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Barclays deal shows women’s game now big-bucks business | Suzanne Wrack

Contract shatters idea that sponsoring women’s sport is the cheap option that makes your brand look goodGamechanger can be a little overused, but in the case of Barclays’ eight-figure sponsorship deal over three years of the FA Women’s Super League tha…

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Chelsea’s Emma Hayes: ‘We respect PSG but we don’t fear them’

• Chelsea face PSG in first leg of Champions League quarter-final• Hayes says squad are in better shape than last seasonThe Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes, has said the Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain is a game for which they ha…

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Sophie Jones banned for racial abuse and leaves Sheffield United

• Tottenham’s Renée Hector said Jones made monkey noises• Player’s contract terminated by mutual consent, say UnitedThe Sheffield United women’s player Sophie Jones has been banned for five matches after being found guilty of racially abusing an oppone…

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Barclays unveiled as Women’s Super League sponsor in groundbreaking deal

• Multimillion-pound deal the ‘biggest for women’s sport in UK’• All three major competitions in England now sponsoredThe Football Association has unveiled Barclays as the first sponsor of the newly professional Women’s Super League in what has been de…

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Wanda Metropolitano’s record crowd shows English football the way

The 60,739 gate for Atlético Madrid’s match with Barcelona showed that, if you build it, fans of women’s football will comeWhen 60,739 fans filed into the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday to watch Atlético Madrid take on their title rivals Barcelona, a 99…

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No expense spared with Matildas to replicate Socceroos’ pre-World Cup camp

Australia to gear up for France at plush resortTen-day training camp in Turkey scheduled for MayThe Matildas have been afforded the same level of investment as their male counterparts in preparation for this year’s Women’s World Cup with confirmation t…

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Ji So-yun breaks Durham hearts and fires Chelsea into FA Cup last four

• Durham 0-1 Chelsea• South Korean’s first-half strike sends champions throughYou could be forgiven for thinking the visit of the FA Cup champions, Chelsea, in a quarter-final would be too much for five-year-old Durham. And ultimately it was, but the h…

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Durham and Sarah Wilson hoping to teach Chelsea a lesson in FA Cup

Promotion to WSL is the aim for a club formed five years ago but the FA Cup quarter-final is the biggest game in their historyIn the course of her day job, Sarah Wilson drives the length and breadth of north-east England. Wilson’s assignments as a work…

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Ronaldo’s defining display shows ‘fino alla fine’ spirit is alive at Juventus | Eni Aluko

Cristiano Ronaldo’s best performance for Juve in the Champions League embodied our club’s ‘until the end’ motto – and the men can now go on to win the tournamentThe Juventus motto is “fino alla fine” – in other words, until the end. On Tuesday evening …

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World Cup champions Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris announce engagement

USA teammates go public with relationship in interviewKrieger and Harris say they will be married after World CupUSA teammates Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris confirmed on Wednesday they are engaged to be married later this year.Krieger and Harris, who a…

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Nikita Parris hat-trick takes Manchester City five points clear at top

• City hold on to beat Reading 4-3, Chelsea beat Liverpool 4-0• Everton win 1-0 at West Ham as Yeovil draw with BrightonA first-half hat-trick from Nikita Parris earned Manchester City a 4-3 win at Reading that increased their lead to five points over …

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Vivianne Miedema: ‘There’s a big difference playing with boys and with girls’

Arsenal’s striker on a sporting childhood, Netherlands’ World Cup hopes and why her club deserve to win the WSLArsenal, decimated by injuries that have left a stellar seven-a-side team in the stands lately, are struggling to maintain their early-season…

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Matildas’ World Cup ‘spew two’ strip revealed, to positive reception

Nike-designed strip unveiled ahead of France 2019‘it’s a kit that expresses us and reflects us as individuals’For the first time, the Matildas will wear a uniquely designed kit at this year’s World Cup, with the Nike-designed strip being revealed on Tu…

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England women reveal bespoke new kit for 2019 World Cup

• Traditional white home design, with away of ‘dark red crush’• Lionesses forward Fran Kirby welcomes team’s unique kitsEngland’s women will wear a new kit specifically designed for them, rather than using the same as the men’s team, at the World Cup i…

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Will the US women’s soccer team win their battle for equal pay?

The world champions want to be paid the same salary as their male counterparts. Public pressure could help them achieve their aimIn an escalation of ongoing disputes over gender discrimination between the US women’s national team and US Soccer, the pla…

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US women’s team sues US Soccer over ‘institutionalized gender discrimination’

World Cup champions seek equal pay with male counterpartsUSWNT set to defend title in France this summerAll 28 current members of the United States women’s soccer team have filed a lawsuit against their own governing body alleging years of “institution…

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Toni Duggan: ‘England are good enough to win the World Cup’

In an exclusive interview, the Barcelona forward talks about the tournament and her responsibility for the next generation‘When I look back to being a 10-year-old girl I never could have dreamt of having this pathway. I feel very fortunate and proud, b…

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David Squires on … Fifa, North Korea and bidding to host the Women’s World Cup

Our cartoonist looks at the latest great idea to get support from world football’s governing body Take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Bring on the World Cup after England’s victory in the US | Eni Aluko

The SheBelieves Cup triumph came at a perfect time in the team’s journey. They are exactly where they need to be only three months before France 2019England’s first SheBelieves Cup triumph is a sign of the progress they have made and their huge potenti…

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Cup of Nations secured, now the real work starts for Matildas | Richard Parkin

The tournament has been an unmitigated success given the recent ructions but a World Cup campaign now loomsThree games played, three games won. Nine goals scored, one goal conceded. But for an exceptional free-kick from player of the tournament, Korea …