FA WSL Summer 2020 transfer window

The transfer window for professional players will be open from the 19 June to 10 September 20

This week’s transfers
Confirmed transfers
Extended contracts
Possible deals

 

Chelsea

In  : Melanie Leupolz ( FC Bayern), Niamh Charles ( Liverpool), Charlotte Fleming, Jessie Fleming ( UCLA), Bethany England

Out  : Adelina Engman ( MHSC), Deanna Cooper (Reading), Anita Asante ( Aston Villa), Ramona Bachmann ( PSG)

 

Manchester City

In  :  Esme Morgan ( end of loan – Everton), Megan Campbell, Jill Scott, Karima Benameur, Chloe Kelly ( Everton), Gemma Bonner, Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyonnais), Alex Greenwood ( Olympique Lyonnais), Sam Mewis ( NC Courage)

Out  : Pauline Bremer ( Wolfsburg), Tessa Wullaert (Anderlecht), Lee Geum-min (Brighton – loan)

 

Arsenal

In   :  Emma Mitchell ( end of loan – Tottenham), Frances Stenson ( end of loan – Blackburn), Viktoria Schnaderbeck, Stephanie Catley (OL Reign), Malin Gut (Grasshopper Zurich), Lydia Williams ( Melbourne City), Noelle Maritz ( Wolfsburg)

Out  :  Ruby Grant ( UNC), Louise Quinn ( ACF Fiorentina), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Athletico Madrid), Katrin Veje ( FC Rosengard), Emma Mitchell ( Reading), Danielle Carter ( Reading)

 

Manchester United

In  : Mollie Green ( end of loan – Sheffield), Emily Ramsey ( end of loan – Sheffield), Kirsty Hanson, Amy Turner, Jess Sigsworth, Ella Toone, Lucy Staniforth ( Birmingham), Ona Battle ( Levante), Ivana Fuso ( FC Basel), Martha Harris, Fran Bentley, Kirsty Smith

Out  : Aurora Mikalsen (Tottenham), Aimee Palmer ( Bristol), Lizzie Arnot ( Glasgow Rangers), Siobhan Chamberlain

 

Reading

In  : Maxine Bennink ( end of loan – Brighton), Charlie Estcourt ( end of loan – Charlton), Lily Woodham ( end of loan – Charlton), Danielle Carter ( Arsenal), Emma Mitchell ( Arsenal), Deanna Cooper (Chelsea), Natasha Harding, Lily Woodham, Kiera Skeels, Erin Nayler (Bordeaux), () (-)

Out  : Jade Moore ( Orlando Pride), Sophie Howard, Mayumi Pacheco (West Ham), Charlie Estcourt, Millie Farrow, Jo Potter, Maxine Bennink, Remi Allen, Rachel Laws ( Liverpool), Lisa Marie Utland ( Rosenborg)

 

Tottenham

In  : Megan Wynne ( end of loan – Bristol), Rianna Dean, Anna Filbey, Ashley Neville, Rebecca Spencer, Josie Green, Gemma Davison, Kerys Harrop ( Birmingham), Rachel Williams ( Birmingham), Aurora Mikalsen ( Man United)

Out  : Emma Mitchell ( end of loan – Arsenal), Sophie McLean, Chloe Morgan ( Crystal Palace), Coral-Jade Haines ( Crystal Palace), Megan Wynne (Bristol), Jenna Schillacci ( retirement)

 

Everton

In  : Georgia Brougham ( end of loan – Birmingham), Tinja-Riika Korpela, Danielle Turner, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, Abbey Leigh-Stringer, Hayley Raso, Poppy Pattinson ( Bristol), Ingrid Moe Wold ( Madrid CFF), Nicoline Sorensen ( Brondby), Rikke Sevecke ( FC Fleury), Valerie Gauvin ( Montpellier)

Out  : Inessa Kaagman (Brighton), Hannah Cain, Kirstie Levell, Taylor Hinds (Liverpool), Esme Morgan ( end of loan – Man City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City)

 

West Ham

In  : Kenza Dali, Gilly Flaherty, Adriana Leon, Alisha Lehmann, Cho So-Hyun, Mackenzie Arnold ( Brisbane Roar), Mayumi Pacheco ( Reading), Katerina Svitkova (Slavia Praha), Hawa Cissokho ( Soyaux), Nor Mustafa ( Eskiltuna)

Out  : Katharina Banauch ( retirement), Anna Moorhouse (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Tessel Middag (ACF Fiorentina), Esme De Graaf, Vyan Sampson, Ruesha Littlejohn, Olivia Smith, Julia Simic

 

Brighton

In   : Sophie Harris ( end of loan – Lewes), Danielle Bowman, Kirsty Barton, Jodie Brett, Emily Simpkins, Laura Rafferty, Victoria Williams, Ellie Brazil, Rianna Jarrett, Fliss Gibbons, Danique Kerkdijk, Aileen Whelan, Beth Roe, Megan Connolly, Kayleigh Green, Katie Startup ( Charlton), Katie Robinson ( Bristol), Nora Heroum ( AC Milan), Inessa Kaagman ( Everton), Lee Geum-min (Man City -loan)

Out  : Maxine Bennink ( end of loan – Reading), Sophie Harris ( Watford), Ini Umotong ( Vaxjo), Kate Natkiel ( Crystal Palace), Fern Whelan, Amanda Nilden( Eskiltuna), Lea Le Garrec (FC Fleury), Matilde Lundorf ( Juventus)

 

Bristol

In  : Ella Rutherford ( end of loan – Leicester), Carla Humphrey, Ebony Salmon, Gemma Evans, Florence Allen, Ella Mastrantonio ( Western Sydney Wanderers), Faye Bryson, Aimee Palmer ( Man Utd), Georgia Wilson, Megan Wynne ( Tottenham), Jemma Purfield ( Liverpool)

Out  : Megan Wynne ( end of loan – Tottenham), Poppy Pattinson ( Everton), Olivia Chance, Katie Robinson (Brighton), Jeon Ga-Eul, Eartha Cumings, Frankie Brown, Lauren Dykes (Cardiff City )

 

Birmingham City

In : Lucy Whipp

Out: Brianna Visalli ( Houston Dash), Georgia Brougham ( end of loan – Everton), Adrienne Jordan ( OL Reign) Alex Brooks, Lucy Staniforth ( Manchester Utd), Chloe Arthur ( Aston Villa), Kerys Harrop ( Tottenham), Rachel Williams ( Tottenham)

 

Aston Villa

In : Asmita Ale, Elisha N’Dow, Jodie Hutton, Amy West, Shania Hayles, Emma Follis, Sian Rogers, Nat Haigh, Ella Franklin, Nadine Hanssen, Sophie Haywood, Emily Syme, Marisa Ewers, Chloe Arthur ( Birmingham), Anita Asante ( Chelsea), Diana Silva ( Sporting Portugal), Lisa Weiss ( Olympique Lyonnais), Caroline Siems ( Turbine Potsdam), Ramona Petzelberger (SGS Essen), Stine Larsen ( FC Fleury 91)

Out: Jade Richards, Kerri Welsh, Alice Hassall ( Coventry), Phoebe Warner (Coventry), Mel Johnson (Sheffield United), Charlotte Greengrass, Sophie Maierhofer, Daniela Kosinska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FA WC Summer 2020 transfer window

The transfer window will open for professional contracts from the 19 June to 10 September 20, non contracted players can move at any time

 

This week’s transfers
Confirmed transfers
Extended contracts
Possible deals

 

Liverpool

In  :  Missy Bo Kearns ( end of loan – Blackburn), Rihannon Roberts, Niamh Fahey, Rinsola Babajide, Leigh-Anne Robe, Kirsty Linnett, Amy Rodgers, Rachel Laws ( Reading), Taylor Hinds ( Everton), Amalie Thestrup (AS Roma)

Out  : Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Anke Preuss ( Vittsjo), Christie Murray, Fran Kitching, Niamh Charles ( Chelsea), Jemma Purfield ( Bristol)

 

Sheffield United

In : Katie Wilkinson, Jade Pennock, Maddy Cusack, Kasia Lipka, Alethea Paul and Rhema Lord-Mears, Veatriki Sarri, Chloe Dixon, Rebecca Flaherty, Emily Batty, Naomi Hartley, Leandra Little, Keri Matthews, Lucy Watson, Mel Johnson ( Aston Villa)

Out : Mollie Green ( end of loan – Manchester United), Emily Ramsey ( end of loan – Manchester United), Sophie Barker, Ali Johnson, Izzy Ford ( South Alabama), Samantha Tierney, Olivia Fergusson

 

Durham Women

In: Emily Roberts, Nicki Gears, Sarah Wilson, Mollie Lambert ( Sunderland), Rebecca Salicki, Beth Hepple, Bridget Galloway ( Sunderland), Ellie Christon, Kathryn Hill, Sarah Robson, Megan Borthwick, Iris Achterhof

Out: Eleanor Dale, Danielle Cox

 

London City Lionesses

In: Juliette Kempi, Freda Ayisi, Leanne Cowan, Kallie Balfour, Hannah Short, Allison Murphy ( UMF Sefloss), Shae Yanez ( Santa Teresa), Lucy Thomas

Out: Vyan Sampson ( West Ham – end of loan), Vanessa Susanna, Charlotte Gurr

 

London Bees:

In:

Out: Nikita Whinnett

 

Leicester City

In:

Out: Ella Rutherford ( end of loan – Bristol), Lucy Johnson ( Arizone Sun Devils), Scarlett Field ( WBA), Georgia Popple ( Coventry)

 

Blackburn Rovers

In: Saffron Jordan, Ellie Stewart, Natasha Fenton, Kayleigh McDonalds, Chelsey Jukes, Lauren Thomas, Ellie Fletcher, Ria Montgomery, Georgia Walters, Millie Robertson, Hope Knight

Out: Frances Stenson ( end of loan – Arsenal), Missy Bo Kearns ( end of loan – Liverpool), Natasha Flint, Serena Fletcher ( Huddersfield Town)

 

Crystal Palace

In: Cherelle Khassal, Amy Goddard, Leeta Rutherford, Amber Stobbs, Amber Gaylor, Chloe Morgan (Tottenham), Ffion Morgan ( Coventry), Georgia Clifford ( Oxford), Bianca Baptiste, Ashleigh Goddard ,Andria Georgiou, Leigh Nicol ( unattached), Coral-Jade Haines ( Tottenham)

Out: Hannah McKenzie, Freya Holdaway, Lucy Gillett, Magda Mosengo

 

Lewes

In: Fillipa Savva, Charley Boswell, Paula Howells, Samantha Quayle, Rhian Cleverly, Katie Rood, Emma Jones, Emily Donovan, Sophie O’Rourke, Danielle Lane, Ellie Leek, Ellie Noble

Out: Sophie Harris ( end of loan- Brighton), Faye Baker, Caitlin Hayes, Ella Powell, Annie Timoney

 

Coventry United

In: Katy Morris, Helen Dermody, Amber Hughes, Shannon O’ Brien, Susan Wood, Nikki Miles, Georgia Popple ( Leicester), Jenna Roberts, Olivia Clark ( Huddersfield), Alice Hassall ( Aston Villa), Phoebe Warner ( Aston Villa), Ashlee Brown

Out: Ffion Morgan (Crystal Palace), Simran Jhamat, Sian Johnson

 

Charlton Women

In: Grace Coombs, Lilli Mapple, Alice Griffiths, Rachel Newborough, Charley Clifford, Ellie Dorey

Out: Charlie Estcourt ( end of loan – Reading), Lily Woodham ( end of loan – Reading), Katie Startup ( Brighton), Riva Casley, Lise Janbu Eide, Sara Eggesvik, Georgia Evans, Pernille Gardien, Maddie Phillips

 

 

The FA WSL relegation battle : key result in six pointer

Things are getting interesting in the relegation battle as Bristol went to win at Birmingham and gave themselves some breathing space over their opponent of the day and also on Liverpool.

Bristol won away thanks to an Ebony Salmon goal on the break and bring three points home. it leaves Birmingham in precarious position one point ahead of Liverpool who were defeated 4-2 by West Ham and stay rooted to the bottom spot with five games to go.

Of course, all those teams have more than five games to play due to all the postponements, so the battle might go to the final day on Saturday 16 May.  Here is the table after Matchday 17:

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Liverpool have an excellent goal difference compared to Birmingham or even Bristol, which means they just need to match the point tally from one of the other two teams to stay up. The Reds have eight remaining games, same as the Robins, while the Blues have nine remaining games.

The Liverpool v Birmingham will be key, but unlike most relegation battle from the previous seasons, the bottom three teams are actually able to beat other teams and get wins. I expect this season to see one of highest number of points for the team that will finish at the bottom place.

Analysing the FA WSL 2019/20 rules

The FA have finally published the FA WSL/FA WC 2019/20 rules. Quite late to be honest as we are now in February and the League started in September. Obviously, the clubs had copies of the regulations but the general public was blocked from seeing them until now.

So it is time for my annual review of the regulations. The first thing you note when you download the file on the FA website is that is called CLEAN as in the FA have cleaned some of rules. This is bizarre to name a file this way.

Something that is not new but with the Brexit now done, the EU players no longer have the freedom of movement do the rulemaker can decide what to do next when the transition period is finished.

2.1 The ownership, organisation, control and management of the Competitions and any rights associated with them of any nature shall be vested entirely and exclusively in The FA.

Unlike the men’s Premier League where the FA cannot dictate the competition rules, the FA WSL and FA WC are totally controlled by the governing body. We will see how the EU players will be treated next season.

The first interesting bit that was not there in last season rules I think  is the fact that the FA have soften their stance on Welsh clubs in the FA WSL/FA WC. It was bizarre to see them in men’s football elite Leagues but forbidden to do the same in Women’s football. This injustice has now been repaired.

2.5 The geographic area covered by the Competitions shall be England and Wales.

Then there is the usual paragraph on the Board and the Executive Operational Committee. Nothing special there.

The ground regulations have some interesting paragraphs:

7.1.3 A Club’s Ground shall be available for all home Competitions Matches which a Club
is due to participate in.

I am quite sure, it does not always happen actually. Certainly in the past there were availability problems.

7.1.4 Each Club shall register its Ground and its Pitch dimensions, with the Executive
Operational Committee prior to the start of each Playing Season. It will be
misconduct on the part of a Club to alter its Pitch dimensions during a Playing
Season unless it obtains the prior written consent of the Executive Operational
Committee. The Executive Operational Committee may at any time require a Club,
at its own cost, to submit a report from a qualified independent source certifying the
Pitch dimensions. 

Clubs are now allowed to change the pitch’s side depending on the opposition they are facing. That’s a funny one. I am quite sure, it could happen in certain places.

7.1.9 No alcohol shall be consumed in view of the Pitch before, during or after a
Competition Match. Glasses, glass bottles and cans containing alcohol must not be
brought into the Ground or taken into any area of the Ground in view of the pitch.

I bet this rule has been breached in corporate areas at big grounds.

There is a subject that has been brought in recently due to the pitches at Southport and Prenton Park, the alternative grounds

7.2 Alternative grounds

7.2.1 If at any point the Ground is or will not be available for home Competition Matches,
inspection or falls below the standards required in the Ground Regulations or Club
Licence (including in relation to usage), the Club must immediately submit to the
Board in writing its proposal for a ground at which its home Competition Matches are
to be played (“Alternative Proposal”).

7.2.2 The Alternative Proposal must contain documentary evidence in support of any
ground sharing arrangements and evidence that the proposed Ground is
demonstrably suitable for the Competitions and Competition Matches and that it
satisfies the standards set out in the Ground Regulations and Club Licence.

7.2.3 The Alternative Proposal shall be considered by the Board at the earliest
opportunity and, if it is considered suitable by the Board, the Board shall notify the
Club that the Alternative Proposal is approved. The Board may attach any
conditions to such approval as it considers appropriate.

7.2.4 Unless the Board considers it appropriate in the circumstances to waive any of the
foregoing, any approval of the Alternative Proposal will be subject to the Board
being satisfied that the ground in the Alternative Proposal complies with the Club
Licence and meets the standards required in the Ground Regulations. The Board
will use reasonable endeavours to ensure a person nominated by it inspects such
ground after receiving the Alternative Proposal and prior to the Board meeting
where it is considered, but if it is unable to do so, any approval of the Alternative
Proposal will be subject to the Board being satisfied that the ground in the
Alternative Proposal complies with the Club Licence and meets the standards
required in the Ground Regulations.

7.2.5 In the event that:
(a) the Club does not comply with Rule 7.2.1; or
(b) the Alternative Proposal is not approved,
the Club shall be deemed to be in material breach of these Rules

Then you get the bizarre cases of a very different ruling for grass and artificial pitches:

7.7 Pitch Standards

7.7.1 All Pitches must be flat and free from surface depressions and excessive
undulations. The maximum slopes allowable shall not exceed an even gradient of
vertical to horizontal 1:41 in any direction.

7.7.2 The relevant Club shall take such steps as the Board may specify from time to time
if the Board is not satisfied that the Pitch is being maintained to an adequate
standard, including but not limited to the Board commissioning an independent
report (including a Pitch Test) on the state of the Pitch, the cost of such independent
report to be borne by that Club.

7.8 Artificial Pitches

Basically, there is full chapter about two pages long about those 3G/4G pitches that must meet a minimum FIFA standard and nothing specific on grass pitches.

Amazingly the postponed games come from grass pitch. So teams playing their home games on artificial pitches are held to a higher standard than those on grass pitches.It does not make sense and it explain why some teams are using poor quality grass pitches.

The FA WC relegation battle is hotting up

This season is the first season under the new regime since the FA WSL 2 creation in 2014, where a second tier side will relegated due to the on the pitch results. All other relegation/demotions in previous seasons where due to licensing refusal on money and infrastructure criteria.

It is fascinating to think that is a five horses race for only one place. What makes it complicated to know where the teams really stand is they all games on hand on each other. Matchday 15 was played, or actually was not played at all and we currently have teams on 11 to 13 games played so far.

 

As we can see Blackburn Rovers are not directly threatened by relegation right now, but because there are only four points clear of bottom team Charlton, any Addicks win would see them plugged straight in the relegation battle.

Lewes, Coventry and Palace are all with nine points and therefore one win ahead of Charlton. They are under threat and Charlton would overtake Palace on goal difference with a win. While they are level with Coventry and have a worse goal difference than Lewes.

Like in the FA WSL there are many postponed games to be played and re-scheduled and they include crucial head to head games between relegation contenders:

London Bees v Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers v Lewes

Durham v Aston Villa

Lewes v London City

Crystal Palace v London Bees

Coventry v Blackburn Rovers

Charlton v Sheffield

 

Those three games are already re-scheduled:

Blackburn v Charlton 1 March

Sheffield v Crystal Palace 1 March

Lewes v Charlton 15 March

 

So Charlton are bottom of the League with no win so far and six draws. There is no doubt that their first win when/if it happens will give them a huge psychological boost and change the relegation race. All the other teams have already won two or three games and therefore have the edge right now.

But things can turn round very quickly and next Sunday could see some changes with the following games being played for Matchday 16:

London Bees v Durham

Sheffield United v Lewes

Leicester v Charlton

London City v Palace

Aston Villa v Coventry United.

 

In my mind the relegation battle might to to the final day as teams will be playing catch-up with all their postponed games and therefore won’t be able to be mathematically safe until very late in the season.

 

The FA WSL relegation battle is hotting up

This season is probably the most entertaining relegation battle in a while. Most of the previous seasons ended up as a two way battle, with one team struggling and fighting to stay up. This season there are at least three teams involved.

The situation is actually extremely fluid. A couple of weeks ago, I would have been quite certain that Bristol would have been likely to go down as they had no wins so far. Then the won away to United to make a huge move towards safety. And then Liverpool duly responded by beating them 1-0 at Stoke Gifford with a Rachel Furness goal to turn the table round.

 

So Bristol and Liverpool are now level on points, but the Reds have a huge goal difference advantage. It means Liverpool just need to finish level on points with Bristol to stay up really. Then there is a third team involved in that battle that is Birmingham.

They are only one point ahead of those two teams and could be overtaken by them. Birmingham do have a game in hand over them which means they could be up to four points ahead potentially. But the bad news for Birmingham is they already have three postponed games to be played against two for their relegation battle opponents.

You can bet the relegation battle will end up as a survival of the fittest challenge with games piling up at the end of April/early May as it has happen for many seasons in the FA WSL. Obviously all those postponements are due to the low quality grass pitches used, which is a well known problem but with not many solutions found so far.

Here are the remaining postponed games and their current scheduling or lack of scheduling for many of them :

Seven of the eight postponed games includes the three teams involved in the relegation battle. It makes it really hard to know where the teams really stand in the table. And this brings us up to the teams that is currently safe from this battle Brighton.

They have taken a huge step towards safety by beating Everton 1-0 at home last week-end. They are now six points clear of the bottom two and five points clear of Birmingham. In theory that should be enough to see them safe, except for the fact that they have played two and three more games that the three teams chasing them.

Basically the Seagulls are no longer under pressure until one of the bottom three team get a win and closes the gap to three points. It means they will probably need to get another win to totally be safe from relegation. As of today, the only team mathematically safe from relegation is Manchester City. That’s it, Chelsea and Arsenal are not safe yet.

This week’s game for the four teams involved in the relegation battle are:  Everton v Liverpool, Birmingham v Brighton,  Bristol v Reading. Anyone getting a win, will put a lot of pressure on the other teams.

There is also an interesting historical statistic to look at. The number of points per game for the bottom team and the second from bottom since the the FA WSL started, here they are.

2011:  Liverpool 0.5, Doncaster 0.64

2012: Liverpool 0.35 Doncaster 0.78

2013 : Doncaster 0.42, Chelsea and Notts County 0.71

Note. There was no relegation on the pitch in those three seasons. FA WSL 2 opened in 2014, Manchester City were selected and Doncaster demoted after their first game in 2013. It certainly affected their performances knowing they would go down at the end of the season regardless of the results on the pitch.

2014: Everton 0.28, Bristol 1.14 Everton relegated.

2015: Bristol 0.57 Liverpool 0.92 Bristol relegated

2016: Doncaster 0.19 Reading 0.56 Doncaster relegated, Notts County folded during the Spring Series.

Spring Series (2017): Yeovil 0.12 Bristol 0.5 transition between Summer and Winter season, no relegation.

2017/18: Yeovil 0.11, Everton 0.77 no relegation due to League restructure Sunderland demoted two divisions to FA WNL due to licencing criteria as they did not apply for one.

2018/19: Yeovil 0.35, Everton 0.6 Yeovil real number is -0.15 due to a 10 points deduction. They were relegated to the FA WNL after being refused a Championship licence.

Here are the four contenders current numbers: Bristol and Liverpool 0.5, Birmingham 0.63, Brighton 0.85 points per game. Only Liverpool in 2011 and Bristol in 2015 finished with a similar average per game. It shows that the bottom of the table teams are stronger than ever and beat more than often mid table teams those days.

There is every chance that the relegation battle goes to the final day, simply because the re-arranged games are likely to be placed closed to the final game.

FA WSL Winter 2019 transfer window

The transfer window for professional players was open from the 27 Dec 19 to the 23 Jan 20. It is still open for non contract players.

This week’s transfers
Confirmed transfers
Extended contracts
Possible deals

 

Arsenal

In   : Bethany Mead, Lia Waelti, Caitlin Foord ( Sydney FC)

Out  : Emma Mitchell ( Spurs- loan), Tabea Kemme (retirement)

 

Manchester City

In  : Lauren Hemp, Stephanie Houghton 

Out  : Nick Cushing ( Manager – New York City) 

 

Birmingham City

In : Emma Kelly  (IBV Vestmannaeyjar), Georgia Brougham ( Everton – loan)

Out:

 

Chelsea

In  : Samantha Kerr ( Chicago Red Stars), Jonna Andersson, Jamie-Lee Napier ( Hibernians), Hannah Blundell

Out  :

 

Reading

In  : Rachel Furness ( Tottenham- end of loan), Fara Williams

Out  : Rakel Honnudotir ( Breidablik), Rachel Furness ( Liverpool), Maxine Bennink ( Brighton – loan)

 

Bristol

In  : Elise Hughes ( Everton  – loan), Ella Rutherford ( end of loan – Crystal Palace), Jeon Ga-Eul, Megan Wynne ( Tottenham – loan), Faye Brison ( Everton), Chloe Logarzo ( Sydney FC)

Out  : Kirsten Reilly ( Rangers WFC), Ella Rutherford ( loan – Leicester), Ellie Strippel ( Yeovil Town), Vita Van Der Linden ( Stade de Reims)

 

West Ham

In  : Grace Fisk (South Carolina), Filippa Wallén ( IF Brommapojkarna), Kate Longhurst, Ruesha Littlejohn, Olivia Smith 

Out  : Brooke Hendrix ( Washington Spirit), Erin Simon (Houston Dash)

 

Liverpool

In  : Rachel Furness ( Reading), Missy Bo Kearns, Ellie Fletcher ( Sheffield United – end of loan ), Rylee Foster ( West Viriginia Uni)

Out  : Missy Bo Kearns ( Blackburn Rovers – loan), Ellie Fletcher ( Blackburn Rovers)

 

Brighton

In   : Cecilie Fiskerstrand ( LSK), Maya Le Tissier, Megan Walsh, Rianna Jarrett ( Wexford Youth), Maxine Bennink ( Reading – loan) 

Out  : Sophie Harris ( Lewes – loan)

 

Everton

In  : Isobel Christiansen ( Olympique Lyonnais), Sandy McIver ( Clemson University), Hayley Raso (Brisbane Roar),

Out  : Elise Hughes ( Bristol -loan), Georgia Brougham ( Birmingham – loan), Faye Brison ( Bristol)

 

Manchester United

In  : Aimee Palmer ( Sheffield United – end of loan), Leah Galton, Lauren James, Emily Ramsey

Out  : Mollie Green ( Sheffield United – loan), Emily Ramsey ( Sheffield United – loan)

 

Tottenham Hotspurs

In  : Emma Mitchell ( Arsenal – loan), Kit Graham, Hannah Godfrey

Out  : Rachel Furness ( Reading – end of loan), Megan Wynne ( Bristol City – loan)

 

FA WC Winter 2019 transfer window

The transfer window for professional players was open from the 27 Dec 19 to the 23 Jan 20. It is still open for non contract players.

This week’s transfers
Confirmed transfers
Extended contracts
Possible deals

 

Aston Villa

In : Asmita Ale, Sophie Maierhofer ( University of Kansas)

Out:

 

Sheffield United

In : Rhema Lord-Mears ( Blackburn Rovers), Mollie Green ( Manchester United – loan), Emily Ramsey ( Manchester United – loan)

Out : Ellie Fletcher ( Liverpool – end of loan), Megan Tinsley ( Derby County)

 

Durham Women

In: Eleanor Dale ( Middlesborough)

Out: Megan Bell ( Rangers WFC), Lisa Robertson ( Celtic FC )

 

London City Lionesses

In:

Out: Amber Gaylor ( Crystal Palace)

 

London Bees:

In:

Out: Lucy Loomes ( Hounslow)

 

Blackburn Rovers

In: Missy Bo Kearns ( Liverpool – loan), Ellie Fletcher ( Liverpool), Levi Chambers-Cook (AFC Wimbledon), Lauren Perry ( Linfield),

Out: Lauren Davies, Danielle Whitham, Rhema Lord-Mears, ( Sheffield United), Jessica Holbrook, Alex taylor

 

Crystal Palace

In: Annabel Johnson, Aoife Hurley,  Amber Stobbs, Amber Gaylor ( London City Lionesses), Siobhan Wilson ( Charlton), Amy Taylor ( Lewes), Hannah Churchille ( Charlton)

Out: Ciara Watling ( Charlton), Ella Rutherford ( end of loan – Bristol)

 

Lewes

In: Paula Howells ( unattached), Ellie Leek ( Charlton), Sophie Harris ( Brighton – loan)

Out: Amy Taylor ( Crystal Palace), Zoe Ness ( Glasgow Rangers)

 

Coventry United

In: Amber Hughes, Shannon O’Brien, Kate Evans, Simran Jahmat ( Leicester City) 

Out: Chenise Austin, Jade Formaston,  ErinSmith, Jodie Bartle ( Celtic FC)

 

Charlton Women

In: Chloe Mustaki, Ciara Watling ( Crystal Palace), Lise Janbu Eide, Pernille Gardien

Out: Charlotte Kerr, Renee Hector, Charlotte Devlin ( Leicester ), Ellie Leek ( Lewes), Siobhan Wilson ( Crystal Palace), Hannah Churchill ( Crystal Palace)

 

Leicester City

In: Ashleigh Plumptre (USC), Ella Rutherford ( loan – Bristol), Charlotte Devlin ( Charlton)

Out: Leigh Dugmore, Simran Jahmat ( Coventry ), Erin Riden ( B&WM – loan)

 

 

FA WSL Round 2 review

Everton go top of the League ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal, while there is also a trio at the bottom of the table fighting to avoid relegation.

 

Birmingham City, Manchester United and Liverpool all recorded their second defeat with Blues losing away to West Ham 1-0 again. Liverpool also lost 1-0 to a very controversial penalty with the referee not producing a high performance on the day to say the least. Man United resisted well and only lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal after losing by the same margin to Manchester City.

Everton beat Bristol City 2-0 to go top of the table in a surprise move considering they were in the relegation battle last year with Yeovil until the Glovers were de facto relegated with a 10 points deduction. Man City won 2-0 away to Reading, an excellent result as not many sides come away with three points from Wycombe.

Chelsea lost two points after drawing away to a battling Brighton side who opened the score late and saw the Blues equalize in injury time. Two big points dropped by Chelsea as we remember that their slow start cost them the title and a Champions League place last season.

Brighton carry on their good form and show their improvement from last season with two draws in two.

The low scoring games carry on in Round 2 with a slight improvement as three games finished with two goals scored and three 1-0 wins. An average 1,5 goals per game compared to 1.16 in the first round. We will see if the trend carries on in Round 3.

FA WSL Round 1 review

Season 2019/20 has started with a bang with many fans attending the games and a lack of goals. We will see if that defensive trend will carry on in round 2, but it might signal a new era where defenses prevail over attack?

All the games ended in a draw or with a win by a goal margin. There was also only one game in six that produced more than one goal which is a pretty poor return for the forwards. I think it is quite obvious that having full time teams has brought the defensive side of the game to a higher level with better fitness, organisation and preparation to the opposition strength and weaknesses.

The attack will know have to react and improve the same way in the future. It is the usual improvement cycle between attack and defense. There was a 0-0 draw between Bristol and Brighton, four 1-0 wins Chelsea v Spurs, City v United, Reading at Liverpool and Everton at Birmingham. Arsenal beat West Ham 2-1 in the only game with two plus goals.

The two promoted teams did very well against the title contenders and as mentioned where particularly well organised on the defensive side. The third contender Arsenal did the job could have won by a bigger margin as they had many 3-0 chances but ended up very close to a 2-2 draw as West ham hit the crossbar late in the game.

For the relegation battle, there are obviously five teams currently in the danger zone with the two promoted teams currently there alongside Liverpool, Birmingham and West Ham. As it is early days many of those are not likely to stay in the relegation battle in upcoming weeks as they make their way up to mid-table safety.

Everton’s win at Birmingham is an important  one should they both end up in the relegation battle at some points. Bristol and Brighton battled for a good point that launched their season well.

Round 2 will give us more information on the teams’ strength as the FA WSL is a League with only 22 games and not much margin for errors as seen last season. Chelsea never recovered from a disastrous start even if they were unbeaten and not conceding goals at the time. While City were unbeaten until the last 3 minutes of the season but still did not win the League.

Momentum is everything is a short season League.

 

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