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Women's Football / WORLD CUP 2019
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:45:20 AM »
The biggest event in women's football so far. Maybe it deserves a thread! ;D
Old fans, new fans, give your views and answer the burning questions

Which team will win?
Who's the best player so far?
Who'll take the golden boot?
Are England and Scotland for real?
[Mystery Question - what is it?]

The 2015 Women's World Cup final, which the U.S. won against Japan
(photo: Nicki Dugan Pogue, cc-by-sa)

The tournament runs from 7 June until the final in Lyon on Sunday 7 July.

"All you need to know"

Sylvain's tips

Match schedule + UK TV - usually a game a day on BBC1/2 or 4, others on red button

Rest of the world TV/radio - widely available, the EBU bought the European rights

Live screenings in London - The Book Club bar is "offering free shots to anyone dressed in an England shirt".. there's probably a pun there, but let's focus on the football



Jade Moore and Caroline Weir could meet again on Sunday
(photo: Ailura, CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)

And the final warm-up games, highlights

England 0 - 1 New Zealand

Scotland 3 - 2 Jamaica

Previous World Cup threads: 2007, 2011, 2015

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.


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:

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.

European Women's Football / Re: 2017 Europe women's football
« on: August 31, 2017, 07:40:01 AM »

So, Liverpool are stuffed:

- (Archive page)

Shanice van de Sanden: Lyon sign forward from Liverpool Ladies

Lyon's certainly a team of star names, but how will Van de Sanden fit in?

Champions: Stefanie van der Gragt and Shanice van de Sanden celebrate winning
Euro 2017 with the Netherlands  (pic: Jip Bosch, cc-by-sa)

Women's Football / Re: Universiade 2017 World Uni Games
« on: August 31, 2017, 07:27:02 AM »

Knockout rounds are over, and the placement matches too. Brazil beat Japan in the final, and if I may say, the quality of the games nosedived after the group stage.

Teams were exhausted, and Taiwan is not an ideal place to play football in August.

FISU was expecting Group A teams to play 5 or 6 games in 11 days to win the gold medal! An endurance test for sure, but terrible as entertainment after a decent first round. Also unfair, as the teams in Group A played one match more than those in the other, smaller groups.

The format would be easy to improve, even with the same 13 teams or with 12 teams. The players would also probably want to reduce the unimportant placement matches. Great Britain played five matches, but only two of them were meaningful. In the end, GB beat Ireland for ninth place, whoopdedoo.

- (Archive page)

The GB students' sports teams at Taiwan 2017
(pic: 總統府, cc-by)

Players / Re: Danielle Carter
« on: August 31, 2017, 07:04:47 AM »

Carter signs a new deal at her club Arsenal, not tempted to move elsewhere:

- (Archive page)


Danielle Carter has chosen to stay at Arsenal
(pic: joshjdss, cc-by)

Women's Football / Re: TV coverage - BBC, BT, C4 etc
« on: August 31, 2017, 06:46:43 AM »

games moved to accommodate TV coverage - on one hand this is a positive, on the other supporters need to know how close to a game such switches can be legitimately made so they can make travel arrangements with certainty that they are booking for the correct date and time


It's also not been announced formally by the FA – only BT Sport and Bristol City have given clues about the TV coverage we can expect in 2017/18.

The changes we know are:
Fri 22 Sep 7.45pm Everton v Liverpool on BT Sport
Sun 24 Sep 12.30pm Chelsea v Bristol City on BBC online/red button
Sat 30 Sep 12.30pm Man City v Arsenal on BT Sport
Sun 8 Oct 12.30pm Arsenal v Bristol City on BBC online/red button

Looking at the WSL fixtures, some other games are at 12.30 as well. And a lot of weird KO times like Saturday evenings, but that may be nothing to do with TV. BT Sport have men's games on Sat 5.30pm.

Wonder what the FA have been so busy with...!

Players / Re: Lucy Bronze
« on: August 31, 2017, 06:01:03 AM »

Offtopic in the first sentence, impressive.

She Kicks continues to cover the stories that matter :D well, not all of them:

Firstly, rumours circulated for a week or so; ‘off the record’ rumblings carried on for a few more days; then occasional snatches of stolen training ground snaps leaked onto social media, which were met with a mix of glee, disbelief and despair from fans; and finally, an official announcement was made last Friday (18th August).

Yes, that's right, Lucy Bronze's transfer! From Man City to Lyon for 2017/18.

Good interview here - apparently she was secretly learning French during Euro 2017 without the other players knowing :)

- (Archive page)


Chester-le-Street Town Ladies travelled to play Leeds Ladies at Elland Road. Leeds won 1 nil but it was a great experience for the Cestrians

Sounds like a good occasion - the most-viewed match of the weekend in level 3 or 4.

- (Archive page)

Thanks for posting the photos, NSmith, a fantastic record of the day.

You may want to post in this thread for future Chester-le-Street games – your links might be seen more, as the thread will stay visible on the homepage later. I'm finding it's usually best to have one main thread for each section. Especially for sections like this, which get few posts as it is.

Women's Football / Re: Harrassment & bullying in football / Allegations
« on: August 25, 2017, 12:40:33 AM »

More support for Aluko from Lianne Sanderson, in a 5 Live interview:


And Anita Asante:


And Chelsea, to their credit:

“We commend Eni for coming forward and speaking about her experiences.

“Chelsea Football Club finds any and all forms of discrimination abhorrent and it is imperative that players are supported when coming forward to speak about these issues.”

And credit to Emma Hayes for having principles on this issue. Even this uncritical statement may damage the Chelsea boss's future relationship with the FA.

MP Rosena Allin-Khan has also called for a new inquiry, "when the FA need to be doing all they can to attract young women and people from minority backgrounds into football".

Those players above have also all mentioned they suspect the FA won't allow them to be selected for England again.

We should let Sampson clear his name, I say! It's all very messy at the moment. And the FA haven't even had the decency to release a random video of a meeting where Sampson didn't say "you've been arrested"! That doesn't help the public, or the FA, or Sampson. Cos of the lingering suspicion. :o

So I've been forced to find a video myself. It may or may not be the right one, but definitely a good distraction:

EXHIBIT A: Sampson not being racist in a meeting:



Certainly he thinks he's this great comic and its so painfully clear that he isn't, indeed if Bernie Winters had become a football manager he would have been way funnier than Sampson.  Even knowing a person really well it would be unlikely that jokes about Ebola would go down too well.

By an amazing coincidence, Sampson will try to make up for the Euros failure, and get back into the fans' good books, by covering an old Bernie Winters song. Can he be funnier? Not sure, but he's going to sing this before the Russia qualifier:

EXHIBIT B: "There's An Elephant In My Bedroom"


Women's Football / Re: Harrassment & bullying in football / Allegations
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:25:53 PM »

I was sad that some people still think there's nothing wrong and "innocent until proven innocent". But Coey's post from Tuesday has made that whole opinion just seem comical.

Hey, it's only a potential whitewash of possible bullying and corruption. But my spidey senses told me the FA were honest :D

Scotland Women's Football / Re: 2017 Scottish women's football
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:09:41 PM »
New Scottish Squad Announced

Looking forward to the Scotland team results now that Kerr is in charge. Having witnessed her work at Arsenal Ladies............

She's gonna hit it out of the park. Although hitting it into the goal would be best.

This is the squad – the match is a friendly with Hungary, in Budapest on 14 September.:


The new Scottish Women's Football chief exec, Fiona McIntyre, has talked about her job in increasing participation, raising the league standard, and commercial expansion after Euro 2017:

- (Archive page)

Players / Re: 2017 UEFA WPOTY
« on: August 24, 2017, 11:07:33 PM »

UEFA Player of the Year, we have a winner:

- (Archive page)

Martens, born in Nieuw-Bergen in the south of the Netherlands, began her club career with Heerenveen and went on to play for Venlo, Standard Liège, Duisburg, Göteborg and Rosengård before joining Barcelona just prior to UEFA Women's EURO 2017 having scored eight times in 11 Swedish league games this year.


You are as funny as Mark Sampson.

UEFA Champions League / Re: UWCL 2017/2018 - Women's Champions League
« on: August 23, 2017, 09:26:55 AM »

Hibs' highlights against Swansea on Tuesday -

Good win for Hibernian in the opener, but Swansea will have a mountain to climb now. And the home team Cluj beat Kharkiv 1-0.


UEFA Champions League / Re: UWCL 2017/2018 - Women's Champions League
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:50:46 PM »

Good win for Hibernian in the opener, but Swansea will have a mountain to climb now. And the home team Cluj beat Kharkiv 1-0.


In Group 4 in Northern Ireland, Ireland's Shelbourne managed a point against Poland's Medyk Konin, while the hosts Linfield have lost 1-0 to PK-35 Vantaa of Finland:

- (Archive page)

Women's Football / Re: Universiade 2017 World Uni Games
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:42:33 PM »

It's all over :o

- (Archive page)


Colombia must have broken some kind of goals-conceded record (31 in 2 matches), but will still avoid finishing last in the rankings. Some mistake surely! It'll be GB or Argentina.

The FA WSL / Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:32:04 PM »

Liverpool and Man City are in France for the Toulouse International Ladies Cup (friendlies). Their opponents will be Lyon and Montpellier.

It's taking place at Stade Ernest Wallon, starting on Friday 4.30 UK time.

City arrived in France on Tuesday morning before heading out into the 34° heat for their first training session together of the 2017/18 season. (Archive page)

More tournament info on the official website and Twitter (@TILC2017)

European Women's Football / Re: 2017 Europe women's football
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:21:01 PM »

More on Juventus's preparations:

- (Archive page)

In short, this was another eventful day for Juve’s first official women’s team, as they close in on their maiden match of 2017/18, namely Sunday’s Coppa Italia first round, first-leg outing against Torino Calcio Femminile [kick-off at 3.30pm UK time].

Germany's Anja Mittag is retiring from the international game:

- (Archive page)

Mittag with her current club, Rosengård
(pic: Anders Henrikson, cc-by)

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