What we know so far about the 2018 U20 World Cup in Britany

From the 7th to the 26th of August 2018, France will be the host of the U20 World Cup and it will take place in the Brittany area. Here is what we already know.

 

Format

Born in 2002, the U20 World Cup (U19 in 2002) has 16 teams distributed over four groups with the top two teams from each group going through to the quarter-finals. For the 2018 France have automatically qualified as hosts.  The allocation per confederation is as follows:

Hosts 1: France
UEFA 4: Germany, Netherlands, Spain, England
AFC: 3
CONCACAF: 3
CONMEBOL: 2
CAF: 2
OFC: 1 New Zealand

 

Accommodation

The French bid had originally offered an unusual set-up with the University campus Beaulieu in Rennes as the accommodation for the 16 teams. The concept was reprising the same spirit as the Olympic villages. This unusual set-up has not been validated by FIFA, who has decided to keep the usual hotel set-up for the delegations.

 

Stadiums

Many grounds have been proposed to host the 32 games to be played during the tournament over 20 days. Following stadium visits and taking into account the calendar constraints, three grounds have already been selected.

Stade Guy Piriou at Concarneau, Stade Marville in St-Malo and Stade de la Rabine in Vannes. Among the other candidates St-Brieuc, has not been selected as they did not do the required work improvement.  A fourth ground will be selected between Vitré and Léhon.

The FIFA LOC has visited the premises two months in order to see what development needed to be done for the tournament. The idea behind the Brittany bid is the whole departments in the region host games but also have training grounds for the teams.

For the remaining grounds waiting to be selected, they are both expected to improve the lighting and the stands in order to fulfil the applicable standard. Those points must be validated by the city halls. The final city should be known in the near future.

The original post in French can be found here

 

Travel mileage to grounds

If fans/parents wants to be based around Rennes (capital of Brittany) during the tournament, here is the distance from the different grounds:

Rennes – Concarneau 202 km / 125 miles

Rennes – Vannes 116 km / 72 miles

Rennes – St Malo 70 km / 43 miles

Rennes – Vitre 38 km / 24 miles

Rennes – Lehon 54 km / 34 miles

 

TGV train from Paris to Rennes takes around 1h30

 

If they want to be based around Nantes (the historical capital of Brittany and a well know tourist area)

 

Nantes – Concarneau 216 km / 134 miles

Nantes – Vannes 114 km / 71 miles

Nantes – St Malo 179 km / 108 miles

Nantes – Vitre 139 km / 87 miles

Nantes – Lehon 163 km / 101 miles

 

TGV train from Paris to Nantes takes around 2h00

 

A PSG admin error gives Albi the win in Matchday 1 game

During the opening game of the 2016/17 season PSG v Albi, Sarah Palacin played while she was not named on the team sheet, as another player’s name was registered.  The verdict from the disciplinary commission was given today and sees PSG penalised with a defeat by penalty and Albi get the win.

It was either the game to be replayed or a defeat by penalty, as PSG had now been waiting for more than two months for the decision about the game that was played on Matchday 1. It ended  PSG comfortably winning by four goals to nil.

An administrative error happened with Sarah Palacin who was not named on the team sheet came on as a sub. In her place Hawa Cissokho’s name was put on the teamsheet, while she was not there as a substitute on the bench.

As a reminder, the Division 1 feminine is using the electronic team sheet for the third season.  In order to fill up the matchday teamsheet, the teams no longer write-up the player’s name,  licence registration number,  date of birth etc, they simply click on the players names on the matchday tablet.  It is probably because of  a lack of concentration or attention that Cissokho ended up instead of Palacin on the teamsheet.

The facts

On the team sheet, it was mentioned that there was a “technical problem” in the post game observations area. In that box, it was written that for PSG number 9 had replaced on the 46th minute number 20. That point had to be cleared and an enquiry had been opened in order to gather all the needed information to take a decision.

The Federal commission had to examine that case before returning judgement on the final scoreline. It could  have been a complex case scenario.  Both captains had signed the team sheet before the game and therefore agreed on the team’s line-up. In that case, it was decided that Palacin coming on as a sub was a player participating in a game where was not registered for on the teamsheet.

Defeat by penalty

As one player had taken part in the game, while she had not been registered on the team sheet prior to the game, her team was in breach of the Reglements Generaux  regulations from the FFF related to playing in a game.

The commission therefore considered that :

It was not possible that the player taking part in the game, while not registered on the team sheet, even if it was due to the club’s carelessness, would bear no sporting consequence

Validating the result from a game won with an irregularity, due to  the lack of knowledge from the club on the regulations was obviously not agreeable

The fact that the referees did not realise, before the game, that there was a player not listed on the team sheet that could enter the game and play, does not exonerate the team from its entire responsibility in the fact that there was an irregularity during the game.

This is due to the fact that the captains have an obligation to check, with the potential help from the club executives, the players list and squad numbers from their team.

The referees should not bear that responsibility, as they do not have the capacity and the means to manage it especially as it could lead to an abuse of the system.

The commission put the decision in deliberate and communicated it to the club today by giving the game lost by penalty to PSG and Albi to get the win.  PSG loses the three points from the victory as well as an extra point as a punishment ( for the error). Albi gets the 3 points for the win and the scoreline goes by 3-0.

Appeal from PSG ?

Top of the table  before that decision, PSG should probably appeal the decision. With that punishment, they dropped to the third place with 26 points, behind Lyon and Montpellier with 27 points. The club has 10 days to appeal, once it has been officially notified of the punishment.

 

This is the translation from the following footofeminin article

http://www.footofeminin.fr/D1F-ALBI-PSG-1re-journee-une-erreur-administrative-offre-la-victoire-a-ALBI-par-penalite_a13226.html

Update :  PSG has already said they would appeal

 

France half season review and the road to the 2017 Euros

The France WNT has started a new cycle with a new manager Olivier Echouafni back in September 2016. Here we have a look at his first four months in charge and what can be expected for the next seven ones.

 

2016 : four trials games to learn about the team

Olivier Echouafni has tried 27 players in four games, since he tas taken over in September. The manager wanted to see as many players as possible and it included a marquee return for Gaetane Thiney ( and also some of her Juvisy team-mates Catala, Soyer and Bilbault).

In certain cases, call-ups were also due to recurring injuries to regular players. For example, Thomis and Kaci have not been selected so far for the team since September.

Besides Necib ( retirement) and Delannoy ( retirement from international football), the manager has selected at least all the players that were called up during Phillipe Bergeroo’s tenure.  Three players got their first cap under Echouafni. Delphine Cascarino, Eve Perisset and Aissatou Tounkara.

 

Statistics

4 games, 2 wins,2 draw , 8 goals for, 1 goal against

Players used : 27

Goalscorers : Le Sommer (3), Hamraoui (2), Lavogez (1), Le Bihan (1), Delie (1)

Assists : Toletti (2), Abily (1), Bussaglia (1), Thiney (1)

Captains : Renard (2), Bussaglia (1), Henry (1)

 

Results :

France – Brazil 1-1

France Albania 6-0

England – France 0-0

France – Spain 1-0

 

2017 Seven warm-up games to fine-tune the Euro 2017 squad

If the first half of the season was a discovery phase for the manager, the second half will help him to make the final choices in his Euro 2017 23 players squad list. The January game against South Africa will allow him to test players and open the squad to players that played at the U20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

The SheBelieves Cup will be  a good test with teams from the Top 5 FIFA  ranking and a short but intense fixture list. The players who will be selected for that tournament are likely to be on the trip to Netherlands, if their performance there justify the manager’s choice and they do not get an long term injury until the end of the season.

The  fixture list (as of today)

22.01.17 France – South Africa, Saint-Denis (La Réunion) (friendly)
01.03.17 France – England, Chester (SheBelieves Cup)
04.03.17 France – Germany, Harrison (SheBelieves Cup)
08.03.17 USA – France, Washington (SheBelieves Cup)
07.04.17 Netherlands – France, Utrecht (friendly)
There will be also two more friendlies organised during the Euro 2017 preparation (June-July)

UEFA Euro 2017, Pays-Bas
18.07.17 France – Island, Tilburg (2017 Euros )
22.07.17 France – Austria, Utrecht (2017 Euros)
26.07.17 Switzerland – France, Breda ( 2017 Euros )

Note :  this is the translation from the footofeminin.fr orginal article ; http://www.footofeminin.fr/Bleues-De-2016-a-2017-en-route-vers-l-Euro_a13214.html

Amandine Henry in PSG training camp before officially signing up in January

Her move to PSG had been rumoured for a while now, the France WNT midfielder will play a few months for PSG before going back to the USA.

The PSG team are going towards Montpellier this morning, where in there will have a pre-season training camp in the South of France ( Hérault department number 34).  A new player has been added to the squad that is currently at the top of the League.

Amandine Henry will officially sign up in early January  will make use of the four days camp to prepare for her three months stint (until March)  with PSG Feminines.

In Division 1 Feminine, she has played for Hénin-Beaumont, CNFE at Clairefontaine and Olympique Lyonnais.  PSG will be her fourth club in the French top division. This is a good time to get back into the groove as 2017 will be an important year where France will take part in the 2017 Euros in the Netherlands.

As she has been operated for an athletic pubalgia in early November, Amandine Henry needs to get back into her rhythm and the three months PSG offer is the right one for her. She recently declared that she needed some competitive football before going back to the NWSL. She did her rehab in Qatar, and straight after her time at PSG, will go back to the Portland Thorns and play in the National Women’s Soccer League .

This is the translation from the article on the website http://www.footofeminin.fr that you can find here