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Category: Women’s football

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Manchester United include England stars in unveiled women’s squad

• Manager Casey Stoney poaches seven players from Liverpool • Club are preparing for first season in women’s ChampionshipEngland’s left-back Alex Greenwood and goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain have been unveiled as two of the 21 players signed by Manches…

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How England’s Kelly Smith became one of the faces of the World Cup in the US

The former England and Arsenal striker had a brilliant playing career. And now she is forging a reputation as an insightful analyst in AmericaTwo decades before Kelly Smith became a studio analyst on Fox’s World Cup coverage, she was a star on the pitc…

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Casey Stoney: ‘There’s no bigger club to work for than Manchester United’

The former England international has a grand vision as first manager of United’s women’s team“I think this club has the ability to change the face of women’s football.” That is a bold claim but, coming from someone with the playing career and influence…

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Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg: ‘Girls in Norway don’t have the same opportunities as boys’

The forward, still only 22, has proved a big success in France but has grown so disillusioned with women’s football in her homeland she has turned her back on the national teamWhen Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg finished the season with a third consecutive Champ…

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Sheffield FC become latest casualty of FA’s restructuring of women’s football

Club’s withdrawal from the rebranded second tier for financial reasons raises questions about the FA’s application process and the financial criteria within itThe latest casualty of the FA’s restructuring of women’s football came at the weekend as Shef…

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Sheffield FC become latest casualty of FA’s restructuring of women’s football

Club’s withdrawal from the rebranded second tier for financial reasons raises questions about the FA’s application process and the financial criteria within itThe latest casualty of the FA’s restructuring of women’s football came at the weekend as Shef…

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If the boot doesn’t fit then female footballers should have an alternative | Anna Kessel

While it is hardly a surprise that male players dominate football boot marketing, the fact that a large amount of professional female players are wearing men’s or children’s boots surely isPretty much every day someone pops up on my timeline to let me …

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‘The fact we exist is huge’: Iran’s women plotting course to world stage

Twelve years ago Kat Khosrowyar arrived in Iran on holiday. Now she’s driving a revolution in women’s football thereTo say things have changed for women’s football in Iran since Katayoun Khosrowyar first arrived in the country more than 12 years ago wo…

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Andreas Heraf stood down from New Zealand football following player complaints

13 Ferns members signed letter of complaintAllegations include bullying and intimidationThe most powerful coach at New Zealand Football has been stood down following a player revolt over his methods. NZF on Wednesday announced an independent investigat…

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Neil Redfearn faces tough task to build team after exodus at Liverpool

Ten senior players and coaches have left and the new structure will make it difficult to attract replacementsLast week, a player exodus at Liverpool continued apace as their two-times title-winning captain Gemma Bonner switched to Manchester City. Some…

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How Eni Aluko and Alex Scott became the breakout stars of World Cup punditry

There’s one factor that has made the two former players stand out from their male colleagues during their analysis of the opening games – and it’s not their genderThe breakout star of the men’s World Cup is a woman. It’s not something many would have s…

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Pundit challenged over clapping female host’s World Cup analysis

Patrice Evra’s applause for Eni Aluko was ‘sexist’, according to social media criticsITV moved to avoid a sexism row last night as the former footballer Patrice Evra was advised to modify his interaction with his fellow World Cup pundit Eni Aluko after…

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England have reasons to believe looking ahead to Women’s World Cup | Suzanne Wrack

Phil Neville has made a quietly impressive start as manager and Lucy Bronze has grown in stature but there are still faults to be ironed out in time for next year’s tournament in FranceThe World Cup is just days away and while Gareth Southgate’s side a…

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Calls for ‘archaic’ New Zealand women’s football coach to quit

Football Ferns fall to 3-1 loss against JapanAndreas Heraf says conceding three was a good resultTop-flight football in New Zealand is in turmoil after the former national women’s captain revealed she quit because of her coach’s primitive methods. Rela…

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Jill Scott double sinks Russia and keeps England on course for World Cup

• Russia 1-3 England• Danilova 31; Parris 22, Scott 27 36With Fran Kirby’s creative skills shining ever brighter the more Russia tried to kick her into submission and Keira Walsh controlling midfield, England took another significant step towards next …

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Phil Neville sings praises of Lucy Bronze before qualifier in Russia | Louise Taylor

Lyon defender is likely to take over as captain for Friday’s World Cup return and she would not be out of place in the men’s game, according to her coachPhil Neville has claimed Lucy Bronze could hold her own in men’s football. The England women’s coac…

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England’s Nikita Parris: ‘You’ll still find me shouting at referees’

As she prepares for a World Cup qualifier in Russia, the Manchester City forward says she is trying to control her temper but may slip occasionally …For Nikita Parris the past two years have been all about gaining control. Quite apart from learning whe…

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Takara Hawthorne-Smith powers on despite injury ending football career | Suzanne Wrack

Wolves striker turned to gym work to build up a shattered knee and will soon compete in the powerlifting world championships“It was devastating because it was my passion. I was playing every week, training twice a week and progressing in the team. It w…

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‘Gotta teach ’em’: Sydney Leroux Dwyer fells son with crunching tackle

US international gives son Cassius a lesson in toughnessBoth toddler’s parents are USA internationalsSydney Leroux Dwyer knows football can be a tough game. She grew up in Canada but chose to play for the US, something that means she has been greeted w…

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Jill Scott and Ann-Katrin Berger are named joint WSL Players of the Year

• Chelsea’s Emma Hayes takes coach award after winning double• Berger diagnosed with thyroid cancer in NovemberJill Scott and Ann-Katrin Berger have been named as the joint Women’s Super League Players’ Players of the Year. Related: From Manchester Uni…