Rebooting the Lionesses – FIFA WWC 2015…

THERE WAS a time when a third / fourth playoff at the World Cup wasn’t a “nonsense match” – in England at least. Just five years ago in fact, when the Lionesses won their Bronze medal in Canada. It remains the best World Cup performance by a senior England team since 1966 and represented a symbolic reboot for women's football triggering exponential growth in coverage, investment and uptake at grass roots levels across the country...

COVID-SW19: We’re AFC Wimble-done for the Season… ☹

WITH THE football authorities announcing that tiers three to seven of women's football have been rendered null and void in England I had a decision to make. Carry on with the AFC Wimbledon Ladies blog? Or abandon it? Well here's your answer. I've seen (and heard) far too much of my kids this week. At least I can hide in the kitchen while I write this...

Five Matches key to Courage’s Third Consecutive Shield

WE'RE GOING American this week… ahead of the NWSL playoffs we’re reflecting on the North Carolina Courage’s campaign. The ‘Shield’, which is awarded to the team with the best regular season record, has already made its way back to the catchily titled Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park – for a third consecutive year. Here, D2B looks at five matches that were central to the Courage retaining their title...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 31:

THE USA successfully defended their world crown, beating the Netherlands in Lyon to secure their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup title. Golden Ball and Golden Boot Winner, Megan Rapinoe, gave Team USA the lead from the penalty spot after VAR correctly adjudged that Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan. Bronze Boot winner Rose Lavelle put the result beyond doubt with a left-footed strike from the edge of the box...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 30:

SWEDEN took the bronze medal match in Nice, despatching England with a ruthless opening half hour in which they struck twice; then doggedly defending out the remainder of the game. Kosovare Asllani got the scoring under way on 11 minutes driving past Carly Telford following a poor defensive clearance. Sofia Jakobsson then added a second, cutting in from the left and curling past the England keeper. Fran Kirby halved the deficit on 31 minutes, and Ellen White had a goal ruled out by VAR for handball shortly after...