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Scotland Under-19 squad   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 24 Jul 2017
 
Gareth Evans has named his Scotland squad to take part in the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championships in Northern Ireland.
 
Scotland qualified for the finals after topping their Elite Qualifying group.
 
Scotland's open up their games against Germany on 8th August at Windsor Park, before taking on hosts Northern Ireland three days later and finishing up on 14th August against Spain. Both of their last two group games will be at Mourneview Park, Lurgan.
 
Scotland Under-19 Squad:
 
NAMECLUB
Erin CLACHERSGlasgow City
Rebecca FLAHERTYLiverpool
Ellis DALGLIESHDurham Women
Jordan McLINTOCKRangers
Cailin MICHIEHibernian
Jamie-Lee NAPIERCeltic
Donna PATERSONAberdeen
Courtney WHYTECeltic
Claire ADAMSRangers
Chantelle BROWNRangers
Chelsea CORNETHibernian
Amy GALLACHERHibernian
Brogan HAYGlasgow City
Samantha KERRGlasgow City
Ellis NOTLEYHibernian
Carla BOYCEGlasgow City
Kirsty HANSONDoncaster Rovers Belles
Shannon McGREGORAberdeen

 

 
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FA Women's Premier League fixtures   Share This 
 Women's Football Club News - 24 Jul 2017
 
The FA Women's Premier League fixtures for the 2017-18 season have been released.
 
The season commences on Sunday 20th August and the opening day's fixtures are as follows:
 
NORTHERN DIVISION
Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City Women v Bradford City
Middlesbrough v Fylde Ladies
Nottingham Forest v Guiseley Vixens
Stoke City v Derby County
 
SOUTHERN DIVISION
C & K Basildon v Chichester City
Charlton Athletic v Lewes
Crystal Palace v Queen's Park Rangers
Gillingham v West Ham Utd
Portsmouth v Cardiff City Ladies
Swindon Town v Coventry Utd
 
NORTHERN DIVISION ONE
Bolton Wanderers v Leeds Ladies
Chorley v Mossley Hill
Hull City v Barnsley
Liverpool Marshalls Feds v Chester-le-Street Town
Newcastle Utd v Brighouse Town
 
MIDLANDS DIVISION ONE
Leicester City Ladies v Burton Albion
Loughborough Foxes v Birmingham & West Midlands
Radcliffe Olympic v Sporting Khalsa
Rotherham Utd v Long Eaton Utd
Sheffield Utd v Solihull Moors
TNS Ladies v Steel City Wanderers
 
SOUTH EAST DIVISION ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Ipswich Town
Cambridge Utd v Leyton Orient
Haringey Borough v Actonians Ladies
Luton Town v Stevenage Ladies
Milton Keynes Dons v Denham Utd
Norwich City v Enfield Town
 
SOUTH WEST DIVISION ONE
Brislington v Basingstoke Town
Maidenhead Utd v Poole Town
Southampton Saints v Cheltenham Town
Southampton Women v Larkhall Athletic
St Nicholas v Plymouth Argyle
 

 
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Welsh international joins Oxford   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 24 Jul 2017
 
Oxford United Women's Football Club are excited to be able to announce the signing of Wales international, Claire Skinner.
 
The 20-year-old has worked her way through the Wales set up and is now currently a part of the senior squad.
 
She told the club's website: "I'm really excited to be able to sign for Oxford and be playing in one of the best leagues in the UK. I feel this is a club that is really looking to progress players and to be able to push them to be as good as they can be."
 
Manager Andy Cook said: "To be able to announce that we have signed Claire is fantastic. She was made aware to me when I watched the Welsh national team.
 
"Having spoken to her national coaches and seeing her play for Aston Villa, it was something I was very keen to make happen. I spoke to Claire, outlined my vision for Oxford and she was very keen to be a part of it. She is coming to develop and make it as competitive as possible for the goalkeepers. She knows it's going to be tough but she is ready to fight.
 
"Having Claire and Demi [Lambourne] as our goalkeepers this season shows the level of quality I want here and the way the club is moving forward."
 

 
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England take their chances   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 24 Jul 2017
 
Euros News - England take their chances - 24 Jul 2017 - Women's Football NewsEngland 2 (Kirby 2, Taylor 84) Spain 0
England showed that football is all about scoring goals as they moved themselves closer to the quarter finals with victory over a stylish Spain side.
 
Despite having only 26% of possession during the game and being outpassed and forced back for most of the ninety minutes, Mark Sampson's side had the greater cutting edge and restricted Spain to just a single chance in the first minute and were clinical in front of goal themselves when their chances came.
 
However England should really have been a goal behind in the opening minute as a slip from Steph Houghton let in Vicky Losada on goal but the midfielder fired wide with only Karen Bardsley to beat.
 
That miss was made to look even more costly a minute later when Ellen White's pass released Fran Kirby on goal where she showed good composure to slot the ball past Sandra Panos for the opening goal.
 
England then thought they had gone two ahead four minutes later, as Millie Bright headed in from a Jordan Nobbs free kick. However their celebrations were cut short by an offside flag, possibly raised against Lucy Bronze and not the goalscorer.
 
The hectic pace continued and a corner won on the left by England was taken quickly. Kirby nipped past one defender before her low cross was half cleared as far as Houghton, who fired well over from just inside the area.
 
Spain settled down into their passing and possession game but with England setting up two banks of four in defence in midfield, virtually all of their passes were in front of the England back four and as a result, Bardsley was hardly threatened apart from a tame Jennifer Hermoso shot which she easily saved.
 
Silvia Meseguer cleverly lobbed the ball over the England defence for Alexis Putellas, Bardsley came out and just got a touch to the ball before poleaxing the Spanish midfielder, fortunately for England the touch was enough to prevent any fears of a penalty being awarded.
 
Bright made a vital interception to prevent a long ball by Amanda Sampedro from reaching Putellas as the pattern of the game continued after the break with Spain passing the ball around and England keeping two banks of four in defence and midfield.
 
The main talking point of the game arrived with fifteen minutes remaining as Ellen White slipped whilst trying to clear a cross from the left and the ball struck her arm, a penalty being awarded. However the referee bizarrely appeared to change her mind and deem the handball to be accidental as it had struck White's leg first and - to the confusion of almost everyone in the stadium, particularly the Spaniards - play restarted with a drop ball.
 
The decision appeared to knock the heart out of the Spaniards and England began to have their best spell of possession during the game. Jill Scott drove a shot just wide but with six minutes remaining, Jade Moore's pass was flicked on by Nobbs into the path of Taylor who clinically found the corner of the net from twelve yards for her fourth goal of the tournament.
 
The game could hardly have been a bigger contrast to the victory over Scotland but, in a performance reminiscent of some of those in the World Cup two years ago, they showed once again that they will be a tough side to break down during the course of this campaign.
 
England are not mathematically through to the quarter finals yet, with a point in their final game against Portugal being good enough to see them qualify as group winners.
 
England:
 
Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott, Millie Bright, Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs, Jade Moore, Jodie Taylor (sub Jo Potter 88mins), Fran Kirby (sub Izzy Christiansen 68mins), Ellen White (sub Toni Duggan 76mins).
 
Spain:
 
Sandra Panos, Marta Torrejon, Irene Paredes, Andrea Pereira, Marta Corredera, Amanda Sampedro (sub Virginia Torrecilla 88mins), Jennifer Hermoso, Alexia Putellas, Vicky Losada (sub Olga Garcia 72mins), Silvia Meseguer, Leila Ouahabi (sub Barbara Latorra 88mins).
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Fran Kirby puts England ahead in the second minute
(middle) England celebrate Fran Kirby's opening goal
(bottom) Jodie Taylor wraps up the win with the second goal

 
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Defeat agony for Scotland   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 24 Jul 2017
 
Scotland 1 (Cuthbert 68) Portugal 2 (Mendes 27, Laite 72)
Scotland's hopes of making it through to the quarter finals hang in the balance after they suffered a second successive defeat in Rotterdam.
 
Anna Signeul's side were desperate to erase the memory of their opening defeat to England and they began the game well with Lana Clelland, in for the injured Jane Ross, bursting down the left and cutting in to curl a shot just wide of the far post.
 
Minutes later, Caroline Weir exchanged passes with Rachel Corsie before her shot brought out a full length save from Patricia Morais. The rebound fell kindly for Clelland but with the goal at her mercy, she initially missed her kick before striking it against the post.
 
It had been a bright start by Scotland but they were stunned on 27 minutes when Portugal took the lead against the run of play. A slip from Lisa Evans resulted in a quick counter attack and Diana Silva's deflected cross from the left ought to have been cleared by Vaila Barsley but instead she miskicked and Carolina Mendes pounced to tuck the loose ball home.
 
Corsie drove a shot wide from 25 yards but at the other end, the pacey Silva almost got in for a second when her shot was charged down by Barsley. However the goal had dented the Scotland players' confidence and they trailed by one goal at the break.
 
Portugal began the second half well with Mendes and Tatiana Pinto both shooting wide but the introduction of Erin Cuthbert as a substitute started to give Scotland fresh impetus. Leanne Crichton fired over from distance and Barsley had a shot blocked by Silvia Rebelo before the moment they waited for finally came.
 
After having been inches away from reaching a Fiona Brown cross a few minutes earlier, Cuthbert received the ball from a throw in and wriggled past two challenges before exchanging passes with Weir and firing a low shot just inside the far post for the equaliser.
 
Portugal reacted well to conceding though and parity lasted just five minutes. Mendes shot wide when well placed and then Amanda Da Costa's through ball released Ana Leite on goal where she outpaced Barsley before sliding a shot past Gemma Fay to register her first international goal.
 
Suzane Pires almost made it three but Ifeoma Dieke came to her side's rescue with an important block. Scotland needed to survive a period of pressure but with five minutes left, they had a glorious chance to level the scores again. Cuthbert was again the instigator, finding room before her low cross was deflected into the path of Weir who sidestepped her marker but with the goal at her mercy, she fired against the post.
 
This was to be the last chance and Portugal successfully negotiated four minutes of injury time to record their first ever Finals victory, while Scotland need to beat Spain in their final game to stand any chance of going through.
 
Scotland:
 
Gemma Fay, Kirsty Smith, Rachel McLauchlan (sub Joanne Love 81mins), Ifeoma Dieke, Vaila Barsley, Rachel Corsie, Fiona Brown (sub Hayley Lauder 66mins), Lana Clelland (sub Erin Cuthbert 53mins), Caroline Weir, Leanne Crichton, Lisa Evans.
 
Portugal:
 
Patricia Morais, Silvia Rebelo, Claudia Neto, Ana Borges, Tatiana Pinto, Dolores Silva, Carole Costa, Diana Silva (sub Laura Luis 90mins), Vanessa Marques, Carolina Mendes (sub Ana Leite 70mins), Amanda Da Costa (sub Suzane Pires 76mins).

 
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Millwall sign Vixens full back   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 24 Jul 2017
 
WSL2 News - Millwall sign Vixens full back - 24 Jul 2017 - Women's Football NewsMillwall Lionesses are happy to announce the signing of Megan Alexander who joins from Bristol City for the 2017-18 season.
 
The 23-year-old comes with a wealth of WSL experience having previously played at Bristol City, Liverpool and Everton.
 
She said upon joining: "After seeing Millwall's progress in the Spring Series, it shows me the club's got ambitions trying to go forward and I wanted to be a part of that."
 
Primarily a left sided player, she can play at left back or left wing. Megan describes herself as "hardworking and consistent."
 
"I'm an attacking full back," she added, "I like to get forward and get crosses in the box and link up with players. Hopefully you'll see me get a few assists this season, everyone loves an assist!"
 
In 2016 Megan was a regular in the Bristol City team that won promotion to the WSL 1 and comes with a wealth of knowledge in how to gain promotion: "By bringing myself in, the manager knows I've got experience of going up and I know what it takes so I can help the team in that respect. With the players we've got here, I really think we'll be in the top end and challenging to go up."
 
Manager Lee Burch said: "Megan is a top addition to our already strong squad and I'm really pleased to have been able to get her on board. She is a player that I've known for a while and has always impressed against us.
 
"When she became available I jumped at the chance to add her as I believe her character and the way she plays links in with us well.
 
"She will bring balance to our side and is also a player who has been promoted out of WSL2 and comes with a great winning mentality."
 

 
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France held by plucky Austrians   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 24 Jul 2017
 
France face an anxious last round of games in Group C to see if they can book their place in the last eight after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Austria.
 
One of the pre-tournament favourites, who have never progressed beyond the quarter finals in its history, the French were expected to build on their opening victory over Iceland against the first time finalists, who also won their debut match.
 
France started confidently enough, with an improvised back heel by Marie-Laure Delie flying straight at Austrian keeper Zinsberger, and Amandine Henry firing over from distance. Delie then got on the end of a low cross from Gaethene Thiney but her effort could not beat an outstretched leg from Zinsberger.
 
Austria rode out the early storm and a bad clearance from Sarah Bouhaddi presented them with a good chance but Feiersinger's shot lacked power and she was able to retrieve the situation.
 
The Austrians were much more of an attacking force at this stage and they were rewarded on 27 minutes, when Aschauer's long throw was not dealt with by the French defence and Makas took a touch before firing into the roof of the net for the opening goal.
 
France responded by pushing forward for a quick equaliser but a well drilled Austrian defence ensured that they were restricted to shots from outside the area, meaning they took their lead going into half time.
 
The pattern continued as the game resumed but six minutes after the restart, France were level. Elis Bussaglia's corner evaded Zinsberger and Henry was on hand to head firmly home.
 
Henry was off target with a similar header from another corner and Eugenie Le Sommer had a shot blocked as France sought a quick second. It looked to have come on 66 minutes when Henry unleashed a powerful left foot shot from the edge of the area but Zinsberger came to the rescue with a superb save in which she managed to touch the ball onto the bar.
 
At the other end, a long range effort from Prohaska brought a scrambling save from Bouhaddi but France were continuing to press with Le Sommer drilling a shot inches wide. However they could not make the breakthrough and they need to win their final match to make absolutely sure of going through.
 
It is all over for Iceland though, who are out of the tournament after going down 2-1 to Switzerland in arguably the best match so far.
 
Switzerland seized the early initiative and inflicted the early pressure but without really causing huge problems to a robust Icelandic defence and midfield. Lara Dickenmann had a shot blocked and Maritz shot wide before Iceland came up with a superb goal on the half hour.
 
Dagny Brynjarsdottir played a sumptous pass through the Swiss defence and into the path of Fanndis Fridriksdottir who sped to the edge of the area before drilling a low shot which beat Gaelle Thalmann and arrowed into the far corner of the net.
 
Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir nearly made it two when she headed narrowly over from a free kick but as half time approached, Ramona Bachmann broke strongly into the area and pulled the ball back for Dickenmann to score the equaliser from eight yards.
 
The pace of the game did not relent after the break and Brynjarsdottir almost put her side back in front with a glancing header which was just off target. However it was Switzerland who were to take the lead for the first time when a great passing move culminated with Maritz crossing for Bachmann to head in from close range.
 
There was a long break in play as Thalmann and Jonsdottir clashed heads when dealing with a cross, the Swiss keeper was able to keep going though after having her wound stitched on the pitch.
 
The stoppage did not disrupt the flow of play too much with both teams continuing to put in full blooded challenges. As the game went into the latter stages, Iceland threw everything they could in search of an equaliser but despite eleven minutes of injury time, the Swiss defence held firm. Bachmann struck the bar at the other end after cutting in from the left but it was mainly Iceland as they had a number of shots charged down in the dying minutes. Their spirited effort was not enough though as Switzerland clung on for a win which gets their qualification chances back on course.
 

 
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First wins for Germany and Sweden   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 23 Jul 2017
 
The final round of matches in Group B is shaping up to be a shootout between Germany and Sweden after both recorded their first victories of the tournament against Italy and Russia respectively.
 
Sweden were up first against Russia and they were quickly out of the blocks, Olivia Schough bringing out a good save from Tatyana Shcherbak with a volley. Kosovare Asllani was to go even closer minutes later with a drive from 20 yards which crashed against the bar.
 
The pressure was to tell at the midway point of the first half though, as Sweden took the lead. Magda Ericsson pumped a free kick from deep into the area, Shcherbak came out and missed the ball, allowing Lotta Schelin to head into the empty net.
 
Russia's best moments were coming from lone striker Elena Danilova and she forced Hedvig Lindahl into a smart save from one effort but Sweden were continuing to dominate with Schelin going close to a second as she drilled a shot across the face of goal and just beyond the far post.
 
Danilova was just off target with a long range strike and Linda Sembrant headed inches wide from a corner as Sweden took their lead going into half time.
 
The Swedes only had to wait six minutes for the second to come though, Stina Blackstenius forcing her way through the Russian defence before steering her shot past Shcherbak, despite Kozhnikova's best efforts to keep it out, the defender only being able to help it on it via a post.
 
It was comfy for Sweden from this point and their two-goal lead was never seriously threatened. Schelin could have made it three when she headed over from a corner and Sembrant somehow managed to fail to hit the target from a yard out but a draw in their final match should be enough to take Pia Sundhage's team into the quarter finals.
 
Germany then took on Italy at Tilburg and also looked to get off on the front foot, Babett Peter heading wide from a corner early on. Italy setted down well though and began to look sharp on the counter attack.
 
It was the holders who were to take the lead on 19 minutes though, Dzsenifer Marozsan's free kick into the area was fumbled by Laura Giuliani and Josephine Henning ran round to head the ball into the empty net.
 
Giuliani atoned for her error with a great save, tipping Anja Mittag's powerful strike over the bar, however then a clever corner routine almost led to a second but Sara Dabritz' shot came back off the near post.
 
Italy then produced a reply of their own; a counter attack which led to them levelling the scores. Tina Bonansea sped down the left and her low cross was turned home at the near post by Ilaria Mauro for the equaliser.
 
Mauro's joy was sadly not to last for too long as she left the field on a stretcher with an ankle injury just before half time. Her strike though was to see her side go into the break on level terms.
 
Mandy Islacker became the second German player to hit the post early in the second half and the striker went close again two minutes later as her header was clawed away by Giuliani.
 
Back came Italy with a good spell of their own but Germany began to get on top again and were awarded a penalty when Mittag was brought down by Giuliani. Peter stepped up to confidently find the net from the spot and put her side back in front.
 
Things got worse for Italy shortly afterwards as they went down to ten players after Bartoli was shown a second yellow card. Germany began to ramp up the pressure as they sought a third with Giuliani making good saves from Marozsan and Dallmann.
 
Needing a goal to stave off elimination, Italy threw everything they could in search of an equaliser and it nearly came when a stinging free kick from Bonansea brought out a fine save from Schult.
 
There were to be no more major scares for the Germans though and they were able to secure the win they needed which takes them closer towards a place in the last eight. Despite a spirited effort, Italy became the first team to be eliminated from the competition and will be rueing their surprise defeat to Russia in the opening game.
 

 
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Dutch on brink of quarter finals   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 23 Jul 2017
 
Euro 2017 tournament hosts, the Netherlands, are on the verge of qualifying for the quarter finals after a hard earned 1-0 win over Denmark in their second group match.
 
Both teams went into the game having won their opening fixtures and it was the Dutch who broke the deadlock in the 19th minute, Sherida Spitse finding the corner of the net from the penalty spot after Nanna Christiansen had tripped Danielle van de Donk as she broke into the area.
 
Denmark should have been level a minute later as Pernille Harder seized on a poor pass but, with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat, she shot straight at the keeper.
 
Holland continued to have the better of things in the first half with Shanice van de Sanden in great form on the right, aided by the excellent hold up play of Vivienne Miedema, who headed a decent chance wide and a looping header from Lieke Martens landed on the roof of the net.
 
Denmark started the second half strongly and had another glorious chance to level when Harder played in Sanne Troelsgaard but she shot over the bar. With Harder commanding matters in midfield, the Danes continued to press and the chances continued to fall Troelsgaard's way, first her shot was blocked by Anouk Dekker before putting the rebound wide.
 
Van Veenendaal made a brave save at the feet of Harder who then produced a superb defence splitting pass to release Troelsgaard on goal but her tame effort was gratefully gathered by van Veenendaal.
 
The Dutch managed to hold out under severe Danish pressure and went within inches of doubling their lead, a Spitse free kick from the edge of the area which hit the side netting. However one more great chance was to fall Denmark's way, Harder driving a free kick into the area where Nadia Nadim's header flew straight at van Veenendaal, before they could finally see out a result which puts them in pole position in Group A.
 
Norway however are facing a shock elimination at the group stage after they were beaten 2-0 by Belgium in Breda. Twice winners and runners-up in two of the last three tournaments, they were not helped by a poor offside decision for the first goal but Belgium were worthy of their first ever Finals victory.
 
An enterprising start from the Belgians saw Elke van Gorp bring out an early save from Ingrid Hjelmseth with a volley but at the other end, they needed to survive a scramble from a corner in which Ada Hegerberg had a shot blocked before it was cleared. Norway should then have gone ahead when Caroline Hansen volleyed over from close range.
 
Back came Belgium with Tessa Wullaert driving a low ball across the face of goal which just evaded Tine de Caigny but an entertaining first half was to somehow end goalless.
 
The game continued to go from end to end after the break until a controversial goal saw Belgium go ahead just before the hour. Cayman played the ball in from the left, Hjelmseth spilled the cross and van Gorp, despite looking to be two or three yards offside, slotted home from close range.
 
Just seven minutes later, a long throw into the area was not dealt with by the Norwegian defence, and Cayman stole in unmarked to head in the second goal from six yards.
 
Norway could not find a way back into the game, coming closest when Hansen had a shot blocked and Maren Mjelde was just over with a free kick. Belgium were largely untroubled during six minutes of injury time and they can look forward to their much anticipated clash with the Netherlands on Monday.
 

 
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England hit Scotland for six   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 20 Jul 2017
 
Euros News - England hit Scotland for six - 20 Jul 2017 - Women's Football NewsEngland 6 (Taylor 10,25,52, White 31, Nobbs 81, Duggan 90)
Scotland 0

Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England began their Euro 2017 Finals campaign with a crushing victory over Scotland in Utrecht.
 
Things could hardly have gone better for England Head Coach Mark Sampson if he had written the script himself, but it was a nightmare Finals debut for Scotland.
 
The game almost got off to a sensational start as, with only 28 seconds on the clock, Jane Ross tried her luck with a speculative shot from 30 yards which was tipped over the bar by Karen Bardsley.
 
However this was to prove a false dawn for Scotland as England wrested control straight away and pushed a nervous looking Scottish side onto the defensive.
 
The breakthrough came with ten minutes on the clock, Lucy Bronze sliding a through ball which was not dealt with by the Scotland defence, and this allowed Jodie Taylor to run clear on goal and she showed good composure to slide her shot past Gemma Fay for the opener.
 
Scotland were finding it hard to contain Taylor, who was in rampaging form, and Fran Kirby was also causing problems in her role just behind the front two. Indeed it was a foul on Kirby which led to England increasing their lead, Jordan Nobbs floating in the resulting free kick which could not be cleared and after Bronze's shot was blocked on the line by Caroline Weir, Taylor reacted quickly to hook the rebound past Fay for her second goal.
 
England were looking like scoring every time they attacked at this stage and a third was not too long in coming. Jill Scott's 20-yard strike came back off the bar and, with the Scotland defence caught flat footed, Ellen White slid in to tuck home the rebound and put them three ahead.
 
Scotland also had the first attempt on goal in the second half when a corner was punched away by Bardsley as far as Ross whose first time shot flew over.
 
However it was England, and Taylor once again, who were to be clinical in goal once again shortly afterwards. Houghton's long ball was nodded on by White for Taylor who once more eluded her markers before deftly lobbing the oncoming Fay to complete her hat-trick.
 
England withdrew Taylor on the hour mark to deserved applause and Scotland were dealt a further blow four minutes later as Ross - their best player on the night by some distance - was forced off with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
 
Lana Clelland did get a sight of goal when she broke down the right and shrugged off a challenge from Millie Bright but shot wastefully into the side netting when Erin Cuthbert was better placed. England responded right away with Toni Duggan neatly exchanging passes with Bronze before her shot brought out a good save from Fay.
 
Bright drove a low shot across the face of goal after another Nobbs free kick caused problems for Scotland but the fifth was to come five minutes later, Karen Carney's cross from the left was half cleared by Dieke and Nobbs executed a sweetly struck volley from 16 yards into the top corner, giving Fay no chance.
 
There was no let up from England and with the final touch of the game, they rounded off a perfect night with another goal. Carney's corner was headed firmly goalwards by Houghton and an unmarked Duggan glanced the ball past Fay from six yards out.
 
England can therefore look back on very satisfying start to the tournament for themselves and will march confidently on to their second group match against Spain on Sunday. Scotland, meanwhile, have been left to reflect on a night where nothing went right and look to put things right in their next game against Portugal.
 
England:
 
Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott, Millie Bright, Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs, Jade Moore, Jodie Taylor (sub Toni Duggan 59mins), Fran Kirby (sub Nikita Parris 64mins), Ellen White (sub Karen Carney 74mins).
 
Scotland:
 
Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Chloe Arthur, Ifeoma Dieke, Vaila Barsley, Rachel Corsie (sub Joanne Love 75mins), Fiona Brown (sub Lana Clelland 45mins), Jane Ross (sub Erin Cuthbert 63mins), Caroline Weir, Leanne Crichton, Lisa Evans.
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Jodie Taylor gives England the lead
(middle) Ellen White slides in to score England's third goal
(bottom) Jodie Taylor lobs home to complete her hat-trick

 
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Patience rewarded for France   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 19 Jul 2017
 
A late penalty from Eugenie Le Sommer gave France all three points as they overcame the resistance of Iceland with a 1-0 victory in Group C.
 
The pattern of the game was established early on with France carrying the game towards a well drilled Icelandic defence and they did go close in the ninth minute, Clarisse Le Bihan curling a shot just wide.
 
Other than this effort, the French side were finding it hard to find a way through and were repeatedly foiled by a series of firm but well timed challenges. Iceland did produce an opportunity when Brynjarsdottir headed wide when well placed and at the other end, they dug in to keep France at bay and ensure they were on level terms at half time.
 
At the start of the second half, a Camille Abily free kick drew a good save from Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir but on the whole, Iceland were content to defend on the edge of their penalty area and force France to attempt long shots on goal. Their best moments on the break came via speedy winger Fanndis Fridriksdottir who was in lively form on the right.
 
At the other end, Abily's pass released Elodie Thomis on goal but she shot tamely at Gunnarsdottir and the chance was lost. Wendie Renard then thumped a header against the bar from an Abily corner and the playmaker herself drilled a shot inches wide as her side's frustrations continued to grow.
 
With four minutes remaining, from a ball pumped from deep into the area, Amandine Henry was wrestled to the ground by Elin Jensen and a penalty was awarded. Le Sommer kept her cool to send Gunnarsdottir the wrong way from the spot for the goal which saw France off to a winning start.
 
Earlier in the day, Austria caused something of a surprise on their finals debut when they defeated Switzerland 1-0 in Deventer. They showed no sign of nerves and with fifteen minutes on the clock, they took the lead when Sarah Zadrazil's through ball released Nina Burger and she produced an unerring finish from just inside the area.
 
Switzerland were finding it hard to get going with their much vaunted forward line of Ramona Bachmann and Lara Dickenmann being kept quiet and they could have found themselves two down early in the second half, when Burger shot wide following a goalmouth scramble.
 
Rahel Kiwic did go close to an equaliser with a powerful header from a corner but Sara Puntigam was handily placed to clear off the line. Things were to get worse for Kiwic on the hour as she became the first person in the tournament to be red carded when hauling Burger down just outside the area as she was through on goal. The resulting free kick was touched aside for Puntigam whose powerful shot was well saved by Gaelle Thalmann.
 
A looping shot from Vanessa Bernauer was clawed around the post by Manuela Zinsberger and a strike by Bachmann was deflected narrowly over but Switzerland could not find a way through and Austria held on for a result which greatly boosts their chances of reaching the quarter finals.
 

 
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Man City to play in Toulouse Cup   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 19 Jul 2017
 
Manchester City Women FC will be taking part in the Toulouse International Ladies Cup (TILC) this August, a pre-season tournament that is a first of its kind to be hosted in the French city of Toulouse.
 
Following a successful season in which Manchester City Women lifted the FA Continental Tyres Cup, the FA Women's Super League trophy and the SSE Women's FA Cup, this pre-season tournament will give the club the opportunity to challenge themselves against several of Europe's top clubs ahead of what promises to be an exciting 2017-18 season.
 
Olympique Lyonnais, who won three trophies last season, including the UEFA Women's Champions League, and Montpellier Hérault Sport Club, runners-up in the 2017 French Women's First Division, will be City's pre-season competition with a fourth top tier club to be announced before the tournament kicks off on 25th August.
 
TILC 2017 is a pre-season football tournament featuring four of Europe's top clubs. The three day event runs from 25-27 August and will include two tournament days, as well as a day of activities for fans to take part in, including exclusive signing sessions with the players.
 
Gavin Makel, Head of Women's Football at Manchester City said: "The Toulouse International Ladies Cup is the perfect opportunity for Manchester City Women to not only prepare for the season ahead, but to also connect with our fans in France.
 
"Being able to play against some of Europe's top clubs will give us the challenge we need to ensure we're ready for another competitive FA WSL and Champions League season. We want to build on the success of last season and take our performance to the next level, competing in a tournament of this calibre will help us do that."
 
Tara MacMahon, co-organiser of the Toulouse International Ladies Cup, added: "We are delighted that Manchester City Women are taking part in the Toulouse International Ladies Cup. This tournament is a first of its kind in the country and will provide local and visiting fans with the opportunity to experience the excitement of watching Europe's best women's football clubs go head to head. With the English champions and the French First Division champions and runners-up all taking part and more to come, TILC 2017 will be an unforgettable weekend for fans and the perfect way to usher in a new season of women's football."
 
Tickets for the tournament are on sale now, with a three day pass costing €15 for adults and €12 for children under the age of 14.
 

 
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Former England skipper hails 'captain marvel' Steph   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 18 Jul 2017
 
England International News - Former England skipper hails 'captain marvel' Steph - 18 Jul 2017 - Women's Football NewsIf former England captain Faye White could have one more highlight from her esteemed career, playing more matches with Steph Houghton would be high on the list.
 
It is little surprise, therefore, that when it comes to potential England stars at UEFA Women's Euro 2017, White is giving plenty of backing to her old colleague.
 
The two were teammates with Arsenal and England, but such is the way Durham-born Houghton has impressed the 39-year-old, she wishes she was still alongside her in the heart of defence.
 
But while White takes on a supporting brief, the Manchester City centre back will be leading her team in the Netherlands for the first time in this competition.
 
England get their competition underway against Auld Enemy Scotland on Wednesday, desperate to avoid a repeat of their group stage failure from four years ago.
 
Houghton was part of that group when still in the infancy of her international career but, with a captain's armband now part of her armoury, White is backing the 29-year-old to stand up and be counted by her country more than ever.
 
"Steph is a young captain, I remember getting it a young age too and there are players with more caps, but she's got that commanding presence on the field," she said, speaking at the launch of The FA Girls' Football Week - Euro Celebrations.
 
"She's down to Earth and approachable off the field, has a good knowledge of the game and the assets in her game are fantastic, she's a defender first and foremost but an excellent goalscorer too.
 
"I played with her at Arsenal and when she was young with England, but I would love to play with her now as my centre back partner.
 
"I wish I was a few years younger, she has been an integral part of the recent success, she's been very consistent with her performances and the captaincy is in solid hands - she'll do a great job."
 
While Houghton is the one with the armband, White is adamant she is not on her own when it comes to experience.
 
No fewer than ten players begin the tournament in their 30s, while Casey Stoney has also previously been in charge of the team. But that doesn't mean the competition won't come without its challenges for Houghton.
 
Yet White - a player often considered in similar ilk as the current captain - feels her mentee is up to a task she hopes can be filled with enjoyment as well as work.
 
"Getting the captaincy young is a massive boost, a great honour, but you're learning as you go along and you have to be willing to open up your mindset and learn how to cope with new things," added White, who is helping support the FA's Gameplan for Growth pledge to double the number of girls and women playing football by 2020, Girls' Football Week - Euro Celebrations. There are currently over 168 partners across the country set to deliver these sessions, with The FA welcoming more to sign up in the coming weeks.
 
"There are other experienced players in the squad, they will be there to give her advice if she needs it, but most importantly just there to work with her.
 
"I loved it, it improved my performances and gave me that extra bit of responsibility. It was certainly a privilege.
 
"Every captain wants to perform on the field. There will be a lot of duties and responsibilities off it, but it's important to do well when you're playing and balance your time.
 
"She'll have downtime where she can switch off and relax, it will be important to make the most of that - particularly with a long competition."
 
To find out more about Girls' Football Week - Euro Celebrations and register your involvement, visit: www.TheFA.com/ForGirls
 
by Ross Lawson, Sportsbeat
 

 
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Germany and Sweden draw a blank   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 18 Jul 2017
 
Germany began their defence of the trophy in the Euro 2017 with a goalless draw against Sweden in Breda.
 
The eagerly anticipated clash between two of the major contenders saw a typically determined Swedish side keep their opponents at bay to end their unhappy record of eleven straight defeats to Germany in competitive matches.
 
Sweden started the match on the front foot and created the first opportunity when Linda Sembrant rose unmarked from a corner but could not direct her header on target. Svenja Huth brought out a diving save from Hedvig Lindahl at the other end but these were rare first half chances despite the game being played at a high tempo.
 
Germany began to increase the pressure in the second half with Dzsenifer Marozsan seeing a free kick saved by Lindahl and Mandy Islacker was unlucky to see an instinctive first time shot go inches wide, after latching onto a low cross by Carolin Simon.
 
Sweden responded though with the clearest chance of the match so far. A breakaway resulted in Stina Blackstenius shrugging off the attentions of Josephine Henning as she burst into the area where her shot was blocked by the outstretched boot of Almuth Schult.
 
Schult also needed to save an angled shot from Lotta Schelin but Germany were next to go close as the excellent Marozsan drove in a cross from deep for Islacker who poked her shot goalwards but Lindahl came to the rescue with a great reflex save.
 
Lindahl also made saves from Leonie Maier and Lina Magull but Sweden stood firm for a hard earned point which will put both teams in a good position to reach the quarter finals.
 
Group B is currently topped by Russia after two early goals gave them a 2-1 win over Italy in Rotterdam but they needed to survive a late onslaught in which goalkeeper Tatyana Shcherbak excelled.
 
Russia took the lead after nine minutes when Ekaterina Sochnova fed Elena Danilova on the edge of the area, where she turned and fired a low shot past Chiara Marchitelli to open the scoring.
 
The early blow clearly jolted the Italians and Russia continued to push for a second, bringing reward for their efforts just after the midway point. Sochnova was again the supplier, this time with a corner to the far post for Elena Morozova to power home an unstoppable header.
 
Back came Italy with a well struck shot by Marta Carissimi being palmed away by Shcherbak but Russia were not troubled any further and took their two-goal lead into the interval.
 
Italy were forced to throw players forward after the break with Russia content to sit back and hit on the counter attack. They nearly made a breakthrough though as Melania Gabbiadini latched onto a ball into the area but her shot was superbly turned over the bar by Shcherbak.
 
Still Italy pressed but could not break down the Russian defence who kept out a number of corners as they strove to hold on to their advantage.
 
Ekaterina Pantyukhina hit the side netting on an increasingly rare Russian counter attack but with two minutes left, Italy grabbed themselves a lifeline as a free kick from deep by Cristiana Girelli was touched past the oncoming Shcherbak by Ilaria Mauro.
 
Suddenly, nerves overcame the Russian side who were pounded by Italy in search of an equaliser. Elisa Bartoli did get the ball in the net but her effort was ruled out by an offside flag and then, after the game went into injury time, a free kick was headed goalwards by Bartoli, only for Shcherbak to pull off a fantastic save, touching the ball onto the bar and Elvira Ziyastinova was on hand to clear off the line under pressure from Gabbiadini.
 
Italy had thrown everything at them but Russia held out to record their first ever victory in the Finals, after twelve previous winless occasions.
 

 
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Hosts make winning start   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 17 Jul 2017
 
Euros News - Hosts make winning start - 17 Jul 2017 - Women's Football NewsThe Netherlands ensured that they got the Euro 2017 Finals off to a flying start when they defeated Norway 1-0 in the opening match in Utrecht.
 
The tournament hosts picked up the points against last time's beaten finalists when Liverpool winger Shanice van de Sanden headed in the only goal, midway through the second half.
 
The first half was largely an even affair but the Dutch could have taken the lead in the opening minute as van de Sanden charged down a clearance and squared for Lieke Martens but Ingrid Hjelmseth came to her side's rescue with an important block.
 
Martens, who is on her way to Barcelona next season, again tested Hjelmseth with a strike which was tipped over the bar but it was Norway who were to go close next, a superb turn in the area by Nora Holstad Berge buying her space in the area before Sari van Veenendaal was able to save.
 
Ada Hegerberg shot wide following good work by Caroline Hansen as Norway finished the first half on top but the scoreline remained goalless.
 
Holland picked up the pace after the break and a low cross from van de Sanden caused danger but Vivienne Miedema was unable to turn the ball home from close range. Miedema then sprang the Norwegian offside trap; however she snatched at her shot and it flew off target with only Hjelmseth to beat.
 
Miedema headed over and Martens was unlucky with a strike from the edge of the area which was inches wide before, on 66 minutes, the growing pressure finally told and a Martens cross picked out van de Sanden who stooped to head home from eight yards.
 
The Oranje continued to control the game and looked the likelier to add a further goal whilst Norway were struggling to make an impression at the other end. Martens saw a shot blocked and Desiree Van Lunteren fired wide but despite a few nervous moments in injury time, they never looked like losing their lead and the 21,000 strong crowd could celebrate a well deserved victory.
 
The second match in Group A saw Denmark take on Belgium, who were playing their first ever match in the Finals. The Danes produced the remarkable achievement four years ago of reaching the semi finals without winning a single match but they were ahead after six minutes this time. Pernille Harder's free kick was touched onto the bar by Justien Odeurs and Sanne Troelsgaard rose highest to head in the rebound.
 
Belgium responded with Tessa Wullaert heading just wide but Denmark continued to control matters and Nadia Nadim was close to a second but her shot was blocked by Heleen Jaques.
 
Belgium were to go close again early in the second half when a corner was headed on by Jaques, Janice Cayman's goalbound flick bringing out a good reaction save from Stina Lykke Petersen. Julie Biesmans and Tine De Caigny both shot wide as the Belgians looked much more of an attacking force.
 
Maja Kildemoes had a great chance to double Denmark's lead but she failed to hit the target after being set up by Harder. With Belgium committed forward, the game flowed from end to end and Wullaert looked to have a great chance to level the scores but she was denied by an excellent block from Simone Boye Sorensen.
 
As the game went into the dying minutes, Belgium piled on the pressure and could not have gone closer as a Wullaert free kick was headed onto her own bar by Sorensen. Wullaert herself had an injury time shot cleared off the line by Line Roddik as Denmark held on to take the points.
 
(top) Sari van Veenendaal makes a save from Ada Hegerberg
(middle) Lieke Martens goes close with a second half strike
(bottom) Vivienne Miedema gets in a shot past Nora Holstad Berge
 
(photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

 

 
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Sarah gets her spurs   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 16 Jul 2017
 
WSL2 News - Sarah gets her spurs - 16 Jul 2017 - Women's Football NewsSarah Wiltshire has joined FA WSL newcomers Tottenham Hotspur from Yeovil Town.
 
Hertfordshire-born Sarah - a Spurs fan - scored 27 goals in 45 WSL games for Yeovil and was heading for top goalscorer status in WSL2 in 2016 when she took a break from the game to have a baby.
 
Neverthless, her 11 goals in 12 games helped Yeovil to the title and promotion into WSL1 for 2017 and having returned just 11 weeks after giving birth, she scored Yeovil's first goal in the top flight at the start of this year's WSL1 Spring Series.
 
Sarah, 26, impressed so much during her time at Yeovil that she was signed by WSL1 high fliers Manchester City in 2015. She is also a full Welsh international with 31 caps to her name.
 
She becomes the second new signing for the reigning FAWPL Champions, after the arrival of defender Ashleigh Neville from Coventry Utd.
 
"This is a fantastic signing for us," manager Karen Hills told their website. "Sarah has a wealth of experience in the WSL and has a real goalscoring pedigree at this level.
 
"She was top scorer in WSL2 (until her pregnancy) in 2016, she's quick and a great finisher - she's perfect for us."
 
Sarah added: "Spurs are certainly a club on the up. I've supported Tottenham since I was a little girl, so it means a lot for me to come and play here.
 
"The team had an amazing time last season and now they are ready for WSL2. It's a competitive league but Spurs have showed they deserve to be at this level, so I'm sure it will be another positive season. I'm hoping to bring a little experience to the team and I'm excited to get going again."
 

 
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London Bees name new Head Coach   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 13 Jul 2017
 
London Bees are pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Swindlehurst as Head Coach.
 
Swindlehurst, a former WSL 1 winner, is known for delivering quality and performance improvement at both club and community level. He brings experience and enthusiasm with a CV which includes spells at Liverpool Ladies, Sheffield FC Ladies and Fylde Ladies FC. Luke has a proven history of working with elite level players up to international level.
 
Luke moves from a college lecturing role with students in football studies and will make the switch into a full time football position with The Bees. He has the knowledge to bring new ideas into developing clubs and players. Swindlehurst's coaching honours include FAWSL 1, FAWPL Northern Division and FAWPL League Cup.
 
Head of Football, James Thorne stated: "We are delighted to welcome Luke to London Bees. After a lengthy selection process, it was clear Luke was the outstanding candidate who fitted in with the ambition and culture of the Club.
 
"Luke is bright, ambitious, well qualified and has a clear vision for the team that fits into the existing ethos of the club."
 
Speaking about his new role, Swindlehurst expressed: "I'm delighted to join London Bees and honoured to be a part of such a progressive and ambitious club. Having spoken to James it was clear from day one that London Bees have the drive and ambition to be successful in all areas.
 
"The infrastructure behind the club is very professional and we will look to keep setting the highest standards."
 
"I'm looking forward to meeting the players and getting pre-season under way and the challenge of a new season is very exciting for us."
 

 
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Lewes shut the gender gap   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL South News - 13 Jul 2017
 
WPL South News - Lewes shut the gender gap - 13 Jul 2017 - Women's Football NewsLewes Football Club has announced it has become the first professional or semi professional football club to pay its women's team the same as its men's team, as part of its Equality FC campaign.
 
In an unprecedented move, Lewes FC will establish a sustainable model of funding to support the women's and men's football teams on an equal basis. This will include:
 
* Raising and setting the playing budgets for the women's and men's first teams at an equal level.
 
* Providing equal resource for coaching, performance and strength & conditioning staff
 
* Upgrading equipment and facilities to meet the standards required by higher football divisions
 
* Investment in local grassroots outreach to drive equal participation in football from girls and boys
 
This announcement comes as part of the launch of the club's campaign, Equality FC, to raise awareness about gender inequality in football. The campaign also aims to encourage more support for women's and girls football across the UK and around the world.
 
The first tranche of funding for the campaign has been approved by the Lewes FC board and
has established pay parity between the two teams. The club will continue to raise funds to achieve these aims through donors and sponsors, as well as by encouraging more people to become owners of Lewes FC.
 
Jacquie Agnew, Lewes FC Director, said: "At Lewes FC we believe that there should be a level playing field for women in football. By committing to paying our women's and men's teams equally, and providing equal resources for coaching, training and facilities, we hope to spark a change across the UK that will help put an end to the excuses for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport. Together with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and beyond."
 
John Donoghue, Lewes FC Women's First Team Manager, said: "I am proud that Lewes FC has stepped up to launch the Equality FC campaign. Every day I see the passion and commitment
our players have for the game, and I am sure this is mirrored across the country in women's
football.
 
"For female players to have the same rewards as their male counterparts for doing the same job is a fantastic leap forward for women's football. This sends a powerful signal to not only our players and our club, but to the whole UK football community that women's football deserves an equal voice and support to men's."
 
Darren Freeman, Lewes FC Men's First Team Manager, added: "We use the same pitch, the same facilities, the same ball. As football fans we all want our team to win regardless of gender. Parity means giving everyone the same opportunity and getting the same rewards."
 

 
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Great Britain squad heading for Taipei   Share This 
 Women's Football Events News - 13 Jul 2017
 
A squad of 20 players from 14 universities has been selected to represent Team GBR at this year's World University Games in Chinese Taipei, 19 - 30th August.
 
Held biennially in major cities across the globe, the World University Games (WUGS) sees athletes come together to compete across 22 sports with the Summer Universiade the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.
 
Following rigorous selection trials, the team including 15 English, three Welsh and two Scottish players, will travel to Hong Kong in early August for a holding camp before competing in Pool D of the thirteen team tournament against Russia and South Africa.
 
Last time Team GBR entered a women's football team was the 2013 Games in Kazan, where the team won the tournament after beating Mexico 6-2 in the gold medal match.
 
Known for being a breeding ground of future women's football stars, the 2013 team included the likes of three current Lionesses - Chelsea Ladies' Fran Kirby and Manchester City's Izzy Christensen and Demi Stokes.
 
The 2017 edition of Team GBR's women's football team includes many emerging stars.
 
The women's football team will join almost 10,000 participants from over 170 countries expected to compete at the Games - with the overall Great Britain delegation to reach over 160.
 
To be eligible, athletes must also be studying towards a degree or diploma at a university or similar institute - or have finished study in the year preceding the Games.
 
The women's football team set to compete at the World University Games in Taipei is as follows:
 
NameUniversityHome NationPosition
Claire SKINNERUniversity of South WalesWalesGoalkeeper
Megan WALSHUniversity of LiverpoolEnglandGoalkeeper
Ellie DOBSONNorthumbria UniversityEnglandDefender
Gemma EVANSUniversity of South WalesWalesDefender
Demi-Lee FALCONERUniversity of StirlingScotlandDefender
Annabel JOHNSONDurham UniversityEnglandDefender
Shannon SIEVWRIGHTUniversity of ChichesterEnglandDefender
Eloise WILSONBuckinghamshire New UniversityEnglandDefender
Lily AGGUniversity of BrightonEnglandMidfielder
Georgia EVANSUniversity of GloucestershireWalesMidfielder
Madelaine HILLNorthumbria UniversityEnglandMidfielder
Emma KELLYNorthumbria UniversityEnglandMidfielder
Rhema LORD-MEARSUniversity of HuddersfieldEnglandMidfielder
Katy MORRISUniversity of StirlingEnglandMidfielder
Chloe DIXONUniversity of BarnsleyEnglandForward
Tyler DODDSNorthumbria UniversityEnglandForward
Olivia FERGUSSONUniversity of the West of EnglandEnglandForward
Kirsty HOWATUniversity of EdinburghScotlandForward
Bethan MERRICKUniversity College BirminghamEnglandForward
Lucy QUINNUniversity of ChichesterEnglandForward

 
Coaching staff are as follows:
 
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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Lewes shut the gender gap   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL South News - 13 Jul 2017
 
WPL South News - Lewes shut the gender gap - 13 Jul 2017 - Women's Football NewsLewes Football Club has announced it has become the first professional or semi professional football club to pay its women¡¦s team the same as its men¡¦s team, as part of its Equality FC campaign.
 
In an unprecedented move, Lewes FC will establish a sustainable model of funding to support the women¡¦s and men¡¦s football teams on an equal basis. This will include:
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* Raising and setting the playing budgets for the women¡¦s and men¡¦s first teams at an equal level.
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* Providing equal resource for coaching, performance and strength & conditioning staff
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* Upgrading equipment and facilities to meet the standards required by higher football divisions
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* Investment in local grassroots outreach to drive equal participation in football from girls and boys
 
This announcement comes as part of the launch of the club¡¦s campaign, Equality FC, to raise awareness about gender inequality in football. The campaign also aims to encourage more support for women¡¦s and girls football across the UK and around the world.
 
The first tranche of funding for the campaign has been approved by the Lewes FC board and
has established pay parity between the two teams. The club will continue to raise funds to achieve these aims through donors and sponsors, as well as by encouraging more people to become owners of Lewes FC.
 
Jacquie Agnew, Lewes FC Director, said: ¡§At Lewes FC we believe that there should be a level playing field for women in football. By committing to paying our women¡¦s and men¡¦s teams equally, and providing equal resource
for coaching, training and facilities, we hope to spark a change across the UK that will help put an end to the excuses for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport. Together with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and beyond.¡¨
 
John Donoghue, Lewes FC Women¡¦s First Team Manager, said: ¡§I am proud that Lewes FC has stepped up to launch the Equality FC campaign.
Every day I see the passion and commitment
our players have for the game, and I am sure this is mirrored across the country in women's
football.
 
"For female players to have the same rewards as their male counterparts for doing the same job is a fantastic leap forward for women's football. This sends a powerful signal to not only our players and our club, but to the whole UK football community that women's football deserves an equal voice and support to men¡¦s.¡¨
 
Darren Freeman, Lewes FC Men¡¦s First Team Manager, added: "We use the same pitch, the same facilities, the same ball. As football fans we all want our team to win regardless of gender. Parity means giving everyone the same opportunity and getting the same rewards."
 

 
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