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18/10/2012

International women’s club championship set for November

 A new international women’s competition ? the mobcast cup International Women’s Club Championship ? will kick off in Japan next month, the Japan Women’s Football League announced in Tokyo on Wednesday.
 This year’s competition will feature UEFA Women’s Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais, Australian women’s league champions Canberra United, Japan’s Nadeshiko League Cup holders NTV Beleza and this year’s Nadeshiko League champions.
 The Japanese league champions will be determined by November 11 and the draw for the two matches of the first round will be held after that.
 The first round of the new tournament will be held at Urawa Komaba Stadium in Saitama on November 22 and the final and the third-place playoff will take place at NACK5 Stadium Omiya in Saitama on November 25. The winners will earn $60,000 out of a total purse of $100,000.
 The championship, which has a three-year sponsorship deal, is the first of its kind and the Japanese women’s league is hoping to make it into a global competition.
 Taguchi Yoshinori, senior executive of the Japan Women’s Football League, said, “We’ll run this tournament for three years to start with and hope to involve more club champions from the rest of the world, and eventually make it a FIFA tournament ? the women’s equivalent of the Club World Cup.”