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I was told the FA is looking at installing the same fee system in girls football than in the boys academy system.
Considering what a mess it is in boys football, why does the FA want to copy the model and import it to girls's football

The FA WSL / FA WSL licensing renewal
« on: March 09, 2017, 03:54:59 PM »
Well it is nearly the time for the licensing renewal :

"The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017. The applications will then be reviewed and approved by The FA Women's Football Board at their meeting in mid-May 2017"

"Applications will only be open to current FA WSL clubs - with 20 licences available (10 for each division).

The alignment of the FA WSL season with the rest of the women's football pyramid will mean that relegation from FA WSL 2 into the FA Women's Premier League (FA WPL) will be introduced from the 2017-18 season.

The promotion position for the FA Women's Premier League (FA WPL) play-off winners will be continued.

The licences will begin for the 2018-19 season and, for the first time, will not be fixed-term. Clubs will need to continue to meet licence criteria on an annual basis."

I don't know why but it seems no one is shocked around the women's football world that the new licenses are starting in 2018/19. It means that the 2017/18 season will mean nothing at all as places in WSL1&2 or no licence will be decided by May 2017 on paper application.

Table position at the end of the 2017/18 will not count for promotion or relegation as far as I understand.
It is the same process than in 2013, when Doncaster were demoted to WSL 2 for the 2014 season barely a game into the 2013 season. This time teams will know a year in advance where they will play regardless of what will happen on the pitch.  Only the top 2 FA WSL 1 places will have an impact as they will qualify for the Champions League.   

Women's Football / Women's football strategy launch
« on: March 03, 2017, 10:42:39 AM »
The FA will present their new strategy very soon. I received an invite recently about it, probably because I asked for a press pass for the U17 Elite round.

The FA WSL / WSL 2 predictions
« on: April 18, 2016, 02:19:04 PM »
1. Bristol (p)
2. Millwall (p)
3. Yeovil
4.  Everton
5. Durham
6. Sheffield
7. Villa
8. Watford
9. London Bees
10. Oxford

European Women's Football / D1 feminine 2015-16
« on: September 04, 2015, 09:03:06 AM »
The season started last week and the favourite will be OL looking to win a 10th consecutive title.
PSG did not recruit until late due to a budget being reduced while Montpellier and Juvisy made a lot of good signings.

Head to head results is the tie breaker so all the games between the big four teams will be decisive as usual.

European Women's Football / Netherlands to stage Olympic qualifiers
« on: August 26, 2015, 11:22:49 AM »
The Netherlands will host a mini-tournament also involving Norway, Sweden and Switzerland in March to decide UEFA's third qualifiers for the 2016 women's Olympic competition in Brazil.

UEFA has three slots in the event, which were decided by performances at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Fourth-placed Germany and quarter-finalists France booked their Brazil campaigns but the best World Cup performers, bronze-medallists England, do not enter Olympic football.

Therefore the four UEFA nations eliminated in the World Cup round of 16 will play off for the remaining berth, each team meeting each other once on 2, 5 and 9 March. UEFA has appointed UEFA Women's EURO 2017 hosts Netherlands to stage the Olympic qualifiers, with exact venues to be confirmed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) at a later date.


Wednesday 2 March: Norway v Sweden, Switzerland v Netherlands
Saturday 5 March: Norway v Netherlands, Sweden v Switzerland
Wednesday 9 March: Switzerland v Norway, Netherlands v Sweden

Competition facts

• Norway were Europe's only Olympic gold medallists in 2000 (no other UEFA nation has played in the final) and took bronze in the inaugural 1996 event.

• Sweden lost 1-0 to Germany in the bronze-medal play-off in 2004.

• Neither the Netherlands nor Switzerland have played in the women's Olympic tournament; both made their World Cup finals debuts this year.

• Sweden have already qualified for the men's event via the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

• All these nations have won men's Olympic football medals but only Sweden, in 1948, have taken gold.

• Norway, Sweden and Switzerland will all be playing in UEFA Women's EURO 2017 qualifying from September: full fixture list.

2016 Olympic qualifiers

Brazil (hosts), Colombia, France, Germany + 8 tbc (2 AFC, 2 CAF, 2 CONCACAF, 1 OFC, 1 UEFA)

• Matches in Brazil will be played from 3 to 19 August 2016.

Past Olympic medallists

2012: United States (gold), Japan (silver), Canada (bronze); London, United Kingdom
2008: United States (gold), Brazil (silver), Germany (bronze); Beijing, China
2004: United States (gold), Brazil (silver), Germany (bronze); Athens, Greece
2000: Norway (gold), United States (silver), Germany (bronze); Sydney, Australia
1996: United States (gold), China (silver), Norway (bronze); Atlanta, United States

England Cup Competitions / FA Women's Cup 2015/16
« on: August 14, 2015, 01:26:12 PM »
Dates of rounds

First round qualifying: Sunday 6 September
Second round qualifying: Sunday 20 September 2015 
Third round qualifying: Sunday 11 October 2015
Fourth round qualifying: Sunday 8 November 2015
First round proper: Sunday 6 December 2015
Second round proper: Sunday 10 January 2016
Third round proper: Sunday 7 February 2016
Fourth round proper: Sunday 28 February 2016
Fifth round proper: Sunday 20 March 2016
Sixth round proper: Sunday 3 April 2016
Semi-Final: Sunday 17 April 2016
Final: Sunday 14 May 2016

England International Football / England v USA
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:15:57 AM »

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)

Defenders: Anita Asante (Malmo), Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Fran Kirby (Reading), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns).

Players / Record scorer Kelly Smith retires from England duty
« on: February 03, 2015, 05:03:56 PM »
England Women's all-time record goalscorer Kelly Smith is retiring from international football after a 20-year career.

Smith, who has scored 46 goals for the Lionesses, will continue to play domestic football for Arsenal.

Smith made her England debut against Italy in 1995. She scored her first goal against Croatia in the same year.

During her career, Smith played in four European Championships and the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. She was also part of the Team GB squad at the 2012 London Olympics.

Alongside her playing career, Smith has been training as a coach and is currently undertaking the UEFA B Licence course.

Smith said: "Playing for England has been such an important part of my life for so long, but I feel now is the right time for me to retire from international football.

"I'm at a different stage in my life now, I am focusing on coaching and working my way up to get my licences and stay involved in football that way, along with playing for Arsenal.

"Women's football has changed so much since I started playing and I am proud to have been a part of that. I'm pleased that I'll still be working in the game and with The FA in its activities moving forwards.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me in my career, everyone at England and The FA, team-mates, coaches, friends and family.

"This year will be massive for the women's game with the World Cup coming up. There is a huge amount of talent in the England squad and I wish Mark [Sampson] and the team all the best for the tournament."

England head coach Sampson said: "Kelly will be remembered as one of the iconic players in the history of the women’s international game.

"The term 'world class' is often overused but when looking back over Kelly’s international career she has consistently shown on the biggest stage she was without a doubt one of the greatest ever players.

"Her legacy is not only on the field but off it, there are thousands of young girls who would count Kelly as their inspiration as well as a number of our current senior squad would see Kelly as their role model. Her ability combined with her determination to win made her a fantastic role model for our current group of senior and youth players.

"Kelly has been a pleasure to work with, her professionalism has been second to none. I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work with Kelly. I know the type of person Kelly is - she will be the biggest supporter of this team in the summer at the World Cup. I wish Kelly all the very best for her future."

Marieanne Spacey, England Women assistant coach, who played with Smith, said: “Kelly Smith is an iconic name in the recent history of England Women’s international football, a player who has lit up the international stage with her undoubted ability and her passion for the game.

"I have been fortunate to play alongside Kelly and to have worked with her in a coaching capacity, and, throughout this period of time, Kelly has been an amazing person to play alongside and work with.

"I wish her the very best in her international retirement and look forward to seeing the next part of Kelly’s journey unfold."

England captain Steph Houghton added: "I consider Kelly Smith to be England's best-ever player and feel honoured to have had her as a team-mate.

"She will be most definitely missed around camp. When I first came into the England set-up she was the first person to welcome me into the squad and has been someone I've really looked up as a player and as a person.

"Even though she is one of the best players in the world you would never know it as a team-mate as she is so down to earth and humble."

Kelly's England achievements

Debut: v Italy, 01/11/95
Caps: 117
Goals: 46 – an all-time record
Third English woman to reach 100 caps
Last appearance: v Ukraine, 08/05/14
First England goal: v Croatia, 19/11/95
Last England goal: v Scotland, 08/03/13
Played in 2007 and 2011 World Cups
Played in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 Euros
Played for Team GB at London 2012
Finished third in FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2009


The Football Association has unveiled its plans for the development of elite girls’ football programmes and pathways in England.

From next season, a new U-15 National Performance Camp (NPC) will be introduced, replacing the existing regional Elite Performance Camps. The NPC will engage the most talented players across England in a development programme which will provide expert support in all areas of the game.

Further improvements will take place from the 2016-17 season, when the current Centres of Excellence system will be replaced by the Regional Talent Programme (RTP). The programme aims to provide greater support to clubs that are working with talented youth players.

The RTP will have three tiers of status and will require clubs to apply for licences as appropriate to their performance and delivery. An additional tier, Tier One Plus, will be awarded to clubs consistently delivering exceptionally over a two-year period.

As a result of the changes, the FA will not open up the Centres of Excellence licences for the 2015-16 season beyond the existing centres. Current Centres of Excellences will be invited to enter into an application process for a one-year licence.

Elsewhere, the successful South West Talent Pathway Pilot is being rolled out into the East region. The pilot is a player-focused approach to elite female youth football which addresses the challenges that players in these regions have faced.

Players in the East region will have access to advanced coaching centres and a residential regional Centre of Excellence but will be able to play football locally, including mixed football, which will allow them more development and game time and require less travel.

The changes have been spearheaded by the FA’s Elite Performance Unit, which was set up in 2014 to manage the development of elite female footballers and coaches. The unit, which is led by Brent Hills, has engaged players, coaches, County FAs and key stakeholders in an assessment of talent pathways and the changes are in response to this feedback.

Brent Hills said: “These changes will really enhance the way we identify and develop elite female footballers in this country to be the best players they can be.

“The Centre of Excellence programme has shown that clubs require the opportunity to grow and develop at different rates according to their facilities, infrastructure and grassroots system below them. The new programme will engage many more clubs and hopefully more players.

“We would like to thank the clubs, players, coaches and other partners for their feedback and support in this process and we look forward to seeing the results of these changes in the years to come, with successful England teams.”

European Women's Football / Women's ambassadors revealed in Paris
« on: February 02, 2015, 02:51:01 PM »
UEFA's commitment to the continuous growth of women's football is underlined by the appointment of five women's development ambassadors in Paris.

Camille Abily, Lotta Schelin, Laura Georges and Verónica Boquete join former German international Steffi Jones as ambassadors to work with UEFA in a bid to inspire and educate potential future stars from across Europe through UEFA's Women's Football Development Programme, with the quintet to be unveiled in Paris today.

UEFA President Michel Platini said: "The quality of women's football has grown exponentially over the last decade and UEFA has been fully committed to the further development of women's competitions both at domestic and European level. The Women's Football Development Programme has been a way for us to work with UEFA's member associations to provide a greater infrastructure for women of all ages to get involved and make the most of their love of the game. The use of ambassadors with so much experience on the field can only benefit the next generation of female footballer."

Chairwoman of the UEFA Women’s Football Committee Karen Espelund said: "The growth of the women's game has meant that girls have an increasing number of top-level female players to look up to as role models and we can work with their popularity to further cultivate women's football in Europe. Their vision for football allied to their knowledge and experience of turning potential as a player into tangible results can have a great knock-on effect for the development of our sport."

The ambassadors will participate in various UEFA-sponsored development tournaments and events across UEFA's member associations to impart their knowledge and experience to young players, in order to best equip them with the tools to develop as footballers.

Boquete striving to make a difference

Jones, a three-time UEFA European Women's Championship winner, said: "In my visits as an ambassador with women's and girl's football projects across Europe, I have been impressed by the passion for football. It's important to tell them to have confidence, to see that football is a wonderful sport for all and an experience for life. I am really honoured to be an ambassador for UEFA." See past visits to inspire women's football development here.

"Without doubt, it will motivate future generations and it's really important," said Spanish international Boquete. "Girls who are developing in the game want to be like us and need female points of reference so to have us as ambassadors is something very interesting. It's exciting for us to know that we can make a difference to the future of women's football."

Northern Ireland and Switzerland have been picked as hosts of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final tournaments of 2017 and 2018 respectively at today's UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon.

The 2017 event will be a first women's final tournament for Northern Ireland, who have never qualified for the latter stages of this competition, though they did host the men's 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Switzerland have featured in six previous final tournaments at this level, and this will be the second time the finals have been held in Switzerland after the 2006 edition won by Germany.

Israel will stage this season's final tournament from 15 to 27 July. The 2015/16 competition concludes in Slovakia.

European Women's Football / Record entry for Women's EURO 2017
« on: December 18, 2014, 02:29:07 PM »
A record 47 teams have entered UEFA Women's EURO 2017 and eight of them will kick off the road to the Netherlands when the preliminary round draw is made on Monday 19 January, streamed live from 13.45CET on

While the Netherlands, who were selected as hosts earlier this month, are through to the expanded 16-team finals in July and August 2017, the other 46 sides will compete in qualifying throughout the next two years. The 38 nations with the highest placings in the UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Rankings will participate in the main qualifying group stage and will be joined by the winners of the two preliminary round groups to be played from 4 to 9 April 2015.


Preliminary round draw procedure
There will be two pots: the pre-selected mini-tournament hosts (Malta and Moldova) and the remaining entrants (Faroe Islands, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg and Andorra). Each group will contain one host and three teams from the other pot. The winners of each group will progress to the qualifying group stage.

Draw facts
• Andorra are entering their first women's senior tournament and their opening preliminary round group game will be their debut competitive match at any level of female football.

• Moldova are contesting their first UEFA Women's EURO but they did play in qualifying for the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cups.

• Malta, the Faroe Islands, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia and Luxembourg were all eliminated at this stage in 2013 qualifying.

Road to the Netherlands
Qualifying group stage draw: 13 April 2015, Nyon
Qualifying group stage: 14 September 2015–20 September 2016
Play-off draw: 23 September 2016, Nyon
Play-offs: 17–25 October 2016
Finals draw: late 2016, Netherlands
Finals: July/August 2017, Netherlands

The FA unveiled its England DNA philosophy at St. George’s Park with the ultimate aim of creating winning England teams.

England Under-21s head coach Gareth Southgate, director of elite development Dan Ashworth and head of player and coach development Matt Crocker presented the new plans for the future of English football.

The announcement kicked off a big few days at the national football centre as the DNA will be launched to 1,500 coaches attending the three-day FA Licensed Coaches Club and Talent ID conferences. 
Matt Crocker and Gareth Southgate

Matt Crocker and Gareth Southgate at the DNA launch

Aimed at England’s youth teams from U15s through to Men’s Under-21s and Women’s Under-23s, the England DNA is the start point for The FA’s approach to elite player development.

The framework consists of five elements. The first, ‘who we are’, is about instilling pride in representing England and understanding the heritage of the Three Lions past and present.

‘How we play’ focuses on the playing style and philosophy, aimed at building possession domination, but also looking at teams without the ball and the transition between. The ability for teams to adapt and be flexible is also a target.

‘The future England player’ is about developing players with outstanding technical and tactical abilities as well as physical attributes and psychological and social characteristics. They are known as the four corners of The FA Development model.

‘How we coach’ looks at the way players are developed so there is a consistent approach to coaching across all the England teams and that training sessions are well-planned, delivered and reviewed.

‘How we support’ is about how players’ performance is backed up by analysis, sports medicine, psychology and nutrition.
Danny Ings celebrates with Tom Ince

England DNA is aimed at men's and women's development teams

The plan is to also produce a version of the DNA adapted for grassroots players and coaches,  building on The Future Game book and coaching sessions.

The England DNA: Core elements

1 Who we are

English football has a rich football heritage and history which we want all England players to be aware and respectful of.

Before arriving at St. George’s Park the players will understand what is required to represent England – and an induction process will be shared with the players so they understand the ‘England way’.

Establishing a distinct and recognisable on and the off-field England culture, based on clear values and beliefs, is central to our DNA.

The backstories of players in the England setup are wide and varied with many players of multicultural background in our teams. The diversity of our England players is to be celebrated.

The process of awarding caps is going to be formalised across all age groups to help instil a better sense of pride and understanding in what it takes to become an England player.

Young England players will be exposed to a comprehensive and varied games programme as early as possible in their international career. Fixtures will take place against teams from around the world.

2 How we play

How England development teams play will be the strongest demonstration of the England DNA.

England teams aim to intelligently dominate possession selecting the right moments to progress the play and penetrate the opposition.

England teams aim to regain possession intelligently and as early and as efficiently as possible. All aspects of the out-of-possession philosophy will take into consideration the state of the game, the environment and pre-determined  game-plan.

England teams sense changing moments in the game both in and out of possession reacting instinctively and intelligently.

England development teams will play with tactical flexibility, influenced by the profile of the players and the requirements of the match or competition

3 The future England Player

The core attributes and characteristics of the future England player, in all four corners of The FA player development model, are detailed and supported by eight position specific profiles: goalkeeper, full-back, central defence, defensive central midfield, central midfield, wide midfield, shadow striker, centre forward.

We hope to identify and develop future England players with the following core attributes and skills:

    Future England players will have the ability to create, score and prevent goals through excellence in: passing over varying distances, receiving skills, turning skills, travelling with the ball, attacking and defending skills, finishing skills, aerial ability.
    Future England players will be equipped with the skills, abilities and decision-making capability to tactically manage international games. We aim to produce England players who can: recognise and adapt to the state of the game, achieve winning performances by maximising strengths and exploiting weaknesses, understand and apply individual, unit and team roles and responsibilities, adopt varied playing styles and formations, perform effectively against varied playing styles and formations, deal with varied environmental conditions.
    We aim to develop future England players who possess outstanding physical and athletic skills in the following areas: agility, balance, coordination, speed and speed endurance, endurance, flexibility, power, strength, physical resilience, recovery, nutrition and lifestyle.
    We aim to develop reflective, resourceful and resilient England players who display outstanding confidence, creativity, concentration, communication, control, commitment.
    Through the England experience we will help players develop the following outstanding social skills that are in line with our code of conduct - which has been in place for several years: behaviour, reflection, teamwork, relationships, accountability, responsibility, Independence, life-skills and player education

4 How we coach

All England training sessions are meticulously planned for and delivered using the England DNA Coaching Fundamentals. Crucially, every training session will be reviewed in order to review future coaching sessions.

All England training sessions are built on the following core principles:

    Use a positive and enthusiastic manner with players at all times
    Deliver realistic game-related practices
    Use games whenever possible in training
    Develop practices that enable the players to make lots of decisions
    Connect with the group before the session outlining the aims, objectives and learning outcomes
    All sessions should follow The FA Learning cycle (Plan-Do-Review). This is a coaching cycle that ensures players are aware before, during and after the session as to what is required
    Value and work equally across the FA four-corner model
    Spend equal time delivering, planning and reviewing
    Include elements of transition in all practices and sessions where possible
    Use a carousel approach in sessions so different practices are organised beforehand to allow players to maximise playing time in training
    Use varied coaching styles based on the needs of the group
    All sessions will ensure 70 per cent ball-rolling time

5 How we support the process

All aspects of a player’s England experience are supported by a range of specialist medical, scientific, analytical and psychological disciplines to enhance the coaching process, player and team performance.

These include: performance analysis, sports medicine and physiotherapy, performance psychology, physical performance and nutrition.

Womens World Cup / FIFA World Cup 2015 draw
« on: December 08, 2014, 10:45:21 AM »
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ moved ever closer on Saturday, as the Final Draw in Ottawa gave a clearer picture of what the prestigious tournament will look like next summer. The 24 qualified teams discovered which nations they will face in the group stage, while their fans, who will travel from all over the globe to support their heroines, now know which stadiums in Canada they will need to attend.

During an hour-long ceremony at the Canadian Museum of History, punctuated by wonderful vocal, musical and cultural performances showcasing the host nation, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, and Tatjana Haenni, FIFA Deputy Director of the Competitions Division and Head of Women’s Football, determined the fate of competing countries.

The only thing that was certain prior to the decisive event was that Canada would be the seeded team in Group A and would play its first two matches in Edmonton. The hosts now know that they will lock horns with China PR in the opening match on 6 June, before taking on New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Reigning champions Japan were placed in Group C and will kick off their World Cup campaign in Vancouver, as will section rivals Switzerland, Cameroon and Ecuador. United States and Germany, who have both previously lifted the trophy twice, will be regarded as favourites to win Groups D and B respectively, although the Americans will likely be wary of the threat posed by dark horses Sweden and Nigeria. France, serious challengers for the title, will first need to negotiate duels with England, Colombia and Mexico in a group that will be principally based in Moncton.

Of all the pools drawn on Saturday, the hardest one to predict appears to be Group D, and the most highly-anticipated clash of the first round is likely to be USA-Sweden.


Group A
China PR
New Zealand

Group B
Côte d'Ivoire

Group C

Group D
United States

Group E
Korea Republic
Costa Rica

Group F

The 52 scheduled matches at Canada 2015 will be held between 6 June and 5 July in six host cities, namely Ottawa, Moncton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver.

The FA WSL 2 / Finances forced me out of Doncaster - Staniforth
« on: October 31, 2014, 09:46:10 AM »
 Doncaster Belles manager Gordon Staniforth has quit the club just four days after his team narrowly missed out on Women's Super League promotion.

Budgetary concerns led the former professional footballer to walk out on the Belles after one year in charge.

"We've worked on a tight budget this season," said Staniforth, "but now I've been told that the budget will be cut for next year.

"What's more the budget would have been the same even if we'd gone up to WSL1."

He added: "In my opinion that's simply not good enough. It's certainly not big enough to build a promotion campaign on, and I feel that the club's ambitions don't match my own."

 In what was his first season of management in the women's game Staniforth led the Belles to within two points of promotion.

He hopes that another management opportunity will arise in the WSL but insisted: "I am not touting for jobs.

"But I'm still passionate about women's football and will continue coaching 11 to 17-year-old girls as part of my Centre of Excellence duties at York College."

A Belles spokesperson was not available for comment, but in a statement on the official website the club said: "We wish to thank Gordon for all his hard work, inspiration and leadership on the field and wish him every success in the next stage of his career.

"Julie Chipchase, director of football, former player and manager of the Doncaster Belles, will be leading the search for the new head coach."

FA director Kelly Simmons believes the women's game is on the verge of a boom in this country.

Simmons, who oversees the development of women's football in this country, says next month's groundbreaking match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium, and the 2015 World Cup in Canada could be defining moments.
England v Germany

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And she feels these events could contribute to a surge in interest and a crossover into the sporting mainstream.

"We've got a great chance again," Simmons said. "The England team have had a great qualification campaign.

"The World Cup next year is a great opportunity to put women's football in the shop window and help raise the profile of the England players, so that people want to follow them when they go back to their clubs.

"It's up to us to make sure we maximise that opportunity to keep building the fan base behind England and the Women's Super League."
FA Director National Game Kelly Simmons

FA Director of the National Game and Women's Football Kelly Simmons

Simmons looks back on Great Britain Women's 2012 Olympic campaign, where they beat Brazil at Wembley before losing to Canada in the quarter-finals, with mixed feelings.

"While it was a disappointment, we definitely benefited from the Olympics," she said.

"The FA board have always said since the Olympics that they were really keen to bring women's football back.

“We've come a long way from where it was three years ago, where it was like families and the pet dog”

Kelly Simmons
FA Director

"We felt our best chance to get a really good crowd at Wembley and make it a real spectacle would be to try to get world-class opposition. Germany are ranked No. 2, but many would think of them as the best team in the world."

WSL crowds rose by 30 per cent to an average of 728 this year. A similar increase in 2015 would see attendances nudge the 1,000-spectator mark.

And Simmons, who will address Kick It Out's second Women's Raise Your Game conference at Upton Park on Tuesday, said: "Every time it gets compared to men's football it's a challenge because that's a 150-year-old, multi-billion-pound industry and it's by far and away our national game.

"But if you compare women's football to other female sports then I guess we're doing quite well.

"We've come a long way from where it was three years ago, where it was like families and the pet dog."

A healthy Wembley crowd for the Germany match is expected.

Simmons said: "Our ambition is to fill the bottom bowl – 30,000. We're well on target to do that."


European Women's Football / UEFA U19 ( 2015-16)
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:23:45 PM »
The 2015/16 qualifying round draw is streamed live from 10.15CET on 19 November with 44 of the 47 entrants beginning their bids to join hosts Slovakia in the finals.

The 2015/16 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship qualifying round draw in Nyon will be streamed live on from 10.15CET on Wednesday 19 November, with 44 of the 47 entrants involved.

While hosts Slovakia qualify directly for the final tournament, provisionally in July 2016, the two nations with the highest rating on the coefficient ranking list (based on results from 2011/12 to 2013/14) receive a bye to the elite round that April: England and Spain the holders. The remaining 44 entrants will be in the qualifying round where they will be split into 11 groups of four.

There are four seeding pots according to the coefficient ranking list, with the 11 countries with the highest rating in Pot A, the next 11 in Pot B, and so on. Each group will include one team from each pot, with hosts then appointed to stage the mini-tournaments, provisionally scheduled between 15 and 20 September 2015.

The top two teams in each group will join England and Spain in the elite round. Seven teams will eventually qualify for the finals to join Slovakia.


Seeding pots

Pot A: Sweden, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland

Pot B: Portugal, Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania, Italy, Austria, Iceland, Russia*, Northern Ireland, Wales, Poland

Pot C: Turkey, Ukraine*, Hungary, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Cyprus, Belarus, Estonia

Pot D: Faroe Islands, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Israel, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Georgia, Albania

* Based on previous decisions of the UEFA Executive Committee and UEFA Emergency Panel, Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn in the same group.

Bye to elite round: England, Spain

Bye to final tournament: Slovakia (hosts)

European Women's Football / UEFA U17 ( 2015-16)
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:22:41 PM »
Andorra make a debut and Armenia and Georgia return as 44 of the record entry of 47 go into the 2015/16 qualifying round draw streamed live at 08.40CET on 19 November.

A record entry of 47 has been confirmed for the 2015/16 UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship with 44 of those in the qualifying round draw streamed live from Nyon at 08/40CET on Wednesday 19 November.

Belarus will stage the third final tournament since the expansion to eight teams, provisionally in May 2016, following in the footsteps of England last season and Iceland next June. Of the other entrants, Andorra are in a UEFA women's competition for the first time, Armenia enter having last competed at this level in 2010/11 and Georgia end a two-season absence.

While Belarus qualify directly for the finals as hosts, the two countries with the highest rating on the coefficient ranking list (based on results from 2011/12 to 2013/14) receive a bye to the elite round in March 2016: Germany and France. The remaining 44 entrants will be in the qualifying round where they will be split into 11 groups of four.

There are three seeding pots composed according to the coefficient ranking list. The 11 nations with the highest coefficients are in Pot A, the next 11 in Pot B and the remainder in Pot C. Each group will include one team from each of Pots A and B, and two from Pot C, with hosts then appointed to stage the mini-tournaments between 1 August and 31 October 2015.

The top two in each group will accompany the two top seeds into the 24-team elite round. Seven countries will eventually qualify for the finals to join Belarus.


Seeding pots

Pot A: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Iceland

Pot B: Czech Republic, Russia, Netherlands, England, Finland, Scotland, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Northern Ireland, Greece

Pot C: Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Wales, Portugal, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Slovakia, Croatia, Moldova, Latvia, Israel, Faroe Islands, Estonia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Andorra, Armenia

Based on previous decisions of the UEFA Executive Committtee and UEFA Emergency Panel, Armenia and Azerbaijan cannot be placed in the same group and the same applies to Russia and Ukraine.

Bye to elite round: Germany, France

Bye to final tournament: Belarus (hosts)

England International Football / England training camp
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21st to 31st of October

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Carly Telford (Notts County)

Defenders: Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of Florida)

Midfielders: Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jade Moore (Birmingham), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirkby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit)

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