FIFA offers little information on Women's World Cup
Immediately after the stunning success on every level of the 1999 Women's World Cup in the United States, international soccer federation president Joseph Blatter said "the future of [soccer] is feminine.''
Eleven years later, all one can say about that is, "The present -- not so much.''
That is what I sadly was left to conclude after a couple days of vainly searching the international federation's website and the Italian soccer federation's website for information about the team the United States must beat to qualify for the 2011 World Cup in Germany.
The situation is a shameful reflection on the ignorance of the tired old men who run the sport.
Read more in Philip Hersh's Globetrotting blog: Women's soccer still an international afterthought