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The FA Continental Tyres League Cup is underway.

The main talking point was Manchester United's Women's team first home game since their relaunch.

After winning their first game 1-0 against Liverpool, they have been knocked out 2-0 to Reading. They played in front 4,835 people which is a record in this competition.

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I watched some of the u20 womens world cup in France. England got to the semi final before loosing to winners Japan. They won the third place playoff against France. 

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I thought the Japanese team that won the WC in 2011 was very good. I remember watching Ohno and Sawa (or Sanwa) being instrumental in midfield against the US to the point where it was actually a good show of competitiveness. They did go back to the finals in the Canada but that US team was far better and ran them over before they even got a foot in the game.

It's also interesting to see the way in which the sport has shaped with the US and Canada being quite important during the founding stages and making sure it got to the level that it finally did. 

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1 hour ago, Mel81x said:

I thought the Japanese team that won the WC in 2011 was very good. I remember watching Ohno and Sawa (or Sanwa) being instrumental in midfield against the US to the point where it was actually a good show of competitiveness. They did go back to the finals in the Canada but that US team was far better and ran them over before they even got a foot in the game.

It's also interesting to see the way in which the sport has shaped with the US and Canada being quite important during the founding stages and making sure it got to the level that it finally did. 

Womens football has its critics.  But anyone who has followed it will know that the increase in quality in the last 15 years is quite amazing 

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I loved watching Germany's national women's team when Silvia Neid was in charge, especially the 2007 World Cup in China. That squad was sort of a "golden generation" for me, with the players like Prinz, Laudehr, Grings, Angerer, Bajramaj... It truly was a joy to watch. They won it and defended the title without conceding a single goal too.

Also that Brazilian striker Marta was (is?) incredible, easily the best women's football player for me.

 

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I follow the Womens game... They play some pretty decent stuff to be honest... 

Women have been playing football for ages throughout history only they did not get the same type of coverage it enjoys these days obviously. not been without it's controversies along the way... 

In 2004 Sepp ( silly old corrupt cunt ) Blatter suggested that "women should wear tighter shorts and low cut shirts" to create a better "female  aesthetic" to try and attract more male fans... 

And in 2008 the Norwegian Female team FC de Rakt swapped their old kit for short skirts and tighter tops... which was then promptly vetoed by the Dutch Football Association only to be reversed when it turned out the ladies were wearing hot pants under the skirts and technically complied with the rules... The team made the request for the change themselves... 

The girls asked us if they could make a team and asked specifically to play in skirts. We said we'd try but we didn't expect to get permission for that. We've seen reactions from Belgium and Germany already saying this could be something for them. Many girls would like to play in skirts but didn't think it was possible.

21-year-old team captain Rinske Temming said:

We think they are far more elegant than the traditional shorts and furthermore they are more comfortable because the shorts are made for men. It's more about being elegant, not sexy. Female football is not so popular at the moment. In the Netherlands there's an image that it's more for men, but we hope that can change.

 

In 1921 Womens football suffered a set back in England when they banned it for being "distasteful" and would not allow games to be played on Association grounds anymore so they formed the English Ladies Football Association and played the games on rugby grounds instead.. 

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4 hours ago, nudge said:

I loved watching Germany's national women's team when Silvia Neid was in charge, especially the 2007 World Cup in China. That squad was sort of a "golden generation" for me, with the players like Prinz, Laudehr, Grings, Angerer, Bajramaj... It truly was a joy to watch. They won it and defended the title without conceding a single goal too.

Also that Brazilian striker Marta was (is?) incredible, easily the best women's football player for me.

 

I dont think Germany have declined. I just think other nations are catching them up. Don't get me wrong they are still one of the best teams in the world  but I think the gap isnt so big

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FA submit bid to hold Women's Euro Championship in 2021

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45329737

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The Football Association has submitted a bid to host the Women's European Championship in 2021.

England hosted Euro 2005 and reached the 1984 and 2009 European finals.

FA head of women's football Baroness Campbell told BBC Sport: "It would be enormous to have a major championship like this on home soil.

"Uefa will want a bigger and better tournament than the last one and we've got Wembley as a key card to play, to host the final."

A final decision on the successful host nation will taken by Uefa on 3 December 2018, with Austria and Hungary also believed to be in contention.

The FA's decision to submit its bid, which has the backing of the government, follows England successful Euro 2017 campaign in the Netherlands which saw the Lionesses reach the semi-finals, generating a record peak audience of four million TV viewers in the UK.

The proposed cities and stadiums included in the bid are Brighton & Hove Albion's Amex Stadium, Brentford's Community Stadium, MK Dons' Stadium MK, Manchester City's Academy Stadium, Notts County's Meadow Lane, Peterborough's Abax Stadium, Rotherham's New York Stadium and Sheffield United's Bramall Lane.

 

 

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A women's Ballon d'Or will be launched this year, marking the first occasion the prestigious award will be open to female footballers.

France Football, the magazine responsible for handing out the award, gave the first Ballon d'Or to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956.

The award has only been open to male footballers since then, but a female equivalent will now be presented at France Football's awards ceremony on December 3 in Paris.

The magazine's editor-in-chief, Pascal Ferre, told The Associated Press: "Women's soccer is a booming discipline that deserves the same respect as men's soccer. It's coming to maturity and growing bigger.

"More than 760m TV viewers watched games at the last women's World Cup in 2015. This did not happen by chance."

Fifteen nominees will be shortlisted by France Football on October 8, after which a panel of journalists specialising in women's football will choose who they feel has been the outstanding female footballer of 2018.

Ferre explained: "The jury won't be the same as the jury voting for the men. Only experts can vote.

"I'm confident we will get a jury of about 40 journalists, from countries where women's soccer is growing."

FIFA, which hands out its own end-of-year awards, already gives a trophy to who they consider to be the best female footballer. Lieke Martens, the Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder, won in 2017.

Ferre adds the female players he has spoken to have been positive about France Football's decision, saying: "They are thrilled and can't wait for it.

"They are very proud to see that the world of soccer considers that women should be treated in the same respect as men."

The magazine is also launching an award for the best young player of the year, which will be named after Raymond Kopa - the first French Ballon d'Or winner who passed away last year.

A shortlist of 10 U21 players will be selected, before a panel of former Ballon d'Or winners decides on the victor.

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Manchester City's Nikita Parris became the Women's Super League all-time top scorer with two goals in a 3-0 win at Liverpool.

The 24-year-old England international produced a dinked finish and then converted a penalty to take her WSL tally to 37, one ahead of former Chelsea forward Eni Aluko.

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Emma Clarke: FA backs call to honour first British black female player

By Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

31 October 2018 | Football

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The Football Association has backed a call to honor Emma Clarke, Britain's first black female footballer.

The Bootle-born player first featured for the British Ladies' team in 1895 and went on to appear at stadiums such as St James' Park and Portman Road.

Now Anna Kessel, sports writer and co-founder of Women in Football, wants Clarke to receive wider recognition: "A blue plaque on her childhood home would be brilliant.

"It would also be lovely to see the ground on which she made her debut recognised. I know English Heritage have rules about where a plaque can be attached - on an existing original building - however, there are no existing buildings left on the pitch in north London where Clarke played. Maybe English Heritage could rethink their criteria.

"There could also be a statue of Clarke on Wembley Way. When female fans go to watch football at Wembley, they see the statue of England men's World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore, which is great - but wouldn't it also be great to see one of the incredible women players we've had in this country?

"At the moment there are only two statues of sportswomen in the UK - that's 1% of the total."

The FA has been contacted by Women in Football regarding a statue of Clarke either on Wembley Way or St George's Park, the national football centre.

The story of Clarke was discovered only last year by Stuart Gibbs, who was researching the history of women's football for an exhibition. From the subsequent information gathered, parts of her story were dramatised in a production called Offside, which toured the UK in 2017.

Who was Emma Clarke?

Clarke was born in Bootle, Merseyside in 1875.

She lived with 13 other siblings in a terraced house along with her parents - mother Wilhelmina Clarke, believed to be of black Dutch heritage, and father William Clarke, who was a bargeman.

It was when Clarke was aged six or seven that the first official women's international football match took place in Scotland in May 1881. Later that year a series of matches took place in Liverpool, which is likely to have influenced her.

Her career path saw her transform from a confectioners' assistant, at the age of 15, to playing for the British Ladies' team at 20.

Following winter training under the guidance of former Arsenal player Bill Julian during the 1894-95 season, Clarke made her debut on 23 March 1895 in Crouch End, north London.

More than 10,000 people paid to watch the match between the teams representing north and south of the country.

The Manchester Guardian reported at the time: "Their costumes came in for a good deal of attention... one or two added short skirts over their knickerbockers. When the novelty has worn off, I do not think women's football will attract the crowds."

The Sportsman newspaper wrote: "I don't think the lady footballer is to be snuffed out by a number of leading articles written by old men out of sympathy both with football as a game and the aspirations of the young new women. If the lady footballer dies, she will die hard."

Clarke represented the British team until around 1903, and also played for Mrs. Graham's XI for their tour of Scotland in 1896.

There are few details of what happened to the footballer after 1903.

Her life was commemorated at an event held by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) on Tuesday, which was co-curated by leadership consultant and activist Michelle Moore.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46042994

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Referee David McNamara has been suspended for 21 days by the FA after asking captains to play rock, paper, scissors, after forgetting his coin.

The incident occurred ahead of the Women's Super League game between Manchester City and Reading on October 26, and involved England captain Steph Houghton.

After forgetting his coin for the toss prior to kick-off, McNamara permitted the captains to play rock, paper, scissors, in order to determine playing ends and kick off.

An FA spokesman said: "The FA can confirm that referee David McNamara has been suspended for 21 days, starting from Monday 26th November, after accepting a charge of 'not acting in the best interests of the game.

"This follows an incident in the WSL match between Manchester City and Reading on Friday 26th October when he failed to determine which team would kick off the match by the toss of a coin, as required by the Laws of the game.

"McNamara will return to duty from Monday 17th December."

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Women's FA Cup: First-round tie to be replayed as pitch not wide enough

34 minutes ago | Women's Football

A Women's FA Cup first-round tie between city rivals must be replayed because the pitch was too narrow.

Cambridge City won Sunday's game 2-1, but visitors Cambridge United have had a complaint about the dimensions upheld by the FA Women's Football Board.

Pitches in the Women's FA Cup must be a minimum of 64 meters wide and 100 meters in length.

"The club is obviously disappointed and surprised with this decision," said a Cambridge City statement.

The tie will be replayed on or before Sunday, 25 November, with Cambridge United now given a home advantage.

An FA spokesperson said: "Following due consideration of correspondence from both clubs, and the match referee, the WFB upheld the protest and has ordered for the match to be replayed."

Fifth-tier Cambridge City says they will make further comment "in due course", while United - who play a league higher - will make a "full statement" later on Thursday.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46227643

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Mexico 1971: When women's football hit the big time

By Bill Wilson

Business reporter, BBC News

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It was short lived.... but for three memorable weeks in the summer of 1971 women's football flared brightly like a comet, before crashing back down to earth again.

Just 14 months after Brazil had crushed Italy in the 1970 men's final in Mexico City, football fever was once again sweeping the host nation, but this time for an unofficial women's World Cup.

And it wasn't just fans who were caught up in the excitement - big brands, TV broadcasters and merchandisers of all types also wanted a piece of the action, as women's football briefly became a commercial product to rival the men's game.

Now, with the 2019 Women's World Cup draw on Saturday, the tournament is big business - and one backed by 11 major brands, but such a commercial approach was new ground back in 1971.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46149887

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