made waves for getting kicked out of Disney World in October. Morgan's empire is only building, though. In April it was announced she would star i
  16. The 25th woman to hold the world No. 1 ranking -- which Simona Halep first reached in October 2017 -- is still searching for her first Slam. She's come close, making the finals at Roland Garros for the second time last June and playing runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki at the Aussie Open in January. Armed with an improved serve with cranked mph, Halep, 77th on the World Fame 100, has seen two semifinals since playing without a sponsor in Melbourne - and she signed with Nike in February. A fan favorite and two-time WTA Most Popular Player of the Year, the 26-year-old is a power player at home in
  17. Forty-three. That's the number of Grand Slam tournaments it took for the current world No. 2 to hoist the Australian Open trophy, which she did in January, becoming the first Danish player to win a grand slam singles title and returning to world No. 1 for the first time in six years. The outspoken Caroline Wozniacki returned the ranking to Simona Halep four weeks later, but not before becoming only the fourth player in WTA history to pass the $30 million mark in career earnings. After struggling with injuries for much of 2016 and '17, Wozniacki, 27, and No. 66 on the World Fame 100, is back to
  18. Saina Nehwal is so good at badminton that even a career-threatening knee injury -- one she suffered at the Rio Olympics in 2016 -- couldn't keep her from dominating. Mere months after subsequent surgeries, she won a second consecutive bronze at the 2017 world championship. And as her knee improved, so did her results. Nehwal, ranked 50th on the World Fame 100, went on to beat world No. 3 P.V. Sindhu in the Indian national badminton championship in November. Then, at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she nabbed gold in the badminton singles event and helped India win its first team event. So great i
  19. Despite playing bridesmaid at the 2017 Aussie Open, Wimbledon and WTA Finals -- and in little sister Serena's wedding in November -- Venus Williams experienced a resurgence on the court, playing some of the consistently best tennis of her career. At 37, she's ranked No. 8 in the world and is the highest-ranked American woman on tour. Her dominant victory over Serena in the third round of Indian Wells in March was must-see TV, but so was her shocking loss in the semis. With each victory, Venus, World Fame 100's No. 48, is defeating more than Grand Slam champs -- she's conquering time, an autoim
  20. In April 2017, Maria Sharapova returned to professional tennis -- thanks to wild cards into tourneys in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome -- after serving a 15-month doping suspension. While her peers complained publicly that the five-time Grand Slam champ and former world No. 1 shouldn't be rewarded with main-draw entry into top-tier tournaments, Sharapova, No. 21 on the World Fame 100, didn't snap back, saying she preferred to "walk the walk." In the fall, after getting her first Grand Slam match win in 19 months, against No. 2 seed Simona Halep at the US Open, she released a memoir that reached No
  21. In the 14 months between her last match of 2017 (when she picked up Grand Slam title No. 23) and her return to the WTA from maternity leave in March 2018, Serena Williams, who ranks No. 12 on the World Fame 100, remained the most visible player in tennis. Ranked No. 1 in the world for the 319th week of her career before taking leave, she appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair (naked and pregnant), Brides (in two of her three -- yes, three -- wedding gowns) and Vogue (with daughter Olympia), chatted with Gayle King at a TED conference in Vancouver, penned an article on the gender pay gap for For
  22. Publisher: Electronic Arts (EA) Being a long time FIFA franchise fanboy, for 7 years to be precise, it may seem that I’m being a bit biased, but let me assure you FIFA has been one of the best selling video franchises ever, with figures estimated at 100 million copies being sold. Such was the popularity of EA’s FIFA, that FIFA 12 as of now remains the fastest selling sports game ever. Beginning with FIFA 94, it has really come a long way with its 19th and latest version FIFA 13 being released recently. With FIFA 94, EA were the early pace setters in the console football competition having a
  23. Publisher: Nintendo Designed and developed by Nintendo as a simple introductory line meant to offer something for both gamers and non-gamers. Sports was chosen as the theme because of the widespread familiarity with it. Rather than feature professional athletes or have realistic graphics, the game was designed to be simple so that anyone could play. That brings us to the question – why second place? The answer is it was path-breaking in many ways – it disproved the notion that gaming is for teenagers and children and also made adults recognize its usefulness not only as a fun tool, but also
  24. Publisher: Electronic Arts (EA) You might be wondering why I have included a game that is as old as the internet (1994). Let me tell you something – gaming list makers should not go by just technology alone, but also consider the cultural impact the game had. This is precisely the reason why NHL ’94 comes in the third place. Being the third installment of the NHL franchise, it still remains the favourite sports game for a large number of Americans. NHL ’94 remains a testament to how a simple but effective design upgrade can make a whole lot of difference. NHL’94 was in no way different from
  25. Publisher: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Released in 1987 by Nintendo Entertainment System, this was the bomb back then. It was about a boxer known as “Little Mac” making his way up the professional boxing circuit. Similar to the movie Rocky in many ways, i.e., that of an underdog overcoming all odds, it got a brilliant concept to begin with. See, in any fight it’s the underdog everyone sympathises with. Punch-out had that, and then there’s the added bonus of meeting Mike Tyson in the final. Mike seemed almost invincible at that point of time and to fight him, although virtually gave a
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