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Football vs futebol: Players challenge each other ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup

WATCH ABOVE: Ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, a bit of a friendly rivalry has emerged between members of the CFL and the Canadian Women’s Soccer team. Online producer Caley Ramsay has the details. 

EDMONTON – What started as a friendly challenge may have some of the CFL’s best kickers worried about their jobs.

Ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, members of the Canadian Football League challenged members of the Canadian Women’s Soccer team to test their field goal skills.

“We know you girls are skilled and you can do it with one of these (a soccer ball). Heck, I can do it with one of these,” said Marc-Olivier Brouillette, linbacker for the Montreal Alouettes.

“Thirty-five yards out. Let’s see what you’ve got,” added Adam Bighill, linebacker for the BC Lions.

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That challenge was happily accepted by four Team Canada players: Adriana Leon, Stephanie Labbe, Sophie Schmidt and Selenia Iacchelli.

But Team Canada’s Kaylyn Kyle took it one step farther, 10 yards farther to be exact. The Saskatchewan midfielder kicked a 45-yard field goal.

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The completion led to some clever tweets from the CFL and a few of its players.

And of course, it wouldn’t be any fun if the women didn’t have a challenge for the men in return. The crossbar challenge was willingly accepted by Bo Levi Mitchell, Adam Bighill, Chevon Walker, Andy Fantuz and Marc-Olivier Brouillette.

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The Opening Match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup goes Saturday at 4 p.m. at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.

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