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Right: Japanese forward Eriko Arakawa heads the ball during a training session in Shanghai, China, Sept. 8, 2007.Photo: AP

The player in the picture, Eriko Arakawa, is a player on Japan's team for the women's World Cup which is being held in China this month. The organizers say that they expect "25,000 to 30,000 spectators at each game" this year.

Attendances were high at the first women's World Cup in China in 1991, but the US broke all records in 1999, when average crowds were almost 40,000. A massive 90,000-plus attended the final.

Sixteen teams will take part in the tournament, which runs for three weeks. The competition is quickly becoming popular. In 1999 it was shown in just 67 countries. By 2003 it was shown in 144, and had 526 million viewers. This year more people than ever are expected to watch the games on television.

For the first time in the history of the tournament, teams will receive prize money, with one million dollars (NT$33,149,000) for the winner.

(Staff Writer, with AFP)






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