Play of the Day (9): A 'festival' for the women's game
On a day that saw Germany race through to raise aloft their first FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship crown and confirm their status as a pre-eminent power in the female game, FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) member Pia Sundhage chose to applaud the entire tournament rather than a specific moment. With vast improvement from just two years ago, the finals in Thailand have truly proven a hallmark for women's football, according the former-Sweden star.
Pia Sundhage (SWE): "Tremendous improvement"
"This is my first FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship as a member of the TSG, and I must say that I have been completely blown away by the level of skill and quality football on display in Thailand. The players have performed fantastically, and both matches today at the Rajamangala were evidence of tremendous improvement on the horizon in women's football. From Germany's power to the USA's general skills, Brazil's brilliance and China's tactical acumen, this was truly a grand finale for a wonderful festival of football."
What is the TSG
When does a deflected shot become an own goal? At what point does a good pass become an assist? Such questions are meat and drink to the TSG, or Technical Study Group, a prestigious phalanx of some of soccer's top technicians. Their mission: to dissect the most effective tactical plans and latest advances in the game in order to transmit them to the world.
Members of the TSG in Thailand:
Bangkok: Tatjana Haenni (SUI), Pia Sundhage (SWE)
Chiang Mai: Lauren Gregg (USA)
Phuket: Vera Pauw (NED)