PA Athlete Recalls His World Soccer Championships Experience

“I think it shows how far women’s football is going for tackles around the world that these teams are getting so much stronger and so much better. It’s fantastic to see the sport developing.

“Even for that gold medal game we would be playing Australia and Great Britain, we couldn’t play those teams from countries that aren’t the first English countries.”

The tournament was delayed due to pandemic restrictions, so being able to participate was a dream come true and being able to play in a country like Finland was memorable.

“We got to see more countries and talk to more people,” Viklund said.

While there were many highlights for her during the tournament, a few stood out for her, including a big tackle in their semi-final against Great Britain and a fumble recovery in the match for the bronze medal.

Most of the team has returned to Canada while Viklund and others remain in Scandinavia for some travel. Once back in Prince Albert, it will be back to football.

“A lot of us are moving on to coaching equipment. I’m coming back next week and the River Riders season is starting. It’s just a return to more football.

The IFAF has not confirmed where the next tournament will be held, as rumors swirl that it could take place in two years, instead of the traditional four years.

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