This was supposed to be Jess Fishlock’s farewell to Reading. Having joined the club on loan for 8 months, she was finishing up and heading back stateside to re-join OL Reign ahead of the NWSL season. In her pre-match video, she touched on her team’s frustrating inconsistencies, stating it made the wins more difficult to enjoy. The match that was to follow was the perfect example of this and if Reading were hoping to give her something to celebrate in her final fixture, it wasn’t to be.
A lot has changed for Charlton Athletic since their last excursion in the FA Championship. Two days after that 1-0 loss at the hands of Sheffield, Karen Hills came on board as head coach. It continues a strange trend of demotion in the women’s game, like with Aston Villa, with Riteesh Mishra remaining at the club but no longer as their leader.
Champions League football returned to Kingsmeadow last night with a bang. In a match that had everything – from red cards to penalty saves – Chelsea hosted Atlético Madrid in a testing Round of 16 fixture.
Sunday’s match up between Brighton and Birminghm was everything you could have wanted from an FA Cup fixture – a non-stop quality display with drama at both ends, both teams giving it their all and a penalty shootout to decide the winner.
It was a game of two halves that took place at a baking Solihull Moors on Sunday afternoon.
Ahead of the start of the 2020/21 Barclays FAWSL season, we spoke with the FA’s Director of the Women’s Professional, Kelly Simmons, and Head of League Operations, Lauren O’Sullivan. Here are some quotes from key issues that arose:
After around 174 days since the last competitive match was played, women’s football returns to England today on the biggest stage of them all.
Ultimate Goal is the new reality football programme searching for previously unearthed talent from the women’s game. It supports BT’s commitment to inspire a new generation of girls and women to participate in football, as part of its long-term partnerships with each of the four UK Home Nations Football Associations.