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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: First pro contract
« on: September 20, 2018, 05:06:45 AM »
^[ 1  ] If you discover what it is  perhaps you can let the board  know.

[ 2 ] That said, I saw an article claim that the average annual salary for a player in the FA WSL in 2017/18  was  £ 26 752.  There's a table in the middle of the link comparing annual player salaries in a variety of women sports leagues.

The FA WSL / Re: Whys is Australia producing top level coaches ?
« on: July 12, 2018, 04:40:47 AM »
[ 1 ]  Aside from her Australian playing/coaching experiences, Tanya Oxtoby (Bristol City )  seems to have built an English  playing/coaching CV :  player for Doncaster Rover Belles ( 2012 );  manager for  Nottingham Forest (w) (2012-2014);  director of development for Notts County Ladies ( 2016 ) ; assistant Birmingham City Ladies ( 2016 - 2018 )

[ 2 ] I think Joe Montemurro ( Arsenal Women ) might have got a recommendation from Kim Little: she  was a player ( on loan ) for and he was the manager of Melbourne City women who won the Australian W-League double in 2015-2016.

[ 3 ] Australia ( the Matildas ) are currently ranked 8th in the world and were ranked as high as 4rth in 2017. The Australian W-League (the top flight domestic women's league )  is eleven years old and went full professional last year with an average player salary of A$ 15 500 - A$ 17 400.  The Australian W-League is a short 12-round competition plus playoffs  but because of the good climate, the  Australian women can play football all year round. After W-League season ends,  top Australian players go abroad and play in other top women's leagues -- primarily the USA and Norway. While rank-and-file W-League players who do not go abroad play in tier two amateur/semi-pro state leagues.

[ 4  ] Seen a rumour that  Sam Kerr ( the world-class  Australian striker ) might not be going back to Australia after the NWSL ( USA ) season is over.( She is currently the NWSL leading goal scorer. )   PSG feminines is the stronger  rumour but an England side may have expressed some interest in her.

England International Football / Re: England 3 Russia 1
« on: June 15, 2018, 04:33:52 AM »
Found some highlights of the match:

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:57:06 AM »
^ I don't really have an opinion on the development side. Your points could be right. I merely suggest that the result against Wales can be explained as something other than a function of  inadequate player development: ie  wrong tactics, Wales familiarity with England.  Additionally  it sounded like you were saying that England had no players who could play in tight spaces.That can't be true. That said, If England want's to overtake Germany and the USA then  England needs more pace and athleticism on it's roster.  At the recent  She-Believes Cup, the England back line could not handle the pace of the American front three: Megan Rapinoe, Alex  Morgan and  Mallory Pugh. Additionally,  the Americans have other interchangeable  players who are just as fast : Lynn Williams, Christen Press, Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle, Kelia Ohai.   Furthermore, Germany has not beaten the USA in over a decade .The German women national team is  afraid of the American's speed  and are always retreating, conceding space , and cautious about going forward against  the USA.  Simply put, speed is everything in the (senior international ) women's game .

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: May 12, 2018, 06:47:42 AM »
[ 1 ]  Vietnam ( 35 ) and Wales ( 34 ) are similarly ranked in the current FIFA women's world rankings but if Vietnam bunkered against England  it really wouldn't matter -- England would still win convincingly. I think one of the reasons why Wales did so well against England  was because so many of the Welsh  players  play in the FA WSL.  They see each other every week. Consequently, the Welsh players are very familiar with the  tendencies of the whole  English roster.

[ 2 ] To me, Neville needed to switch things up tactically against Wales. During the match, England put  a lot of aerial balls into the area that nobody tried to meet; or nobody tried to contest;  or fell to nobody.  England  could have used more size  in the area. And there was a need for players who would fight for space, pounce on a loose one or bang one in with their head. Maybe Jill Scott ( who was unavailable ) ?  Maybe Rachel Daly  ( who's quick and aggressive and plays in the USA's very physical women's league)  ?

[ 3 ] Does England have a player who is really good with the ball in tight spaces -- like Dzsenifer Marozsan?  No, not like Marozsan. But some of England's players aren't bad in tight spaces -- Fran Kirby comes to mind.

Marozsan fan vid:

Women's Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:47:32 PM »
March 4   2018       Germany 2  - 2   England

Some inSTAT data via tweets by Chris Henderson :

-Germany vs England inStat Team Stats
Possession - 54-46, GER
Passes - 447 (83%)-369 (77%), GER
Key Passes - 12-11, GER
Challenge % Won - 51-49, GER
Aerial Challenge % Won - 54-46, GER
Successful Dribble % - 76-58, GER
Successful Tackle % - 63-48, GER

-Germany vs England inStat Woman of the Match     Ellen White (ENG)
2 goals  4 fouls won

- Germany vs England inStat Top 5 Rated
1. Ellen White (ENG)
T2. Lucy Bronze (ENG)
T2. Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER)
4. Kathrin Hendrich (GER)
5. Alexandra Popp (GER)

-Germany vs England inStat Bottom 5 Rated (Minimum 30 minutes played)
1. Toni Duggan (ENG)
2. Millie Bright (ENG)
3. Siobhan Chamberlain (ENG)
4. Lina Magull (GER)
5. Keira Walsh (ENG)

-Other assorted Germany vs England stats...
Lena Goessling was successful with 93% of her actions, including 94% completed passes.
Alexandra Popp & Isobel Christiansen each had 3 key passes.
Germany complete 46% of crosses, as opposed to 17% for England

-Germany's Tabea Kemme won just 36% of her challenges. Mel Lawley was in 33 (!) challenges, winning 39%.
Marozsan was 4-for-5 on dribbles.
Faisst was 6-for-8 on tackles.
Lucy Bronze had 19 ball recoveries. Nobody else had more than 13.

-No real "usage" stat for these advanced stats, but if there were, Mel Lawley's would be off the chart. Led England in crosses, challenges, dribbles, tackles.

Women's Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:39:49 PM »
March 1 , 2018,   England  4  - 1  France

[ 1 ]   Some inStat data via tweets by Chris Henderson :

-  Interestingly, France ended up on top of a lot of categories but their breakdowns were catastrophic.
Possession - 52-48, FRA
Passes - 396 (80%)- 393 (81%), FRA
Key Passes - 11-5, ENG
Challenges Won - 54-46%, FRA
Air Challenges Won - 52-48%, ENG
Successful Dribbles - 70-57%, FRA

- Successful Tackles - 68-61%, FRA

- inStat WOTM for England-France is Fran Kirby (by a BIG distance)
1 goal, 1 assist
77% total actions successful
76% passes complete
1 key pass
56% challenges won
60% dribbles successful
67% tackles won
6 ball recoveries
1 foul won

- inStat Top Rated Players for England-France
1. Fran Kirby
2. Lucy Bronze
3. Abbie McManus
4. Jill Scott
5. Jodie Taylor
England had top eight rated players.
Top rated French player was Eve Perisset.

- inStat Bottom Rated Players for England France (minimum 30 minutes played)
1. Faustine Robert
2. Karima Benameur
3. Kadidiatou Diani

- Abbie McManus was successful with 90% of her actions and completed 88% of her passes. Not bad.

- How bad were France's tactics/execution? They attempted seventeen crosses.
   And completed one of them. One!

- Because I want to say something nice about France, Eve Perisset had a solid game:
86% actions successful
83% passes complete
1 key pass
75% challenges won
86% tackles won
15 ball recoveries

[ 2 ]  Despite her good final stats, Eve  Perisset was not in good position to intercept or to block Toni Duggan's goal ( the match opener ). I doubt she was  aware that Duggan was even there.

[ 1 ]  Jackie Groenen had a strong performance for the Netherlands in the 2017 UEFA Womens Euro and she is  probably a big reason why England were knocked out of the tournament in the semi-finals.   A pre-tournament injury to Man City's Tessel Middag  put  Jackie Groenen into a starting midfield role for the Dutch -- playing along with Lieke Martens and Sherida Spitse.  Jackie Groenen is a well-rounded  8  who. despite a svelte figure , does  not  shy away from physicality.  In a tribute video on Youtube  ( with  a lot of the clips from the England match )  you can see Groenen in action: winning  a lot of balls deep or in the midfield; then long balls out to van de Sanden,  through balls to Martens,  and  crosses to Miedema.  Jackie Groenen was a one-women wrecking crew against England that day.

[ 2 ] Some minor quibbles about some of the names mentioned:

-  Rose Lavelle has been consistently injured in 2017. Last year, Rose Lavelle's   rookie season with the Boston Breakers was cut short by an injury. And currently, Lavelle is  not with the USA at SheBelieves because of an injury. Furthermore,  in 2017, she  made 7 appearances for USWNT but only played 90 minutes twice.

- Sara Dabritz's performances , over the last couple of seasons , are getting consistently weaker. In 2015/16 Dabritz scored  9 league goals and Bayern Munich won the Frauen Bundesliga.  Later that year,  Dabritz scored 3 goals in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Germany won the Gold Medal in women's football. Since then, Dabritz didn't score a goal in the 2017 UEFA womens Euro and Germany were knocked out in the quarter finals. And Sara Dabritz has only scored 1 goal over her last 29 league fixtures , spanning over two seasons. In that time, Bayern Munich finished second place in the 2016/17 season of the Frauen Bundesliga and are currently sitting third in the league table. To me, both Bayern Munich and Germany need Sara Dabritz to be better .

That said, there was an injury in there, and Sara Dabritz was the player whose pressure caused the mix up between McManus and Chamberlain which led to Millie Bright's own goal in Sunday's SheBelieves match between England and Germany

England International Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup 2018
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:29:20 AM »
The 2018  SheBelieves opener:   England  4 - 1 France.   The French center backs ( Georges and Mbock ) were bit of a horror show for France out there.

England International Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup 2018
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:24:59 AM »
" What is the object of the game of football? To run into the box and fall over." -- A Bit of Fry and Laurie

The FA WSL / Re: Where to watch the matches - please contribute!
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:19:55 AM »
[ 1 ]  There are periodic announcements, either from the FA or from some women football websites, which provide advance notice about what fixtures are going to be broadcast on television or online.

Fixtures streamed or broadcast for September- November 2017:

Fixtures streamed or broadcast for  January 2018:

The upcoming semifinals and finals of the SSE Women's FA Cup will be shown in April and May 2018:

[ 2 ]  Sometimes , on very short notice , some individual clubs will stream a match on their facebook page. The same for the FA WSL facebook page.

Women's Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:40:46 PM »
It's being pointed out that England are missing Steph Houghton but the USA and France are also missing comparable veteran centre backs : Becky Sauerbrunn and Wendie Renard respectively.

USA Women's Football / Re: Boston all Broken
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:36:22 PM »
Natasha Dowie  officially signed with Linkoping  in the Damallsvenskan ( the top women's league in Sweden ).

England International Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup 2018
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:51:42 PM »
Chris Henderson, an American podcaster,  provides some inSTAT data w/ comments about England players  via a series of tweets:

- Newly recalled England CB Anita Asante's stats in 2-2 draw vs Man City on Saturday:
88% actions successful
88% passes completed
2 key passes
76% challenges won
5/5 aerial challenges won
4/4 tackles won
15 ball recoveries

-England have been hit by the absence of Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs, and Karen Carney, forcing some late call-ups/replacements.
-In goal, Siobhan Chamberlain has featured most recently over Karen Bardsley, but the pair's form according to inStat has been pretty even.

-On the backline, England face major questions at center-back. Millie Bright, in strong form over the past year looks to fill one spot, but Neville likely chooses between recent recall Anita Asante and the relatively unproven Gabrielle George & Abbie McManus for the other slot.

-There are fewer worries out wide, where right-back Lucy Bronze is one of the world's best, while Neville can choose between Alex Greenwood and Demi Stokes to fill the other spot, both strong options.

-In midfield, Jill Scott looks a sure option on form, with Isobel Christiansen and Keira Walsh also having impressed over the last calendar year. Young marvel Georgia Stanway is one to watch, but there are concerns over Fara Williams' declining form.

-Up top, England are spoilt for choice, with Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby, and Nikita Parris having impressed the past year. NWSL'ers Rachel Daly and Jodie Taylor are fine options in depth.

-Summing it up for England? With major hits in depth and a new manager, they look the least of a strong SBC field.
They look likeliest for the bottom of the table but have enough quality up top to pull a surprise.

-Here's some key inStat numbers for England:

Top Rated Overall for 2017-18:
1. Lucy Bronze
2. Alex Greenwood
3. Toni Duggan
4. Fran Kirby
5. Nikita Parris

-Most successful total actions:

88% - Anita Asante

Highest Pass Completion:

89% - Asante

Most Key Passes Per Game:

1.50 - Alex Greenwood

Highest Cross % by a Wide Player:

37% - Nikita Parris

Highest Challenge %

77% - Millie Bright

-And finally, Highest Aerial Challenge %

79% - Millie Bright


England International Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup 2018
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:59:17 PM »
[ 1 ]  Reading a lot of angst and anger directed at Diacre ( the manager for Les Bleues ) for her She Believes roster selection -- a lot of unhappiness about specific player omissions.  And lots of  doom and gloom about France's prospects in the 2018 She Believes Cup and the 2019 WWC France.  It's worth noting that France  has six results and only one  loss in their last seven  fixtures! Additionally,  when one removes the bad loss to Germany (Nov 2017)  , France have only conceded 3 goals out of  6 fixtures.  It's not all bad news here, France are defending well and generally keeping the ball out of the net.

[ 2 ] Given that the French women's national team have an unfortunate  reputation for folding under pressure, it's a little bit interesting that  France are  hosting next year's WWC  where the pressure of playing at home in front of friends and family could be higher than anything that they have ever experienced before!

[ 3 ]  If French central defender Laura Georges starts for France in the She Believes opener, then England shoud have a go at her ( over her, around her, through  her, behind her-- whatever ). Laura Georges is old , slow and vunerable.

England International Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup 2018
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:31:22 PM »
I think all three of England's keepers are still playing relatively well. That said, Chamberlain and Bardsley are in their mid thirties and Telford is in her early thirties. At what point is age a concern  and when is the best time to address it?

Announcements / Re: Future of the forum again
« on: February 14, 2018, 04:40:11 PM »
[ 1 ] Again,  there is double digit reader interest  on this forum on a daily basis -- including today.

[ 2 ] I would not  mind seeing more polls on the forum ( maybe monthly ?) asking easy questions and soliciting simple responses. For example:
- Will England win the 2018 SheBelieves Cup ?  yes or no.
-  Who would be the better left fullback for England:    Demi Stokes or Alex Greenwood ?

Polls are simple, they're democratic, and they could help turn shy readers into participating posters.

England International Football / Re: SheBelieves Cup 2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 04:30:06 PM »
 The USWNT name a 26 player preliminary roster to be trimmed to 23 players at the end of a training camp: 

U.S. women’s national team roster by position (caps/goals):

GOALKEEPERS: Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0)

DEFENDERS: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 14/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 1/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 0/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 105/2), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit; 8/0), Emily Sonnett (Sydney FC, AUS/Portland Thorns FC; 13/0)

MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 58/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 44/4), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 7/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 247/98), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 8/0)

FORWARDS: Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG/NC Courage; 58/23), Ashley Hatch (Melbourne City FC, AUS/Washington Spirit; 1/0), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 135/81), Christen Press (Houston Dash; 97/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 30/8), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 130/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 16/4)

Scotland Women's Football / Spartans FC Women
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:23:36 PM »
In episode 113 of the WWFShow podcast , Adam Barlow half-jokingly asked Paul Greig ( Spartans' new women coach ) if he would be bringing Australian phenom Sam Kerr to Spartans. Last year, Greig was an assistant coach with the US side Sky Blue and Sam Kerr, playing  striker for Sky Blue, was the eventual 2017 NWSL golden boot winner.  Anyway, an amusing point here is that a " Sam Kerr " already plays in the  Scottish Women's Premier League ( SWPL ). She's a Scotland U19 international and currently a midfielder for Glasgow City FC.  It would be neat if the two would  meet.

The FA WSL / 2018 FA WSL player of the month
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:12:16 PM »
[ 1 ] Beth England named January player of the month. Congrats.

[ 2 ] I wonder, in the past,  if Beth England and Ellie Brazil ( currently with Fiorentina) ever started against each other? If so, then the marquee match  would be,  say,  Liverpool LFC  vs Birmingham City LFC  AND  the undercard would be England vs Brazil ( sarcasm) .

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