Media Misses Out on Liga MX Femenil Debut

The silence from women’s sports supporters was deafening.

A historic moment in women’s sports transpired recently.

In soccer.

If you went to the front soccer pages of the major sports sites in America during the event, you barely saw a mention of it – (ESPN FC excluded).

Not USA Today, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, SB Nation (you have to dig around for it), Sports Illustrated, Vice Sports – nothing, zilch, zippo, nada.

What am I referring too?

Liga MX Femenil

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Last month, I wrote a piece for The Shadow League discussing Major League Soccer’s attempts to combat racism in their sport. In it, I told the story of a mission trip to Mexico 10 years ago.

I described how our group went to a juvenile detention center and mingled with the residents in the large courtyard area. Being the sporty person I am – okay, not so much anymore – I readily joined in a volleyball game and then a soccer game (on concrete).

There is an undercurrent of machismo in the Mexican culture. In some areas it’s loud and pronounced, while in others it’s subtle. This center had a mix of both.

I didn’t care. I just wanted to play.

I played. I got knocked down. I got back up.

And, I proved myself.

They accepted me.

No small feat when you understand the culture. Most of the girls at the center didn’t want to play at all. Why?

Culture.

Culture can be a dictator. How it is, dictates how you will be. Culture in Mexico has often been the men play sports. Women stay at home, raise the children, cook, clean, etc.

It’s just how it is (was) down there. But, not in my Phoenix, Arizona home.

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Youngest child and third daughter of a single mom, sports was a normal thing in my house.

My siblings all played sports. I played sports. My mother loved sports of all kinds. Even in her 80’s, she still loves watching them today.

Whereas most women in sports media gained their love of sports from their fathers, I get mine from my mother. Her mother, from what I know, wasn’t into sports like her. I remember Grandma Margie as a tough firecracker of a woman who knew how to take care of her home while Tata John worked in their field. Whenever we visited, she was always cooking.

It’s a similar scenario for many families across Mexico, so it came as no surprise that many of the girls at the juvenile center didn’t participate in the games.

Fast forward to late 2016.

In December, it was announced that a new women’s league was being formed in Mexico.

Now, this wasn’t just any league. This was a league with the backing (think = $$$$) of the top flight league in men’s fútbol: Liga Bancomer MX. Eight of the 18 men’s teams fielded women’s teams for the inaugural Copa de La Liga MX Femenil tournament.

The teams, including tournament champion Pachúca, will do some touring now and during the summer before actual league play begins with the Apertura this fall.

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The backing of Liga Bancomer MX is key to the success of this league, as will the media coverage of it. That is why I was so interested to see how, if at all, media here in America would cover this tournament. 

ESPN FC covered it. SB Nation (sort of) did, but you have to do some digging to find their stories now. Where were the USA Today, New York Times stories? VICE? Even espnW? Think Progress? 

Unless I missed them, they were nowhere to be found.

Where were all the advocates for women’s sports? Where were all the people who take to Twitter any time someone disparages women’s sports? Where were those who talk about growing the game

Their silence was deafening. 

Was it because this was Mexico and not the United States? If the goal is to “grow the game” or increase opportunities for girls/women to play sports, then efforts need to be focused beyond this country. If the goal is to provide opportunities for women and girls to play sports, why wouldn’t you support a sport in a machismo culture? 

Lack of knowledge is no excuse. If you’re an advocate of women’s sports, you make it your business to know when girls and women are getting new opportunities to play sports. 

I’m not talking to those who aren’t advocates. I’m all for liking and watching the sports you want to watch. Don’t like women’s sports? Don’t watch and don’t blast those who do. Watch what you want. Support the sports you like. 

No, I’m talking to those who say they support women’s sports, yet ignore a prime opportunity for girls and women in our neighbors to the south. 

Make of it what you will. As for me, the hypocrisy doesn’t surprise me. I guess it’s too much to ask them to look past their own filters of knowledge.

 Can’t cross those “borders” now, can they? 

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EXTRA: To say there were a few that weren’t happy about it….well…let’s just say this would be a good time to learn how to use Google Translate. 

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Facebook Scores with Univision’s Liga MX Deal

Liga MX on Facebook Live will become a reality this Saturday

When Twitter announced their partnership deal with the NFL last year, I was disappointed.

I long believed that people would watch sports via Twitter. Sports and Twitter are the perfect match. The main reason for this is because that’s where sports media live. Breaking news, stories, commentary about sports happens on Twitter more than any other social media platform. So much happens on Twitter that I’ve even “watched” the Super Bowl without watching it on tv.

If you want people to talk about your sports content, Twitter is where it’s at. The potential for sports leagues to connect and grow through Twitter was huge. If your sport connects with sports media, who better to get the word out, right?

Although Twitter did sign partnerships with smaller leagues – the Mountain West conference, for example – it was their deal with the NFL that got people (media) buzzing.

Boring.

For me, the point of watching something on social media is more an issue of access. The NFL is a commodity that is easily accessible. Broadcast tv, cable tv, foreign language tv – it’s readily available for NFL games.

No, what I wanted to see Twitter pursue was something I couldn’t get elsewhere.

Then along came Facebook Live.

Marketers and media sometimes scoff at Facebook and sports. They view it as for the older crowd, full of photos of food, kids and the ever-popular “why am I connected with this person from high school” crowd. It’s believed that the 18-34 year-old demographic group coveted by sports advertisers aren’t hanging out on Facebook.

But, given its status as the #1 social network in the world, Facebook will be a player (no sports pun intended) in sports live-streaming.

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Univision’s Liga MX Deal

Today, the most popular soccer league in North America, sorry MLS, is bringing their game to Facebook thanks to Univision Deportes. 

“We’re thrilled Univision is bringing Liga MX matches to Facebook,” said Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships at Facebook. “The move enables Facebook’s passionate community of soccer fans to watch, share, talk about and react to one of the sport’s most exciting leagues – all in one location.”

Tonia O’Connor, COO and Content Distribution President of Univision Corporation said, “Our Facebook partnership is an exciting opportunity for these fans to experience this great soccer in the language of their choice.”

Financial details have not been disclosed at this time. 

Broadcasting games in English and making them available to fans who, for various reasons, don’t have Univision as part of their cable package is a no-brainer. By broadcasting the games on Facebook Live in English, Univision will be bringing Liga MX to an ever-increasing bilingual fanbase in the United States.

Just a few short days ago, Liga MX was featured in the English publication, The Guardian. In that article, writer Richard Foster wrote, “…a concerted effort is required to make an impact outside the Americas.” Although the initial offering will only be available here in the United States, Univision’s partnership with Facebook is one way to show the excitement of the league to new fans.  

Traditionalists and long-time Liga MX fans may not be as enthusiastic about the news, but it is worth the risk. Univision will still air games in Spanish over the air and on their app.  

Only 46 games – regular season and playoffs – will be broadcast on Facebook. These matches will involve teams Univision has broadcast rights to. It all starts this Saturday night when Club America travels to Chivas.

There are still details to be ironed out and questions to be answered. After all, announcers are an important part of Liga MX viewing…

As for Twitter, this news should make bring them pause. Depending on whom you ask, their partnership with the NFL was successful. More recently, they began their partnership with the PGA Tour. This agreement allows Twitter to broadcast 31 tournaments, with over 70 hours of coverage this season. It will be broadcast around the world. 

Just like with the NFL, however, this isn’t a partnership that gets the average American sports fan excited. Golf tournaments can be seen on broadcast and cable tv, as well as your local sports bar on a non-football day. What’s the point? 

By offering a sport that isn’t as readily available, Facebook is taking the path that could ultimately prove beneficial for all parties in sports.

Now, if only Cesar’s wish…and mine…would come true. 

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The Struggle of CONCACAF Women’s Soccer

Another Olympics. Same old, same old.

USA and Canada are the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) representatives headed to Rio for women’s Olympic soccer.

Again.

The two teams advanced as a result of their semi-final victories in Women’s Olympic qualifying matches in Houston on Friday. USA defeated Trinidad & Tobago, 5-0. Canada defeated Costa Rica, 3-1. The two teams square off on Sunday to determine seeding for Rio.

It was an all too familiar scene in women’s CONCACAF soccer. Canada has qualified for the last three Olympic games. They are the reigning bronze medal winner from the 2012 games. The U.S. has qualified for every Olympics since women’s soccer began playing in the Games since 1996. Mexico is the only other CONCACAF team to qualify having done so in 2004.

Costa Rica, with the 2015 NCAA National Player of the Year Raquel Rodriguez, is improving and on the rise. Mexico, under the same manager since 1998 and swirling in dysfunction, is seemingly going backwards. Trinidad & Tobago, although a semi-finalist in Houston, is nowhere near competitive to the top teams in the region. Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama and the rest of CONCACAF? Not a chance.

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The U.S. is currently ranked #1 in the world according to the most recent FIFA rankings (12/18/15). Canada is #11. The next nearest CONCACAF country is Mexico which sits at #26. Costa Rica comes in at #34. The U.S.’s semi-final opponent, Trinidad & Tobago, made it to the top 50…at #48. 

That is the state of women’s soccer in CONCACAF. The United States, Canada and then everyone else. They are the two countries who have made an investment in women’s soccer. Even then, the U.S. women’s team was paid significantly less for their 2015 World Cup victory ($2 million) compared to 2014 men’s WC winners, Germany ($35 million) The reason is simple, according to FIFA. The men get paid more because they make more money for FIFA.

All well and good until you realize that more countries around the world invest in their men’s teams financially, promotionally and organizationally than they do women’s teams. For some countries, there isn’t enough money to go around.

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In November 2015, Global Finance Magazine released their list of the world’s richest countries. The numbers were determined based on the GDP (gross domestic product) per capita. In other words, how much the average resident of a country is worth. It also involves something called PPP (purchasing power parity).

Taking the list at face value, here is where the eight CONCACAF teams in women’s Olympic qualifying ranked:

  • United States #9
  • Canada #20
  • Trinidad & Tobago #35
  • Mexico #67
  • Costa Rica #78
  • Guatemala #117
  • Guyana #120
  • Puerto Rico (not registered; on bring of default as of June 2015)

What’s the point of economics in this soccer discussion? Without financing and proper infrastructure, the rest of CONCACAF women’s soccer will continue to lag behind the U.S. and Canada. The only way these teams can make strides is if their players play collegiately in the U.S. 

Check the rosters on teams like a Costa Rica or a Mexico and you will see players that played in the states during college. Some argue that the countries themselves should invest more in women’s soccer. That’s all well and good, but without proper financing…and a change in male attitudes…in these countries, women’s sports will get left behind.  

 “I could go on and on in listing the countries that have made little to no strides forward since 40 million Americans saw at least some of the Women’s World Cup final in 1999,” said soccer legend Julie Foudy in July 2015. “And that is the sad truth: 16 years later the women’s game has barely grown outside of a few countries.”

Although Foudy puts most of the blame on FIFA in her article, the key point remains this: the game hasn’t grown for women around the world. Cultural and gender stereotypes in many countries is a legitimate barrier. That, in turn, dictates how much a country will support (spend money on) women playing sports, let alone soccer. 

FIFA can’t change gender and cultural mindsets because those traits exist within FIFA itself. That said, FIFA is holding its 2nd Annual Women’s Football and Leadership Conference on March 7 in Amsterdam. The goal is to promote equality throughout the sport through reform.   

A good start, but how will those reforms translate to cultural change within an individual country?

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Patriotism moves the needle.

When the U.S. defeated Japan in this past summer’s World Cup, the broadcast broke viewership records here in America. While some attributed that to growth and interest in the women’s game, I saw it more patriotism than game-fandom.

American fans love to cheer American athletes and teams. Fans burst with American pride when an American achieves at the highest levels. Every two (previously every four), we celebrate victories in less popular sports like gymnastics or figure skating. We revel in the highs of skiing or track.

Every time the Olympics come around, Americans tune in. Although rating numbers may fluctuate depending on the time zone of the Games, they still are must-see tv for many Americans. All because of patriotism.

Patriotism moves the needle. But, patriotism falls to the wayside when it comes to women’s sports leagues in America. Some argue that until women are in broadcast executive positions, television coverage of women’s sports will be a non-priority. There is some truth to that, but that isn’t the sole reason for the failure of multiple soccer leagues here in the U.S.

NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush said this in July 2015, “We’re trying to run it like any other business. Revenues have to grow. Expenses will grow over time, but they’re going to grow in a prudent and sustainable way.”

Prudent decision-making by the league, more pro-women’s sports broadcast executives will help grow the game here in America. It won’t do much to grow the game within countries like Qatar or Turkey where machismo culture reigns. Even in Mexico, the support for the women’s team is more talk than action.

It is 2016. Rio is around the corner. Traditional women’s soccer powers will once again grace the fields of Brazil. The rest of the world can only watch. “For many of the world’s women, playing soccer is a distant dream,” said the Fuller Project’s Xanthe Ackerman and Christina Asquith.

The U.S. and Canada will have Rio dreams of gold, silver and bronze. The rest of CONCACAF teams can only dream. 

Another Olympics. Same old, same old dreams.

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Rio Rolls Away For El Tri Femenil

El Tri Femenil

In a matter of moments, Maribel Domínguez went from elation

to desolation

Domínguez and the rest of the Mexican women’s soccer team saw a dream end tonight. Their 2-1 loss to Costa Rica ended any hopes for the El Tri Femenil making it to Rio this summer. For Domínguez, it could mean the end of her international career.

The 37 year-old from Mexico City had it on her foot. A potential game-tying breakaway for the player nicknamed “Marigol” with moments left in regulation is all Mexico could ask for. Well, all they could ask with the players available. Sitting at home watching the proceedings this past week was perhaps Mexico’s best player: Charlyn Corral.

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Corral was left off the team by longtime coach, Leonardo Cuellar, after Corral was critical of his tenure with Mexico. Cuellar has been at the helm of the Mexican team since 1998. During his time, Mexico has only made it past the group stage once in either the World Cup or Olympics. More often than not, the team has failed to qualify for the respective tournaments. Even in tournaments where his teams have had success (Gold Cup and Pan-Am Games), Mexico was never able to win any of them during his reign.

In the 2015 World Cup, Mexico could only manage a 1-1 draw with Colombia, a 2-1 loss to England and a 5-0 pasting from France. Corral was on that Mexican team that finished last in its group in Canada. Acknowledging Cuellar’s contribution to Mexican women’s soccer, Corral added afterward, “…we need new ideas”.

Corral was left off Mexico’s Pan-Am Games and Olympic qualifying rosters.

She has since retired from national team play…at age 24.

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Exit Corral and enter Domínguez. Or, re-enter Marigol. A hat trick in the team’s 6-0 opening win against Puerto Rico notwithstanding, Domínguez’ return to El Tri highlights the problem with Cuellar’s tenure. Where are the young goal scorers? Where are the playmakers for Mexico? Where is the growth of the game compared to their neighbors to the north?

In a machismo culture like Mexico, it is a battle for women’s soccer. Promising young women grow their games in colleges and leagues across the United States and/or Europe. Or, they had to play like Domínguez did when she was young. As a boy.

“I tricked them for years,” Domínguez said in a 2005 interview with The Guardian. The youngest of ten, Domínguez, who learned the game from her brothers, would disguise herself with short hair to look like a boy. Eventually she was found out, but not before impressing her fellow players with her skills and estilo.

She helped propel Mexico to their first and only Olympic appearance in 2004. Although Mexico made it to the quarterfinals that year (a 5-0 loss to Brazil), Domínguez was the only Mexican to score in the entire tournament. Still, she was a star.

12 years later, Domínguez is still scoring goals for Mexico. And that is part of the problem says Pamela Del Olmo of Mexican website Talacheros. Del Olmo said on the Mexican Soccer Show, “If you have to rely on a 37 year-old to get you through a tournament, you’re doing something wrong.”

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Once thought to be in the top three of the CONCACAF region, with today’s loss to Las Ticas, Mexico finds themselves dropping down in the pecking order. “Costa Rica has passed us,” said Del Olmo. Former Mexican team player, Pamela Tajonar concurred via Twitter,

Mexico’s women’s team is watching the rest of the region (and world) catch up, and in some cases, surpass them. In its current state, El Tri Femenil is failing. There is no progress forward. No action put into spoken words about growing the game. Cuellar seems to be out of answers. The demand for change or improvement falls on deaf, machismo ears.

What will it take besides cultural change? With no important competitions on the horizon now for El Tri Femenil, what now? Until Mexico places an importance on the women’s national team, they will continue to watch others like Costa Rica roll past them in the region.

Just like Domínguez’ last shot.

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Christian Benteke – On the Move?

CadChica’s Note: This is a guest post from Lee Ball. Lee has been writing about football ever since he accompanied his father to watch his first game at the age of 12. Although it was a while until he came up with anything worthy of publishing, Lee now writes for several online football publications. In his spare time, he also enjoys playing golf and travelling Asia.

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Christian Benteke is arguably one of the English Premier League’s best marksmen, having first signed for Aston Villa in 2012 from Belgian side Genk for £7 million and he’s gone on to make a huge impression in Europe’s top league. He went on to score 18 league goals in his debut season eclipsing Dwight Yorke’s previous club record goals tally.

Although his second season wasn’t so prolific as he was blighted by injury, which saw him miss 6 months of the season due to an Achilles tendon injury. That inconsistency followed him into the 2014/2015 season where he struggled to hit any form during the first half of the season. It wasn’t until the departure of ex-manger Paul Lambert, and the appointment of Tim Sherwood that Benteke’s form changed. During Sherwood’s reign, the pacey Belgian hit 12 goals in 15 league games for Villa. It was this form that subsequently saved the Midlands club from relegation, and once again brought Benteke to the attention of Europe’s top clubs.

Now it seems, with the potential transfer of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City edging closer that Liverpool will soon have funds to replace their wantaway England international. With Liverpool desperate to find a 20-goal-a-season replacement for the somewhat irreplaceable Luis Saurez, Liverpool see Benteke as the nearest thing to the enigmatic Uruguayan.

But over the last the last two summers, a big move has eluded Benteke, so why should this transfer window be any different? Although “Tekkers,” as he’s more commonly known by Villa fans, signed a new a new four-year-deal in 2013 after initially handing in a transfer request, his argument would be that he’s given the club two good years.

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Though don’t expect to see Sherwood sanction a move just yet, if Liverpool, or any other club for that matter doesn’t meet Benteke’s buyout clause. The reported £32.5 million buyout clause is a lot of money even if the Merseyside club do receive £50 million from Manchester City for Sterling, they have already outlaid a lot of money this transfer window. And after Rodgers splurged so much money on poor signings last season, don’t hold your breath if this transfer doesn’t get past the notorious Anfield transfer committee.

There’s also the fact that Liverpool’s style may not suit the big Belgian, as football journalist Michael Lintorn even feels that they may have to change formation to accommodate Benteke. With Liverpool potentially having Benteke, Sturridge, Ings, Balotelli, Lallana, Coutinho, Markovic, Firmino and Origi all competing for attacking positions it could cause the Anfield side to drastically rethink their formation for the upcoming season.

With odds shortening on whether Benteke will make the move to Anfield, it’s looking more likely that than ever before. The only real sticking point seems to be if Liverpool will meet the buyout clause in Benteke’s Aston Villa contract.

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Fin de Una Era: Cuauhtémoc Blanco

The Blanco Era

Fin de una era.

End of an era.

The sports end is near for one of the greatest Mexican futbol players ever. Cuauhtémoc Blanco will take the field for the final time tonight. Blanco plays for Liga MX’s (Mexican League) Puebla, who is set to face league rival, Chivas de Guadalajara, in the final of Copa MX (Mexican Cup). The Copa MX final is a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for Blanco’s Puebla squad – the exact opposite of league leader, Chivas.

Leader Off and On the Pitch

While Blanco’s focus will be on the pitch tonight, he does have other aspirations off of it. Blanco is currently running for mayor in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. His mayoral campaign has been on hold as Puebla has made this Copa MX run. His nomination by the Social Democratic Party earlier this year surprised some, but not party president Eduardo Bordonave. “I believe he is prepared because he is a leader,” said Bordonave.

Blanco’s leadership is exactly why Puebla signed the 42-year-old. Leadership that has been sorely needed in a lost season for Puebla. The club currently sits 15th in the 18-team league, and last in the relegation table (a system that is based on outings over the last three years). Although never actually finishing last for the season, Puebla’s last three years have it looking at Mexico’s second-division, Liga de Ascenso, next season.

Man of the People

Tom Marshall is a longtime freelance fútbol writer who has covered Liga MX and the Mexican National Team. He has written for multiple outlets over the years including ESPN FC and Goal.com. I asked Marshall about Blanco’s career and his appeal to Mexicans from all walks of life. “It is a rags-to-riches story many in Mexico can relate to and even though he is obviously now very wealthy, the way he talks in interviews and the way he carries himself hasn’t really changed,” Marshall said. “You could tell he was a player who learned the game on the street. The prime example was the Cuauhteminha trick in 1998 (World Cup). That type of pure joy, passion and freedom he expressed on the pitch resonated with Mexicans, as did the fact he was raised in Tepito, one of Mexico City’s most notorious barrios, and sold pirated cassettes there as a teenager. I think Mexicans appreciate that.”

You don’t make it out of the barrios if you didn’t have a little edge to you. For as much as he could be entertaining on the field, he was just as entertaining off it too. “The stories in gossip pages about who he was dating, the appearances in telenovelas and the spats with various media personalities down the years helped build the legend,” said Marshall.

 

The first time I saw Blanco on tv I harkened back to some of my tíos (uncles). A little rough around the edges and not exactly a physical specimen. Ever so slightly chunky. Gordo, is what I thought (Gordo means “fat” – I know…it sounds better in Spanish). He reminds me of Argentina’s Angel Cabrera – a Masters winner. 

 

But, there was something about the way he played. He had a spark. A sly way about him in his demeanor…or that cheeky smile. He created mischief on the field despite his appearance. Added Marshall, “Even the way he is built, the fact he didn’t like doing weights and the smoking incident at the 2010 World Cup all add to his image as a player with frailties people could relate to. And despite those frailities, he became one of Mexico’s best ever players.”

However history remembers Cuauhtémoc Blanco on the field, Blanco will continue to write his own story off of it. Trying to sum up his career would take more words than I have space on this blog (joking, kind of). We may not see him on the pitch again, but you can be sure he will still have plenty to say off of it…and Mexicans will be sure to listen to “El Cuac”. 

Mayor Blanco does have a nice ring to it.

Blanco’s final game airs on ESPN Deportes or Univision Deportes. Prematch coverage begins at 8:30pm ET.

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Mondogoal Brings Fantasy Soccer to Women’s World Cup

Mondogoal To Launch First-Ever Fantasy Soccer Platform For 2015 Women’s World Cup

New Game To Include All Nations And Will Be The First-Ever Daily Fantasy Product For A Women’s Team Sport

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March  17, 2015 RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN and BOSTON, MA:  Mondogoal, one of the fastest growing global fantasy sports platform developers focused on the world’s biggest sport of soccer, today announced that they will launch a daily pay fantasy game for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which will be played in Canada from June 6 through July 5, 2015, with the final being held at BC Place in Vancouver. It is the first-ever daily pay fantasy game for any women’s team sport.

“The Women’s World Cup is a phenomenal platform for the game, and will draw not just passionate soccer fans but a casual audience interested in both women’s sport and the majesty of a global event,” said Shergul Arshad, CEO of Mondogoal.“By creating this game for a global audience we will provide a unique engagement platform for all, and we believe it will raise the visibility and the interest not just for soccer but for women’s sports as well. In North America, Daily Fantasy Sports has taken off, and interest in soccer is at an all-time high. With contests for Major League Soccer and now Women’s World Cup, we are making sure the North American soccer fan not only can play fantasy contests from popular European leagues, but also from the best available locally.”

Mondogoal will have daily pay fantasy games throughout the Women’s World Cup for all teams and all matches. Each day of the group stages, fans will pick a team of 11 players from the four games on that day using the Mondogoal salary cap format and then watch the Women’s World Cup to see players earn points for their fantasy teams with every contribution they make during the game.  Like in any pay fantasy game, the best compiled scores at the end of the day from a series of statistics will win the top cash prizes.

Because Mondogoal is licensed to operate globally, it is the only daily fantasy sports site available for cash play in multiple major markets around the world, with specific emphasis on the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Ireland, and Brazil.  In just over 24 weeks since full season launch with its partners in soccer (Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, West Ham United FC, Manchester City FC, and AS Roma), Mondogoal is already offering major cash prizes throughout the week, and the adoption of a new form of engagement with fans of soccer clubs not used to fantasy play is growing exponentially every week.  With Mondogoal, simply log in or create an account, add funds, and every match-day there is the chance to win money by building a formidable starting 11 and competing in a Head-to-Head battle or Multi-User-Tournaments.

Data analytics for use by consumers are compiled in real-time by Perform’s Opta Sports, with points  awarded for goals, assist, tackles won or lost, shots on goal, passes completed, shutouts and much more.  Mondogoal runs contests on a daily or match-day basis for La Liga, Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Major League Soccer, Ligue 1, the FA Cup, European Championship Qualifiers and the prestigious Champions League and Europa League. 

For a full set of contests and to sign-up today please visit: www.mondogoal.com.

With contests for Major League Soccer

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About Mondogoal:

Mondogoal, incorporated in the Isle of Man with business operations in Boston, Massachusetts USA, has a compelling and unique fantasy sports engagement system to enable fans to have many ways for their players to earn points. With data provided by the world’s leading analytics company, Opta Sports, statistics are updated live, so fans can enjoy a true second screen experience as they watch their favorite matches on TV or at the stadium. While many sites can offer fantasy sports or even fantasy soccer, no one brings the excitement of real-time scoring, multi-league competition and large cash competitions to the global soccer audience the way Mondogoal does. 

The company has an impressive roster of investors with backgrounds at Google, eBay, Morgan Stanley, Bingham Dana & Gould, and JBoss and has equity advisors who have been leaders in the e-Gaming space as well as in the business and digital operations of some of the world’s elite soccer clubs. For more detail go to mondogoal.com

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