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Old 06-25-2019, 04:20 PM   #281
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An interesting twist is that UEFA uses the World Cup as its Olympic qualifiers. Top 3 go to Tokyo next year.

So assuming the US beats France (big assumption), then the 3 winners of the other matches will go. If the US loses, then the finalists and the winner of the third place match goes. If you thought third place matches suck, that one will not.

The Olympics is a 12 team tournament and New Zealand gets a spot. Insane.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:47 PM   #282
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Why is that England Cameroon debacle not getting more attention?

The Cameroon team was upset after a couple close VAR calls went against them so the ref decided to just ignore the VAR advice for the rest of the match to prevent a walk off. FIFA is a joke.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:26 PM   #283
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It is. Cameroon are currently being investigated.
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Old 06-27-2019, 01:42 PM   #284
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So was that dummy on the first goal intentional or not?

I think it was based on her reaction right after but some people on twitter seem to be questioning that.
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Old 06-27-2019, 02:56 PM   #285
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So was that dummy on the first goal intentional or not?
Even if it was intentional, I think it's a misplay. Scott seemed a bit surprised and barely got her feet set well enough to hit it on net. Worked out great, but it was very close to being a botched opportunity.
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:50 PM   #286
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Why is that England Cameroon debacle not getting more attention?

The Cameroon team was upset after a couple close VAR calls went against them so the ref decided to just ignore the VAR advice for the rest of the match to prevent a walk off. FIFA is a joke.
Maybe because it’s not really interesting. The whole VAR/referee issue is tiresome.
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Old 06-28-2019, 02:49 PM   #287
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Anyone else see this France/USA game at all? Suddenly we're back to the "old" handball rules I guess.
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Old 06-28-2019, 02:54 PM   #288
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Anyone else see this France/USA game at all? Suddenly we're back to the "old" handball rules I guess.
That was certainly more egregious than the hand ball in the Dutch -Japan game, but the ref didn't think it was a penalty and VAR remained mum.
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Old 06-28-2019, 03:01 PM   #289
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haha. For all the complainers about NHL and NBA and CFL reffing.....

Soccer is such a broken sport. I love the last 5 minutes where they kill time in the corner! Excitement!!!!
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^ yeah but it just seems so arbitrary. There's no consistency at all, which frankly at this point in the tournament is unacceptable. How is that a clear penalty in one game and then in another it's not even looked at?

I don't really care in this case (although I do enjoy watching the US lose!), but some consistency would be nice.
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Nothing cures insomnia better than some soccer on tv!
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They didn't change any rules. America always gets the calls.
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Old 06-29-2019, 08:29 AM   #296
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The only standout so far between Netherlands and Italy is how appalling the referee has been. Just terrible.
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I definitely don’t usually root for the US in international competitions but the popularity of the women’s soccer team is pretty cool IMO. I was in New Orleans for a business trip and happened to be staying at same hotel as the team who were there for a friendly. There were hundreds of fans in the lobby to see them off on the way to the game. One of my daughter’s good friends is in France with her family watching the games.

It’s hard not be happy about the excitement they have created and passion for the sport they have created in young girls.
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Germany is sloppy today, ughhh
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:33 PM   #299
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Turning into an instant classic.
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The Americans are such an unlikable team as usual.
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