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Champions handed Italian job   Share This 
 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 18 Aug 2019
 
FA WSL Champions Arsenal's return to the Champions League pitches them against Fiorentina in the Round of 32.
 
The Gunners, who are not seeded despite being former winners of the competition, will be at home in the first leg against the Italian side who will include Scotland striker Lana Clelland in their ranks.
 
Manchester City will be looking for improvement on their exit at this stage last season and they will be away in the first leg against Swiss title winners FF Lugano.
 
Glasgow City face a long trip first up to Russia, to face WFC Chertanovo, whilst Hibernian, fresh from getting through their qualifying group this week, have been rewarded with a tie against Slavia Prague, who reached the quarter finals last season.
 
The standout tie of the round sees Juventus - whose squad includes Eniola Aluko and Lianne Sanderson - pitched against last season's beaten finalists Barcelona. Toni Duggan and her Atletico Madrid squad are up against ZFK Spartak Subotica whilst holders Olympique Lyonnais, who now have four England internationals in their ranks, commence their defence of the trophy against WFC Ryazan-VDV.
 
Ties are to be played on 11/12 September and 25/26 September (dates to be confirmed).
 
Round of 32 draw:
 
Juventus Football Club (ITA) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Hibernian Ladies FC (SCO) v SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
ŽFK Spartak Subotica (SRB) v Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Sporting Clube de Braga (POR) v Paris Saint Germain (FRA)
KF Vllaznia (ALB) v Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)
WFC Chertanovo (RUS) v Glasgow City FC (SCO)
WFC Ryazan-VDV (RUS) v Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Arsenal Women FC (ENG) v Fiorentina Women's FC (ITA)
Göteborg FC (SWE) v FC Bayern München (GER)
SKN St. Pölten Frauen (AUT) v FC Twente (NED)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) v WFC BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ)
Breidablik (ISL) v AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
KFF Mitrovica (KOS) v VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
Piteå IF DFF (SWE) v Brøndby IF (DEN)
Football Femminile Lugano 1976 (SUI) v Manchester City (ENG)
FC Minsk (BLR) v FC Zürich Frauen (SUI)
 

 
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Consistency the key for Scotland   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 18 Aug 2019
 
Shelley Kerr has named her squad for Scotland Women's first match since their FIFA World Cup debut, against Cyprus at Easter Road.
 
Kerr has assembled a similar squad of players to the one which were agonisingly close to reaching the knockout stages, with a number of fresh faces also included.
 
Lana Clelland and Christie Murray are ruled out through injury and there are six inclusions with Rachel McLauchlan, Lucy Graham, Sam Kerr, Abbi Grant, Abi Harrison and Zoe Ness all called up. Fresh from their summer moves, Jen Beattie, Claire Emslie and Jane Ross will also meet up with the squad.
 
The team will now aim to qualify for their third consecutive tournament, in England for EURO 2021.
 
Scotland will open their campaign against Cyprus before travelling to Albania later this year. They will then play Portugal and Finland home and away in 2020.
 
Shelley Kerr told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "The World Cup was an amazing experience for the players and one we've learned a huge amount from.
 
"Seeing the level of support we had from the general public across Scotland was incredibly inspiring and we now need to make sure this is just the start.
 
"To have 18,000 at Hampden for our send-off match was something that'll go down in history and now we want another large crowd, at Easter Road.
 
"Playing in Edinburgh is something we haven't done for a few years so it'll be great to play in the capital.
 
"We want to qualify for another major tournament and that all starts against Cyprus so we'll be doing everything we can to continue the momentum and get the campaign off to a positive start."
 
Tickets for the match are priced £5 for adults & £2 for kids.
 
Scotland squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Lee ALEXANDERGlasgow City200
Jenna FIFEHibernian40
Shannon LYNNVittsjo GIK300
Chloe ARTHURBirmingham City200
Jennifer BEATTIEArsenal12723
Rachel CORSIEUtah Royals11216
Nicola DOCHERTYGlasgow City210
Sophie HOWARDReading FC Women161
Hayley LAUDERGlasgow City1009
Rachel McLAUCHLANGlasgow City70
Joelle MURRAYHibernian481
Kirsty SMITHManchester United380
Lizzie ARNOTManchester United282
Leanne CRICHTONGlasgow City653
Lucy GRAHAMEverton30
Sam KERRGlasgow City00
Kim LITTLEArsenal13654
Joanne LOVEGlasgow City19113
Caroline WEIRManchester City668
Fiona BROWNFC Rosengård392
Erin CUTHBERTChelsea3311
Claire EMSLIEOrlando Pride244
Lisa EVANSArsenal8117
Abbi GRANTBirmingham City20
Abi HARRISONBristol City30
Zoe NESSLewes81
Jane ROSSManchester United12858

 

 
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SSE Scottish Women's Cup draw   Share This 
 Women's Football SFA News - 15 Aug 2019
 
The draw for the Fourth Round of the SSE Scottish Women's Cup has been made:
 
Queen's Park v Dunfermline Athletic
Hamilton Academical v Clyde
Glasgow City v Dundee City
Aberdeen FC Women v FC Kilmarnock
Forfar Farmington v Rangers or Glasgow Girls
Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian or Stirling University
Celtic v St Johnstone
Motherwell v Hutchison Vale or Inverness Caledonian Thistle
 
to be played on Sunday 25th August
 

 
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Shoosmiths partner with Scottish FA   Share This 
 Women's Football SFA News - 15 Aug 2019
 
The growth of the girls' and women's game in Scotland has received a significant boost thanks to a new partnership between the Scottish FA and Shoosmiths.
 
The four-year deal will see one of the UK's leading law firms help to develop a number of different aspects of the girls' and women's game in Scotland.
 
It comes in the wake of the country's historic first appearance at a FIFA Women's World Cup, where they narrowly missed out on a place in the knockout stages.
 
The deal - which will run until the summer of 2023 - will support the development of girls' and women's football as the Scottish FA looks to build on the momentum generated over the past few years.
 
As part of the partnership, Shoosmiths will support the recruitment of 200 female coaches and 20 new female referees.
 
Shoosmiths is a UK law firm with 13 locations around the UK (including Edinburgh and Glasgow) operating across a wide range of legal disciplines, coupled with deep industry sector expertise. Its clients range from PLCs, mid-sized businesses through to fast-growth companies, in-house legal teams at global corporates, as well as private individuals.
 
Scotland Women's National Team Head Coach Shelley Kerr welcomed the news at the official launch of the partnership at Shoosmiths' offices in Edinburgh.
 
"The girls' and women's game is experiencing a period of unprecedented interest across the nation and Shoosmiths' commitment to help continue this growth as an official partner is a timely boost," she said.
 
"The World Cup was an amazing experience and one that we hope will inspire young Scottish girls to play football in the future.
 
"We also hope that the team's success will inspire women to become involved in the sport in a number of other different roles apart from the playing side, such as coaching and refereeing.
 
"To have the support of a law firm such as Shoosmiths means a lot to us and will help us continue to develop the game across the country."
 
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: "It gives me great pleasure to welcome Shoosmiths to the ever growing family of partners of the girls' and women's game in Scotland.
 
"Shoosmiths becomes the latest organisation to commit itself to developing the girls' and women's games across the country, which is testament to the good work which has already been conducted.
 
"The progress Shelley and the team have made in recent years has been magnificent and we want them to continue their achievements and inspire the nation.
 
"This partnership will not only help the women's national team but also other areas, which help to perpetuate the growth of the game at all levels."
 
Simon Boss, CEO of Shoosmiths, said: "As a firm with a wide footprint across the UK, we are thrilled to be partnering with the Scottish FA to support the development of both girls' and women's football.
 
"Diversity and inclusion are key to the ethos of Shoosmiths, as is developing the talent within our firm.
 
"So to be able to support the development of coaches and referees whose contribution is so vital to the game, and who can be role models for the future generation of players, is an absolute pleasure and an excellent fit for us.
 
"We look forward to working with the teams and individuals to build on the success of girls' and women's' football."
 
Janette Speed, partner and head of Shoosmiths' Edinburgh office added: "It's an honour to play a small part in inspiring girls and women to reach their true potential and realise their ambitions.
 
"This partnership underlines Shoosmiths' commitment to diversity, social mobility and crucially, equality of opportunity.
 
"Drawing on our collective expertise and drive, we are really excited about helping girls and women to take part at every level and develop their talents on and off the pitch."
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)
 

 
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Hibs through to knockout stages   Share This 
 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 15 Aug 2019
 
Hibernian picked up the result they needed to book their place in the last 32 of the UEFA Women's Champions League when they won 2-1 against Pomurje.
 
After beating Cardiff Met Women 2-1 in their second group match, Grant Scott's team went into their final game regarding a point to be sure of finishing in top spot. They got off to the perfect start on seven minutes, as Jamie-Lee Napier raced onto a pass from Amy Muir and gave her side the lead. Lauren Davidson then headed in the second from close range following a Kirsten Reilly corner and although Anja Prsa pulled one back for Pomurje from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time, there were no more scares for Hibs as they made it three wins out of three for a place in the knockout stages.
 
Cardiff Met meanwhile did all they could when defeating FC Nike 5-1 and they just miss out, despite the best performance by a Welsh team in the competition. Madison Schupbach gave Met a first half lead and the striker quickly added a second, with Naomi Clipston making it three before the break when following up to score after her initial penalty had been saved. Robyn Pinder headed in the fourth midway through the second half and Clipston netted her second late on, before Nike grabbed a consolation in injury time.
 
Linfield also had an encouraging campaign in a very tough group and finish in third place after going down 3-1 to group winners Anderlecht in their final match.
 
The group hosts needed a point to make sure of top spot and took a two-goal lead during the first half, thanks to a brace from Laura Deloose. Kirsty McGuinness pulled one back for Linfield from the penalty spot after the break but Anderlecht secured the victory when Jana Coryn scored their third.
 

 
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Scotland Under-17 squad   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 15 Aug 2019
 
Scotland Women's Under-17s head coach Pauline MacDonald has selected a squad of 18 players for two qualification warm-up matches against Slovenia.
 
The team will be using these matches for preparation ahead of their UEFA Qualifying Round in October.
 
The friendlies will take place on Wednesday 28th August (3.30pm) and Saturday 31st August (10am), both at Oriam Indoor Pitch, Edinburgh.
 
Scotland Under-17 squad:
 
NAMECLUB
Lynsey BAILLIECeltic
Eilidh BEGGHeart of Midlothian
Tegan BOWIECeltic
Monica FORSYTHCeltic
Neve GUTHRIEDundee United
Addie HANLEYBoroughmuir Thistle
Bayley HUTCHISONAberdeen
Rachael JOHNSTONECeltic
Freya MacDONALDRangers
Paige McALLISTERCeltic
Rebecca McALLISTERCeltic
Robyn McCAFFERTYSpartans
Rosie McQuillanRangers
Kate NICOLSONCeltic
Kirsty O'BRIENCeltic
Jenna PENMANDundee United
Eva THOMSONAberdeen
Alicia YATESHibernian

 

 
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Hibs and Met make winning starts   Share This 
 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 8 Aug 2019
 
It was a good day for Hibernian and Cardiff Met Women as both recorded victories to open up their UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying group campaigns.
 
The SWPL runners-up and WPWL Champions have been drawn in the same group and Hibs were the first in action, taking on Georgia title winners FC Nike. Grant Scott's side took the lead on seventeen minutes through Colette Cavanagh, before a second half brace from Jamie-Lee Napier sealed a 3-0 win for her side.
 
Cardiff Met meanwhile took on group hosts Pomurje and nearly took an early lead when Madison Schupbach's shot hit the post. Pomurje themselves hit the woodwork twice during the second half but Met had the better of play throughout the match and were rewarded two minutes from time, when Naomi Clipston latched onto a through ball to score the only goal of the game.
 
The two teams are back in action on Saturday morning, when they come face to face against each other in a match which should go a long way towards deciding the outcome of the group.
 
Linfield meanwhile faced a daunting task in what is a very tough group and were beaten 4-0 by Norwegian side LSK Skvinner. However the scoreline did not reflect the whole game as LSK, whose team included a number of players from the Norway squad in the World Cup, scored all four goals in the first half, Elise Thorsnes netting twice along with Therese Asland and Meryll Abrahamsen. A good second half display from Linfield ensured that no further goals were conceded after the break and they will next play on Saturday against PAOK, who lost 5-0 to hosts Anderlecht in the other match.
 

 
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Howat's that? Leaders City tighten grip   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 8 Aug 2019
 
Scottish WPL News - Howat's that? Leaders City tighten grip - 8 Aug 2019 - Women's Football NewsOn the day the league resumed following its mid-season break, Glasgow City cemented their place at the top of the Scottish Building Society Premier League with a 2-1 win over Hibernian, thanks to two first half goals from Kirsty Howat.
 
City went into the match five points in the League clear of Hibs in second and, with a strong crowd at Petershill Park, had the game in their command at the break, with Kirsty Howat proving prolific in front of goal. The City forward expertly netted after only eight minutes and then doubled her side's advantage on the half hour mark.
 
A second yellow for Hibs defender Siobhan Hunter midway through the second half didn't help the visitors, but they managed to get a goal back with nine minutes remaining when Jamie-Lee Napier broke through on goal to shoot past Lee Alexander in the City goal. Howat almost completed her hat-trick but struck the bar with minutes remaining and in the end, City managed the game out for a very important three points.
 
Celtic have moved above Hibernian and into second place after winning 3-1 against Rangers in their Old Firm clash. Kathleen McGovern and Sarah Ewens put Celtic ahead inside the opening quarter of the game and Kelly Clark added the third early in the second half, before Brogan Hay netted a consolation goal for fourth placed Rangers.
 
The other two games in SWPL 1 both ended in honours even, and neither produced a goal. Spartans remain two points ahead of Motherwell in fifth after their meeting ended goalless, whilst the basement clash between Forfar Farmington and Stirling University also finished 0-0, meaning that Stirling remain three points behind Forfar and in the relegation zone.
 
Photo - Kirsty Howat celebrates her second goal for Glasgow City (Tommy Hughes).
 

 
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Accies return to top   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL2 News - 8 Aug 2019
 
Hamilton Academical are back on top of SWPL 2 on goal difference, following their 2-0 victory over Dundee Utd on Sunday.
 
The first half was goalless but Chloe Muir broke the deadlock in favour of the Accies just after the hour mark, and Teigan McCann wrapped up an important win for her side in injury time.
 
Hearts had led the table in the midsummer break but are back in second place after being held to a 1-1 draw by FC Kilmarnock. Colette Fleming put Killie ahead after sixteen minutes, with Hearts battling back to earn themselves a share of the spoils on the stroke through half time through Lauren Hall.
 
Partick Thistle are continuing to do well in their first season in the league and their 1-0 success against St Johnstone leaves them in third place, just two points behind the joint leaders. The only goal of the game came when Taylor McGlashan converted from close range following a free kick by Emma Lawton.
 
Glasgow Girls are a further two points adrift following their twelve-goal blast past Hutchison Vale. Taylor Fisher had a great day in front of goal, finding the net six times in total, Lucy McEwan contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Leigh Ferrol, Lauren Kerr and Chloe Docherty, with an own goal completing the tally.
 

 
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Rhyl withdraw from WPWL   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales Premier League News - 2 Aug 2019
 
The Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League have been informed by Rhyl Ladies of their decision to withdraw from the league with immediate effect.
 
As a result, the League will continue with nine teams for the 2019-20 season, commencing on 8th September 2019.
 
Tom Jamieson, Director of football at Rhyl Ladies, said of the decision: "Following the departure of a number of key players and after all the hard work to progress this team from regional football to the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League, it's very much with regret that we need to take this decision and this has been taken early to ensure that the League can consider the implications of this in advance of the start of the season."
 
Ianthe Mumford, General Manager of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League, said: "It is disappointing to hear this news but we thank Rhyl Ladies for being part of our National League and we wish them the very best for the forthcoming season and hope to see them return to the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League at some point in the future."
 

 
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Dan steps down at Swindon   Share This 
 Women's Football WNL Division 1 South West News - 2 Aug 2019
 
Swindon Town Women have announced the departure of first team manager Dan Jones.
 
The club's committee has reluctantly accepted his resignation, at a time when family illness requires Dan's attention over football matters.
 
The committee and wider club would like to put on record their appreciation of Dan's work during his time with Swindon Town.
 
Having joined in June 2018, his tenure saw the club stabilise and develop both on and off the pitch, and he was instrumental in the development of many new first team players.
 
Everyone at Swindon Town Women wishes Dan and his family the best for the future.
 
Dan said: "It is with a lot of sadness I have had to take the decision to step down as Swindon Town Women first team manager.
 
"Unfortunately, due to health reasons within my family, I cannot provide the focus and direction the club needs at this exciting time as it grows and moves forward.
 
"I'd like to thank the chairman for placing his trust in me to handle the football club, all the staff I've had the pleasure of working with and especially the players for their efforts and determination to take the club back to where it should be.
 
"I'd also like to thank the supporters that come out in all weathers to cheer on those players. Without that support, it would have been much harder than it was."
 
Club chairman Martin Wheeler said: "As chairman of Swindon Town Women FC, I wish to thank Dan Jones for all the hard work and dedication he showed in his time as first team manager.
 
"It is with deep regret that we accept his decision to step down owing to family matters, and we send him and his family our best wishes."
 
The club will now begin the process of recruiting a new first team manager ahead of the FAWNL Division One South West season.
 

 
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QPR appoint new manager   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier London and SE News - 2 Aug 2019
 
Regional Premier London and SE News - QPR appoint new manager - 2 Aug 2019 - Women's Football NewsSteve Quashie has been appointed as QPR FC Women's new First Team manager.
 
It follows the club's restructure, whereby the Senior and newly formed Development side will operate under QPR in the Community Trust and provide a direct pathway from the successful QPR Girls setup.
 
Lifelong R's fan Quashie - who has been the driving force behind the Girls' development as Head Coach since 2005 - is looking forward to his and the R's next chapter.
 
"I'm delighted," he told www.qpr.co.uk. "I'm a lifelong QPR supporter so to manage a QPR first team is truly an honour."
 
The new look R's will compete in the fifth tier London & South East Regional Women's Football League.
 
Quashie has a clear vision for the future, saying: "First of all, we want the players to feel good about themselves. We encourage them to play an expansive brand of football, to express themselves on and off the ball and for them to further develop in a positive and professional environment.
 
"In terms of aspirations we want to secure first position in our league as quickly as we can. We want to progress through the tiers, become a stronger outfit in the years to come and play at the highest possible level.
 
"It's something we're all really looking forward to."
 
Quashie will be assisted by coach Jon Whittingham and goalkeeping coach Callum Stahlmann, who both join the club this summer.
 
Charlotte Edwards, Women & Girls Football Development Manager, believes the changes will breathe fresh life into female football at QPR.
 
"For a number of years we've had an eye on the pathway at QPR," she said.
 
"That's what's exciting now and exciting for our younger players; they're realising there is that opportunity to stay at the club now and progress all the way to the senior side."
 
Speaking about Quashie's appointment, Edwards added: "I've admired Steve's coaching from afar for a long time. He's very honest and open with his players and his dedication to female football over numerous years is there for all to see.
 
"He's well known within the game and the talent he can bring in, in terms of coaching and staffing around the medical team, will really help us and push us forward."
 
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France regain Under-19 title   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 2 Aug 2019
 
 
Euros News - France regain Under-19 title - 2 Aug 2019 - Women's Football News
 
France were crowned UEFA Women's Under-19 champions after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Germany at St Mirren Park.
 
A crowd of 1,135 watched on as the two sides played out an enthralling final, the match was full of chances, but Germany will feel aggrieved to have lost after dominating large spells of the match.
 
France had the opening chance of the game when Naomie Feller drove beyond the German defence and squared the ball to Malard in the penalty box. The forward couldn't get a shot away and passed to Baltimore who blazed her shot over the bar from an excellent position.
 
That miss would prove costly, Germany opened the scoring moments after through Nicole Anyomi. Melissa Kossler struck a fierce shot against the woodwork before the ball fell to Anyomi, the German number nine was on hand to finish into an empty net.
 
The lead didn't last long, Sandy Baltimore redeemed her earlier miss by drawing France level after twelve minutes. The left midfielder was found in plenty of space by Polito's crossfield ball before hitting a low left footed shot past Willebrandt from a tight angle. The German ‘keeper visibly disappointed to be beaten at her front post.
 
The first half was fast paced with both sides creating plenty of chances. German winger Chmielinski forced a fantastic save from Lerond whilst Sandy Baltimore looked dangerous on each occasion that she received the ball.
 
Maren Meinert was taking charge of her final game as German coach and her side seemed motivated to give their manager the perfect send off. They continued to dominate the remainder of the first half and looked the more likely of the two sides to find a second goal. Defender Lisann Kaur went close but her goalbound volley was cleared, whilst scorer of the opening goal Anyomi looked lively throughout.
 
It was Anyomi who went closest to restoring her side's lead moments before the half time whistle, curling an effort onto the post after being played clean through on goal.
 
Germany picked up where they left off as they pressed for a second goal at the start of the second half. Chmielinski could have scored after latching onto a loose ball in the area but her acrobatic effort went narrowly wide, Anyomi continued to terrorise the French back four and hit a shot from distance which went just wide of the target.
 
France were playing in a record tenth Women's Under-19 Championship Final but struggled to gain a foothold in the match. ‘Keeper Lerond impressed throughout and was on hand to keep the score level midway through the second half, tipping a Marie Muller free kick which looked destined for the French goal over the crossbar.
 
Despite Germany's dominance it was France who got the all-important goal which would decide the final. Melvine Malard did well to win a corner which was swung to the near post by Julie Dufour, French centre-back Maelle Lakrar was first to the ball and glanced a header past Willebrandt to score.
 
France could have put the final beyond the reach of Germany moments after when Malard connected well with a cross from substitute Vicki Becho but her header went narrowly over the bar. German substitute Martinez went close to equalising at the other end; however the substitute couldn't find a way past the inspired Justine Lerond.
 
The impressive Chmielinski looked to have scored in injury time as she went clean through on goal but Lerond got down quickly to turn the ball away. Time was against Germany as they tried desperately to find an equaliser and they were left to rue earlier missed chances as France held on to win a fifth Women's Under-19 Championship title, their first since 2016.
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)
 
(Photo by www.jamesprickett.co.uk)
 

 
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FAW Women's Cup draw   Share This 
 Women's Football WFA News - 2 Aug 2019
 
The draws for the opening rounds of the FAW Women's Cup have been made.
 
The draws are as follows:
 
QUALIFYING ROUND
North
Corwen v Prestatyn Town
Llanberis v Connah's Quay Nomads
South
Cardiff Bluebirds v Baglan BGC
Newport City v Swansea University
 
ties to be played on Sunday 15 September
 
ROUND ONE
North
Bethel v Airbus UK Broughton
Corwen or Prestatyn Town v Llandudno
Denbigh Town v Northop Hall Girls
Llanberis or Connah's Quay Nomads v Pwllheli
Llanfair United v Amlwch Town
Rhyl v Wrexham
South
Aberystwyth Town v Cascade
Barry Town United v Cardiff Bluebirds or Baglan BGC
Briton Ferry Llansawel v Cardiff City
Coed Duon Dragons v Cardiff Bluebelles
Cyncoed v Cardiff Met
Merthyr Town v Abergavenny Town
Newport City or Swansea University v Port Talbot Town
Penybont v Caldicot Town
Swansea City v Dafen
Tredegar Town v Aberdare Town
 
ties to be played on Sunday 20 October
 

 
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Continental Cup draw   Share This 
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 2 Aug 2019
 
The draw for the group stages of this season's FA Women's Continental League Cup has been made.
 
The groups are as follows:
 
GROUP AGROUP BGROUP CGROUP D
Aston VillaArsenalBirmingham CityChelsea
Blackburn RoversBrighton & Hove AlbionEvertonCrystal Palace
Coventry UtdBristol CityLeicester CityLewes
Durham WomenCharlton AthleticManchester CityReading FC Women
LiverpoolLondon BeesManchester UtdTottenham Hotspur
Sheffield UtdLondon City LionessesWest Ham Utd

 
Group games will be played in the following fixture windows:
 
21/22 September
19/20 October
2/3 November
20/21 November
11/12 December
 
The top two clubs from each group will progress to the knockout stages.
 

 
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National League Cup draw   Share This 
 Women's Football FA News - 25 Jul 2019
 
The draw for the Determining Round of the FA Women's National League Cup has been announced:
 
Chorley v Leafield Athletic
The New Saints v Leicester Utd
Sunderland v Newcastle Utd
West Bromwich Albion v Barnsley
Burton Albion v Derby County
Brighouse Town v Loughborough Foxes
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Sheffield FC
Norton & Stockton Ancients v Hull City
Solihull Moors v Fylde Ladies
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies v Bolton Wanderers
Bedworth Utd v Stockport County
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sporting Khalsa
Bradford City v Liverpool Feds
Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest
Leeds Utd v Burnley FC Women
Durham Cestria v Middlesbrough
Long Eaton Utd v Chester-le-Street Town
Lincoln City v Stoke City
Swindon Town v Milton Keynes Dons
Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle
Portsmouth v Watford
Chesham Utd v Brislington
Maidenhead Utd v Cardiff City
Keynsham Town v Buckland Athletic
Southampton FC v Ipswich Town
Hounslow Women v Gillingham
Kent Football Utd v AFC Basildon
Stevenage Ladies v Yeovil Town
Enfield Town v Norwich City
Billericay Town v Cheltenham Town
Southampton Women v Poole Town
Leyton Orient v Cambridge Utd
Chichester City v Cambridge City
Actonians Ladies v AFC Wimbledon
Oxford Utd v Crawley Wasps
Bye - Larkhall Athletic
 
to be played on 25th August
 

 
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Cics Cymru project paying dividends   Share This 
 Women's Football WFA News - 25 Jul 2019
 
The exciting partnership between the FAW Trust, Welsh Government and the Premier League has funded seven clubs in North, South and Central Wales to run informal sessions aimed at growing female football and inspiring children in areas of social deprivation.
 
The FAW Trust's target for the programme is to introduce 1,800 12 to 16-year-olds to football, with at least 450 of those being female.
 
In year one, 244 young girls got involved in the 519 sessions that were delivered by Caernarfon Town, Llandudno FC, Racecourse Community Foundation, Bala Town, The New Saints, Carmarthen Town and Merthyr Town.
 
The Cics Cymru programme's primary focus is to offer free football activities to those with the highest need, however this initiative is also growing the pool of football volunteers in Wales and bringing innovative football sessions to communities across the country.
 
Following delivery of the Cics Cymru programme, TNS Foundation are celebrating creating four new girls football teams in Welshpool.
 
The club's football co-ordinator Danny Bell said: "We've created a pathway and an environment for people who had no interest in playing football to enjoy the game. The biggest benefit to us has been getting girls who didn't play football now playing."
 
Chloe Weaver is involved in the project as a Cics Cymru volunteer and commented: "It's helped with my confidence to talk to more people. I used to be too scared to play with other children, but this has helped me get involved in something."
 
Since joining Cics Cymru, participant Catrin Davies said: "I feel more secure about playing football, especially playing against the boys". On being asked what advice she would give to young people apprehensive about joining in.
 
"Don't listen to other people, don't let them get you down and just do what you love. If you enjoy football, come along because it's fun."
 

 
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Scotland bow out after Dutch defeat   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 25 Jul 2019
 
A spirited Scotland side bowed out of this summer's UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship after a 4-0 defeat to the Netherlands.
 
A crowd of 1,126 watched on at a sunny St Mirren Park, where Scotland had kicked off their Women's Under-19 Championship campaign last week.
 
Scotland started the match at a high tempo, in similar fashion to the opening game against France. McGovern and Napier sat high pressurising the opposition central defenders, supported well by the central midfield pairing of Muir and McIntosh.
 
The game's first chance was created by this pressure, Napier hustled the Dutch defence to win the ball on the edge of the box and drove towards goal, but her left footed effort was well held by Dutch ‘keeper Van Domselaar.
 
The Netherlands showed real quality in possession in the opening stages and began to mount up the pressure. They opened the scoring through fullback Lynn Wilms before the ten-minute mark. A ball cleared by Scotland fell to Leuchter on the right flank who swung a tempting cross to the near post which was turned in by Wilms.
 
The game continued to be controlled by the Netherlands. Many of their attacks came down the right side of Wilms and Leuchter and the former could've scored her second soon after the opener. The full back struck a fierce volley goal bound but it was well blocked by Jenna Clark.
 
Midfielder Marisa Olislagers would get the game's second goal. The ball fell to her at the edge of the box after Scotland had cleared a cross from the left and the Netherlands captain struck a volley from 20 yards into the bottom right corner. A deft strike from range to finish into the corner through a crowded box.
 
The second half continued in the same vien as the Netherlands dictated the ball and tried to break down the Scottish defence. Wide player Van de Westeringh caused problems early on and went close with a drive from distance.
 
Pauline Hamill's side began to grow into the match and move the ball up the park. Much like in their previous match against Norway, they looked more comfortable on the ball in the second period. Substitute Lauren Davidson had a notable early chance after being played through on goal, her low strike stung the palms of Van Domselaar who got down well at her front post.
 
The threat from the Netherlands remained and they were inches away from adding a third. Naomi Hillsort drove the ball low into the area and the ball broke to forward Smits who couldn't put the ball away, Scotland ‘keeper Allison smothered the ball before the Dutch number nine could have a second bite at the cherry.
 
A third goal was to follow, centre back Lisa Doorn was first to react to a second ball at a corner and lifted a left footed shot high into the net out of the reach of Sophie Allison.
 
Scotland pressed for a consolation goal, but the Netherlands would add a fourth on 90 minutes. Lisa Doorn again was the scorer, this time lobbing Allison from an angle. A fantastic finish from the defender for the second time in less than ten minutes.
 
It finished 4-0 to the Netherlands but Scotland will feel slightly aggrieved by the scoreline after their performance in the second half. The tournament hosts will be pleased overall with the account they have given of themselves throughout the group stage.
 
Scotland: Sophie Allison, Amy Muir, Charlotte Newsham, Jenna Clark, Rachel Brown, Kirstie McIntosh, Michaela McAlonie, Kathleen McGovern (sub Lauren Davidson 45mins), Jamie-Lee Napier, Rachel Connor (sub Rebecca McGowan 45mins), Laura McCartney (sub Jennifer Smith 90mins).
 
Netherlands: Daphne Van Domselaar, Lynn Wilms (sub Moisa Van Koot 87mins), Lieske Carleer, Lisa Doorn, Janou Levels, Romee Leuchter (sub Chasity Grant 63mins), Marisa Olislagers, Joelle Smits, Kirsten Van de Westeringh (sub Naomi Hilhorst 63mins), Romy Speelman, Kerstin Casparij.
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 

 
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Salmon leaps to occasion for England   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 25 Jul 2019
 
Euros News - Salmon leaps to occasion for England - 25 Jul 2019 - Women's Football NewsA superb individual goal by Ebony Salmon ensured that England's disappointing UEFA Under-19 Championships campaign ended on a winning note.
 
Rehanne Skinner's side went into their final Group B match unable to make the semi finals following narrow defeats by Germany and holders Spain but Salmon's wonderful 26th minute effort ensured the Young Lionesses were 1-0 winners over Belgium.
 
There were six changes to the starting line up following Friday's 1-0 loss to Spain with goalkeeper Emily Ramsey, defender Niamh Cashin, midfielders Jessica Park, Aimee Palmer and Ella Rutherford, and Salmon all given the nod.
 
It was Salmon who grabbed the only goal of the game by bursting down the left, cutting inside past Sari Kees and firing into the net midway through the first half.
 
Jessica Park then looked to turn the screw with two efforts of her own but she was unable to double England's tally.
 
Park was at it again early in the second half when a powerful run carried her into the Belgium box - but her low strike was palmed away by Femke Bastiaen.
 
Skinner's charges thought they had scored a second when the subsequent corner was bundled home from close range - only for referee Ewa Augustyn to chalk it off for a foul on Bastiaen.
 
Belgium did have their chances after the break, though, most notably substitute Lea Cordier, who let fly from distance just a minute after coming on - but Ramsey was equal to it and tipped the long ranger over the bar.
 
Half time substitute Molly Pike, on for Jessica Naz, almost put a fine gloss on the scoreline in added time but could only thump her close range header off the bar.
 
England: Emily Ramsey, Niamh Cashin, Esme Morgan (sub Grace Neville 45mins), Georgia Eaton-Collins, Jessica Park, Aimee Palmer, Ella Rutherford (sub Lauren James 82mins), Amy Rodgers (sub Emily Syme 60mins), Asmita Ale, Jessica Naz (sub Molly Pike 45mins), Ebony Salmon (sub Lucy Fitzgerald 90mins).
 
Belgium: Femke Bastiaen, Sari Kees, Romy Camps, Gwyneth Vanaenrode, Zenia Mertens, Karlijn Knapen (sub Lea Cordier 66mins), Lisa Petry, Janne Geers (sub Stephanie Pirotte 74mins), Talitha De Groote (sub Esther Buabadi 85mins), Aster Janssens (sub Jarne Teulings 45mins), Constance Brackman.
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Ebony Salmon has a shot blocked by Sari Kees
(middle) Constance Brackman challenges Ella Rutherford
(bottom) Zenia Mertens and Jessica Park

 

 
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Norway end Scotland hopes   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 21 Jul 2019
 
Scotland fell to a defeat at the hands of Norway in matchday two of the WU19 Euros.
 
An emphatic first half performance by Norway put the game beyond reach for Scotland, but the hosts can be encouraged by a much improved second half performance.
 
Norway started the stronger of the two sides and could have scored the opener within five minutes. Forward Jenny Olsen glided past Jenna Clark in the box but there was no one to turn in her ball which flashed across the face of goal.
 
They continued to look dangerous and tested the Scotland rear guard on numerous occasions. A cross from the right was met well by Emilie Bragstad eight yards out but her effort narrowly cleared the bar.
 
Norway would open the scoring midway through the first half through Bragstad. The impressive Olsen went past two Scotland defenders before her low shot hit the post and rebounded perfectly to the feet of the striker who finished into an empty net.
 
The second goal was soon to follow. Josendal picked up the ball on Norway's left before driving forward and hitting a powerful shot over the head of Allison in the Scotland goal. An effort hit into the postage stamp that the Scotland ‘keeper could have done little about.
 
Pauline Hamill's side fought back well and had chances of their own. Amy Muir swung a free kick into a crowded Norwegian six yard area from the left which fell to the feet of McGovern who was crowded out before she could get a shot away. McGovern had a shot from a corner soon after and was unlucky to see her cushioned volley cleared by the Norwegian defence.
 
However, it was Norway who got the all important third goal from a corner. The Norwegian team crowded Scotland ‘keeper Allison and the ball fell to Jenny Olsen who bundled the ball into the net.
 
They added a fourth before the half time whistle through Nygard who slotted a low shot into the bottom right from 12 yards after Norway had rattled the bar. Scotland were unlucky to concede two late goals after showing promising signs towards the end of the first half.
 
Scotland started well in the second half as they tried to find a way back into the match. The hosts looked more comfortable on the ball but struggled to break down a strong Norwegian back five. Captain Amy Muir worked tirelessly in centre midfield and Napier began to have more of an influence on proceedings.
 
Rachel Brown came close to scoring midway through the second period, meeting a free kick at the back post after peeling away from her marker but her header was well held by Norway ‘keeper Sneve. Scotland came close again through Brown through another set piece soon after but her goal bound header was well cleared.
 
Norway continued to show their quality and could have added a fifth. Substitute Elin Sorum twice went close with efforts from distance that flashed narrowly over the bar.
 
Abby Callaghan came close to scoring a consolation goal with a volley from 15 yards, but her shot was deflected wide.
 
Scotland: Sophie Allison, Amy Muir, Charlotte Newsham, Jenny Clark, Rachel Brown (sub Rebecca McGowan 87mins), Kirstie McIntosh, Michaela McAlonie, Kathleen McGovern (sub Abby Callaghan 74mins), Jamie-Lee Napier, Emma Craig (sub Laura McCartney 45mins), Lauren Davidson (sub Rachel Connor 81mins).
 
Norway: Karen Oline Sneve, Malin Sunde, Joanna Baekklund (sub My Sorsdahl Haugland 58mins), Anna Josendal (sub Elisabeth Terland 82mins), Julie Blakstad, Rikke Bogetveit Nygard (sub Elin Ahgren Sorum 57mins), Olaug Tvedten (sub Ragne Hagen Svastuen 74mins), Jenny Olsen (sub Runa Lillegard 58mins), Marthine Ostenstad, Emilie Bragstad, Celin Ildhusoy.

 

 
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