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Announcements / Forum: You Can Help
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:39:22 AM »
Hi everybody. A few ideas to improve the forum:


Forum members

– Post, post, post... just discuss everything you can. This is an excellent aggregator for all news about women's football, I often used it to post on here.


– Articles are usually a good start-point for discussion (Links are necessary, as not everyone is up-to-date on the news otherwise)

– Give threads 'general' titles if you can, so that the discussion can expand beyond a single match or incident

– In subforums "WSL" and lower, just have one thread per season (e.g. "WSL 2018/19" / "Women's Championship 2018/19") which all posts can go in. In those small subforums, there's no sense in multiple threads bumping each other off the homepage.

– Don't give threads titles that are hard to understand, such as
"Whats the excuse from Cobham FC Ladies this time"

– Spread the word, tell other people...



Parents/RTC folks

Keep using the Girls' Centres of Excellence/RTC threads. They're the lifeblood of this forum, and they fulfil a real social function in getting young players to teams. They've also been some of the most popular threads since they came in 6½ years ago.



David/Admin

The forum needs more posters and new members. With a few small changes you can facilitate this.

As mentioned, Girls' Centres of Excellence is a vital subforum - it's the main reason a lot of users visit the site. It should be moved up so it's 2nd to Women's Football.

To increase those discussions' visibility, move the less important sections "Announcements"/"Introduce Yourself"/"Support and Suggestions" to the bottom. They're in the way of the important stuff, the posts are months old, they make the site look dead even when it isn't.

Membership: Last year I started a Euro 2017 game, as it seemed like a good way to draw new members. I saw dozens of people come from Twitter to the Who's Online page, and then a smaller number "Registering for the forum", and then... nothing. Nobody registered. Because when you click "Register", you see this wall of FBI drivel:


No successful site does this to new users. Unless you want registrations to stay low, disable that page:
- https://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=411624.0



Forums have not been replaced by Facebook and Twitter - those sites are no good for in-depth discussion, and terrible for finding old info.

Women's football is doing quite well in England, and I'm happy to say that there are decent women's football forums for Scotland, Ireland, South Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. Last summer this forum was getting hundreds of posts (not counting mine :))), but when the site has big problems, nobody puts the effort in.

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Players / Josephine Henning
« on: August 22, 2017, 08:16:14 AM »

Defender Josie Henning is Arsenal's new signing... again.

- https://www.arsenal.com/news/henning-returns-arsenal (Archive page)

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41004478

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The 27-year-old left the Gunners for France at the end of the 2016 Women's Super League season and went on to help Lyon win the treble.

She has also won the Champions League with Turbine Potsdam and VFL Wolfsburg and helped Paris Saint-Germain reach the final in 2015.



Henning with Germany at Euro 2017
(pic: Ailura, CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)
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Women's Football / Women's FA Cup 2017/18
« on: August 19, 2017, 01:00:04 AM »

It's coming:

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276 clubs – up from 254 last season – have been accepted into this year’s competition, including a number of new entrants.

Opening fixtures:

1st & 2nd round qualifying - 3 Sep 2017 & 17 Sep 2017  (Archive.org page)


The other round dates are listed on the FA site:  Third Round Qual Sunday 8 October 2017, First Round Sunday 12 November 2017, Second Round Sunday 3 December 2017, Third Round Sunday 7 January 2018, Fourth Round Sunday 4 February 2018, Fifth Round Sunday 18 February 2018, Quarter Final Sunday 18 March 2018, Semi-Finals Sunday 15 April 2018, The Final Saturday 5 May 2018


The 2017 final brought together Birmingham and Manchester City at Wembley.


Past winners: Arsenal (2007), Everton (2010), Chelsea (2015). WIll one of them dethrone Man City?
(pics: Marion O'Sullivan, cc-by  /  Clavdia chauchat, pd  /  fourthandfifteen, cc-by-sa)
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Players / 2 Scotland retirements, Dieke/Ross
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:47:58 PM »

After the team competed in Euro 2017, two mainstays of Scotland's side are retiring from international football:

- https://shekicks.net/2017/08/18/scotlands-ross-dieke-retire/ (Archive page)
- scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=1986&newsCategoryID=6&newsID=17143 (Archive page)

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The pair were inducted into the Scottish FA Roll of Honour last month and amassed more than 250 international caps between them but will continue to play for their respective clubs.


Ifeoma Dieke and Leanne Ross
(pics: Alastair Middleton/A Middleton, cc-by)
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Players / Jessica Samuelsson
« on: August 18, 2017, 09:08:34 PM »

Coming to England:

- https://www.arsenal.com/news/samuelsson-signs-arsenal (Archive page)

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40982095

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Arsenal have signed Sweden right-back Jessica Samuelsson ahead of the 2017-18 Women's Super League One season.

The 25-year-old joins from Swedish side Linkopings, having also played for Australian outfit Melbourne Victory.

She was part of the Swedish squad that won silver at the 2016 Olympic Games.



"I talked a lot with Kosovare Asllani and Hedvig Lindahl and they talked a lot of good things about the league, like that it’s tough and there are good games and everything like that."


Sweden's Samuelsson in 2016 against China
(pic: Agência Brasília, cc-by)
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Players / Pauline Bremer
« on: August 18, 2017, 08:58:09 PM »

Germany international forward signs with Man City. She comes in from Lyon as part of the Lucy Bronze transfer deal.


- https://www.vavel.com/en/football/womens-football/818386-bremer-swaps-lyon-for-manchester.html (Archive page)

- https://www.mancity.com/news/mcwfc/mcwfc-news/2017/august/man-city-women-sign-pauline-bremer (Archive page)

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A prolific, hard-working and technically gifted individual, Bremer was dubbed ‘a star in the making’ at a young age and despite her youth [she's 21], moves to Manchester, boasting an already-glittering CV.

Bremer is known for her versatility and resilience on the pitch, and her time at Lyon was littered with domestic and international honours;  Winning Coupe de France Féminine, Division 1 Féminine and UEFA Champions League titles.

Lyon does tend to brighten up people's CVs :)

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Women's Football / Universiade 2017 World Uni Games
« on: August 18, 2017, 01:45:06 PM »

Great Britain may or may not have an Olympic women's football team for 2020, but the student squad is in the worldwide Universiade games right now.

Ireland's team are also competing in the tournament, in Taiwan (Chinese Taipei).

- https://shekicks.net/2017/08/17/team-gbr-going-gold-sutaipei2017/ (Archive page)

- http://www.fai.ie/ireland/news/team-ireland-set-for-wug-openers (Archive page)



In today's opening game, the British team was defeated by South Africa:

- https://twitter.com/BUCSsport/status/898409140460048386
- https://twitter.com/sports_mvt/status/898462482091651072
- https://twitter.com/BUCSsport/status/898455307206053888


Ireland earned a 0-0 draw with Mexico:

- http://www.studentsport.ie/?p=14753 (Archive page)

- fai.ie/ireland/news/womens-side-draw-with-mexico-in-wug-opener (Archive page)


GB has only one game to turn it around, against Russia on Tuesday.


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Ireland team: Amanda Budden, Jetta Berrill, Shauna Fox, Chloe Mustaki, Claire Walsh, Orlagh Nolan, Claire O’Riordan, Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Rebekah Carroll, Niamh McLaughlin, Amber Barrett.
Subs Claire Kinsella for McLaughlin (Inj), Ciara McNamara for Nolan, Aisling Frawley for Ryan-Doyle, also Eve Badana, Katie McCarthy, Ailbhe Clancy, Emma Byrne, Rianna Jarrett, Aoibhin Webb.

Great Britain squad
Chloe Sansom – Buckinghamshire New University – Goalkeeper
Megan Walsh – University of Liverpool – Goalkeeper
Ellie Dobson – Northumbria University – Defender
Gemma Evans – University of South Wales – Defender
Demi-lee Falconer – University of Stirling – Defender
Annabel Johnson – Durham University – Defender
Shannon Sievwright – University of Chichester – Defender
Eloise Wilson – Buckinghamshire New University – Defender
Georgia Evans – University of Gloucestershire – Midfielder
Madelaine Hill – Northumbria University – Midfielder
Emma Kelly – Northumbria University – Midfielder
Rhema Lord-Mears – The University of Huddersfield – Midfielder
Katy Morris – University of Stirling – Midfielder
Emily Donovan – University of Bath – Midfielder
Chloe Dixon – University of Barnsley – Forward
Tyler Dodds – Northumbria University – Forward
Olivia Fergusson – University of the West of England – Forward
Kirsty Howat – University of Edinburgh – Forward
Chloe Lloyd – University of South Wales – Forward
Lucy Quinn – University of Chichester – Forward
GB staff: Lydia Bedford – Head Coach / Michelle Cook – Team Manager / Grant Scott – Assistant Coach / Tony O’Neill – Goalkeeping Coach / Lauren Smith – Technical Analyst / Corinne Yorston – Physical Performance Coach

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Women's Football / Lucy Bronze to Lyon?
« on: August 16, 2017, 06:27:16 AM »

Looks like this is happening:

- http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11679/10988473/englands-lucy-bronze-to-depart-manchester-city-for-champions-league-holders-lyon (Archive.org page)

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The full-back is understood to be inside the last six months of her City contract and is expected to join 14-time French champions Lyon later this month.

Sounds like it'd be a good move for her and for Lyon.

Bronze was part of the Man City team that played Lyon in their April 2017 Champions League semi.

Bronze's England international teammate Toni Duggan set up shop abroad this summer - she joined Barcelona after being frustrated at Man City. So, the City squad has taken a couple of hits recently – losing Swedish striker Kosovare Asllani too.


Bronze in action for Liverpool in 2014
(pic: joshjdss, cc-by)
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Players / 2017 UEFA WPOTY
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:46:22 AM »

Who will be the European Women's Player of the Year?

- https://shekicks.net/2017/08/15/uefa-womens-player-year-shortlist/ (Archive.org page)


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Pernille Harder (Denmark, Linköping and Wolfsburg), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany, Lyon) and Lieke Martens (Netherlands, Rosengård and Barcelona) are the three nominees for the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award. ...

The players who make up the rest of the top ten are:
4: Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands, Bayern München and Arsenal)
5: Eugénie Le Sommer (France, Lyon)
6: Wendie Renard (France, Lyon)
7: Jackie Groenen (Netherlands, FFC Frankfurt)
8: Lucy Bronze (England, Manchester City)
9: Jodie Taylor (England, Arsenal)
10: Shanice van de Sanden (Netherlands, Liverpool)


Winner will be announced next week.

Martens has already won Player of the Tournament at the recent Euro 2017 championship.

- http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/news/newsid=2490869.html
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Women's Football / Harrassment & bullying in football / Allegations
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:18:52 AM »
A survey reports that huge numbers of top-level female footballers are unpaid or quit early, and the study uncovered darker secrets. FIFpro interviewed more than 3,000 women's football players worldwide, and the full results will be published later in 2017:

- https://www.vavel.com/en/football/womens-football/814907-fifpros-womens-football-survey-causes-deep-concerns.html

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3.5% (115 respondents) reported sexual harassment. Experiencing sexual harassment by coaching staff, fellow players and other staff working in football. With 5.4% of players reporting, experiencing homophobia. ... Of the 505 people surveyed [in 2016 in a UK report], 61% witnessed sexism, 24% had suffered bullying and 14.8% of respondents claimed they had been victim of sexual harassment.

The announcement was made at a conference with Hedvig Lindahl and Hope Solo in Hoofddorp, Netherlands - https://twitter.com/CarreJonsson/status/894685748863148032



Coincidentally, this week we finally found out why Eni Aluko left the England women's team, and the nature of her complaint against the FA. There were allegations of bullying and harrassment by England staff and Mark Sampson.

The FA's investigation has concluded there is no case to answer, but the association paid her compensation of at least £40,000:

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40850231

- http://www.espnfc.com/womens-european-championship/story/3174569/fa-and-mark-sampson-cleared-over-grievance-raised-by-englands-eniola-aluko (Archive.org page)

- https://twitter.com/EniAlu/status/894812840657342465 (Archive.org page)

Herman Ouseley of Kick It Out has also called on the FA to give more information on what has gone on:

- https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/07/eni-aluko-herman-ouseley-england-women-mark-sampson-fa


Eni Aluko playing for England in 2014
(pic: James Boyes, cc-by)
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Women's Football / 2020 Olympics: FA seeks GB women's team
« on: August 12, 2017, 04:34:43 AM »

The English FA wants to field a Great Britain women's football team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40884525

- http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/team-gb-debate-rears-head-13457095 (Archive.org page)

Let teeth-gnashing commence! FA chief exec Martin Glenn has a prediction about this forum's reaction ;D

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"They're not going to actively support us, but they're not going to stand in the way," he told BBC Sport.

...in fact he meant the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs. Those associations did "stand in the way" (figuratively) to block GB teams for the 2016 Olympics.

On a practical level, the team would presumably qualify based on England's performance at the 2019 World Cup, due to the English FA's ties with the British Olympic Association.

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Players / Kosovare Asllani
« on: August 12, 2017, 03:15:34 AM »

Another striker has departed Man City after Toni Duggan, as Asllani returns to her original club:

- https://www.mancity.com/news/mcwfc/mcwfc-news/2017/august/kosovare-asllani-leaves-manchester-city (Archive.org page)

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Sweden international Kosovare Asllani has left Manchester City to re-join Linköpings in her native country, after 18 months in the Women's Super League.

The 28-year-old forward leaves with 25 appearances to her name in City colours, following her move from Paris St-Germain in January 2016.

She won the WSL, Continental Cup and FA Cup during her spell.

Asllani, who recently represented Sweden at the 2017 Euros, has had two prior spells at Linköpings.


Asllani has played for Sweden since 2008
(pic: Anders Henrikson, cc-by)

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The FA WSL / WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« on: August 09, 2017, 09:01:50 AM »


This is the FA Women's Super League's first "winter" season, after six years of a summer league.

This season runs from September 2017 to May 2018, making it the first English women's top-flight winter calendar since 2009/10.

Opening weekend is listed below – the two TV games were rescheduled. FAWSL website has the upcoming weekly fixture lists.


Friday 22 September 2017
19:45   Everton Ladies FC   v   Liverpool Ladies FC   -   Select Security Stadium (BT Sport)

Sunday 24 September 2017
12:30   Chelsea Ladies FC   v   Bristol City Women   -   Kingsmeadow Stadium (BBC)
14:00   Reading FC Women   v   Sunderland AFC Ladies   -   Wycombe Wanderers FC      
14:00   Yeovil Town Ladies FC   v   Manchester City Women   -   Yeovil Town FC      
14:00   Arsenal   v   Birmingham City Ladies   -   Boreham Wood FC      


The FA really loves its Merseyside derbies, eh? :o Everton are the latest side to enter the division after Notts County folded and the Toffees were elected to WSL 1. Everton convincingly won the off-season WSL 2 Spring Series, which helped their cause, but the top league is a tougher proposition.


A symbolic achievement: Everton won the
WSL 2 Spring title  (pic: Katie Chan, cc-by-sa)


The fixtures were released on Monday after some contradictory announcements and leaks.

Plenty of tweets saying fixtures being released tomorrow at 10.00a.m, but since a spell off the web, I return to discover that full fixtures now being released on Monday 7th August (10.00a.m.)

Interestingly it was clubs who were tweeting fixture release for tomorrow and not as far as I can tell FAWSL
Do not know if anyone else spotted the work of gremlins in fixtures released yesterday, but Yeovil vs Everton had a venue of Hetton Centre, but this has since been amended.

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Women's Football / 2017 WU19 Euro, N Ireland
« on: August 08, 2017, 09:06:08 AM »

The Women's U19s Euro tournament kicks off today in Northern Ireland.

Squads for Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.

UEFA lists some of the players to look out for - http://www.uefa.com/womensunder19/news/newsid=2482902.html (Archive page)


Opening fixtures
Tuesday 8 August (UK times)
Group A
Scotland v Germany (Belfast) 15:00
Northern Ireland v Spain (Belfast) 19:00
Group B
Italy v England (Lurgan) 15:00
France v Netherlands (Ballymena) 15:00


The championship is being covered live on Eurosport and other outlets, and BBC Northern Ireland is streaming the home team's games. Preview here:

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40764950



Windsor Park, Belfast, will host two of today's matches
(pic: Citizen69, cc-by-sa)

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Not a serious question of course, but I've been getting a bit worried for Sampson at these European Championships. In interviews he's always been one for hype and talking things up, but now he seems to be getting sidetracked by slagging the opposition, trading barbs with the French coach before their quarter-final. So when Gareth Southgate said he was "not surprised" by the success of the women's team – even though it was a compliment, I got a terrible fear. Sampson is really only one step from turning and dissing Southgate!


"Southgate? His lot can't even get any success! Burrrn!"
(pic: J Boyes, cc-by)


In other words, welcome to the Sampson quote thread of bluster and OTT remarks. Put your favourites and least favourites here. (Separate from other subjects as it's got little to do with football!)

Y'know, I preferred his early stuff, when he was trying to be Funny Churchill:

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He said he would demand that his players are professional in attitude on and off the pitch but there would be space for "laughs" as well as "blood, sweat and tears".
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England coach Mark Sampson has made an amazing plea to employers: "Let your staff arrive late for work after cheering on my Lionesses until 2am."
^ Misquoted from here, but the journo made it sound better.

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Sampson, meanwhile, has told England’s 131-cap full-back Alex Scott he can be more extreme than Bear Grylls, her TV taskmaster...

“I’ve been giving Alex a bit of stick because I’ve not watched much of it but I’m getting regular updates from my mum, saying: ‘You won’t believe this. She’s doing this and that, and she’s eating elephant poo.’

“My methods when I first started coaching were far more extreme, I can tell you that. When I was working at leisure centres with those five-year-olds it was far more extreme than any jungle.”

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“I used to back in the day, a long, long time ago, but I think Donald Trump plays more golf than me now – he’s obviously got less to do,” said Sampson. “I can’t remember the last time I picked up a golf club unfortunately. Pretty sad.”
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“The message we’re giving the players is simple,” the England manager said. “These three weeks can change the next 50 years. Three weeks of hard work and we’ve got 50 years to live as legends.”

“The more I look at this tournament the more I feel that momentum could be a big thing going into the latter stages. We want to make sure that when other teams get their snowball rolling down the hill, ours stays ahead of theirs and we keep it rolling at a faster rate.”


An England training session
(dahu1, cc-by-sa)


There's been the unpleasant mind game stuff at these Euros – Sampson saying Spain feign injury and are a hard team to love, or calling France boss Echouafni "a little bit wet behind the ears when it comes to tournament football", uh, that could come back to haunt him :( Sampson dissed FIFA by saying their World Cup wasn't any more important than the SheBelieves Cup (fair point tbh).

He's just said “We are a team of street fighters and when we’re poked our reaction is to poke back” (yesterday), just days after he claimed it was a snow rolling contest, not a streetfight. So, which is it? Also the Netherlands don't have any hills and it's not the winter. Also the English abroad have already done too much streetfighting.

On a serious note, all this hype...

- Does it bother you?
- Is it OK as long as the team does well?
- Is hype/promotion a necessary part of a national manager's job?
- Should he be banned from the mic?
- Aren't these questions very very leading questions?

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Women's Football / Arsenal change name to Arsenal
« on: July 28, 2017, 07:56:24 PM »

Arsenal Ladies have dropped their traditional name in favour of Arsenal Women FC.

But in official records, they'll just be "Arsenal" unless there's confusion with Arsenal Gentlemen's team.

- https://www.arsenal.com/news/message-alex-scott

- http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/arsenal-ladies-renamed-women-football-club-a7865981.html

- http://www.eurosport.com/football/arsenal-drop-ladies-reference-from-women-s-team-in-progressive-step_sto6269995/story.shtml

Could this encourage more teams to follow suit?


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The FA WSL / The FA, kids & crowds
« on: July 17, 2017, 10:06:25 AM »

Why the FA's promotional strategy needs to change, and how:


Kids Go Free: Why Branding Women’s Football as ‘Family-Friendly’ may do more Harm than Good
Ceylon Hickman discusses how the FA Women’s Football Strategy targets the wrong audience in the attempt to grow the game.

- ateamofjohnosheas.com/2017/07/14/kids-go-free-why-branding-womens-football-as-family-friendly-may-do-more-harm-than-good/



This article seems to address something that's been bubbling under for years. But what do you think? What is the family/non-family split like at games you've seen? And what is your recommendation to improve the match atmosphere?
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Women's Football / Sin bin in football? poll
« on: July 15, 2017, 12:07:52 PM »
As explained here:

- http://shekicks.net/2017/07/15/county-league-trials-sin-bins/

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40606261


(Edit) It won't be the same in all countries, but the FA were given the choice of how to trial a 10-minute sin bin. They decided it should be for dissent bookings, which make up a quarter of all yellow cards.

Not sure about the benefits or dangers yet. I'm not such a follower of men's football a.k.a. professional whining - so this will obviously have a drastic effect, with many teams being down to 3 or 4 men within minutes of kick-off.

But it's coming to women's football too! The trials include 3 county leagues. Might bring in the curious punters.

So, if you wanna see someone get sin-binned (and let's face it who doesn't?), go to a 2017/18 league match in

- Durham County FA
- Gloucestershire County FA
- Midwest Counties (Hereford./Shrops./Worcs.)


One of the FA's new "sin booths"
(AlejandroLinaresGarcia, cc-by-sa)
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