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Wales and Netherlands to play friendly international

Chris Coleman said the friendly would be 'a great opportunity to measure ourselves against one of the top sides' Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Wales manager Chris Coleman says he is 'delighted' that his side will play a friendly international against the Netherlands this summer.

The match will be held on June 4th at the Amsterdam Arena and will act as a final preparation match for the Netherlands before they head to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup.

Chris Coleman said: "I could not ask for a better game for my squad at the end of the season.

"Everyone knows and respects the Dutch style of play and this will give us a great opportunity to measure ourselves against one of the top sides - not only in Europe, but the world."

Wales and the Netherlands last met in June 2008 at the Feijenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, where Wales went down 2-0 at the hands of their hosts.


Football campaign aiming to tackle 'pushy parents'

The FAW says it wants to crack down on adults who behave inappropriately at children's football matches Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A campaign is being launched this morning to tackle parents who are critical or overly-competitive when watching their children play football.

The Football Association of Wales, which has named its campaign 'Behind the Line, Behind the Team', says it wants to prevent adults being 'over-zealous' on the touchline of children's matches.

Adults are asked to sign a code of conduct, which includes 'never publicly criticise or ridicule my child or another player', 'support and motivate all players, including the opposition', and agreeing 'not to place my child under pressure or push them into unwanted activities'.

There is also a request not to post negative comments on social networking sites about young players, match officials or volunteers.

The FAW says it wants to remind parents that 'children play for fun and winning isn't everything'.

There are similar codes of conduct in place for young players themselves, as well as coaches, managers and volunteers.


Chris Coleman 'delighted' at contract extension

Wales Manager Chris Coleman says he is 'delighted' to remain in charge of Wales for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after signing a two-year deal.

People have spoken about whether I would sign a new deal, but I am delighted to extend it and I am looking forward to the challenges that will come.

I have two years of experience in the job and we will be better for it.

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity, by Trefor and Jonathan and the FAW council, to lead my country into the next campaign and I am looking forward to it.

– Chris Coleman

The FAW confirmed Coleman's deal at a press conference in Cardiff this afternoon following reports that he'd already put pen to paper.

Chris Coleman 'signs contract extension' with FAW

Chris Coleman has reportedly put pen to paper on a new two-year deal Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Wales manager Chris Coleman has reportedly signed a two-year contract extension with the Football Association of Wales.

Press Association Sport says it understands the 43-year-old has put pen to paper on the deal, which would take him through to the end of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The FAW have not yet confirmed or denied the reports, but have announced they are holding a second press conference tomorrow at 12:30pm in addition to their pre-match one.

Wales boss Coleman favourite for Crystal Palace job

Wales manager Chris Coleman is odds-on bookmakers' favourite to take charge of Premier League side Crystal Palace, amid continuing speculation linking him with the vacancy.

Chris Coleman has been under pressure after a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign. Credit: PA

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Palace are "confident of appointing a manager before the weekend with Chris Coleman emerging as the clear favourite to succeed Ian Holloway".

The Daily Mail reports the Football Association of Wales denies it has received contact from Palace about appointing Coleman.

The 43-year-old was at Crystal Palace for four years as a player.

His contract as Wales manager is due to expire this month.

An extension was agreed, but not signed - with Coleman casting doubts over his future ahead of Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers last month

Wales rise eight places to 44th in FIFA rankings

Wales have risen eight places in the latest FIFA world rankings, after a strong finish to their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Chris Coleman's side beat Macedonia 1-0 at home on Friday, and drew 1-1 away at Belgium on Tuesday.

Wales are now joint 44th, with Japan - having moved ahead of the likes of Norway and Tunisia, but behind Mali, the Cape Verde Islands and Hungary.

Aaron Ramsey got Wales' late equaliser against Belgium, to end a disappointing qualifying campaign on a high. Credit: PA

They have though been leapfrogged by Scotland, who moved up to 35th after beating Croatia.

That meant Scotland finished fourth in their qualifying group, ahead of Wales in fifth, and Macedonia in sixth.

England are tenth in the rankings, the Republic of Ireland 60th, and Northern Ireland 90th.

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