England prepare to take on France.
07th July 2017
The 2017 FIPFA World Cup has kicked off with England’s first two matches yesterday in Kissimmee, Florida, USA. The competition will run to the 10th of July with the final itself on the 9th. So far England have been in excellent form beating Ireland 3-0 and then thumping Australia later 5-0 with England Captain Jon Bolding getting all five goals. England play France and Canada later today.
The structure of the torment is different to how the FIFA World Cups are usally set out. Instead of several small groups with only two teams qualifying the FIPFA World Cup has two groups of five with only the bottom team getting eliminated from the tournament. The knockout rounds start tomorrow on the 8th July with the 1st place team from group A playing the 4th place team from group B and then the 2rd placed team from group A plays the 3th placed team from group B. This means that the teams England are likely to face are Japan, Argentina or Uruguay in tomorrow’s quarter final depending on how they faire against Canada and France today.
England’s match against France will be their most challenging opponent yet. France beat Ireland 9-0 and Canada 11-0 in their opening two games and sit top of the table with a plus 20 goal difference. While France seem early tournament favourites England possess one of the tournaments stand out players in Jon Bolding. England captain Bolding is currently the World Cups second top scorer with 7 goals in 2 games. Five of these goals came in Bolding’s last match against Australia and England will hope that he is just warming up. The support the England team has been fantastic with many professional footballers such as Matt Francis from Brighton AFC wishing the team good luck in Florida. Last night Jon Bolding thanked all the fans by tweeting: “Thank you very much, thanks for the support”. If England do finish second and get past their quarter final opponent, England could be facing France again tomorrow in the semi-final with the winner of that match likely to face America in the final on Sunday 9th July.
In pool A the USA have also been in fantastic form beating Denmark 8-0, Uruguay 6-0 and second placed Japan 9-0. The USA currently lead their group by five points with the other teams mainly drawing with each other. Japan possibly pose the other threat as they beat Argentina 3-2 in an exciting match but later lost to America heavily and drew with Denmark.
The final of the Word Cup is on Sunday and is likely to feature America against France or England. You can watch England vs France on live stream at 14:30 today by heading to the official FIPFA website http://www.fipfaworldcuplive.org/ .