Featured Matches
Previous
Colorado
Chivas USA
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Atlas
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Santos
Cruz Azul
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Gimnasia La Plata
Argentinos Juniors
9:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Talleres de Córdoba
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Royal Charleroi SC
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Queen's Park
Berwick Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Queen's Park
Berwick Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Royal Charleroi SC
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Vestsjaelland
Odense BK
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
UCD
Derry City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bohemians
Cork
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Shamrock
Drogheda Utd
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado
Chivas USA
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Atlas
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Santos
Cruz Azul
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Gimnasia La Plata
Argentinos Juniors
9:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Talleres de Córdoba
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlante
Altamira
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mineros de Zacatecas
Necaxa
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Oeste
Luverdense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
América RN
América Mineiro
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Boa MG
Bragantino
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Antofagasta
Audax Italiano
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Real Garcilaso
Melgar
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nacional
Deportivo Capiatá
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Western New York Flash
Boston Breakers
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Sep 11, 2007

Blatter favors Women's World Cup expansion

CHENGDU, China -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter favors expanding the Women's World Cup to 24 teams despite the 11-0 rout in the tournament opener.

Germany's embarrassment of South American champion Argentina on Monday raised questions about the depth of women's soccer and whether even the current 16-team field is too weak.

"Definitely, I didn't like this result," Blatter said Tuesday. "This is not good when we look forward in the future. This will not enhance the chances to do it [expand] , but it's only the first match.''

After the tournament, a decision will be made on expansion as well as the 2011 tournament host. Germany and Canada are front-runners, with Australia and Peru also candidates.

"We have realized that in all countries of the world, women they can play football," Blatter said. "And they also play football where their culture will not permit them to play in public."

"By saying that the game is now universal we should look at growing from 16 teams to 24 teams in order to give more countries the possibility every four years to meet with the best of women's football," he added. "For us it would be good if we could open this competition."

Australia coach Tom Sermanni is one of the most experienced coaches in international women's soccer, leading Australia since 1994 over two stints and also coaching in the former professional U.S. league. He was upset with the opening game.

"I was extremely disappointed to be honest," Sermanni said. "It's not a good advertisement for women's football."

"Women's football in South America is general has not kept pace with other parts of the world," he added. "And I would hope this would be a wake-up call for South America to say they need to put more resources into it."

Even Pellerud, who took Norway to the 1995 World Cup title and is now coaching Canada, said it would be a mistake to read too much into the opener.

"We shouldn't conclude after one game,'' Pellerud said. "I do not expect a lot of big margins here, but it's very visible when it's the first game."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.