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SSE Women's FA Cup draw   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 18 Aug 2017
 
The draws for the first two rounds of the 2017-18 competition have been announced by the Football Association:
 
First Round Qualifying:
(to be played on Sunday 3rd September)
Alnwick Town Juniors v Washington
Blyth Town Lions v South Shields
RACA Tynedale v Norton & Stockton Ancients
Penrith v South Park Rangers
Workington Reds v Redcar Town
Prudhoe Town v Chester-le-Street
Bishop Auckland v Gateshead Leam Rangers
Carlisle United v Wallsend Boys Club
Sheffield Wednesday v Yorkshire Amateur
Altofts Ladies v Bradford Park Avenue
Malet Lambert YC v Wakefield
Ossett Albion v Farsley Celtic
Dronfield Town v Harworth Colliery
Nelson v Blackpool
Merseyrail Bootle v Stockport County
Wigan Athletic v Accrington Girls & Ladies
FC United Of Manchester v Altrincham
West Didsbury & Chorlton v Warrington Wolverines
Manchester Stingers v Blackburn Community Sports Club
Fleetwood Town Wrens v Burnley Girls & Ladies
Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Cosby United
Loughborough Students v Mansfield Town
AFC Leicester v Leicester City Women Development
Rise Park v Teversal
Market Warsop v Nettleham
Eastwood Ladies v Arnold Town
Leafield Athletic v Knowle
Leek Town v Solihull United
Wryley Ladies v Lye Town
Redditch United v Stockingford AA Pavilion
Shrewsbury Town v Wolverhampton Sporting
Solihull Sporting v Coventry Sphinx
Crusaders v Abbey Hulton United
Shrewsbury Juniors v Brereton Town
Coundon Court v Goldenhill Wanderers
Rugby Town v Worcester United
Sutton Coldfield Town v Bedworth United
Gornal Ladies v Stone Dominoes
Newmarket Town v Histon
Kettering Town v Woodford United
Sprowston v Wymondham Town
Roade Ladies v St Ives Town
Oadby & Wigston v King's Lynn Town
Peterborough Northern Star v Netherton United
Cambridge City v Moulton Ladies
Riverside LFC v Corby Town
March Town United v Peterborough United
Acle United v Thrapston Town
Colchester Town v Bungay Town
Harlow Town v Little Thurrock Dynamos
Brentwood Town v Corringham Cosmos
AFC Sudbury v Writtle
Billericay Town v Chelmsford City
Milton Keynes City v Bedford Ladies
Sandy Ladies v Hemel Hempstead Town
AFC Dunstable v Houghton Athletic
Royston Town v Watford Development
Hertford Town v Bishop's Stortford
Garston v Colney Heath
Brentford v Chesham United
Headington Ladies v Ashford Town (Middx)
Ascot United v Newbury Ladies
Benson Lionesses v Wargrave Ladies
Fleet Town v Alton Utd
Oxford City v Woodley United
Chinnor v New London Lionesses
Queens Park Rangers Girls v Hampton & Richmond Borough
Meridian v Fulham FC Foundation
Ashford LFC v Aylesford
Kent Football United v London Kent Football United
Worthing v Godalming Town
Eastbourne Town v Dartford
Worthing Town v Parkwood Rangers
Victoire Ladies v Burgess Hill Town
Whyteleafe v Bexhill United
Abbey Rangers v Eastbourne
Carshalton Athletic v Herne Bay
Frampton Rangers v New Milton Town
Buckland Athletic v Exeter City
AEK Boco v Downend Flyers
FC Chippenham v Team Solent
Middlezoy Rovers v Marine Academy Plymouth
Royal Wootton Bassett Town v AFC Bournemouth
Warsash Wasps v Ilminster Town
Winchester City Flyers v Frome Town
Bournemouth Sports v Keynsham Town Development
Eastleigh v Torquay United
 
Second Round Qualifying:
(to be played on Sunday 17th September)
Alnwick Town Juniors or Washington v Workington Reds or Redcar Town
Cramlington United v Carlisle United or Wallsend Boys Club
Bishop Auckland or Gateshead Leam Rangers v Blyth Town Lions or South Shields
Prudhoe Town or Chester-le-Street v Hartlepool United
RACA Tynedale or Norton & Stockton Ancients v Penrith or South Park Rangers
Worksop Town v Ossett Albion or Farsley Celtic
Altofts Ladies or Bradford Park Avenue v Sheffield Wednesday or Yorkshire Amateur
Malet Lambert YC or Wakefield v Dronfield Town or Harworth Colliery
Nelson or Blackpool v West Didsbury & Chorlton or Warrington Wolverines
CMB Ladies v Tranmere Rovers
Fleetwood Town Wrens or Burnley Girls & Ladies v Merseyrail Bootle or Stockport County
Manchester Stingers or Blackburn Community v MSB Woolton
Wigan Athletic or Accrington v FC United of Manchester or Altrincham
Eastwood Ladies or Arnold Town v Rise Park or Teversal
Loughborough Students or Mansfield Town v Lincoln Moorlands Railway or Cosby United
AFC Leicester or Leicester City Women Development v Market Warsop or Nettleham
Shrewsbury Town or Wolverhampton Sporting v Leek Town or Solihull United
Redditch United or Stockingford AA Pavilion v Coundon Court or Goldenhill Wanderers
Leafield Athletic or Knowle v Wryley or Lye Town
Sutton Coldfield Town or Bedworth United v Gornal Ladies or Stone Dominoes
Rugby Town or Worcester United v Solihull Sporting or Coventry Sphinx
Shrewsbury Juniors or Brereton Town v Crusaders or Abbey Hulton United
Newmarket Town or Histon v Oadby & Wigston or King's Lynn Town
Acle United or Thrapston Town v Riverside or Corby Town
Cambridge City or Moulton Ladiesv Kettering Town or Woodford United
Peterborough Northern Star or Netherton United v March Town United or Peterborough United
Sprowston or Wymondham Town v Roade or St Ives Town
Frontiers v AFC Sudbury or Writtle
Harlow Town or Little Thurrock Dynamos v Colchester Town or Bungay Town
Brentwood Town or Corringham Cosmos v Billericay Town or Chelmsford City
Garston or Colney Heath v Royston Town or Watford Development
Sandy Ladies or Hemel Hempstead Town v Milton Keynes City or Bedford Ladies
AFC Dunstable or Houghton Athletic v Hertford Town or Bishop's Stortford
Benson Lionesses or Wargrave Ladies v Headington Ladies or Ashford Town (Middx)
Chinnor or New London Lionesses v Queens Park Rangers Girls or Hampton & Richmond Borough
Ascot United or Newbury Ladies v Brentford or Chesham United
Oxford City or Woodley United v Fleet Town or Alton Utd
Eastbourne Town or Dartford v Ashford LFC or Aylesford
Worthing or Godalming Town v Abbey Rangers or Eastbourne
Meridian or Fulham FC Foundation v Kent Football United or London Kent Football United
Hassocks v Margate
Carshalton Athletic or Herne Bay v Worthing Town or Parkwood Rangers
Whyteleafe or Bexhill United v Victoire Ladies or Burgess Hill Town
Middlezoy Rovers or Marine Academy Plymouth v Buckland Athletic or Exeter City
FC Chippenham or Team Solent v Bournemouth Sports or Keynsham Town Development
Frampton Rangers or New Milton Town v AEK Boco or Downend Flyers
Pen Mill v Forest Green Rovers
Eastleigh or Torquay United v Royal Wootton Bassett Town or AFC Bournemouth
Winchester City Flyers or Frome Town v Warsash Wasps or Ilminster Town
 

 
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Champions sign Pauline Bremer   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 18 Aug 2017
 
WSL1 News - Champions sign Pauline Bremer - 18 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsManchester City are delighted to announce the arrival of German forward Pauline Bremer who has joined the club on a two-year deal.
 
Bremer is a talented young forward with a sharp eye for goal. In 2013, she won the Golden Boot in the UEFA Women's U19 Championship in which she scored six crucial goals; she then went onto to play a pivotal role in Germany's FIFA U20 Women's World Cup triumph, a tournament in which she netted home five goals and provided six key assists. Bremer debuted for Germany's senior national team as a substitute at just eighteen and in 2015 recorded her first start for the team with a hat-trick against Hungary.
 
Bremer joins City from Olympique Lyonnais in a deal that sees right back Lucy Bronze join the French club. In her first season with Lyon, Bremer scored seven goals, but went two better in the 2016-17 season in which she appeared on the scoresheet nine times. However, it was at FFC Turbine Potsdam where Bremer began her senior professional career and had her first taste of Champions League action.
 
Talking about why she joined Manchester City, Bremer explained: "After seeing the facilities and resources available at Manchester City, the decision to join the club was a no brainer for me. I've never seen anything like this before and I can't wait to get started.
 
"From the moment you walk through the door everyone makes you feel so welcome and the vision Manchester City have for the club and the women's game as a whole is inspiring. To be at a club where everyone is so passionate and committed to helping women's football reach the next level is such a privilege and I am so excited to be a part of it."
 
Nick Cushing, Head Coach of Manchester City Women, added: "Pauline is an incredibly talented player and the perfect fit for Manchester City. She has already delivered many exceptional performances, but we know she has even more to offer and are delighted to have her join the team.
 
"As we move into the next phase of our development, the team is evolving and Pauline will add a new dimension to our overall squad performance. Her creativity and determination is what we need to raise our game and I'm looking forward to working with her over the next few seasons."
 

 
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West Midlands League constitution   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier West Midlands News - 18 Aug 2017
 
The 2017-18 constitution for the West Midlands League is as follows:
 
PREMIER DIVISIONDIVISION ONE NORTHDIVISION ONE SOUTH
Bedworth UtdAtherstone RangersCoventry Development
Coundon CourtBilbrookCoventry Sphinx
CrusadersBrereton TownDroitwich Spa
Kingshurst Sporting ClubFlorenceGornal Ladies
KnowleGoldenhill WanderersKidderminster Harriers
Leafield AthleticLeek TownRedditch Utd
Leamington LionsShrewsbury JuniorsRugby Town
Lye TownShrewsbury TownSolihull Sporting
Stockingford AA PavilionStone DominoesSolihull Utd
Wolverhampton SportingSutton Coldfield TownStourbridge
Worcester UtdTamworth
Wyrley Ladies

 

 
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Arsenal swoop for Swedish defender   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 18 Aug 2017
 
Jessica Samuelsson has signed for Arsenal ahead of the new FA Women's Super League season.
 
The experienced defender earned her first international cap for Sweden in 2011, and since then she has won a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games and impressed in both the 2013 and 2017 Women's Euros.
 
The 25-year-old right-back joins the Gunners from Swedish side Linkopings. She first joined Linkopings in 2010, but since then Jessica has made an impact on the other side of the world.
 
Following a loan move to Melbourne Victory for the 2013 winter season, she was named as the league's Player of the Year. The prestigious award recognised her impactful contribution to the club which saw them win the W-League trophy that year.
 
Speaking after signing her contract, Jessica told www.arsenal.com: "I'm so happy to join the club and to be a part of such a great club as Arsenal. I'm really excited for the season to start and to play my first game in the Arsenal shirt.
 
"This is a new step in my career and I hope to make progress as a player. I'm going to do everything that I can to help Arsenal win titles."
 
Manager Pedro Martinez Losa said: "We are delighted to welcome Jessica to Arsenal. I've been impressed with her performances for a long time now, so there was no doubt that she would make a huge impact in the Women's Euro tournament this summer.
 
"She is recognised internationally as a strong and talented defender who will bring so much to our squad."
 

 
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Lucy Bronze joins Lyon   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 18 Aug 2017
 
WSL1 News - Lucy Bronze joins Lyon - 18 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsEngland star defender Lucy Bronze has left Manchester City to join UEFA Women's Champions League holders Olympique Lyonnais.
 
The 25-year-old makes the switch to France as part of the deal to bring Pauline Bremer to Manchester.
 
Former Sunderland defender Bronze, who moved to City from champions Liverpool in November 2014, became an important part of the Blues' trophy successes, earning plenty of individual recognition along the way.
 
Admired for her pace, power and attacking prowess, Bronze helped Nick Cushing's side to their first league title and second Continental Tyres Cup triumphs, whilst also playing a key role as City reached the semi finals of the Champions League at the first attempt.
 
She made 59 appearances in sky blue in total, scoring 11 goals - including memorable strikes in the SSE Women's FA Cup and Continental Tyres Cup Finals, the latter being an extra time winner against Birmingham City.
 
During her time at the Club, she represented England in the 2015 World Cup and 2017 Euros tournaments, as the Lionesses claimed a bronze medal in Canada and a semi final spot in Holland. She famously scored twice at the World Cup and was named in its All-Star Team.
 
This week, Lucy and England team mate Jodie Taylor were named in a shortlist of ten for the Women's World Player of the Year award.
 

 
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Charlie returns to Vixens   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 18 Aug 2017
 
WSL1 News - Charlie returns to Vixens - 18 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsBristol City can today confirm that midfielder Charlie Estcourt will return to the club on loan from Reading FC Women for the upcoming WSL 1 season.
 
Estcourt, 19, will enjoy her second spell with the Vixens after previously arriving in 2016 for a short loan period.
 
The young midfielder started her career at Reading, initially representing the club's Academy, before moving to play for Chelsea at Under-15 level.
 
She eventually went onto represent Chelsea Ladies Reserves before returning to Reading and signing her first professional contract.
 
Estcourt is also part of the Wales set up - she made her first appearance for Wales' Under-16s at just 13, before captaining the Under-17s at the Euros in 2013 and 2014.
 
In 2015, Charlie won her first five senior Wales caps, and was named as the Welsh FA's Young Player of the Year.
 
On her return, Estcourt is excited to run out at the Stoke Gifford Stadium once again.
 
She said: "It's great to be back here, I loved my time here in 2016 and I can't wait to get going again.
 
"We were competing for the WSL 2 title before and I'm glad promotion was achieved and this club is back where it belongs. Now I'm ready to give my all for the club and develop further under the guidance of Willie and his coaching team."
 
Willie Kirk believes Estcourt will be a useful acquisition to the club once again.
 
The City Women manager added: "Charlie brings bags of energy and is a really exciting addition to the squad we have for this season.She adds very good competition to a crucial area of the pitch for us, and I'm sure will make a big contribution this season.
 
"For such a young player she has a huge amount of experience at international level and I'm looking forward to overseeing her development this season."
 

 
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England edge out Scotland for World Cup place   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 18 Aug 2017
 
Euros News - England edge out Scotland for World Cup place - 18 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsEngland are off to next year's FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup Finals after beating Scotland 2-0 to finish in fifth place at the UEFA Under-19 Championship finals.
 
Goals from Zoe Cross and Mollie Rouse were enough to seal victory in the play-off, making England the fourth and final European side to qualify for the World Cup. They had been pipped to a place in the semi finals by France but, with the victors hosting the 2019 World Cup, a play-off was required to determine which of the two groups' third placed sides would take the final qualification berth.
 
That meant a meeting with the Auld Enemy in Lurgan, where Mo Marley's side quickly moved into the ascendancy. Kirsty Hanson had hit the post at the other end shortly beforehand but the deadlock was broken on 28 minutes when Cross smashed home after Megan Finnigan had nodded down Alessia Russo's corner.
 
The lead was doubled five minutes into the second half when midfielder Rouse tapped in after Finnigan's shot had been blocked by Scotland goalkeeper Rebecca Flaherty.
 
Meanwhile in the semi finals, it was a good day for the respective group runners-up as they both recorded victories to set up something of a surprise Final, albeit a repeat of last year's.
 
Spain emerged as 3-2 victors from a thrilling game at Windsor Park against Holland, who were unable to match the achievement of their senior side earlier this month. The first half ended goalless but within three minutes of the restart, both teams had found the net with Lucia Garcia giving Spain the lead and Victoria Pelova equalising a minute later. Maite Oroz then restored Spain's lead and a breakaway goal from Patricia Guijarro put them two goals ahead. Joelle Smits gave the Dutch late hope as she pulled one back but Spain held on to ensure they reached their fourth successive Final, having lost each of the last three.
 
France meanwhile staged a second half fightback to win 2-1 against Germany in the other semi final, also at Windsor Park. The Germans had gone into the game sporting a 100% record and looked to be on their way to another success when Klara Buhl gave them the lead five minutes before half time but after the break, substitutes Julie Thibaud and Emelyne Laurent both scored in a four minute spell to turn the match around in France's favour to take them to within one step of retaining the trophy and a fifth success overall.
 
Photos from www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Alessia Russo slides in to tackle Ellis Dalgliesh
(bottom) England celebrate after Zoe Cross (10) gives them the lead

 

 
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Southern Region League constitution   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier Souhthern News - 18 Aug 2017
 
The 2017-18 constitution for the Southern Region League is as follows:
 
PREMIER DIVISIONDIVISION ONE NORTHDIVISION ONE SOUTH
Ascot UtdBarton RoversAFC Bournemouth CST
Chesham UtdBenson LionessesAlton Utd
Milton Keynes CityOxford City NomadsEastleigh
New Milton TownWargrave LadiesFleet Town
Newbury LadiesWokingham & EmmbrookSouthampton Women Res
Oxford CityWoodley UtdWarsash Wasps
ShanklinWycombe WanderersWinchester City Flyers Res
Team Solent
Winchester City Flyers

 

 
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Continental Tyres Cup groups announced   Share This 
 Women's Football FA News - 17 Aug 2017
 
The four groups for this season's FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup have been announced.
 
Teams will play each other once in the group stage with each game being played to a conclusion.
 
If the result of a group match is a draw after 90 minutes then a penalty shootout will take place with points distributed as follows.
 
Teams will receive 3 points for winning a group game in 90 minutes.
 
Teams will receive 2 points if a group game is tied after 90 minutes and they win the penalty shootout.
 
Teams will receive 1 point if a group game is tied after 90 minutes and they lose the penalty shootout.
 
The top two teams in each group progress to the quarter finals.
 
For the first time in women's football, this season's FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup will introduce the use of a fourth substitute that can be utilised during extra time of the knockout games if the match progresses beyond 90 minutes.
 
The Final is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 10/11 March 2018.
 
Manchester City won the competition the last time it was staged, in 2016, with a 1-0 extra time victory over Birmingham City in the Final.
 
GROUP ONE NORTHGROUP TWO NORTH
Aston VillaBirmingham City
Durham WomenDoncaster Rovers Belles
LiverpoolEverton
Sheffield FCManchester City
SunderlandOxford Utd
GROUP ONE SOUTHGROUP TWO SOUTH
ArsenalBrighton & Hove Albion
London BeesBristol City
Millwall LionessesChelsea
Reading FC WomenTottenham Hotspur
WatfordYeovil Town

 

 
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South West League constitution   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier South West News - 17 Aug 2017
 
The 2017-18 constitution for the South West League is as follows:
 
PREMIER DIVISIONEASTERN DIVISIONWESTERN DIVISION
AEK BocoAlmondsbury LFCActivate
Bishop's LydeardCheltenham Civil ServiceAlphington
Buckland AthleticCheltenham Town DevelopmentBideford Town
CharlestownFC ChippenhamBude Town
Downend FlyersFrome TownCallington Town
Exeter CityOldland AbbotoniansExeter & Tedburn Rangers
Forest Green RoversPortishead TownNewquay Celtic
Ilminster TownRoyal Wootton BassettPlymouth Argyle Development
Keynsham Town DevelopmentSt Nicholas ResPlympton Ladies
Marine Academy PlymouthSwindon Spitfires
Middlezoy RoversSwindon Town Development
Torquay UtdTeam Mendip
Yeovil Town Intermediate

 

 
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Reading sign Fara Williams   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 17 Aug 2017
 
WSL1 News - Reading sign Fara Williams - 17 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsFara Williams, the highest capped England player of all time, has signed for Reading FC Women on a two-year deal from Arsenal.
 
On signing for the Royals, Williams said: "Last year watching the style of football, it's an attractive style that I think suits the way I enjoy playing. Reading are a developing team and they've come a long way in the past few seasons in the WSL.
 
"I'm hoping to win trophies here, I'm not here to make up numbers, and Kelly is not a manager that is satisfied finishing below the top four. The club wants to win trophies and I want to be a part of it. I knew when I finished the league last year with Arsenal that Reading was the only club that I wanted to come to. I spoke to Mary (Earps) last season and I've had some good conversations with her, she only spoke highly of the club."
 
Manager Kelly Chambers commented: "Signing Fara shows where the club is at now, and our ambition of where we want to go. We want to be competing with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City at the top of the table and bringing in the likes of Fara will help us do that. We need players like Fara with experience to add to our ambition and our drive because she still has that, which is fantastic."
 
The 33-year old midfielder, who has amassed a record 165 senior appearances for England, arrives at Reading with a glittering career record.
 
The playmaker has featured for the Lionesses in four European Championships and three World Cups, while also representing Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
 
Domestically, Williams has won two FA Women's Premier League Cups (one with Charlton and one with Everton) two FA WSL1 titles (both with Liverpool) and two Women's FA Cups (one with Everton and one with Arsenal). Additionally, Williams was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for her services to football and charity.
 

 
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Walsh is a keeper   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 16 Aug 2017
 
WSL1 News - Walsh is a keeper - 16 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsYeovil Town Ladies FC have retained the services of shot stopper Megan Walsh for the 2017-18 FA Women's Super League season.
 
Walsh who joined Yeovil last season from Notts County, made her debut against Bristol City Women at The Viridor Stadium and went on to play in goal for the reminder of the Spring Series.
 
Goalkeeper Megan Walsh, who is an England Under-23 player, is currently in Taipei where she is representing Great Britain at the World University Games and will joining back up with the Somerset side upon her return at the end of August.
 
Since joining the club in May, Walsh made a total of six appearances and fans soon took to her, after some excellent displays in the Yeovil goal. These performances were noticed and recognised, as she was voted as the 2017 Spring Series Supporters Player of the Season, receiving over 30 percent of the votes.
 
Speaking about remaining at the club, Walsh said: "I'm really excited to be at Yeovil this year for what will be a challenging season.
 
"The resilience and determination from the girls showcases what this team is all about and I can't wait for the season to begin."
 
Manager Jamie Sherwood spoke highly of Walsh, saying: "Megan [Walsh] was a standout player from the 2017 Spring Series. She wants to reach the very top of the game and I know she will put in the hard work which it requires.
 
"I am delighted to see her return as she adds further steel, determination and experience to the young, energetic and motivated squad.
 
"This is another signing to show that we are here to compete and challenge and not just take part in the winter programme."
 

 
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North West League constitution   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier North West News - 16 Aug 2017
 
The 2017-18 constitution for the North West League is as follows:
 
PREMIER DIVISIONDIVISION ONE NORTHDIVISION ONE SOUTH
Accrington Girls & LadiesBolton Wanderers ResAltrincham
Blackburn CommunityBurscough DynamoCity of Liverpool
BlackpoolBury FC WomenCrewe Alexandra Development
Burnley Girls & LadiesCammell LairdCurzon Ashton
CMB LadiesCarlisle UtdFC United of Manchester
Fleetwood Town WrensKendal TownLiverpool Marshalls Feds Res
Manchester StingersLeigh RMINorthwich Vixens
Merseyrail BootleMorecambe ResStockport County Blues
MSB WooltonPenrith AFCWarrington Wolverines
Sir Tom FinneyPreston North EndWest Didsbury & Chorlton
Stockport CountyWorkington Reds
Tranmere Rovers
Wigan Athletic

 

 
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England and Scotland to play off   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 16 Aug 2017
 
Euros News - England and Scotland to play off - 16 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsAll three of the British countries have gone out of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championships, but two of them still have a big prize to play for.
 
England needed to win their final group match against France in order to qualify for the semi finals, but the resulting 1-0 defeat that they have ended up in third place. However, due to France being the hosts of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup next year, there is an extra place on offer from Europe in that tournament and England will therefore play-off against the team finishing third in Group A.
 
That team will be no less than Scotland, who also suffered a narrow 1-0 reverse at the hands of Spain and this result was enough to give them third place on goal difference, ahead of hosts Northern Ireland who were beaten 6-0 by Germany.
 
Coming into the match with a win and a defeat in their previous two Group B encounters, Mo Marley's side needed to defeat Les Bleues to prolong their stay at the Euros, and although they were on top throughout, they fell to Lina Boussaha's 88th minute winner.
 
England carved out a number of half chances but the closest they came to scoring was when Alessia Russo curled a second half free kick goalwards to force an excellent save from Mylene Chavas, who stretched to palm the ball over the bar. Megan Finnigan had a good opportunity blocked with fifteen minutes remaining, before Boussaha struck the late blow.
 
Scotland were in the same position as England in that a win would have been enough to take them through, and things remained nicely in the balance when the scoreline was goalless at half time.
 
However, ten minutes into the second half, Patricia Guijarro gave Spain the lead and despite a late Scotland rally, they were not able to get back on level terms and Spain closed the game out to book their place in the last four.
 
Northern Ireland meanwhile faced a very tough prospect in needing to beat Germany to stand any chance of going through and despite a battling performance from Alfie Wylie's side, the Germans proved too strong for them. In front of more than 1,700 fans at Ballymena, Klara Buhl scored twice along with Annalena Rieke, Kristin Kogel, Caroline Siems and Anna Gerhardt but Northern Ireland can reflect on their first ever appearance in the Finals of a major women's tournament with heads held high.
 
The fifth place play off will take place at Lurgan on Thursday evening (7pm) and the two semi finals are played on the same day. The Netherlands take on Spain and Germany play France in the other semi final.
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Georgia Allen is surrounded by Pauline Dechilly and Sana Daoudi
(bottom) Brenna McPartlan slides in to tackle Kristin Kogel, watched by Klara Buhl

 

 
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Rosie buzzing at joining Bees   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL2 News - 16 Aug 2017
 
London Bees are delighted to announce the signing of forward Rosie Kmita.
 
23-year-old Kmita, formerly of Brighton & Hove Albion, has been training with the side during pre-season and is ready to get the season started with London Bees.
 
"I'm really pleased to have joined London Bees," she said. "What attracted me most to The Bees was the professional environment.
 
"My expectations of the season are high, I think it will be real success. We've been working really hard in training and the demand from Luke and the coaching team has been high. I feel we will be more than ready as a group of players for when the season starts.
 
"The girls, if I'm honest, were one of the main reasons I was so set on joining London Bees from the start. They have all welcomed me into the group and the environment in the changing room and around training is perfect. They are all lovely girls and when it comes to training they work hard so the balance is just right. It feels like we're all pulling in the same direction which is a great feeling to have around the club.
 
"I'm most looking forward to the challenge of playing with and against great players. I think in order to grow and reach your full potential you have to surround yourself with those type of players so from an individual perspective that will be great for me. I'm also looking forward to spending time with the team and integrating myself more into the group."
 
Head coach Luke Swindlehurst has spoken of his delight at securing another new face during pre-season: "Rosie is a really good character and her positive attitude along with hard work and technical ability makes her another valued member of the squad.
 
"She has genuine pace, which in the modern game is vital to have within the squad. I'm confident Rosie will make a big impact at London Bees and we all welcome her to The Hive in this exciting period of the club's history."
 

 
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North East League constitution   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier North East News - 14 Aug 2017
 
The 2017-18 constitution for the North East League is as follows:
 
PREMIER DIVISIONNORTHERN DIVISIONSOUTHERN DIVISION
Castleford White RoseBlyth LionsAltofts Ladies
Durham CestriaBoldon CA VillaDoncaster Belles (Women's)
East Yorkshire CarnegieBoro RangersHarrogate Railway
Farsley CelticConsettHarrogate Town
Hartlepool UtdCramlington UtdMalet Lambert YC
Norton & Stockton AncientsGuisborough LadiesOssett Albion
TynedalePrudhoe TownSheffield Wednesday
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Katie makes Juventus move   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 13 Aug 2017
 
Liverpool Ladies FC can confirm that Katie Zelem has completed a transfer to join Serie A Femminile side Juventus Women.
 
Attacking midfielder Zelem has been a regular in the Liverpool Ladies squad since joining from Manchester United in 2013, winning back to back Women's Super League titles in 2013 and 2014.
 
On the transfer to Turin, Zelem said: "I have had a wonderful four years since signing for Liverpool Ladies and will take away some great memories. I would like to thank everyone involved with Liverpool Football Club, including all of the staff and the fantastic supporters who are amongst the best supporters in the country.
 
"I have been at Liverpool Ladies for a few years now, so I felt as though I needed a new challenge. Having considered all my options, I feel as though moving to Juventus Women presents me with a new challenge as well as the opportunity to play abroad which is a really exciting one."
 
Everyone at Liverpool Ladies thanks Katie for her valuable contribution since joining the club and wishes her the best of luck for the future.
 

 
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Louise keeps hosts in the hunt   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 13 Aug 2017
 
Euros News - Louise keeps hosts in the hunt - 13 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsNorthern Ireland battled back to earn themselves a 1-1 draw against Scotland in the second round of group matches in the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championships.
 
Both teams went into the game having been beaten in their openers and it was Northern Ireland who went close early on when Megan Bell curled a free kick just wide. Scotland hit back with Kirsty Hanson's chip drifting just over, Claire Adams' drive being touched onto the bar by Perry and Amy Gallacher firing narrowly wide but an evenly contested first half ended with the scoreline goalless.
 
Within a minute of the restart, Scotland opened the scoring when Gallacher played in Hanson on goal and she drilled a low shot past Lauren Perry to give her side the lead.
 
Northern Ireland responded to the setback with Rebecca Bassett shooting just wide but Scotland continued to look dangerous when going forward. Adams again tested Perry from distance with a strike which was tipped past the post and Donna Paterson headed inches over from a corner.
 
The host nation were not to be denied though and they battled back to level the scores with four minutes remaining. Megan Reilly's corner was met by Louise McDaniel who powered home a header from close range, to register Northern Ireland's first ever goal in a senior women's tournament.
 
Bassett might even have won it in injury time when her shot was saved by Rebecca Flaherty but both teams had to settle for a point which keeps them both in the tournament.
 
Germany meanwhile defeated Spain 2-0 with goals from Luca Maria Graf and Dina Orschmann to ensure that they have qualified for the semi finals with one match to play. This leaves Northern Ireland needing to beat Germany to stand any chance of going through, meanwhile if Scotland can repeat their senior team's victory over Spain last month, they will be likely to be in the last four.
 
England's place in the tournament also remains in the balance after they were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands, who are already in the semi finals following this result.
 
The Oranje started strongly and took the lead with eleven minutes on the clock, Aniek Nouwen heading home a corner from Sabajo. It could have been two moments later, as a patient Dutch build up culimated with them feeding winger Ashleigh Weerden, who fired an effort over the bar.
 
Holland finished the first half strongly as Joelle Smits was denied by a good block from Grace Fisk, but Smits was to have the last laugh as she was put through by a Pelova pass and applied a calm finish for the second.
 
England came more into the game after the break but never really threatened a breakthrough against a well organised Dutch defence. They came closest to pulling a goal back when Niamh Charles just shot wide after exchanging passes with Ellie Brazil and Georgia Allen's shot was saved by Lize Kop, but the Netherlands never looked like surrendering their lead.
 
France cruised to a 6-1 victory over Italy in the other group game, meaning that Mo Marley's side must beat Les Bleuses in their final match if they are to go through to the semi finals.
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Ellie Brazil is tackled by Kay-Lee de Sanders
(bottom) Niamh Charles goes close for England

 

 
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London & South East League constitution   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier London and SE News - 13 Aug 2017
 
The 2017-18 constitution for the London & South East League is as follows:
 
AFC Phoenix
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Aylesford
Camden Town
Carshalton Athletic
Crawley Wasps
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Fulham FC Foundation
London Kent Football Utd
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City loan Blues keeper   Share This 
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 11 Aug 2017
 
Bristol City Women are delighted to announce the loan signing of goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley from Birmingham City.
 
Baggaley, 20, joined the Blue Girls in 2014 and has gone on to make 18 appearances to date for the Midlands outfit.
 
An England youth international, Baggaley has represented her country at Under-17, 19, 20 and 23 level, and recently won the Nordic Cup with the Under-23 squad.
 
On her move to the West Country, the young shot stopper says she is excited about the prospect of working with manager Willie Kirk and goalkeeping coach Neil Moore.
 
She said: "When I heard the Vixens were interested in taking me on loan I didn't hesitate to come down, look at the facilities and meet the coaching staff.
 
"My aim for this season is to play as much as I can and develop under a manager that values youth development, which is a massive draw of this club.
 
"Caitlin Leach and Aimee Watson are fantastic keepers and I am looking forward to us spurring each other on and bringing out the best in one another in the season ahead."
 
Kirk said of his latest recruit: "The plan was always to bring in another goalkeeper for the 2017-18 WSL 1 season to add competition to that area. By bringing in Sophie we have certainly done that.
 
"She is an extremely hard working goalkeeper, who is technically very good and has strong distribution. I am excited to see how far both Sophie and Caitlin can push each other.
 
"We also have young Aimee, who shall continue to work hard in training with the first team and carry on developing."
 

 
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