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Friday Roundup: FIFA releases new World Rankings

Also in today’s roundup, the Ertz family gives back, and the rest of the Week 13 injury report

The new FIFA Women’s Ranking came out earlier today, with the Japanese Nadeshiko proving the greatest beneficiaries, rising five spots to land at sixth, after winning the AFC Asian Cup earlier in the year. This caused some reshuffling in the top ten, with Sweden falling to 11th after some struggles in World Cup Qualifying. England dropped from second to fourth, and Canada dropped fourth to fifth after falling to Germany earlier this month.

At the other end of the list, here are the teams that are newly ranked in this iteration: Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Indonesia, Algeria, Guyana, Cuba, Congo, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ethiopia, Suriname, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, Barbados (first appearance), Tanzania, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Grenada, US Virgin Islands, Uganda, Antigua and Barbuda, Curaçao, Aruba

Julie and Zach Ertz announce the Ertz Family Foundation

 

Earlier this week, Julie Ertz and her husband Zach (a football player for the Philadelphia Eagles) announced the founding of the Ertz Family Foundation. Describing a trip to Haiti as the impetus for the foundation, Julie had to say “This is something we’ve talked about doing for years now, and it’s exciting to be making it happen together. To be able to personally give hope and the help they need has been life-changing for them and me”.

The Ertz Family Foundation strives to empower others by sharing faith, learning through sports and advancing education to build supportive communities. Initially, funds raised for the foundation will be split between Haiti, the Bay Area (where both Ertz’s went to college), and Chicago, but will expand to other areas

Full injury report released for Week 13 of NWSL play

 

In addition to the report for tonight’s match between the Portland Thorns and the Houston Dash, as reported yesterday, the NWSL released the full extent of injuries for this weekend’s slate of action.

Most notably, Rose Lavelle is questionable for the Washington Spirit with right hamstring inflammation, Seattle’s Lauren Barnes has a concussion, Ali Krieger has been promoted to questionable for Orlando with her right knee sprain, and Sam Mewis is out for North Carolina with pain in her right knee. Not listed for Orlando is Marta, who was in Brazil this week for an excused absence, but who should be back by tomorrow.

Full injury report, as updated on June 22nd:

CHICAGO RED STARS

OUT: Stephanie McCaffrey (illness)

QUESTIONABLE: Rosie White (right hamstring strain)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

HOUSTON DASH

OUT: Kristie Mewis (left ACL sprain – SEI)

QUESTIONABLE: Kyah Simon (left ankle sprain)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE

OUT: Abby Dahlkemper (right knee pain), Makenzy Doniak (left knee ACL tear – SEI), Liz Eddy (left quadriceps strain), Julie King (left ankle repair), Samantha Mewis (right knee pain)

QUESTIONABLE: Lynn Williams (right hamstring strain)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

ORLANDO PRIDE

OUT: Dani Weatherholt (excused absence)

QUESTIONABLE: Ali Krieger (right knee sprain)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

PORTLAND THORNS FC

OUT: Meg Morris (left hip pain), Midge Purce (right ankle sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: Tobin Heath (right ankle sprain)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

SEATTLE REIGN FC

OUT: Yael Averbuch (illness), Lauren Barnes (concussion), Jess Fishlock (right quad strain), Jaycie Johnson (right knee sprain – D45)

QUESTIONABLE: None

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

UTAH ROYALS FC

OUT: Alex Arlitt (left knee strain – SEI), Mandy Laddish (right hip contusion – SEI), Kelley O’Hara (right hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: None

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

WASHINGTON SPIRIT

OUT: Mallory Eubanks (right ankle sprain), Cali Farquharson (left tibial stress injury – D45), Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy), Mallory Pugh (right PCL sprain), Arielle Ship (right ACL recovery – D45), Havana Solaun (left knee chondral avulsion)

QUESTIONABLE: Rose Lavelle (left hamstring inflammation)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

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