I’ve been watching the Women’s World Cup this year after not taking much of an interest previously. I must say, if you haven’t taken an interest in Women’s soccer, and especially the Women’s World Cup – you owe it to yourself to do so. The technical skill on show, particularly from the likes of Brazil and the United States is a joy to behold. It’s clear to see that where the women’s game lacks in its pace and physicality, it more than makes up for in terms of technique.
Megan Rapinoe’s sublime first touch which took her away from the pressuring defender and into space, allowed her to take a strike at goal, and what a strike it was, now that’s how you strike a soccer ball! However, without that quality first touch, the strike wouldn’t have been on. Megan set herself up very well indeed.
And what about Marta’s performance for Brazil? The way she danced around the Norwegian defenders as if they weren’t there, doing two step-overs and then tucking the ball away to the Goalkeeper’s near post – that was a great goal and a highlight to watch over and over again for young soccer players who want to become a better soccer player.