FA WSL Summer transfer window 2018

The transfer window opens on the 1st of June and closes on the 9th of August

Last update 10 Aug

This week’s transfers
Confirmed transfers
Extended contracts
Possible deals

 

Chelsea

In 6 : Ji So-Yun, Beth England ( Liverpool – end of loan), Maren Mjelde, Fran Kirby, Elizabeth Durack ( Everton), Sophie Ingle ( Liverpool), Jess Carter ( Birmingham), Ali Riley (FC Rosengard), Adelina Engman ( Goteborg FC), Erin Cuthbert

Out 7 : Katie Chapman ( retirement), Claire Rafferty ( West Ham) , Eniola Aluko ( Juventus FC), Rebecca Spencer ( West Ham), Fran Kitching ( Sheffield United), Gemma Davison ( Reading), Gilly Flaherty ( West Ham)

 

Manchester City

In 6 : Marie Hourihan ( Brighton – end of loan), Lauren Hemp (Bristol), Caroline Weir ( Liverpool), Gemma Bonner ( Liverpool), Tessa Wullaert ( Wolfsburg), Abbie McManus, Fran Stenson ( Birmingham City), Janine Beckie ( Sky Blue FC)

Out 7 :  Julia Spetsmark ( KIF Orebro), Jane Ross ( West Ham), Tessel Middag ( West Ham), Ella Toone ( Manchester United), Marie Hourihan ( Brighton), Fran Bentley ( Manchester United), Althea Paul ( Sheffield United), Isobel Christiansen ( Olympique Lyonnais)

 

Arsenal

In 4 : Jordan Nobbs, Viktoria Schnaderbeck ( FC Bayern), Danielle Van De Donk, Dominique Janssen, Sari Van Veenendaal, Louise Quinn, Katie McCabe, Lia Wälti ( Turbine Potsdam), Tabea Kemme ( Turbine Potsdam), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin ( Olympique Lyonnais)

Out 9 : Shannon Cooke ( LSU), Josephine Henning ( retirement), Alex Scott ( retirement), Heather O’ Reilly ( NC Courage), Anna Moorhouse ( West Ham), Lauren James ( Manchester United), Anna Filbey ( Tottenham), Emma Gibbon (Tottenham),  Jess N’Gunga ( Tottenham) ,

 

Reading

In 6 : Charlie Estcourt ( Bristol – end of loan), Remi Allen, Jo Potter, Jade Moore, Rachael Laws ( Sunderland), Sophie Howard ( Hoffenheim), Gemma Davison ( Chelsea), Kirsty Pearce, Charlie Estcourt, Rachel Furness, Brooke Chaplen, Millie Farrow ( Bristol), Mayumi Pacheco ( Doncaster Belles)

Out 5 : Harriet Scott, Melissa Fletcher ( retirement), Kirsty Linnett, Mary Earps (WFL Wolfsburg), Sophie O’Rourke

 

Birmingham

In 4 : Coral Haines ( Spurs – end of loan), Sophie Baggaley ( Bristol – end of loan), Kerys Harrop, Connie Scofield, Sarah Mayling, Lucy Quinn, Marisa Ewers, Lucy Staniforth ( Sunderland), Chloe Arthur ( Bristol), Emma Follis, Paige Williams

Out 8 : Emily Westwood ( retirement), Coral Haines ( Tottenham), Madeleine Cusack, Freda Ayisi, Jess Carter ( Chelsea), Fran Stenson ( Manchester City), Tanya Oxtoby – Assistant manager ( Bristol), Sophie Baggaley ( Bristol), Abbey-Leigh Stringer ( Everton)

 

Liverpool

In 10 : Neil Redfearn manager ( Doncaster), Leighanne Robe ( Millwall), Jasmine Matthews ( Bristol), Yana Daniels ( Bristol), Anke Preuss ( Sunderland), Leandra Little ( Doncaster Belles), Rhiannon Roberts ( Doncaster Belles),  Niamh Fahey ( FCGB), Christie Murray ( Glasgow City), Sophie Bradley-Auckland ( Doncaster Belles), Courtney Sweetman- Kirk ( Everton), Fran Kitching ( Sheffield)

Out 12 : Beth England ( Chelsea – end of loan), Siobhan Chamberlain ( Manchester United), Kate Longhurst ( West Ham), Caroline Weir (Man City), Scott Rogers manager, Alex Greenwood ( Manchester United), Amy Turner ( Manchester United), Martha Harris ( Manchester United), Emily Ramsey ( Manchester United), Sophie Ingle ( Chelsea), Gemma Bonner ( Manchester City), Lucy Roberts ( Manchester United) , Ali Johnson ( Bristol), Ellie Fletcher ( Sheffield – loan)

 

Bristol City

In 6 : Tanya Oxtoby – manager ( Birmingham City), Florence Allen, Carla Humphrey, Danique Kerkdijk, Loren Dykes, Frankie Brown, Poppy Wilson, Sophie Baggaley ( Birmingham), Gemma Evans ( Yeovil), Julie Biesmans, Katie Rood ( Juventus), Ali Johnson ( Liverpool), Lucy Graham ( Hibernians), Eartha Cummins ( Spartans FC), Ella Rutherford ( Millwall)

Out 10 : Sophie Baggaley ( Birmingham -end of loan), Corinne Yorston, Lauren Hemp ( Man City), Willie Kirk – manager ( Manchester United), Millie Farrow ( Reading), Jasmine Matthews ( Liverpool), Yana Daniels ( Liverpool), Aimee Palmer ( Manchester United), Charlie Estcourt ( Reading – end of loan), Millie Turner ( Manchester United), Chloe Arthur ( Birmingham), Ellie Wilson ( London Bees)

 

Everton Ladies

In 4 : Inessa Kaagman ( Ajax Vrouwen), Dominique Bruinenberg ( Sunderland), Hannah Cain ( Sheffield FC), Abbey-Leigh Stringer ( Birmingham)

Out 5 : Marthe Munsterman ( Ajax Vrouwen), Mollie Green ( Manchester United), Elizabeth Durack ( Chelsea), Courtney Sweetman-Kirk ( Liverpool), Jodie Brett ( Brighton)

 

Yeovil Town

In 0 : Lee Burch manager ( Millwall)

Out 3 : Jamie Sherwood manager, Bow Jackson, Kayleigh Green ( Brighton), Gemma Evans ( Bristol)

 

Brighton Women

In 5 : Kayleigh Green ( Yeovil), Marie Hourihan (Manchester City ), Kirsty Barton, Laura Rafferty, Fliss Gibbons, Ellie Brazil ( Fiorentina), Jodie Brett ( Everton), Sophie Harris ( London Bees), Victoria Williams ( Sunderland), Emily Simpkins ( Doncaster Belles)

Out 5 : Lucy Somes ( Lewes), Amelia Ritchie ( Charlton), Chloe Sansom, Marie Hourihan ( Man City – end of loan), Nina Wilson ( Lewes)

 

West Ham

In 14 : Matt Beard Manager, Rosie Kmita, Rebecca Spencer (Chelsea), Claire Rafferty ( Chelsea) , Vyan Sampson, Brianna Visalli ( Chicago Red Stars), Gilly Flaherty ( Chelsea ), Esmee De Graaf ( PEC Zwolle), Lucienne Reichardt ( Ajax Amsterdam), Anna Moorhouse ( Arsenal), Jane Ross ( Manchester City), Tessel Middag ( Manchester City), Leanne Kiernan ( Shelbourne Ladies), Brooke Hendrix ( ACF Brescia), Julia Simic (SC Freiburg), Ria Percival ( FC Basel), Alisha Lehmann ( Young Boys), Kate Longhurst ( Liverpool)

Out 21 : Karen Ray manager (moves back to general manager role), Jasmine Auguste,  Sindie Kanto, Cara Connatser, Amy Cooper, Chenise Austin, Stephaney Bent, Chloe Burr ( Crystal Palace) , Dayna Chong, Molly Clark, Kelly Weathall, Ellie Zopefl, Leanne Mabey, Chantelle Mackie ( Millwall), Molly Peters, Paige Anderson-James, Amber-Keegan  Stobbs ( Charlton), Georgia Miller ( QPR), Whitney Locke ( QPR), Andria Georgiou, Hannah Wheeler, Mollie Kmita ( Gillingham Ladies),

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FA Women’s Championship Summer 2018 transfer window

The transfer window opens on the 1st of June and closes on the 9th ( for the pro contracts only)

Last updated 09 Aug

This week’s transfers
Confirmed transfers
Extended contracts
Possible deals

 

Millwall Lionesses

In 10 : Chris Phillips manager, Gabriela Ravenscroft ( Arsenal), Lia Cataldo ( Arsenal), Chloe Wilkinson ( Brentwood), Annie Rossiter, Yelani Priest ( Arsenal), Kelani Peart ( Arsenal), Beth Lumsden ( Arsenal), Evie Clarke ( London Bees), Chloe Sansom ( Brighton), Grace Taylor ( London Bees), Freya Bailes, Michelle Young, Beth Harford, Lucy Fitzgerald, Beth Powell, Leanne Cowan, Jordan Butler ( Crystal Palace), Chantelle Mackie ( West Ham), Riva Casley ( Oxford), Ellie Stenning ( Crystal Palace), Georgina Giddings

Out  11 : Lee Burch manager ( Yeovil), Ashley Hincks ( Crystal Palace), Sarah Quantrill ( London Bees), Leighanne Robe ( Liverpool), Megan Wynne ( Tottenham), Amber Gaylor, Billie Brooks, Rianna Dean ( Tottenham), Ella Rutherford, Charlotte Devlin ( Manchester Utd), Victoria Wotton, Jordan Butler ( Crystal Palace) 

 

Durham Women

In  2 : Zoe Ness, Nicki Gears, Rachel Lee, Emily Roberts, Beth Hepple, Lauren Briggs, Sarah Wilson, Abby Holmes ( PEC Zwolle), Chloe Nott, Kathryn Hill

Out 5 : Annabel Johnson ( London Bees), Jenny Bitzer ( AS Roma), Nicole Gibson ( London Bees), Jordan Atkinson, Lauren Jordinson

 

London Bees

In 5 : Sarah Quantrill ( Millwall Lionesses), Katherine Huggins ( Watford -end of loan), Paula Howells, Tricia Gould, Rosie Lane, Emma Beckett, Ruesha Littlejohn ( Celtic), Lauren Pickett ( Tottenham), Annabel Johnson ( Durham), Nicola Gibson ( Durham), Ocean Rolandsen,  Anne-Laure Davy ( LOSC), Ellie Wilson ( Bristol)

Out 9 : Nicola Hobbs ( Sheffield United), Chelsea Weston, Ashleigh Goddard, Sophie Harris ( Brighton), Katherine Huggins (Watford), Anna Meiwald ( Tottenham), Evie Clarke ( Millwall), Rebecca Anderson, Grace Taylor ( Millwall)

 

Tottenham

In 7 : Rianna Dean ( Millwall), Angela Addison ( C&K Basildon), Megan Wynne ( Millwall), Anna Meiwald ( London Bees), Emma Gibbon ( Arsenal), Coral Haines ( Birmingham), Jessica Naz ( Arsenal), Anna Filbery ( Arsenal)

Out 6 : Toni-Anne Wayne ( retirement), Coral Haines ( Birmingham – end of loan), Katie O’ Leary ( Watford), Hannah McKenzie ( Crystal Palace), Shannon Moloney ( Lewes), Lauren Pickett ( London Bees)

 

Aston Villa

In 4 : Gemma Davies Manager, Sophie Haywood ( Texas A&M), Nadine Hanssen ( KRC Genk), Hollie Gibson ( Stoke City), Alison Hall ( Coventry United)

Out 5 : Chloe Jones ( retirement), Beth Merrick ( Sheffield United), Ebony Salmon ( Manchester United), Katy Moran ( Coventry City), Elizabeta Ejupi ( Charlton)

 

Charlton Athletic

In 7 : Grace Coombs, Georgia Griffin, Chloe Brunton-Wilde, Harley Bennett, Charley Clifford, Kit Graham, Gemma Bryan ( Crystal Palace), Charlotte Gurr, Hannah Churchill, Amber-Keegan Stobbs ( West Ham), Charlotte Kerr ( Watford), Amelia Ritchie ( Brighton), Ellie Bailes ( Crystal Palace), Lillie Maples ( Crystal Palace) , Katie Startup, Lily Agg ( FFC Frankfurt), Elizabeta Ejupi ( Aston Villa)

Out 2 : Sam Pittuck, Daisy Monagan, Hope Nash ( Crystal Palace)

 

Manchester United

In 21 : Casey Stoney Manager, Siobhan Chamberlain ( Liverpool), Emily Ramsey ( Liverpool), Fran Bentley ( Manchester City), Martha Harris ( Liverpool), Amy Turner ( Liverpool), Naomi Hartley ( Liverpool), Lucy Roberts ( Liverpool), Kirsty Smith (Hibernians), Aimee Palmer ( Bristol), Mollie Green ( Everton), Katie Zelem ( Juventus FC), Charlotte Devlin ( Millwall), Lauren James ( Arsenal), Lizzie Arnot ( Hibernians), Millie Turner ( Bristol), Ella Toone ( Manchester City), Jess Sigsworth ( Doncaster Belles), Leah Galton ( FC Bayern), Kirsty Hanson ( Doncaster Belles), Ebony Salmon ( Aston Villa)

 

Sheffield United

In 13 : Fran Kitching ( Watford), Beth Merrick ( Aston Villa), Samantha Tierney ( Doncaster Belles), Nicola Hobbs ( London Bees), Nicole Kemp ( Sheffield FC), Ellie Gilliat ( Sheffield FC), Althea Paul ( Manchester City), Chloe Dixon ( Doncaster Belles) , Danielle Cox ( Sheffiedl FC), Lauren Cresswell ( Derby County), Sophie Barker ( Doncaster Belles), Rebbeca Rayner ( Doncaster Belles), Jade Pennock ( Doncaster Belles), Jodie Michalaska, Ellie Fletcher ( Liverpool – loan)

Out : Jen Pearson ( Brighouse Town), Fran Kitching ( Liverpool)

 

Leicester City

In :

Out :

 

Lewes FC

In 3 : Lucy Somes ( Brighton), Charley Boswell ( Portsmouth), Nina Wilson ( Brighton), Leeta Rutherford, Avilla Bergin, Charlotte Owen, Faye Baker, Amy Taylor, Vicky Carleton, Rebecca Carter, Samantha Quayle, ( Portsmouth) Katie McIntyre, Natasha Wells, Shannon Moloney ( Tottenham), Georgia Robert

Out :

 

Crystal Palace Ladies

In 6 : Ashlee Hincks ( Millwall), Ciara Sherwood, Hannah McKenzie ( Tottenham), Pam McRoberts, Anneka Nuttall ( Watford), Kallie Balfour ( Gillingham), Nikita Whinnett, Leesa Haddock, Jade Keogh, Jordan Butler ( Millwall), Ria Collins, Jade Davenport, Chloe Burr ( West Ham), HOpe Nash ( Charlton) 

Out 5 : Gemma Bryan ( Charlton), Ellie Bailes ( Charlton), Lillie Maples ( Charlton), Hannah Samuels ( Southampton), Jean Ssenide, Ellie Stenning ( Millwall)

England U-20 WWC squad revealed

Mo Marley has named her squad for the the FIFA U-20 WWC that will take place from the 5th to the 24th of August in France. There is no real surprise among the 21 players selected with maybe three or four players who are slightly debatable choices.

The squad is as follows :

Goalkeepers: Sandy MacIver (Clemson University), Emily Ramsey (Manchester United), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)

Defenders: Megan Finnigan (Everton), Grace Fisk (University of South Carolina), Taylor Hinds (Everton), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Anna Patten (Florida State University)

Midfielders: Georgia Allen (Syracuse University), Zoe Cross (University of Missouri), Ali Johnson* (Bristol), Chloe Peplow (Brighton & Hove Albion), Mollie Rouse (University of Louisville)

Forwards: Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool), Niamh Charles (Liverpool), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Everton), Alessia Russo (University of North Carolina), Georgia Stanway* (Manchester City), Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City).

Although England consider Stanway as a forward, I have always seen her as an attacking midfielder and therefore will put her as midfielder. And Johnson will be considered as a forward as she is a winger, although her new club considers her as a full-back.

To me, Mo Marley has been very logical and consistent and therefore there are 17 players selected who were 100% sure to be there in my opinion.

I actually had 19 players very likely to make it, but two of them did not more many reasons. Ellie Brazil who was not selected at her request and Lotte Wubben-Moy who has just come back from a long term injury and therefore not fit for a World Cup.

So alongside those expected 17 players, there are only four players, where selection is only slightly debatable as there is no real controversy surrounding those four players.

In goal, the choice was made between Sian Rogers and Emily Ramsey. The United goalkeeper got the nod, was it because she has a bigger potential or because Rogers had not fully recovered from her League injuries towards the end of the season. Ramsey is likely to be third choice and will have an important role in helping the number one goalie.

In defense

Esme Morgan who numerically replaces Lotte Wubben-Moy has had first team experience with Manchester City and can play at right-back or centre back.

Some fans mentioned that Samantha Tierney was consistent in term of playing time and performance for Doncaster Belles, but with City playing at a higher level including Champions League, you can see the logic in selecting Morgan. Lucy Parker also had a good season with her University, but that was not enough to be selected.

In midfield

Five players selected all as expected. Consistent and logical choices from Mo Marley.

In attack

There are two small surprises there imo. Alicia Johnson and Rinsola Babajide.

I had wrongly not even registered Johnson on my radar, as I have not seen much of her throughout the season. So I actually had no idea of the level because half an hour on tv does not tell you much if a players has been good or not. The Liverpool regulars will have a better and well informed view on her performances.

The other player who is a half-surprise to me is Rinsola Babajide. She is rightly there because, she has been ever present around the squad for two seasons and there would be no real reason to drop her out of the squad. Except the lack of club playing time from January.

Because there are seven forwards selected, those two players actually add a certain balance to the squad and different profiles from the other five players. Therefore it is only a half surprise to see them selected.

Players in the long list like Rianna Dean, Charlie Devlin and Hannah Cain who were consistent in FA WSL2 could also have got a shout, but it is always a question of having a squad of players who complement each other and are useful during the tournament.

 

England have a good chance of getting  a medal should they get out of the tough group stage. They will first play Korea DPR the holders, who are always a bit of unknown quantity. Then Brazil and will finish the group stage with Mexico.

Then depending on the results in Group A, England could face the hosts France, Ghana, the Netherlands or New-Zealand in the quarter-finals. From the semi-finals on, everything is possible, even winning the title.

All D1 Feminine games to be shown live on tv in 2018/19

The original post in French can be found here on http://www.footofeminin.fr.

The Canal Plus group has won the tv rights for the D1 Feminine for three seasons 2018-21*. Until now, Eurosport and France television were showing around a dozen games each. The FFF had decided to speed up the tv broadcasting development by offering the D1 Feminine rights to the channels who could show ALL the games live from this season. Canal + has won the battle and therefore it is a huge step forward for women’s football in term of media exposure.

There will be two main games on every matchday. One on Saturday that will be the leading game on Canal + Sport with the League game snow moved from their traditional Sunday spot to Saturday afternoon. The games will now take place at 2.30 pm.

Then the second main game will be played on Sundays at 3pm on Canal + Sport again. The remaining four games will be broadcast live on Saturdays on Foot + allowing the fans to either follow their favorite team for the whole game or  watch the leading Saturday game but without missing the key moments from the other games via the multiplex system.

Then during the half-time break from the Ligue 1 game ( men’s football) shown live on Canal + at 5pm, there should be a 12 minutes highlight show on the D1 Feminine. As usual with any Canal + football game, journalist and consultants/pundits will be commentating from the sidelines.  The Canal + group is hoping to drum up interest in the women’s game, as this season will lead us to the FIFA WWC that will take place in France in June 19.

 

Highlights to be shown in multiple Canal + football programs

They have decided to boost the D1 Feminine coverage with many stories and articles to be added to the highlights that will be shown in the main football programs like Jour de Foot on Saturday evenings. On Sundays afternoon, during the half-time show from the Ligue 1 game, shown on Canal +, the highlights from the D1  Feminine Sunday games will be also shown. Then in the evening, the Canal Football Club will also show the highlights from the afternoon game.

Laure Boulleau, the former France and PSG player has just signed up for the Canal Football Club following her retirement from football and therefore will deliver her expertise on the Ligue 1 and D1 Feminine. And finally, the J+1 and Late Football Club will  have players and coaches from women’s football in those shows during the season.

This is major investment for Canal + who have decided to be major actor of the women’s football development in France. IT will be up to the players and coaches to offer and entertaining football. Investments  have already been made to upgrade the facilities at the different clubs as there will be six cameras positioned around the pitches.
Improvements in the stands and publicity boards have also been requested to the clubs as everything needs to be ready in the less than a month when the season starts. As mentioned by the paper Le Parisien, Canal + has paid  6 M€ over 5 years ie 1,2 M€ per season. A huge increase from the previous contract signed in 2011 ( 110 000 €) and 2017 ( 200 000 € )
* five years contract as per the end of the article

England U-20 squad long list published by the FA, who will make it to the finals ?

In a break from their usual  modus operandi of not publishing the long lists for international tournament, the FA has named their 35 players squad for the FIFA U-20 WWC that will take place in August in France.

The long squad is as follows and my 35 players prediction list is actually quite close to it.

Long squad:

Georgia Allen (Syracuse University), Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool), Hannah Cain (Sheffield FC), Niamh Charles (Liverpool), Zoe Cross (University of Missouri), Rianna Dean (Millwall Lionesses), Charlie Devlin (Millwall Lionesses), Megan Finnigan (Everton), Grace Fisk (University of South Carolina), Serena Fletcher (Manchester City), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Taylor Hinds (Everton), Alicia Johnson (Liverpool), Chloe Kelly (Everton), Sandy MacIver (Clemson University), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Jess Ngunga (Arsenal), Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Aimee Palmer (Bristol City), Anna Patten (Florida State University), Poppy Pattison (Manchester City), Lucy Parker (Louisiana State University), Chloe Peplow (Brighton & Hove Albion), Emily Ramsey (Liverpool), Rebecca Rayner (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), Sian Rogers (Aston Villa), Mollie Rouse (University of Louisville), Alessia Russo (University of North Carolina), Connie Scofield (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Samantha Tierney (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Ella Toone (Manchester City), Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (University of North Carolina).

The big omission is Ellie Brazil and Mo Marley has commented about her choice :

“I wanted to acknowledge Ellie Brazil’s contribution over the last year and her non-inclusion.

“In recent weeks we have had discussions about where she is at with her career and agreed together that it would be best for her to focus on her own development during this period.

“Everyone respects this decision and of course Ellie will remain very much part of our plans in future.”

Quite what it means is subject to interpretation but Ellie was a certainty for me to be in the final squad as mentioned in my previous post. It opens the door for a forward to make the final 21 players squad.

Here are the players that I did not have in my original  squad prediction and who could make it to France :

Jess N’Gunga  FW ( Arsenal), Aimee Palmer MF ( Bristol City) , Poppy Pattinson LB ( Manchester City), Rebecca Rayner MF ( Doncaster Belles), Connie Scofield MF ( Birmingham City).

Regarding Jess N’Gunga, there are many players in the queue for the forward place and many of them have had first team experience this season, while she has had very little with two or three games on as a sub.

Aimee Palmer, Rebbeca Rayner  and Connie  Scofield certainly have a chance to make the final 21 if Mo Marley selects six midfielders as I believe the five mains slots are clearly locked. The would have to compete with Charlotte Devlin for the the possible sixth slot who had an excellent season with Millwall.

Poppy Pattinson is your classic left-back and looks to me in the queue behind Mayumi Pacheco and Taylor  Hinds and had certainly a lot less first team experience that the other two players, but would be a logical back-up if one of them end up being injured.

Let’s have an updated final 21 players squad prediction. As per the FIFA rules the 21 players must be selected from the 35 players long-list

GOALKEEPERS – 3 SLOTS

There are four players competing in the squad. Sandy McIver and Ellie Roebuck are definitely going if they are not injured IMO. The final place is between Sian Rogers and Emily Ramsey.

The third goalkeeper place is a special one as that player in general is unlikely to play during the tournament, it requires a player with an excellent mentality to help and prepare the number one goalie.  Either the coaching staff will go for the player with the most first team experience or with the player who can learn from the experience and then bring in the next cycle for the next U20 World Cup in  2020.

DEFENDERS – 6 OR 7  SLOTS

As in my previous post, the following six players should be logically selected, pending injuries of course : Mayumi Pacheco, Grace Fisk, Lotte Wubben-Moy,  Anna Patten, Megan Finnigan Taylor Hinds

Then for the last spot, we have two versatile players who had consistent club season Lucy Parker and Samantha Thierney and a up and coming also versatile player, who could learn from the experience and bring it in the next U20 World Cup Esme Morgan.

Another tough choice to make for Mo Marley and her coaching staff. Obviously we do not know how the players perform at the training camp as it certainly influences the final choice.

MIDFIELDERS – 5 OR 6 SLOTS

To me the five spots are locked : Georgia Stanway, Chloe Peplow, Mollie Rouse, Zoe Cross,  Georgia Allen should all make it. If one of them do not make it, it would defy the logic. England have taken those five players to the tournaments and camp on regular basis and therefore should select them.
But a surprise is possible, if we remember what happened to the senior squad in 2015. Demi Stokes who was ever present during the qualifiers missed out altogether with Alex Greenwood and Claire Rafferty making the squad ahead of her.

For the sixth slot, Charlotte Devlin had a very good season with Millwall and should have a shout. Or depending on what kind of profile Mo Marly wants to take as a sixth midfielder Aimee Palmer, Rebbeca Rayner and Connie Scofield could be there.

But considering Lucy Parker and Samantha Tierney can  play in defense and midfield, I tend to think, it will be five midfielders and seven defenders in the squad with six forwards.

FORWARDS – 6 OR 7 SLOTS

Of course Mo Marley could decide in a 6-5-7 configuration with seven forwards, but having six of them means every position is doubled up, which should be enough.

I think that Chloe Kelly, Alessia Russo, Lauren Hemp  should be on the plane to Brittany . If Mo Marley follows the squad logic from previous call-ups Niamh Charles should make it as well.

Then you have two remaining places Charlie Wellings’ club form would make her a favourite to get one of these seats. And for the last remaining place, it is simply impossible to know who could get it. It should be between Rinsola Babajide and Rianna Dean with the Liverpool forward slightly favourite as she has been ever present in previous despite her lack of playing time in the FA WSL1.

 

Overall I think 18 players are nailed on certainties :  Sandy McIver, Ellie Roebuck, Mayumi Pacheco, Grace Fisk, Lotte Wubben-Moy*,  Anna Patten, Megan Finnigan, Taylor Hinds, Georgia Stanway, Chloe Peplow, Mollie Rouse, Zoe Cross,  Georgia Allen, Chloe Kelly, Alessia Russo, Lauren Hemp, Niamh Charles, Charlie Wellings’

Therefore three places could be available. We will soon now when Mo Marley names her squad for the tournament that is starting in four weeks.

*just back in training, could be short of match fitness and therefore not in the squad.

 

Who could make the England u20 world cup squad in August?

We are two months away from the tournament that will take place in Brittany, France and we are very much in the dark on the final squad. The FA does not release squad lists for the training camps, so it is total guesswork on who will make it and who won’t.

As the FA has to give a pre-list of 35 players and chose 21 players for the final squad, I have therefore put a 38 players list and added checked their numbers for the 2017/18 season. To build that list, I have taken into account the only squads list that were openly available for this U20 cycle : Euro U19, Florida U20 tournament, La Manga U23 tournament.

As in every World Cup squad list, there is often a last-minute passenger who jumps on the plane. This year there should be at least one courtesy of the England U19 failure to qualify for the finals in Switzerland. It means some of the U19 players who were not involved with the U20 can now compete for a place in the squad. Therefore Lauren Hemp should jump the queue and make the final 21 on the strength of her club season.

In term of squad format, I would expect Mo Marley to select 3 goalkeepers, 7 defenders, 5 midfielders and 6 forwards. It could also be a 3/6/6/6 or a 3/6/5/7 squad format as well. The final squad places are often taken by players who can play in more than one position.

It is important to note that the final squads do not always have all the best players available. Sometimes some players are not selected because they cannot fit within a squad for a full month competitions for multiple reasons. Managers will be reluctant to take a potentially disruptive top-level player. There are plenty of examples in men and women football of World Cup teams that failed to win because of internal problems.

Methodology

I have split the players chances to make it in three categories : those who are likely to make it barring any injuries, those who are competing for a spot with other players and the dark horses who are unlikely to get selected but could be a surprise choice.

Note that some players might have short or medium term injuries and miss out on the squad. But because of the secrecy surrounding selection, someone who is a mainstay of the team might already be out of the reckoning, but the information is not available to us. And because of this a player missing out might alter the balance of the squad and it could become a different configuration.

Goalkeepers – 3 slots

Sandy McIver and Ellie Roebuck have been called up on regular basis to the three tournaments. Both had significant game time especially Roebuck with Manchester City who had a long streak between the post before losing her place towards the end of the season.

For the third place, the logical choice would be Sian Rogers of Aston Villa who has travelled for many squads as third choice. The only question mark is her injury status as she was injured in the League against London Bees and subsequently missed the remaining League games.

Another candidate could be Fran Kitching who has had a superb season with Watford Ladies and would deserve to compete for a starting place on current form. The big question is if she is on the FA radar or not and we have no idea about it.

A fifth option could Birmingham City’s Hannah Hampton who was highly rated at U17 level and played six times for the first team this season. She would make a good third keeper learning during the tournament and then could use her experience in the next cycle, leading to the 2020 U20 World Cup.

The England U19 goalkeepers used up to the Elite Round are also potential players with Emily Ramsey of Liverpool who has had a game in the first team this season and Katie Startup of Charlton who has just won promotion to the newly named Championship. Both could also be in the long list and candidates for the third goalkeeper spot.

Defenders – 6 or 7 slots

To me there are five defenders who have been consistently called for the tournaments squads and therefore will definitely be in the final 21 if they are not injured.

They are left-back Mayumi Pacheco from Doncaster Belles, and center-backs, Grace Fisk from South Carolina, Lotte Wubben-Moy from UNC ( if she is fit to play as she has been unlucky with injuries for long periods this season), Anna Patten who can also play at right-back from FSU and Megan Finnigan from Everton. Those five players have had regular game time with their club and universities and therefore tick all the boxes.

Then there are four possible choices who could get in the squad for the sixth and potentially seventh place. Everton left’s back Taylor Hinds who is the natural back-up for Pacheco. She left Arsenal during the January window in order to gain playing time. She has played 11 games during the season. She can also play as a left winger.

Another serious candidate is Samantha Tierney from Doncaster Belles who has not been called up for any of the three tournament but can boast 21 appearances with the FA WSL2 side. Will it be enough for a place in the final squad? She plays her club football in midfield rather than in defense.

Then we have Lucy Parker from LSU who had a good season in midfield in the NCAA and was recently called back for the Florida and La Manga tournament after missing out on the Euros. Her versatility could be an asset for the team.

And finally Esme Morgan from Manchester City. The young defender managed to get 10 games as an 18 years old with the Champions League semi-finalist and can play at center-back or at right-back. These are really good numbers in a team packed with international players like Manchester City.

The dark horse in defense would be Serena Fletcher from Manchester City who was recently called up for the La Manga U23 tournament but has not played any minute for City’s first team, so has clearly less experience than the other defenders.

Midfielders – 5 or 6 slots

I anticipate five midfielders being picked and the five spots are very much settled. With five midfielders selected, it would allow Mo Marley to pick an extra forward or an extra defender if needed to balance the squad. Those five midfielders have been constantly called up for tournaments and have regular playing time with their club or university and have earned the manager’s trust.

The players are Manchester City’s playmaker Georgia Stanway and four central midfielders Chloe Peplow from Brighton, Mollie Rouse from Louisville University, Zoe Cross from Missouri and Georgia Allen from Syracuse.

If ever, Mo Marley decides to select a sixth player in midfield, which is something I don’t expect to happen because certain defenders can actually play in the defensive midfield position and have done it with their club/ university ( Parker, Finnigan, Wubben-Moy, Patten). I believe there are three players who could come in :

Two attacking midfielders from Millwall : Charlie Devlin, who is a winger/ playmaker. She has collected 23 appearances and nine goals this season and was called up for one of the non-tournament camp earlier this season as seen in her social media. She is creative and can beat defenders and could be an excellent supersub. The other midfielder at Millwall is a playmaker/second striker Ella Rutherford. She has made 15 appearances and has five goals to her name at only 18 years old.

The other midfielder that could be surprise call up is Isabella Sibley who made the Euro U19 squad in Northern Ireland. But like Serena Fletcher in defense, she is a player with no first team game time this season, so it would be a good surprise to see her make the final 21.

Forwards – 6 or 7 slots

Forward is the position where is the most competition and density. I make it 12 players competing for six or seven available spots. It is actually hard to define a hierarchy between the players because they are so close it term of quality. Final selection for the forwards will be probably decided in the last camp in July.

So it term of players that should definitely making the trip to France, there are four regulars, that have been called to all the camps and tournament except when they have been injured.

Chloe Kelly the striker from Everton, who has been ever-present for her club and scored eight goals this season.

Alessia Russo the pacy striker from UNC, who has had a very solid season with her university scoring nine goals as a Freshman.

Ellie Brazil, the tall, powerful and complete forward from Fiorentina, who has not had as many games as other players due to injury and competition for places, but has a huge potential. If players were exclusively judged on the number of appearances, she would be one of those players who would have to fight for one of the final seats.

The same apply for Niamh Charles, the Liverpool winger who has been called up in every tournament and can play on both wings, like Brazil she has not played as many games as some other players. But I still think she should make it on the plane to France.

Then there is a player who looked to me like a dark horse until April, as she was involved with the U19 team that did not qualify for the Euro finals. Lauren Hemp should definitely go to France. The 18 years old has played 23 games for Bristol and scored nine goals in the process. Her sensational form should make her a certainty to be in the squad.

So with five players more or less guaranteed a sport, there are only one or two places available

Charlie Wellings the Birmingham striker has the most first team appearances of all the forward candidates with 24 and six goals. She should be in on the strength of her club form and consistency. Would she get in ahead of one of the four player who have been ever-present in the current two years cycle?

Rianna Dean the Millwall striker got 23 games and ten goals in the FA WSL2. She missed out on a Euro place last season due to no first team game time unlike other players who went to the tournament. She has had a good consistent season in the second tier. Will it be enough though?

Alicia Johnson another Liverpool winger has been called up for the last two tournament in Florida and La Manga. She has therefore an outside chance to make it. She has made 17 appearances, a third of them as a starter and three goals for the Reds.

Rinsola Babajide another Liverpool winger would have been until January in my certainty list as she has taken part in the whole campaign and tournaments. But her transfer window move from Watford to Liverpool has been a disaster in term of game time.

She might have found the commuting from London and the gap between FA WSL2 and FA WSL1 more difficult to bridge than expected. It looks to me that she has gone behind others in the striker hierarchy.

The density of option opened to Mo Marley is so good that the numerous dark horses have a little chance to make it. Kess Elmore* from U-Conn was on the Florida trip and could be in the long list as well as Hannah Cain from Sheffield Ladies, the young forward has played 14 times in the second tier and scored five goals. Ella Toone from Manchester City who has played six games and had one start could also be in the race for a place.

A young striker with an excellent record for her first season in the FA WSL is Bridget Galloway from Sunderland. 17 appearances with 14 starts and six goals is a very decent statistic. She should be taken into consideration and could sneak in.

So here are the players I am expecting to be in final 21 players for the U20 World Cup played in August :

GK 2 McIver, Roebuck

DF 6 Finnigan, Fisk, Pacheco, Patten, Wubben-Moy, Hinds

MF 5 Allen, Cross, Peplow, Rouse, Stanway

FW 6 Brazil, Charles, Hemp, Kelly, Russo, Wellings

There will be obviously a third goalie to be chosen and it leaves only one place available. It could be one defender or one forward. In the end, England will have a very strong team that should be looking to win a medal at the tournament.

*has suffered an ACL injury and is not available

The FA WSL2 title race is nearly settled

Millwall’s defeat at Sheffield combined with Brighton’s victory over sees the Seagulls go second in the table, but with a lot of ground to make on leaders Doncaster.

The Belles have 38 points and two tough away games at Sheffield and Millwall alongside a final home game against Oxford. Brighton with 34 points have Watford and Durham away and will finish with Millwall at home. Third placed Millwall with 33 points have only two games against the other two title contenders : Doncaster at home and Brighton away.

Millwall’s recent form has suffered due to the threat of administration and the recent fundraising has helped them finishing the season, but there is still no news about next season. The debt level is allegedly £65,000 and you have to question how they have been allowed to reach such a level by the FA.

We all remember the Notts County disaster with the team folding just a couple of days before the Spring Series start due to the debt level and the fact that is was a huge loss making activity.

Back to the football side of things, Doncaster have a +31 goal difference while Brighton and Millwall have a +15 which means the Belles would win the title should the teams finish level on points. It means Millwall are likely to be out of the title race by next game should Doncaster get at least a point away to Sheffield.

In term of the promotion race, it has already been won by Brighton back in November as they were selected for the FA WSL 2018/19, while every other WSL2 team bar Oxford and Watford have been selected for the newly named tier 2 aka the Championship.

 

 

Manchester City goes top of the League

Manchester City went top of the League following their 6-1 away win at Bristol. They overtook Chelsea for the first time in a while and also consolidated their Champions League place as they opened a four points gap on the chasing teams.

Bristol City 1 Manchester City 6

 

The remaining games for the top 6 teams :

 

1 Man City 32 points + 28 ( 4 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

Man City can  finish the season with 44 points and arenow  very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

2 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

Chelsea can also finish the season with 44 points and are very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

3 Reading  28 points +19 ( 2 games to play)

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Reading can finish the season with 34 points. They would need a miracle ( giant collapse from all the other teams) to finish in the top two places

 

4 Arsenal  28 points + 12 ( 3 games to play)

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

Arsenal can finish the season with 37 points. They could finish in third place but unlikely to finish it the top two.

 

5 Birmingham 26 points +10 ( 3 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Birmingham  can finish the season with 35 points. They could finish in third place with their current form.

 

6 Liverpool 25 points +6 ( 3 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool  can finish the season with 34 points. They will have a big say in the Champions League title race.

 

Next games on the 8th and 9th of May will be crucial in the title and Champions League race. Combined wins for Chelsea and City would take out of the equation Liverpool,  Birmingham and Reading and would see the top two teams only needing another two points to clinch the Champions League places.

Liverpool and Birmingham really need to beat City and Chelsea to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Any other result would eliminate them from the Champions League race.

 

Champions League race : Birmingham and Reading keep their hopes alive with crucial wins

Birmingham and Reading won at the week-end against Arsenal and Sunderland. They keep the Champions League hopes alive, but the real winners are Chelsea and Manchester City who have consolidated their two places despite not playing League any games recently.

 

Sunderland 0 Reading 2

Birmingham 3 Arsenal 0

 

The remaining games for the top 6 teams

 

1 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

Chelsea can finish the season with 44 points and are very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

2 Man City 29 points + 23 ( 5 games to play)

Thu 03 May Bristol v Man City

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

Man City can also finish the season with 44 points and are also very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

3 Reading  28 points +19 ( 2 games to play)

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Reading can finish the season with 34 points. They would need a miracle ( giant collapse from all the other teams) to finish in the top two places

 

4 Arsenal  28 points + 12 ( 3 games to play)

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

Arsenal can finish the season with 37 points. They could finish in third place but unlikely to finish it the top two.

 

5 Birmingham 26 points +10 ( 3 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Birmingham  can finish the season with 35 points. They could finish in third place with their current form.

 

6 Liverpool 25 points +6 ( 3 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool  can finish the season with 34 points. They will have a big say in the Champions League title race.

 

 

 

Champions League race : Chelsea and Man City still close to qualify

Arsenal have gone up to third place following their 3-0 win against Liverpool but are still far away from the top two teams who look really good for Champions League qualification.

 

1 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

 

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

 

2 Man City 29 points + 23 ( 5 games to play)

 

Thu 03 May Bristol v Man City

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

tbc Liverpool v Man City

 

3 Arsenal  28 points + 15 ( 4 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Birmingham v Arsenal

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

 

4 Reading  25 points +17 ( 3 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Sunderland v Reading

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

 

5 Liverpool 24 points +6 ( 4 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Liverpool v Everton

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

tbc Liverpool v Man City

 

6 Birmingham 23 points +7 ( 4 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Birmingham v Arsenal

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

 

The chasing pack all need a win this week-end to keep their hopes alive. With the top two teams involved in the Champions League semi-final, the four chasing teams could close the gap. Actually three of them could close the gap as Birmingham and Arsenal will play each other at Solihull Moors.

Any of the four chasing teams that does not win this week-end will be probably out of the Champions League race,  although it won’t be mathematically confirmed until  potentially the 3rd of May for Reading and the 9th of May for Liverpool and Birmingham.

Chelsea and Manchester City have really 90% chances of Champions League qualification. 38 points should seal the deal  imo so Chelsea probably need two wins in four and Manchester City three wins in five.