Women's Teams Share Accommodations With Their Opponents
Imagine playing one of the most important games of your life and then having to go back and face your opponents at the hotel. That's an unimaginably awkward scenario, and it's one that the men's teams don't have to face at the World Cup, but the women do.
According to a report in The Guardian, men's teams get their choice of hotels to serve as "base camps" during the tournaments, but women's teams have always had to stay at a handful of designated hotels. With several teams staying at the same place, it can make for some awkward encounters between opponents.
"Two teams that are supposed to play against each other shouldn't be sharing a hotel," Germany women's coach Silvia Neid said at the 2015 tournament. "For us, it was difficult having just won against Sweden, and Sweden was pretty sad — we still had to share the elevator with them. You play against each other but you constantly run into each other in the hotel, and that shouldn't happen."