Left Menu
Development News Edition

American great urges Indians to visit stadiums in large numbers during FIFA U-17 Women's WC

American great urges Indians to visit stadiums in large numbers during FIFA U-17 Women's WC
Image Credit: ANI

Two-time World Cup-winning American forward Kristine Lilly on Saturday urged Indians to visit stadiums in large numbers and support the home team when the country organizes the U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup next year. "The success you had with the men's U-17 World Cup two years ago and now you are having this World Cup, you all are ready for it. Just fill-up the seats and show these women that you support them," said the 48-year-old former player.

Lilly, who scored 130 goals for the United States, was in the city for the official emblem launch of the tournament, scheduled to be held from November 2-21 at different venues across the country. "India can be a great contender (in football); they need support whether they are male or female. India hosting and the girls having this opportunity to step out on the field and play for their fans, (trying) to be world champions, it will be a great environment," she added.

As the host nation, India will get direct entry into the tournament. Asked about suggestions to improve the game in India, she stressed on backing the players. "All of I know is when you dedicate and support something (thing happen). I think if you get the players that really love (the game) and have (passion) in their heart and step on the field and the majority of players do want to step out and play.

"But it really comes down to respecting what you have there and showing respect for the boys and the girls and (providing) continuous support whether it is financial, coaching, fans, media, everybody has to be back up the teams. "And next year at this time it is a great opportunity to show these women that you do support them. (Then) all those young girls can look up and says whoa and one day I can play for this team…," she said, explaining how support was crucial.

Lilly, who won the World Cup in 1991 and 1999, cited the example of the United States' women's team to prove her point, saying when they won the World Cup in 1991, only two people had welcomed them at the New York airport. "The game has gone better (become better) and support is been there. When we were playing, we were not supported. When we won the World Cup in 1991, there were two people at the airport in New York when he got back, and we thought we were like World Champions are coming back."

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



JNU Administration's 100-meter challenge before JNUSU

For the first time in its history, Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU Administration is seeking permanent deployment of local police to keep protesting students at 100 meters away from the Administrative Block. It would be interesting to see h...

Sentiment Analysis of Twitter users during COP25: Governments losing trust on Climate Action

Sentiment analysis of Twitter users during COP25 in Madrid, being held from December 2-13, shows widespread fear on climate change due to global warming but almost no trust on governments in meeting the emission targets. In the analysis the...

These innovators are making humanitarian response more efficient

These alarming trends prompt a call for the world to not only address the ongoing crisis but also to adopt innovative approaches to fulfill the growing humanitarian needs in such emergencies. ...

Hyderabad Encounter: A sentiment analysis of public mood on day of encounter

Sentiment analysis of twitter users revealed that they showered salutes on Hyderabad police for eliminating alleged gang rapists of the veterinary doctor but only a few believe in cops version of successive events leading to encounter....


Latest News

FEATURE-From tweet to street: New generation joins Thai protest

It wasnt only the moves to ban Thailands most vocal opposition party that brought Gift onto the street for the first time.The 25-year-old landscape architect was also stung by taunts that her generation was not brave enough to go beyond onl...

Citizenship Act: Several DU students boycott exams, hold protests

Several Delhi University students on Monday boycotted exams and held protests to express solidarity with students of Jamia Millia and AMU protesting against the amended Citizenship Act following which heavy force has been deployed at the Ar...

West Bengal Guv hits out at Mamata over rally against amended

Slamming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her decision to hit the streets against the amended Citizenship Act, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday urged her to desist from unconstitutional and inflammatory actions...

WB: CM Mamata Banerjee announces mega rally in Kolkata to protest against CAA, NRC

Amid protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act CAA and the National Register of Citizens NRC in the North-eastern states, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced a mega rally in Kolkata today to protest against t...

Give Feedback