FA WPL 2013-14

Charlton have tweeted the new format for the FA WPL 2013-14. No more National Division but only the Northern and Southern Division.

Southern Division : Brighton Cardiff City Charlton Chesham Coventry City Gillingham Keynsham Lewes Portsmouth Tottenham West Ham

Northern Division : Blackburn Rovers Bradford Derby Leeds Utd Newcastle Nottingham Forest Preston NE Sheffield Sporting Albion Stoke City Wolves

If we look back at the final table from the National Division ( Level 2 of women’s football ) and where they play next season.

1. Sunderland FA WSL 2 stay same level

2. Watford FA WSL 2 stay same level

3. Leeds United FA WPL Northern Division relegated 1 level

4. Manchester City FA WSL 1  promoted 1 level 

5.  Coventry City FA WPL Southern relegated 1 level

6. Aston Villa FA WSL 2  stay same level

7. Charlton FA WPL Southern relegated 1 level

8. Cardiff FA WPL Southern relegated 1 level

9. Porstmouth FA WPL Southern relegated 1 level

10. Barnet FA WSL 2  stay same level




Who will be on the flight to Sweden for England ?

Hope Powell will disclose her 23 players squad on Monday at the Bristish Museum : I guess it will disclosed in the  dinosaur room.

They are likely to be if there is no surprise.

3 GK : Karen Bardsley – Lincoln, Rachel Brown-Finnis – Everton, Siobhan Chamberlain -Bristol

8 DF :  Dunia Susi – Chelsea, Alex Scott – Arsenal, Laura Bassett – Birmingham City, Sophie Bradley -Lincoln, Casey Stoney – Lincoln, Steph Houghton – Arsenal,  Gemma Bonner – Liverpool, Kerys Harrop

5 MF : Anita Asante – Kopparbergs/Gothenburg,  Jill Scott – Everton, Fara Williams – Liverpool,  Jordan Nobbs – Arsenal, Kelly Smith –  Arsenal

7  FW : Rachel Yankey – Arsenal, Ellen White – Arsenal, Eniola Aluko – Chelsea, Toni Duggan – Everton, Karen Carney Birmingham , Rachel Williams – Birmingham, Jess Clarke Lincoln

My choices would be ( in bold those not likely to be chosen by HP )

GK C Telford, S Chamberlain,  M Earps

I would have Telford as number 1 because she is the best overall goalie in term of athleticisn, kicking mechanics and reliability.

My number 2 goalie would be Chamberlain who is getting back to the exceptional level she reached in the 2011 where she should have started the World Cup as number 1 if form was taken into account by coaches.

And as  a number 3 I would take Mary Earps to give her experience and prepare for the future considering the number 3 goalie rarely gets a game but can gain a lot of tournament experience.  No Bardsley or Brown because they are not as reliable as Telford and Chamberlain, one of them  does make mistakes and the other  seem to struggle to reach certain balls and has been for years.

DF A Scott D Susi L Bronze G Flaherty G Bonner L  Bassett  S Houghton K Harrop

8 defenders in the squad to double up all the positions.

My back 4 would be Scott Bonner Flaherty Houghton with Susi Bronze Bassett Harrop their back-up and ready to take their place if injured or not in form.

The two Liverpool players train daily those days and it makes it a huge advantage in term of number of hours on the ball, fitness etc. That’s why they deserve to be in the squad.

Flaherty has been outstanding for Arsenal for years and why she does not make the squad is puzzling. No Stoney as I believe she is a better coach/manager than player and no Bradley as Flaherty is a better center-back for me and has a lot of experience at international level with her club.

MF A Asante  F Williams J  Nobbs K  Smith J Scott

No doubt on the 5 midfield players really although Smith lack of fitness could see her replaced by Potter if needed as she has been superb in midfield for Birmingham for the last 3 season.

FW K Carney G Davison N Dowie E White R Yankey J Clarke T Duggan

Dowie and Davison deserve to be there with their current form being excellent. Dowie top scorer of the League plus many in cup games. Davison can bring a lot with her runs and crosses.

No Aluko for me as Clarke and Davison are better wingers IMO and no Rachel Williams as well as White and Dowie are doing really well so far as center forwards.

Overall, I would select 17 out the 23 from HP probable list as most people know who the best English players are.

The U23 triangular tournament in the Midlands

Norway and Sweden U23 are coming soon for a triangular tournament with England U23. No information on the England FA website, no place, no date, no location, no squad news. You do wonder why, considering you get the information just by going on the Norwegian and Swedish FA ‘s website :



England Norway 25-06-13 1500

England Sweden 27-06-13 1500

Norway Sweden 29-06-13 1500

And the address University of Warwick, Coventry.

So why all this secrecy ?  because those games are played behind closed door. You would think promoting the women’s football game would be a priority for the FA. Maybe the pitch set-up does not allow for spectating and stewarding but I have attended a couple of games in the same location and there was no problem. I just find it totally absurd to deny fans the right to watch quality international football with many players looking to be in the senior squad soon and even maybe at Euro 2013. I was looking forward to see those games because one of the player I like has just come back to football after bad injuries and it was nice to see her play for England again.

FA WSL Day 7 stats

Chelsea 1 Everton 4

Goals :  Ward, Hinnigan, Duggan x3

Assists :  Bleazard, Parris x2, Scott

Booking : None

Red Card : None

Bristol 2 Lincoln 1

Goals : Del Rio, Watts, Clarke

Assists : Natalia x2

Booking : None

Red card : None

Liverpool 4 Birmingham 1

Goals : Rolser x 2, Bronze, Dowie, Harrop

Assists : Dowie, Fors, Schroeder, F Williams,  Lawley

Booking :  None

Red Card :  None

Seriously no booking in 3 games ( according to match reports)  ? football is supposed to be competitive…

FA WSL Day 7 preview

Final games before the Euro break, teams will be back on the 4th of August in 2 months time.

Bristol v Lincoln

Lincoln will look for their first win this season in the league, they managed to win at Stoke Gifford in the Conti Cup earlier this season. Bristol currently joint leaders will try to top the League for at least a  few hours and will  reach the Euro Break sitting comfortably in a champions league place,a competition they reached on a previous occasion.

Liverpool v Birmignham

Liverpol will be looking to keep the momentum going and stay on top of the League. Birmingham desperately need points to get back into the rhythm and compete for the top 2 places again. They cannot really afford another defeat with Bristol and Arsenal also on a good run.

Chelsea v Everton

2 teams who lost their local derby this week and are in need of 3 points to catch up with the runaway teams. Expect a lot of attacking football at Tooting and Mitcham on Sunday.

Bristol Academy’s brilliant season so far

If anyone had predicted that Bristol Academy would be joint leader with Liverpool after 5 games and with 12 points, would they please give me their Euromillions number ?

Put it this way there was a big question mark following player of the year Jessica Fishlock departure to Seattle Reign. How would Bristol cope without her was really a big ask considering how huge a driving force she was last season.

We now know have the answer : clever signings and use of the youth talent that came through the CoE and the college have been moulded in a successful attacking and entertaining side.

Lucy Staniforth and Natalia Sanchon have been instrumental in that success, although the poor Lucy is now out for the season following her ACL in the FA Cup final. Natalia Sanchon who was nicknamed the female Michu by Mark Sampson has scored 4 goals in 5 league games and few more in cup games including a debut goal less than one minute into her Bristol Academy career.

Besides those two players arrival a few changes have also happened for the players who where there last season and have now taken the control and leadership of the team.

Natasha Harding 2 goals and 4 assists so far in the League is a huge success down the wing and I would not be surprised if foreign clubs come knocking at the door.

Corinne Yorston has been as influential as ever offensively and defensively. Jazz Matthews partners Jemma Rose at center back those days in one of the youngest center back pairing in the FA WSL.

Siobhan Chamberlain is back to the level that made her the best goalkeeper by a mile in the 2011 season. Laura Del Rio has been fundamental is helping her fellow Spanish player to settle in cold and rainy England. She is also a very important creative hub for the Vixens.

Nikki Watts and Annie Heatherson also provide great cover and impressive workload in the forward positions.

I think it is also important to note that Mark Sampson does not hesitate to trust youth and start those players aged 17 to 21 against big teams and has been rewarded with all those wins and a run to the FA women’s cup final. Players like Angharad James, Ellie Curson, (last season) Rhian Cleverly, Lauren Haynes are very young but thrown at the deep end and trusted to do a job and it has been a courageous decision by the Bristol Academy manager that must be highlighted.

Tactically they use the classical 4-4-2 system with wingers pushing as high as possible and score as many goals as they can. The downside being conceding their fair share of goals as well, but it makes great entertainment.

So massive well done to Bristol Academy’s playing and coaching staff and hopefully they will be able to carry on in the second part of the season and challenge for a Champions Leage place.