FA WSL

FA WSL 1 relegation place 2017/18

Here are the teams in the relegation place throughout the 2017/18 season

22 Sept 17    10. Everton 0 pt   -2

24 Sep 17   10. Bristol 0 pt  -6

There is no longer promotion relegation between FA WSL1 and FA WSL2 as per the FA’s latest change in League structure.

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FA WSL, Transfers

FA WSL 1 Summer transfer window 2017

The Summer transfer windows opens on the 23rd of June and will close on the 14th of September

This week’s transfers

Confirmed transfers

Extended contracts

Possible deals

 

Manchester City

In : Stephanie Houghton, Mie Jans ( Brondby IF), Karen Bardsley, Megan Campbell, Claire Emslie ( Bristol), Jennifer Beattie, Pauline Bremer (OL), Jill Scott, Isobel Christiansen

Out : Toni Duggan ( Barcelona), Kosovare Asslani (Linkopings), Lucy Bronze (OL),

 

Chelsea

In : Carly Telford, Magdalena Eriksson ( Linkopings), Drew Spence, Mariah Thorisdottir ( Klepp), Claire Rafferty

Out : Lois Joel ( West Virginia Mountainers), Ana Borges ( Sporting Lisbon), Fran Kitching ( Watford Ladies – loan), Jodie Brett ( Everton), Bethany England ( Liverpool -loan)

 

Arsenal

In : Vivianne Mediema ( FC Bayern), Gabby Ravenscroft ( Oxford United), Sari Van Veenendaal, Lisa Evans ( FC Bayern), Alex Scott, Miriael Taylor ( Chelsea Ladies), Ellie Perkins ( London Bees), Grace Neville ( Millwall) Jessica Samuelsson ( Linkopings), Josephine Henning ( Olympique Lyonnais), Louise Quinn, Danielle Carter

Out : Laura Hooper ( Seattle University Redhawks), Tinaya Alexander ( LSU Soccer), Chiara Ritchie-Williams ( LSU Soccer), Lotte Wubben-Moy  (UNC), Anna Patten ( FSU), Carla Humphrey (Bristol), Jordan Littleboy ( Hofstra university), Molly Peters ( West Ham Ladies), Rianna Dean (Millwall), Chloe Brunton-Wilde (Charlton Women), Sian Rogers ( Aston Villa), Charlotte Devlin ( Millwall Lionesses), Chloe Kelly ( Everton – loan), Fara Williams ( Reading), Florence Fyfe ( Oxford) 

 

Liverpool

In : Niamh Charles, Bethany England ( Chelsea- loan), Sophie Ingle, Satara Murray

Out : Danielle Gibbons ( Sheffield), Katie Zelem ( Juventus FC), Shanice Van De Sanden (OL)

 

Birmingham

In : Sophie Baggaley, Emily Westwood, Abbey-Leigh Stringer, Meghan Sargeant, Sarah Mayling, Maddy Cusack ( Aston Villa), Charlie Wellings, Hayley Ladd ( Bristol), Lucy Quinn ( Yeovil), Freda Ayisi, Coral Haines,

Out : Sophie Baggaley ( Bristol  – loan), Ellie Brazil (Fiorentina), Chloe Peplow ( Doncaster – loan), Coral Haines ( Spurs – loan)

 

Sunderland

In : Rachel Laws ( Durham), Ellie Stewart ( Blackburn), Zaneta Wyne ( Thor), Simona Koren ( MSV Duisburg), Kasia Lipka ( Doncaster), Tyler Dodds ( Durham), Danielle Brown, Hayley Sharp,

Out : Stephanie Bannon ( retirement), Hilde Gunn Olsen ( Ayia Nypia), Maddie Hill ( ASD Verona)

 

Reading

In : Fara Williams ( Arsenal), Jade Moore, Charlie Estcourt

Out : Kayleigh Hines ( Oxford), Anissa Lahmari ( Paris FC), Charlie Estcourt ( Bristol -loan), Hannah McKenzie ( Spurs Ladies), Kylie McCarthy ( Watford), Chloe Sansom ( Brighton)

 

Yeovil Town

In : Paige Sawyer ( Bristol), Megan Walsh, Chloe Lloyd ( Cardiff City Ladies), Gemma Evans ( Cardiff City Ladies), Laura O’Sullivan, Hannah Miles, Georgia Evans ( Bristol), Chloe Melton ( Minot State Uni)

Out : Sarah Wiltshire ( Spurs Ladies), Angharad James (Everton), Nathalie Haigh ( Coventry) , Hannah Short, Steph Williams (Oxford), Molly Clark ( Portsmouth), Nia Jones, Charlotte Haynes, Lucy Quinn ( Birmingham)

 

Bristol City

In : Yana Daniels ( RSC Anderlecht), Danique Kerkdjik ( FC Twente), Carla Humphrey (Arsenal), Millie Turner, Chloe Arthur, Loren Dykes, Eloise Wilson, Jasmine Matthews, Sophie Baggaley ( Birmingham – loan), Charlie Estcourt ( Reading – loan), Florence Allen, Julie Biesmans ( Standard Liege), Frankie Brown, Lorca Van De Putte ( Kristianstad DFF), Corinne Yorston, Caitlin Leach

Out : Claire Emslie ( Manchester City), Megan Alexander (Milwall Lionesses), Lily Agg ( 1 FFC Frankfurt) , Katie Jones, Paige Sawyer ( Yeovil), Jodie Brett ( Everton), Hayley Ladd ( Birmingham) Georgia Evans ( Yeovil), Corinne Yorston ( Oxford – loan)

 

Everton Ladies

In : Gabby George, Georgia Brougham, Claudia Walker, Simone Magill, Kirstie Levell, Faye Brison, Siri Worm ( FC Twente), Marthe Musterman ( FC Twente), Mollie Green, Lizzie Durrack ( Harvard University), Angharad James (Yeovil), Megan Finnigan, Jodie Brett ( Chelsea), Chloe Kelly ( Arsenal -loan), Danielle Turner,  Olivia Chance, Chaney Boye-Hlorkah, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk ( Doncaster)

Out : Lauren Davies (AFC Fylde),  Emily Hollinshead, Amber-Keegan Stobbs ( West Ham), Sasha Rowe ( Liverpool Feds), Michelle Hinnigan, Fern Whelan ( Brighton), Aileen Whelan ( Brighton), Vicky Jones, Kelly Jones

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FA WSL 2, Transfers

FA WSL 2 Summer Transfer window

The Summer transfer windows opens on the 23rd of June and will close on the 14th of September

 

This week’s transfers

Confirmed transfers

Extended contracts

Possible deals

 

 

Doncaster Belles

In : Jules Draycott ( Sheffield), Chloe Peplow ( Birmingham – loan),  Kirsty Hanson, Leandra Little, Sophie Walton, Sophie Bradley

Out : Bethan Davies ( loan –  Guiseley Vixens), Nicola Hobbs ( London Bees), Kasia Lipka ( Sunderland), Courtney Sweetman-Kirk ( Everton)

 

Durham WFC

In : Abbi Cottam, Kathryn Hill, Zoe Ness, Nicola Worthington ( University of Bridgeport), Ellis Dalgliesh ( Celtic Women), Emily Roberts

Out : Rachel Laws ( Sunderland), Tyler Dodds ( Sunderland)

 

Sheffield FC

In : Melissa Johnson ( Derby County), Danielle Gibbons ( Liverpool), Hannah Cain, Hannah Dale, Jenna Dear,

Out : Billie Murphy,Danielle Lea ( Fylde Ladies FC) , Natasha Flint ( Fylde Ladies FC) , Lagan Makin ( Fylde Ladies FC), Olivia Fuller  ( Fylde Ladies FC), Jules Draycott ( Doncaster Belles), Emma Lipman ( ASM Verona)

 

London Bees

In : Luke Swindlehurst ( manager), Rosie Lane ( Oxford), Evie Clarke, Rosie Kmita, Nicola Hobbs ( Doncaster), Lucy Loomes, Chelsea Weston, Destiny Toussaint ( Aston Villa), Ocean Rolandsen, Lisa Miliken, Bolu Fisher ( Stevenage FC), Tricia Gould

Out : Mollie Burgess ( MK Dons), Ellie Perkins ( Arsenal), Rosie Kmita ( West Ham Ladies)

 

Aston Villa

In : Dave Stevens ( head coach), Kerri Welsh, Beth Merrick, Katie Wilkinson, Chloe Jones, Sian Rogers ( Arsenal)

Out : Mollie Rouse ( Louisville Cardinals), Grace Smith ( West Virginia Mountainers), Joe Hunt ( manager), Lucy Porter ( Hofstra), Lucy Shepherd ( Hofstra), Claire Skinner ( Oxford United), Destiny Toussaint ( London Bees), Maddy Cusack ( Birmingham)

 

Millwall Lionesses

In :  Rianna Dean (Arsenal), Ella Rutherford ( 2 years), Megan Alexander ( Bristol), Charlotte Devlin (Arsenal), Victoria Wotton ( Watford), Leighanne Robe, Leanne Cowan, Megan Wynne, Bonnie Horwood, Leigh Nicol, Billie Brooks, Georgie Giddings, Ellie Mason

Out : Ashley Cheatley ( Ashford), Sarah Kempson

 

Oxford United

In : Madi Lee, Lauren Haynes, Riva Casley, Ellie Noble, Danielle Carlton ( Spurs Ladies), Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Lauren Allison, Kayleigh Hines ( Reading), Claire Skinner ( Aston Villa), Demi Lambourne, Evie Gane, Charlie Deeley, Emily Allen ( Cardiff), Stephanie Williams ( Yeovil), Hannah Short ( Yeovil), Chloe Chivers ( Cardiff), Florence Fyfe ( Arsenal Dev), Corinne Yorston ( Bristol – loan), Ellis Hillmann,

Out : Gabby Ravenscroft ( Arsenal Ladies), Rosie Lane ( London Bees), Uni Umotong ( Brighton), Lauren Allison

 

Watford Ladies

In : Fran Kitching ( Chelsea Ladies – loan), Sarah Jones ( Crystal Palace), Helen Ward (Yeovil), Kylie McCarthy ( Reading), Laura May-Walkley ( London Bees), Bianca Bragg ( Notts County), Ellie Sargeant ( WBA)

Out : Lauren Jordinson, Lucy Gillett ( Brighton), Victoria Wotton ( Millwall)

 

Brighton Women

In : Danielle Buet ( unattached), Uni Umotong ( Oxford), Hope Powell ( manager), Fern Whelan ( Everton), Aileen Whelan ( Everton), Lucy Gillett ( Watford), Felicity Gibbons, Chloe Sampson

Out :  Hollie Olding ( University of Kentucky), Alessia Russo ( UNC),  Amy Taylor (Lewes Ladies), Lisa Fulgence ( Lewes Ladies), Charlotte Young, Emma Byrne (retirement), Charley Boswell, Faye Baker

 

Spurs Ladies

In : Sarah Wiltshire ( Yeovil), Ashleigh Neville ( Coventry), Lauren Pickett, Hannah McKenzie ( Reading), Coral Haines ( Birmingham – loan), Bianca Baptiste, Josie Green, Lucia Leon, Sophie McLean,

Out : Megen Lynch ( Crystal Palace), Nikita Whinnett ( Crystal Palace), Kelley Blanchflower ( Cambridge)

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FA WSL, FA WSL 2, Transfers

FA WSL transfer window deadline day deals

There should be many deadline day deals with Oxford, Millwall, Everton expected to unveil new signings  today. Kasia Lipka, Laura Bassett and Hayley Ladd also are currently without clubs.

The tweets are already coming in this morning :

07:50

10:00

11:25

Bristol City announce they extended Frankie Brown’s contract. Quite curious as the player was listed as unattached during the 2017 Euros.

 

12:00

Chloe Peplow : Birmingham to Doncaster on loan

 

12: 17

Lucy Gillett :  Watford to Brighton

12: 25

Chloe Chivers : Cardiff City to Oxford

 

13:59

Lorca Van de Putte Kristianstad DFF to Bristol

14:00

Bethany England : Chelsea to Liverpool on loan

14:00

Maddy Cusack : Aston Villa to Birmingham

15:01

Florence Fyfe : Arsenal Women dev to Oxford

 

16:30

Coral Haines Birmingham to Spurs, loan

16:30

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk  Doncaster to Everton

 

17:20

 

Viki Wotton Watford to Millwall

Sunderland confirmed 4 new signings

Bristol announced Georgia Evans leaving them

 

 

Birmingham extended Charlie Welling’s contract

Oxford signed Corinne Yorston on loan

 

 

Ocean Rolandsen sign a two year contracts with Bees

and they also signed a midfielder Lisa Miliken

 

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France, International football

Corinne Diacre names her first France squad

Corinne Diacre has named her first squad for France’s friendlies against Chile and Spain. As World Cup host, France will have two years to prepare for the tournament by playing friendlies only.

As expected some veterans have been left out as the coach is looking towards the future. The golden generation that failed to win a medal in the last eight years is now making way for the new players, who will hopefully bring success to the team after winning multiple trophies with the youth teams.  Two players have announced their international retirement: Camille Abily straight after the Euros and Elodie Thomis who made the announcement last night on her Instagram.

Let’s have a look at the squad line by line and the main changes from the Euros.

GK: Sarah Bouhaddi, Meline Gerard, Solene Durand.

Gerard has now moved on to Montpellier from Lyon and should therefore compete for the starting spot with Sarah Bouhaddi. As a knock-on effect of this move, Laetitia Phillipe who used to be France number 3 keeper and starter at Montpellier is not selected  any more. Her former deputy at Montpellier Solene Durand who has moved to Guingamp in the summer is now on the list.

DF: Hawa Cissokho, Laura Georges, Thea Greboval, Sakina Karchaoui, Charlotte Lorgere, Griedge M’Bock Bathy, Wendie Renard, Marion Torrent.

From the Euro squad, Eve Perisset, Aissatou Tounkara and Jessica Houara-D’Hommeau are left out.  Perisset is dropped while the other two are injured. Three new capped players come in for them: Hawa Cissokho, Thea Greboval and Charlotte Lorgere. Hawa Cissokho and Thea Greboval won the U19 Euros last season and were runner-up at the U20 World Cup. Charlotte Lorgere has gone through the youth teams with 39 caps at U16 to U20 level and ten for the B team.  Veteran Laura Georges is still in the squad, while Marion Torrent might finally get a chance to prove herself at right-back.

MF: Elise Bussaglia, Camille Catala, Grace Geyoro, Amandine Henry, Ines Jaurena, Sandie Toletti.

Camille Abily has retired from international duty and Claire Lavogez who is currently injured are the two Euros midfielders missing out. Camille Catala is selected as midfielder, as she was under Bruno Bini, when Corinne Diacre was his assistant, rather than the back-up of the back-up at centre forward like at the Euros. Veteran Elise Bussagglia is kept in the squad probably to provide guidance and experience. Ines Jaurena returns after a long absence from the team.

FW : Viviane Asseyi, Kadidiatou Diani, Valerie Gauvin, Eugenie Le Sommer, Perle Morroni, Ouleymata Sarr.

Clarisse Le Bihan, Gaetane Thiney and Marie-Laure Delie are dropped, Elodie Thomis has retired. Those four players were at the Euros in Netherlands and are replaced by youngsters Perle Morroni and Ouleymata Sarr (who has scored a hat-trick in the season opener with LOSC) and also players who have already been called in the past, but were not regulars in the squad, like Viviane Asseyi and Valerie Gauvin. Kadidiatou Diani and Eugenie Le Sommer are the only forward to stay in the squad following another tournament where scoring was again a problem.

Amel Majri who missed out on the Euros is still not fit and therefore not selected, as is Delphine Cascarino who is coming back from a long term injury.

France will play Chile in Caen on Friday the 15th of September with a 9pm CET kick off and Spain on the 18th of September in Calais with 9pm CET kick-off as well.  We might see a lot of new players being capped in one of those friendlies and we will see what kind of tactical options Corinne Diacre will select. We can probably expect a less defence and physical strength orientated team. It should be more creative  than under Phillipe Bergeroo and Olivier Echouafni.

 

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What we know so far about the 2018 U20 World Cup in Britany

From the 7th to the 26th of August 2018, France will be the host of the U20 World Cup and it will take place in the Brittany area. Here is what we already know.

 

Format

Born in 2002, the U20 World Cup (U19 in 2002) has 16 teams distributed over four groups with the top two teams from each group going through to the quarter-finals. For the 2018 France have automatically qualified as hosts.  The allocation per confederation is as follows:

Hosts 1: France
UEFA 4: Germany, Netherlands, Spain, England
AFC: 3
CONCACAF: 3
CONMEBOL: 2
CAF: 2
OFC: 1 New Zealand

 

Accommodation

The French bid had originally offered an unusual set-up with the University campus Beaulieu in Rennes as the accommodation for the 16 teams. The concept was reprising the same spirit as the Olympic villages. This unusual set-up has not been validated by FIFA, who has decided to keep the usual hotel set-up for the delegations.

 

Stadiums

Many grounds have been proposed to host the 32 games to be played during the tournament over 20 days. Following stadium visits and taking into account the calendar constraints, three grounds have already been selected.

Stade Guy Piriou at Concarneau, Stade Marville in St-Malo and Stade de la Rabine in Vannes. Among the other candidates St-Brieuc, has not been selected as they did not do the required work improvement.  A fourth ground will be selected between Vitré and Léhon.

The FIFA LOC has visited the premises two months in order to see what development needed to be done for the tournament. The idea behind the Brittany bid is the whole departments in the region host games but also have training grounds for the teams.

For the remaining grounds waiting to be selected, they are both expected to improve the lighting and the stands in order to fulfil the applicable standard. Those points must be validated by the city halls. The final city should be known in the near future.

The original post in French can be found here

 

Travel mileage to grounds

If fans/parents wants to be based around Rennes (capital of Brittany) during the tournament, here is the distance from the different grounds:

Rennes – Concarneau 202 km / 125 miles

Rennes – Vannes 116 km / 72 miles

Rennes – St Malo 70 km / 43 miles

Rennes – Vitre 38 km / 24 miles

Rennes – Lehon 54 km / 34 miles

 

TGV train from Paris to Rennes takes around 1h30

 

If they want to be based around Nantes (the historical capital of Brittany and a well know tourist area)

 

Nantes – Concarneau 216 km / 134 miles

Nantes – Vannes 114 km / 71 miles

Nantes – St Malo 179 km / 108 miles

Nantes – Vitre 139 km / 87 miles

Nantes – Lehon 163 km / 101 miles

 

TGV train from Paris to Nantes takes around 2h00

 

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France, International football

France 1 Iceland 0, 3 points and many questions but few answers

A 1-0 victory with a late penalty from Le Sommer means France start the Euros with a precious win, but will have to go back to the drawing board before the Austria game.

France started in a 4-2-3-1 system with Le Sommer as the lone striker, Thomis on the right side and Le Bihan on the left side. Abily was the playmaker with Bussaglia and Henry behind her.  Houara, Georges preferred to M’Bock bathy, Renard and Karchaoui. Bouhaddi was in goal as usual.

The first point to mention is how much influence the referee has on the game. She was quite lenient forgetting to whistle penalties, yellow cards, a red card and was inconsistent as well with her bookings.

She let so many things go unpunished on both side, that it was no surprise to see a French player being subbed after being injured with a twisted ankle. Talking about not controlling a game and favoring physical play rather than football, it was another typical example of those kind of games.

It is quite clear that with a different referee, who would have been stricter and fully applying the LOTG, the game would have been played differently. I note that the VAR would also have changed the game, fouls in the penalty area ignored by the referee with fouls on both side that could have been  seen and punished.

It is funny to note that Henry to win the decisive penalty had to clearly show the referee that she was being held to get the foul, otherwise it would not have been given, as it happened in the first half of the game.

External factor aside, it was certainly not a great performance from France, way too many technical mistakes on the final ball and passes. Against a team playing physically and pushing you in virtual and real sense, you can either raise your physical level to start a trench battle but it  would means no football being played. And with a random decision making referee, it can quickly lead to being red carded without warning.

Or you can try to play better football, go round the opposition defense and that was the logical option. So France kept trying to breach the Icelandic defense without much success, because the technical link between players was not there.

Some players under performed, others clearly lacked match sharpness, the speed of play and passing precision was missing in the final third for Les Bleues against a tight defensive block. It is not easy at all to go through or around such a good defense, but having Le Sommer as a lone striker was not great.

In the end France finished the game with four attacking players Diani, Delie, Thiney, le Sommer plus Abily and Henry in midfield and having numbers up front certainly helped.  .

Credit to the players for battling until the end of a poor game in term of team performance. Some individuals shone throughout the game, but many players were just average or below average and will need to raise their level against Austria.

At the end of the day, Iceland had a clear gameplan to disrupt the French attacking game and it worked well, while France had a gameplan and did not apply it to the best of their technical ability.

Attacking football in the end prevailed, but it was very close to another failure and 1-0 defeat as we have seen many through the years for France. There will be work to do in training to try to solve the problems as the next game against Ausria is likely to follow the same scenario.

 

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