Soccer History: The Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) was formed in 1979 as a non-voting member of FIFA, the governing body of soccer in the world. Since then the WUSA has staged its fair share of world tournaments and the current qualifying campaign for the 2021 World Cup looks to be a good one. Canada is one of eight countries that have qualified for the tournament and although the teams are not all in good form, the fact that Canada is in the tournament makes it at least possible. Whether or not Canada will reach the semis is anyone’s guess, but even if they do, they will likely not do so in the way that their country’s soccer fans want.
One of the most interesting soccer teams in recent years has been England. Led by players such as goalkeeper Hope Powell and standout forward Karla May, England has never finished lower than fifth in a major tournament such as the Olympics. Although England did not qualify for the Olympics this past summer, they have finished second or third at three of the four tournaments that they have been a part of. As is the case with many nations that are not participating in the summer Olympics, England is relying on results from its four previous matches to make its qualification process. If results go against England at any point in its campaign, it will be difficult for the English to make a deep run in the tournament, especially since other top sides like Brazil and Germany are also in strong positions.
A major difference between soccer in Canada and soccer in the United States is the level of participation by the soccer association football league. Unlike the US, Canada has a professional league with a record number of participants. However, the lack of a nationwide stadium means that games are often played out at local arenas and stadiums. Despite this, there is no doubt that Canada is an intriguing place to watch a live game since the large number of people who can afford the tickets to see a particular game shows that Canadians enjoy playing soccer. Soccer history for the women’s game is still evolving, and the game has a great future ahead of it.