Director Colin Bell’s clock runs fast.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is just three months away. This World Cup will be held for about a month from July 20th to August 20th, and the women’s soccer team led by coach Bell is tied to Germany, Colombia and Morocco in Group H.
Belho played two friendly matches against Zambia on the 7th and 11th. It was his first A match this year, and he exploded with 10 goals in 2 matches. They won 5-2 in the first game and 5-0 in the second game. It was a meaningful two-game winning streak for Zambia on the African continent because it had a strong mock test character against Morocco, which was tied with Korea in the World Cup.
The players who were called up for the evaluation match disbanded after the match against Zambia and joined their respective teams. Not only players who play in the domestic WK league, but also overseas players such as Cho So-hyun (Tottenham) and Lee Geum-min (Brighton) returned to England.
Now, the women’s national team has only one call left before the World Cup. The official A match call-up period designated by FIFA is from June 20th. Bell’s convocation date has yet to be confirmed. An official from the Korea Football Association said, “No date has been set yet. I am thinking about it according to the FIFA designated date, but I have to consult with the clubs as well.”
In July, we will hold a launching ceremony that also serves as an evaluation match. According to the association, the sparring partner is still undecided. After the final evaluation match, Belho leaves the country halfway through.
Before the convocation, coach Bell plans to go to the WK League matches to check the players’ condition and play.
Belho has been preparing for this World Cup step by step. Coach Bell, who took the helm of the women’s national team in October 2019, has scheduled evaluation matches with several countries. Last February, I went to the Arnold Clark Cup, hosted by the England Football Association, in which four countries (England, Italy, Belgium, and Korea) participate. He developed international competitiveness while sparring with various countries on each continent, as well as European powerhouses compared to the World Cup.
It also produced several achievements. Starting with runner-up in the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship, in February of last year, she achieved the first runner-up in history at the 2022 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Women’s Asian Cup. Afterwards, he succeeded in extending his contract until the 2023 World Cup, and at the beginning of this month he succeeded in renewing his second contract until December 2024.
Captain Kim Hye-ri (Incheon Hyundai Steel) said,토토사이트 “I am happy to be with you for a longer time. It will be of great help in preparing for the Women’s World Cup, as well as the Paris Olympic qualifiers and the Hangzhou Asian Games.”
Belho will play their first game against Colombia on July 25, followed by Morocco (July 30) and Germany (August 3) in the group stage. They are aiming to advance to the round of 16 once again in eight years since the round of 16 at the 2015 Canada Women’s World Cup.