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USA women’s football team win group and silence age critics

by on June 17, 2015

In continuing our occasional series of ‘sporting ages’ posts, we turn to the 2015 Women’s World Cup currently underway in Canada.  Despite less flattering headlines for FIFA of late, there is much to be said for this event, even though the late night coverage once again clashing with important exams in our household has caused some heated debate.

Similarly heated debate surround those who have been questioning the average age of the USA team, whose team selection was described as a ‘huge gamble’ by Fox News as their average age of 29.37 apparently makes them the oldest world cup team in either the men’s or women’s competition ever!  Well the USA have won their group and progressed to the last 16 so I’d like to think that might silence their critics but I suspect not.

Indeed, it is reported in an article on TakePart.com that the USA women’s captain, Christie Rampone, says that she is asked more often about her age than any other aspect of the game or her career.  Certainly it appears in many headlines today, in the Huffington Post for example, which despite singing her praises still focuses on her age NOT her footballing skill in the headline.  Certainly that this is her fifth world cup is a fantastic achievement but the emphasis on her approaching 40th does seem to overshadow discussions about what is happening on the pitch.  Let’s hope she has more to celebrate than her birthday as the competition moves to the knock out stages.

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