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A biennial Women’s World Cup is not a good idea – Fifa must ask the right people

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In a way Fifa has been clever. The body leading the charge towards a biennial men’s and women’s World Cup has somewhat sidestepped the mistake of the most recent attempts to shake up football. The proposed European Su...

Arsenal set WSL pace as Eidevall brings intensity and intelligence

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As the Women’s Super League season pauses for the international break, unbeaten Arsenal top the table after five games and are on a mission to reclaim the title from the back-to-back winners, Chelsea. Meanwhile, there...

New Super League sets out to make US women’s soccer safer and better

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The appointment of the hugely experienced Amanda Vandervort as the first president of the new fully professional women’s second division in the US, the USL Super League, has been in the pipeline for a while, as have p...

Overdue group stage gives Women’s Champions League chance to shine

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When Uefa announced that the Women’s Champions League would be reformatted to include a group stage there was widespread support. In many ways it was very overdue. Now, on the eve of the first group games, there is mo...

WSL should keep staging games at men’s stadiums despite small crowds

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It would be easy to conclude that the low attendances in men’s stadiums on the opening weekend of the Women’s Super League season means games should not be played there but the opposite is true. In 2019 records tumble...

Women’s Super League returns with sights set on a big breakthrough

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There was excitement and anticipation before the 2020-21 Women’s Super League season, World Cup-winning superstars having parachuted into English clubs in search of regular football amid the pandemic and with people d...

‘This is our final’: the team who led athletes’ escape from Afghanistan

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“We have been working like fingers on one hand, with different roles, and we came together as a big strong punch,” says the former captain and one of the founders of the Afghanistan women’s national football team, Kha...

Women’s Olympics football: quarter-finals tie-by-tie analysis

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Australia qualified for the knockout stage as one of two best third-place teams but their tournament has not been a bad one. Predictably, the Chelsea forward and WSL golden boot winner Sam Kerr has led the way, scorin...

Kim Little relishing Japan test after nutmegs get her trending on Twitter

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The Team GB midfielder Kim Little is not on Twitter. She did not know she was trending on Wednesday. She did not know clips of her nutmegs and silky play in the side’s opening game of the Olympics against Chile were d...

Team GB’s Keira Walsh: ‘I work a lot with psychologists and that helps me’

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After the World Cup in 2019, Manchester City’s Keira Walsh was hit so hard by the criticism she faced that she thought about stepping away from football. In France Walsh did not look like the player who had become so ...

Pedri keeps rolling with game 66 of his season in Spain’s Olympics opener

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When Pedri stumbled through a challenge and swept inside to tee up Dani Ceballos, who crashed a long-range effort off the crossbar, we were given the first taste of the 18-year-old’s talent in Tokyo against Egypt. Onl...

Passing the torch: Team GB’s Nikita Parris follows her sister into Olympics

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When Nikita Parris watched the 2012 Olympics as a fan, she had one eye on the debut of the Team GB women’s football team. The other was focused on the boxing ring. Why? Because there her sister Natasha Jonas was carvi...

‘She has a skill you can’t buy’: the making of Chelsea’s Emma Hayes

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“When did I recognise that she was any good in her business?” says Sid Hayes, the 80-year-old father of Chelsea’s manager, Emma Hayes. “I’m going to tell you a story about the London Olympics.” As Hayes sat next to he...

How Emma Hayes turned Chelsea from also-rans to all-conquerors

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It is hard to describe what it has been like to watch what is surely one of the best women’s teams to ever play in England’s top flight. Magical yet intense, sleek yet gritty, there are juxtapositions aplenty in Emma ...

‘A formidable partnership’: player ratings for Chelsea’s WSL title winners

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Ann-Katrin Berger 9 Her performances should see her considered one of the world’s best goalkeepers. The 30-year-old won the golden glove with 12 clean sheets. Chelsea have conceded just 10 goals in 22 games but Berger...

Chelsea bid to buck colossal trend by overcoming Bayern Munich in last four

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The scale of the task faced by Chelsea, who have to overturn a 2-1 away defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Sunday, is perhaps best illustrated by a simple statistic. Only twice in...

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