News of Note: FIFA Women’s Rankings, December Update… Christen Press now linked with Tyresö… Kick-off times for the 2013 Women’s EURO finalized… MAC Hermann Trophy finalists announced… And, if you missed it on Thursday: Norway brings back Even Pellerud.
FIFA Women’s Rankings, December Update: Earlier today, FIFA.com posted the latest rankings for women’s international squads (FIFA.com write-up, FIFA rankings list). The United States remains at number one, but drops 12 points from 2221 to 2209, mostly due to the home draws with #2 Germany, who only gain 3 points and now have 2171 points. (Germany took a small hit for its recent 1:1 home draw with France.) Thus, the USA’s lead over Germany has decreased from 53 to 38 points.
Christen Press now linked with Tyresö: The tabloid Expressen has an article out today (in Swedish) with quotes from Tyresö FF’s chairman, Hans Lindberg, who says that the current Damallsvenskan title-holders are pursuing the now free agent Press. Tyresö would like wrap up negotiations by the end of the first week in January. The Expressen article does not include any quotes from Press herself or her agent, so it is unclear how serious any contract talks are. The core sticking point for Press is her wish to be released to USWNT camps and matches outside of the FIFA reserved dates. Tyresö’s 2012 roster (SvFF) included fellow USWNT Olympic alternate Meghan Klingenberg, plus international stars such as Brazil’s Marta, Spain’s Vero Boquete, and Sweden’s own Caroline Seger.
Kick-off times for the 2013 Women’s EURO finalized: On Thursday, UEFA confirmed the start times for the matches of the 2013 Women’s European Championships, which will be hosted by Sweden. All group matches start at either 18:00 or 20:30 local time. Knock-out matches begin as early as 15:00 local time. See also: UEFA.com write-up with schedule, PDF version of schedule.
MAC Hermann Trophy finalists announced: On Thursday, the NSCAA announced the top three vote-getters for for the top award in women’s soccer, the MAC Hermann Trophy. The three finalists are defender/midfielder/forward Crystal Dunn, University of North Carolina; forward Caroline Miller, University of Virginia; and midfielder Christine Nairn, Penn State University. The winner will be announced on Friday, January 11th during an awards banquet. For more information on the voting process, see the NSCAA website.
Norway brings back Even Pellerud: On Thursday, the NFF announced that the new head coach of its Women’s National Team is Even Pellerud, who previously led that team from 1989 to 1996. For a full write-up on this curious development, see this post from yesterday.