FIFA Women’s World Cup And International Yoga Day
FIFA Women’s World Cup: France June 7 – July 7th
By: Charlotte Price
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s international governing body. The competition has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women’s World Championship, was held in China.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This year, it is being held in France at 9 venues in 9 different cities. Some of these cities include Paris, Nice, Montpellier, Rennes, and Reims. There are 24 teams there from 6 different confederations, and as of right now, the USA Women’s Team, ranked #1, looks the strongest with a 13-0 win over Thailand already under their belt.
USA Coach Jill Ellis said, “Selecting a World Cup team is a long process, and I want to thank the players – the ones that made the final team and the ones that didn’t – for all of their hard work over the past two and a half years, they all pushed each other in every training session and every game and challenged the coaches to make some tough decisions. These 23 players have been through adversity and success, and it’s a group that has the talent, confidence, experience and desire to help us win the World Cup.” To learn more about the strong women on the USA team, click here to see the roster and other information.
International Yoga Day: Friday 6/21
By: Charlotte Price
International Day of Yoga, which is commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness about the importance of self care and body. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Today, Yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. This year, the theme is Climate Action. It is the fifth annual International Day of Yoga and it will be celebrated at the United Nations but also all around the world.