Their heads soaked in sweat, a class of little boys practises Lionel Messi-esque stepovers at a kindergarten tucked away between residential tower blocks in Shanghai. They do not know it, but they are a tiny part of President Xi Jinping's aggressive drive to make China a footballing superpower by 2050.
"When you are (playing) at home, you have to give it everything and go as far as possible and win (the tournament)": France's star defender Wendie Renard says her team, still looking for their first title, will remain "humble". But she has high hopes ahead of the hosts' World Cup campaign, which begins on June 7 with the tournament's opening match, against South Korea.
Cameroonian teenagers who defy prejudice to pursue their dream of becoming professional football come closer to achieving their goal with the country's first academy founded by their idol Gaelle Enganamouit, Female African Footballer of the year.
Dozens of Togolese football fans took to the streets in the capital Lome, to express their disappointment and call for the removal of the nation's football team coach, Claude Le Roy following the squad's failure to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.