This is not intended to be a troll or flamer thread. If you can't control your emotions, go somewhere else. I've coached and watched women's soccer for many years. I have been struck by the lack of technically proficient play in the women's international game. Most teams, including the US rely on either long balls and individual effort, or drives to the corner and predictable crosses. Germany plays simple combinations that at least one poster has said were predictable, and they are considered the cutting edge. The women's game will be slower than the men's b/c of relative speed and power issues. But, as a long time supporter of girl's and women's soccer, I am aggravated that the women can't seem to play technically or tactically like the men. I've heard top women's coaches speak to the issue of differences in play in terms of women not being strong or fast enough to make the same plays that the men make. It seems to me to be a bogus position as speed and strength are relative. None the less, if I had a choice of watching a men's or women's match of similiar levels, I would watch the men's match. This is especially true at the highest levels. It seems to me that we will have difficulty in establishing a women's league until this gap is closed. From my own experience, I can say that I deliberatly would schedule myself to coach boys in my off season. I thought that it made me a better coach, as I tended to apply boy standards to my girls teams. When I scrimmaged, I scrimmaged against quality boys teams clear up to the seventh and eigth grade level. I thought that those scrimmages made my team quicker and more aggressive. This option is not really available to coaches of older players, although I would occasionally arrange such scrimmages for fun. Maybe this could also apply to the NT. Maybe we need to stretch our thinking of what the women's game can be. Maybe we need to find a men's coach and let that person have a shot. What do you think?