Top Women’s World Cup Photos by Stuart Gradon

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Over a week has past since USA beat Japan 5-2 in the final of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Vancouver, bringing an end to the month-long tournament.

I was fortunate enough to get to most of the matches in Edmonton, Alberta, including the tournament’s opening match between Canada and China – played in front of over 53,000 fans.

I wouldn’t get the chance to shoot a match featuring Canada again – a Canadian quarter-final loss to England in Vancouver denying me the opportunity of working a Canada vs Japan semi-final on Canada Day (July 1).

But I still managed some decent games including China vs Cameroon, Australia vs Japan, Japan vs England and Germany vs England. Please check out some of my favourite photos from below.

Canada vs China at FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Canada in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Canada’s Erin Macleod is beaten by shot but saved by the post during her side’s match against China at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

And for anyone interested in photo gear, I used my recently purchased Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 Sport lens mounted on a Nikon D7000 for the entire World Cup. The Sigma lens is a nice piece of equipment – solid and with a decent range of focal length that can hold 2.8 all the way through. Great for those of us looking to stretch our dollars.

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Canada vs China at FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Canada in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Canada’s Adriana Leon, right, is fouled by China’s Rong Zhao in the opening match of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

Canada vs China at FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Canada in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Canada’ Christine Sinclair, #12, celebrates her goal against China with Canada coach John Herdman in the opening match at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

Netherlands vs New Zealand at FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Canada in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

Netherlands Lieke Martens, right, celebrates her goal against New Zealand at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015  in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

Netherlands vs New Zealand at FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Canada in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

Netherlands vs New Zealand at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 6, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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China’s Wang Shuang and Cameroon’s Yvonne Leuko battle during their FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 second-round match in Edmonton Saturday, June 20, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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China vs Cameroon at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 20, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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China vs Cameroon at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 20, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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China celebrates winning their second round match against Cameroon at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 20, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Australia’s Samantha Kerr and Japan’s Azusa Iwashimizu take a mutual tumble during their quarter-final match at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 26, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Australia vs Japan at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 26, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Australia vs Japan at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 26, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Japan’s goal scorer, Mana Iwabuchi, controls the ball against Australia during their quarter-final match at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 26, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Japan celebrates Mana Iwabuchi’s goal against Australia during their quarter-final match at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, June 26, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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England’s Karen Bardsley is sent the wrong way and can only watch as Aya Miyama scores Japan’s first goal in their semi final match at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Japan’s Saori Ariyoshi, left, is fouled by England’s Claire Rafferty during their semi final match at FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Japan vs England in semi final of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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England’s Laura Bassett Jo Potter after losing their semi final against Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Bassett scored an own goal in injury time. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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England’s Laura Bassett, right, is consoled by coach Mark Sampson and Jo Potter after losing their semi final against Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Bassett scored an own goal in injury time. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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England’s Karen Bardsley, left, and Katie Chapman contest a high ball with Germany’s Lena Goessling, right, in the third place playoff of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, July 4, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Germany vs England in the third place playoff of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, July 4, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Germany, England, World Cup, Women’s World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, Stuart, Gradon, Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project England’s Steph Houghton, left, slide tackles Germany’s Anja Mittag in the third place playoff of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, July 4, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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England celebrates Fara Williams’, #4, goal in extra time against Germany in the third place playoff of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, July 4, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Germany vs England in the third place playoff of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, July 4, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Germany vs England in the third place playoff of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, July 4, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

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Germany vs England in the third place playoff of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton Saturday, July 4, 2015. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project

 

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