It is no secret that women’s sports are highly underrated and that female athletes do not get the recognition they deserve for the amazing skills and performance they offer. However, hockey players like Marie-Philip Poulin are seeking to change this situation and everybody needs to listen as she is an example for all female athletes out there.
Unlike many famous hockey players, Poulin’s presence is far from all about scoring but she impacts the whole game without skipping the hard areas. She is known for being incredibly kind and thoughtful of her teammates and all these qualities have earned her comparisons with male counterpart Sidney Crosby.
This professionalism and excellence in team leadership, has also impacted on Crosby himself who has taken to go and watch her play. He fondly recalls watching her score big goals against the USA at three Olympic Finals in a row and admires how she performed despite the high pressure that was on her.
She has had instances where she scores a goal within seconds of the game’s ending, managing a tie that leads to a win during the overtime of the Gold Medal Game. Poulin has stayed humble regarding this, comparing it to a fairy tale and expressing that it was particularly special because she was in Canada, where family and friends joined her.
This outstanding hockey player understands that these moments happen when preparation meets luck, and she never stops working hard and training to excel. At 28 years of age, Poulin has proven to be incredible under high pressure and to provide teammates with great leadership at all times.
Female athletes all over the world can and should look at Marie-Philip Poulin for an example of hard work, dedication, love for the sport and her teammates, and overall skill. This hockey player is bringing women’s sports up to the front of mass media with feats like winning the Olympics and she will stop at nothing to get the recognition she deserves.
Every soccer fan knows that the ultimate goal is always playing and winning the World Cup and 2022’s edition is going to be particularly interesting. Canada will not have it easy from the get-go, as just qualifying is setting up to be a demanding challenge for the country’s team.
20 Games, One Goal
Since the CONCACAF’s qualifying format has been revamped, the Canadian team is required to play a total of 20 matches, to earn their place in the World Cup. This is the result of having only the top 5 teams in the FIFA rankings going to the final round directly.
30 Countries Fighting for the Spots
There is a total of 30 countries under the CONCACAF that will have to play their way into World Cup qualification. They will be divided into six groups, each one having five teams all seeded by the top 6 teams. October and November will see the teams facing every other member of the group they are in, throughout four matches.
The winners of these matches will be playing against the other groups’ members, with games alternating so that each team gets to play at home at least once. Finally, in March 2021, they play a final series resulting in three winners that will face the top 5 teams in June.
14 Matches to Qualification
This final round will be played June, then September through November, January 2022, and the last one in March of that year. The top 3 teams in these games will be automatically qualified for the World Cup, with the 4th in ranking having to play the FIFA intercontinental playoff scheduled for June 2022.
Interesting Times Call for Interesting Measures
These modifications have been made due to the different obstacles that the pandemic and the measures to control it have presented for the world of soccer. Many teams were unable to even complete the FIFA ranking cycle and thus it wasn’t a fair approach to keep the rankings as they were.
Soccer fans all over the world must be glad that this pandemic did not happen during the World Cup year, but here we can see that it has had its impact on it, nevertheless. All Canadian team supporters will have a thrilling time watching them play those 20 games to earn a place back into the World Cup.
If you want to become a top rugby player, the likes of Rod Snow and Robert Spray, the only thing holding you back is yourself. At Strength in Unity, we’re sharing with you a few basic tips that any rugby player can follow and see the improvement in skills and performance.
Pick a Position and Stick to It
Since each position has its demands and tricks and skills to be perfected on it, you benefit from picking a position and sticking to it. Remember that focusing all your efforts into particular skills will help you perfect these skills better than if you were switching positions all the time.
There is no I in Team
We have all seen it in one sport or the other, that superstar that plays so well they have stopped playing as part of a team and started doing it all on their own, thus failing. Rugby is a team sport and you will be an outstanding player if you learn to play with your whole team and build victories together.
You always need to keep an eye on what’s going on, regardless of if you’re running, tackling, or being tacked. Try to keep your head up and be that player that is always aware of what teammates are doing, spotting holes on your lines and tightening them. This will also enable you to spot loose balls that you can grab or place for a ruck.
Develop Tackled Expertise
If you are playing rugby, you will get tackled at some point. Our final tip is to learn how to make a tackle and it’ll be less likely that you get injured, not to mention you will help your team with rucks.
These tips are simple, and any rugby player can apply them. Remember to stick to your position, appreciate your team, keep tabs on what’s going on on the field, and learn to be tackled like a boss.