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]