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Author Archive for Suzanne Wrack

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London Leopards project to put 100 women coaches into girls’ football | Suzanne Wrack

New coaches backed by seven professional clubs, including Arsenal, to deliver introductory football sessions for 1,000 girls aged five to eight in the cityThe FA launched its women’s football Gameplan for Growth 11 months ago with three bold aims: to d…

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Pernille Harder: ‘I was the only girl in the team but they wanted to play with me’ | Suzanne Wrack

The Denmark and Wolfsburg striker, widely regarded as one of the best three female players in the world, has stood out from a young age and Champions League success is her next target“I started playing when I was five or six years old. I played with bo…

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Arsenal’s Lisa Evans launches scheme to get more women playing football

Scotland’s Lisa Evans and three other top European internationals are using social media to spread the wordThe Football Association’s Gameplan for Growth, Together #WePlayStrong, Girls Active, This Girl Can: there has been a flurry of campaigns aimed a…

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When the dust settles, Phil Neville will have to focus on his job: the football | Suzanne Wrack

The former Manchester United player has a desire to learn quickly – and this will be tested very soon in the She Believes CupThere were many banana skins for Phil Neville to navigate around in his first flurry of interviews since being appointed the ne…

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Lady Black Cats find Sunderland’s charity does not begin at home

While use of the Academy of Light has been offered for training to hard-up Hartlepool, Sunderland’s women feel left out in the coldThe plight of Hartlepool United, who are on the brink of administration, has captured the attention and support of fans a…

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Italy a land of opportunity as Juventus add weight to Women’s Serie A | Suzanne Wrack

The arrival of Juventus has boosted the Italian top flight and English women are finding it an attractive place to improve their technical levelAs major clubs such as Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and Manchester City have added women’s teams to their por…

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Asisat Oshoala enjoys fine China to put English disappointment behind her | Suzanne Wrack

The Nigerian’s third African player of the year award, playing for Dalian Quanjian, has been the sweetest after a torrid time at Liverpool and ArsenalMohamed Salah’s player of the year award stole the headlines at the Confederation of African Football …

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Meet Liv Cooke: the freestyler with the outrageous skills from Euro 2017 advert

The 18-year-old was the UK’s first woman professional freestyler and last year become world champion. She talks about training five hours a day, the backing from her parents and sexism she has encounteredA girl in school uniform walks out of school gat…

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Dick, Kerr Ladies decorate Deepdale with the resplendent tribute they deserve | Suzanne Wrack

Taking pride of place next to Tom Finney, a three-tonne memorial was unveiled to the women’s team that drew record crowds and defied sexist FA legislationIt is apt that a year when the profile of women’s football has taken a leap forward marks the 100t…

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Fifpro survey casts harsh light on fragility of women’s football foundations | Suzanne Wrack

The game is growing in England and beyond but recent findings show pay, contracts and basic support for those with families are simply not sufficientMore than 90% of female footballers have considered quitting the game. That is the outcome of the most …

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Nicola Hobbs: ‘It was really hard at first to have both, football and the fire service’ | Suzanne Wrack

London Bees goalkeeper navigates two male-dominated lines of work with aplomb but may soon have to choose between her abiding passion and her workThe London Bees goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs was between the sticks at the Hive on Saturday as the Bees recorde…

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Joe Montemurro takes over at Arsenal with pledge to maintain tradition | Suzanne Wrack

Australian coach admits it feels ‘surreal’ to be in charge of Arsenal Women but says he will uphold club’s reputation for attractive footballThe Arsenal Invincibles’ unbeaten season will probably never be replicated. Arsène Wenger’s 2003-04 side sealed…

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How to get more women into football (and football journalism)? Derby may have the answer

A pioneering scheme run in partnership with the local university is offering promising female players the chance to have a career in the gameWhile many have concerns about the Football Association’s restructure of women’s football and this blog has hig…

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Switch to winter season boosts Manchester City and Chelsea in Europe | Suzanne Wrack

English clubs in the Champions League are benefiting from the change in the calendar of the women’s game with two of two their number in the quarter-finalsLast week Manchester City and Chelsea secured their places in the Champions League quarter-finals…

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The speed of change in women’s football is leaving some clubs behind | Suzanne Wrack

The deadline for teams to stay in the revamped top two tiers has passed with Watford and Sunderland announcing that they are not even applyingThe deadline for Women’s Super League clubs to apply to stay in the top two tiers next season closed last Frid…

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Fara Williams adds touch of class as elite dominate early Continental Cup games | Suzanne Wrack

First round of group matches in Super League knock-out highlights growing divide between fully professional first-tier clubs and part-timers of the secondAfter a lengthy international break the Women’s Super League has again paused, this time for a rou…

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Women at the Game: Jacqui Forster’s inspirational football mission | Suzanne Wrack

Jacqui Forster is having treatment for terminal cancer but remains determined to get more women to attend matchesForgive the slight digression from women’s football, to tell the tale of a remarkable woman and her quest to bring the national game to mor…

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Women at the Game: Jacqui Forster’s inspirational football mission | Suzanne Wrack

Jacqui Forster is having treatment for terminal cancer but remains determined to get more women to attend matchesForgive the slight digression from women’s football, to tell the tale of a remarkable woman and her quest to bring the national game to mor…

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Eni Aluko and Colin Kaepernick are contrasting rebels with noble causes | Suzanne Wrack

By challenging the powers that be in their sports the England footballer and the NFL quarter-back have rendered future players a valuable serviceIn the summer of 2016, during pre-season, the NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat alone on a bench during …

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Norway’s historic pay deal for women’s team shows it can be done | Suzanne Wrack

The Norwegian FA’s decision to offer male and female international players equal pay comes at a time when women’s teams are still battling for fairnessA standard has been set. Last week the Norwegian football association announced that their women’s na…