China’s Once-mighty Women’s Soccer Program Starving for Future Players – Canadian Press

From the Canadian Press:

A generation of talented players such as Sun Wen propelled the “Steel Roses” to the game’s heights in the late 1990s – they finished second to the U.S. at the 1999 World Cup. But the retirement of Sun and a string of coaching changes have sent the team on a slide to its current No. 13 ranking.

The future looks no brighter. Xinhua said average numbers of girls enrolled in soccer schools had fallen by two thirds over recent years. [Full text]

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