Aston Villa 1 (Wilkinson 56) London Bees 1 (Popadinova 41)
The spoils were shared as Aston Villa and London Bees battled out an entertaining draw in their WSL 2 mid-table clash at Sutton Coldfield.
Villa could have been ahead with just a minute on the clock after Maddy Cusack chipped the ball over the Bees defence for an unmarked Kerri Welsh who took a touch but blazed her shot over the bar from around eight yards out.
London Bees settled down well from this point and passed the ball around confidently with Emma Beckett and Becky Anderson prompting matters in midfield. They produced their first opportunity when Beckett's free kick was headed on by Deanna Cooper and Chloe Beattie tipped over the bar.
Villa were finding it difficult to get going, their best chances coming through a long range effort from Welsh which flew just past the post after good work from Beth Merrick, then Mollie Rouse headed wide from Hannah George's cross.
Bees were dominating matters at this stage though, but could not break through a determined Villa defence. Evdokia Popadinova was played through by Beckett's pass but she was denied twice, first by a block from George and then Beattie saved from the rebound. Nikki Watts drilled a shot on the turn narrowly over and a Paula Howells corner was met by Beckett whose header was well saved by Beattie and Chloe Jones was able to clear.
Four minutes before half time, Bees' efforts finally brought reward albeit from an error in the Villa defence. George's back pass was seized upon by Watts and although Beattie was able to save her shot, Popadinova was on hand to steer the rebound into the empty net.
Villa tried to hit back with a good run and shot by Cusack which was saved but Bees were fully worthy of their lead going into the break.
The Villa team were out early for the second half and looked a different side during the early stages of the second half. A good pass from Katie Wilkinson set up Merrick who dragged her shot wide but five minutes later, they levelled the scores in spectacular style.
After Sydney Hinchcliffe was penalised for handball 25 yards from goal, Wilkinson stepped up to curl a delightful free kick over the wall and out of the reach of Sophie Harris for the equaliser.
Bees almost hit back straight away with a low cross by Howells which was diverted towards her own goal by Jones but Beattie did well to turn the ball past the post at full stretch. Back came Villa with Rouse bursting into the area before firing her shot wide.
The impressive Howells had been a constant threat to Villa on the left, her battle with Villa full back Hayley Crackle being a feature of the game, but she passed up a great chance to put her side back in front after playing a neat one-two with Watts but shot well over with only Beattie to beat.
The game continued to flow from end to end, Amy West bringing out a save from Harris following Wilkinson's lay off and the same player was to be denied again six minutes later, Merrick's corner being met by West whose sidefooted volley brought out a great instinctive stop by the Bees keeper.
Harris excelled herself once again with an excellent one handed save from a well struck shot by Sarah Mayling as both teams went all out for victory. Howells once again made a strong run at the other end and her low cross saw a vital interception by Jones, who managed to prevent Ashleigh Goddard from what would have been a tap in.
Howells shot wide following a good pass from Goddard, before both teams had opportunities in injury time. After defending a corner, a pinpoint long ball from Merrick was raced onto by Tash Baptiste, who held off a challenge before lobbing Harris but her effort was just too high. Watts threatened to break through at the other end but Beattie was quickly off her line to make a smothering save and ensure that the game finished level.
Aston Villa: Chloe Beattie, Hayley Crackle, Hannah George, Chloe Jones, Elisha N'Dow, Mollie Rouse (sub Alys Hinchcliffe 70mins), Sarah Mayling, Maddy Cusack (sub Tash Baptiste 79mins), Katie Wilkinson, Kerri Welsh (sub Amy West 60mins), Beth Merrick. Subs not used: Jess Myers, Lucy Porter, Grace Smith.
London Bees: Sophie Harris, Manuela Napria, Sophie Fogarty, Becky Anderson, Deanna Cooper, Sydney Hinchcliffe, Emma Beckett, Evdokia Popadinova, Nikki Watts, Ashleigh Goddard, Paula Howells. Subs not used: Imogen Riches, Merrick Will, Andria Georgiou, Zemeka Clarke.
(top) Beth Merrick takes on Manuela Napria
(middle) Maddy Cusack is challenged by Ashleigh Goddard
(bottom) Hayley Crackle under pressure from Paula Howells
Manchester City 1 (Ross 65) Liverpool 1 (White 4)
Manchester City produced a second half fightback to preserve their unbeaten record after Rosie White had become the first player to score past the league leaders this season.
White silenced the home crowd early on when she skipped past two defenders to score and bring an end to City's superb run of seven clean sheets. Caroline Weir came close to doubling her side's advantage before the break but her curling effort came back off the bar.
City improved after the break and their pressure was rewarded when leading scorer Jane Ross tapped home from close range, from Nikita Parris' driven cross.
Siobhan Chamberlain then prevented Jill Scott's header from going in before Karen Bardsley denied Niamh Charles at the other end and Chamberlain also thwarted Ross late on in a lively finish.
Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus (sub Megan Campbell 88mins), Demi Stokes, Jennifer Beattie, Jill Scott, Kosovare Asllani, Daphne Corboz (sub Nikita Parris 45mins), Jane Ross, Toni Duggan (sub Tessel Middag 61mins). Subs not used: Marie Hourihan, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Izzy Christiansen.
Liverpool: Siobhan Chamberlain, Satara Murray, Gemma Bonner, Sophie Ingle, Alex Greenwood, Kate Longhurst, Laura Coombs (sub Katie Zelem 81mins), Shanice Van De Sanden (sub Emma Lundh 74mins), Rosie White, Natasha Harding (sub Niamh Charles 90mins), Caroline Weir. Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons, Ashley Hodson, Mandy Van Den Berg, Martha Harris.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Watford 2 (Mason pen 20, Kerr 80) Everton 1 (Walker 18)
Watford turned the league table on its head to inflict a first defeat of the season on promotion chasing Everton and register their first league win of the campaign.
Everton took the lead just before the twenty minute mark as Claudia Walker's speculative distance shot bobbled awkwardly on the long grass and slid under Lucy Gillett.
The Watford goalkeeper had been by far the busier of the two in the opening exchanges, with the home side struggling to contain Everton's excellent play along both flanks. However the hosts pulled back an equaliser immediately, with Ellie Mason coolly converting from the spot after an Everton handball.
Gillett found herself in huge trouble at the start of the second half, racing out of her box and bundling Walker over and was lucky to escape with just a yellow card.
Watford got the winner when Everton goalkeeper Kirstie Levell left her line to give Kerr the space to fire off a powerful shot that left the net bulging.
Watford: Lucy Gillett, Jordan Littleboy, Molly Burgess, Nicole Pepper, Anneka Nuttall, Giulia Ferrandi, Anne Laure-Davy, Ruby Baxter, Charlotte Kerr, Katie Stanley, Ellie Mason. Subs not used: Vicky Wotton, Sophie Cheadle, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts.
Everton: Kirstie Levell, Vicky Jones, Danielle Turner, Ellie Stewart, Michelle Hinnigan, Kelly Jones, Georgia Brougham, Claudia Walker, Megan Finnigan (sub Jenna Dear 75mins), Millie Turner (sub Krystle Johnston 56mins), Gabrielle George. Subs not used: Jennifer Myler, Emily Hollinshead, Faye Bryson, Lauren Davies.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Notts County 2 (Williams 15, White 65) Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Sigsworth 23)
A second half goal from Ellen White gave Notts County three important points to take them into mid-table and ensure that Emma Coates' first match in charge of Doncaster Rovers Belles ended in defeat.
In an eventful opening half, the Belles showed great attacking promise, looking much improved so soon into Coates' reign but it was Notts who struck first through Rachel Williams, the striker swivelling with ease to fire past Nicola Hobbs to score against her former club.
The Belles fought back and put real pressure on Notts, Katrin Omarsdottir was constantly an outlet and her pull back found the deadly Jess Sigsworth who made no mistake in finding the bottom corner.
Goalkeeper Carly Telford picked up an injury on the stroke of half time, a collision in the air prompted an awkward landing and she was stretchered off with her left leg in a brace during the break.
It did not affect Notts though, in a less eventful second period Amy Turner's long ball forward caused confusion and allowed White to seal the win with a lobbed finish.
Notts County: Carly Telford (sub Megan Walsh 45mins), Amy Turner, Fern Whelan, Danielle Buet, Maja Krantz (sub Chelsea Weston 90mins), Laura Bassett, Aivi Luik, Angharad James (sub Leanne Crichton 62mins), Ellen White, Rachel Williams, Jess Clarke. Subs not used: Aileen Whelan, Taome Oliver, Alice Hassall.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Rachel Newborough (sub Sam Tierney 74mins), Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Sophie Barker, Kasia Lipka, Katrin Omarsdottir, Emily Simpkins, Lauren Cresswell, Carla Humphrey, Jess Sigsworth. Subs not used: Anna Moorhouse, Sue Smith, Tilly Potts, Yasmin Mosby.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Durham Women 0 Yeovil Town 2 (Primus 57, Wiltshire 73)
Yeovil Town extended their lead at the top of WSL 2 after two second half goals made their long journey to Durham a successful one.
Yeovil came close after just four minutes when Ellis Hillman picked the ball up after a defensive scramble from Durham, and her right foot shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Helen Alderson. At the other end, Charlotte Haynes was relatively untested until Rachel Lee unleashed a thunderous drive from 30 yards on the half hour, forcing the Yeovil stopper to turn the ball behind.
After a quiet first half, the second 45 minutes began brightly, with Yeovil's Hannah Short volleying just wide after Chloe Macek failed to clear.
On 57 minutes, Yeovil took the lead when forward Atlanta Primus beat the offside trap and tucked the ball neatly past Alderson into the bottom left corner. Ten minutes later, Primus was again played clean through with only Alderson to beat, but this time the home keeper got down to her left to turn the ball around the post.
Yeovil doubled their advantage on 73 minutes, with a long ball finding Sarah Wiltshire in the box, and she lobbed Alderson for her ninth goal of the season.
Durham's best chance came four minutes later, when Sarah McFadden made a powerful run down the right, only to shoot over the bar.
Durham Women: Helen Alderson, Ellie Christon, Sarah Wilson, Rebecca Salicki, Chloe Macek (sub Megan Elliott 74mins), Beth Hepple, Rachel Lee, Sarah McFadden, Tyler Dodds (sub Mercy Darkoah 45mins), Natalie Gutteridge (sub Sarah Eadon 24mins), Jordan Atkinson. Subs not used: Courtney Corrie, Megan Elliott.
Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes, Nicola Cousins, Hannah Short, Helen Bleazard, Kelly Snook, Lauren Townsend (sub Emily Donovan 80mins), Ellie Curson, Ann-Marie Heatherson, Ellis Hillman, Atlanta Primus (sub Steph Williams 72mins), Sarah Wiltshire (sub Natasha Knapman 86 mins). Subs not used: Charlotte Johnson, Nadia Lawrence.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Bristol City 4 (Farrow 17,43, Emslie 28,42) Oxford Utd 1 (Umotong 24)
Claire Emslie scored twice on her debut as Bristol City began the second half of the WSL 2 season with a 4-1 win which takes them into second place.
Oxford had gone into the game with three straight wins under their belts but City's firepower was too strong for the U's on the day.
City were quickly into their stride and good hold up play from Millie Farrow ended with her teeing up a chance for Georgia Evans and the midfielder's shot was tipped over the bar by Hannah Cox. Evans again went close to scoring her first goal for the club with another effort from the edge of the area which flew narrowly over.
Emslie had impressed during the opening stages with her direct running at the Oxford defence and one run and cross should have led to them taking the lead, however Loren Dykes sliced her shot back across goal with it at her mercy.
Three minutes later though, Dykes was to make amends by turning provider for the opening goal. The Welsh international sped down the right and her accurate cross was sidefooted home by Farrow for a neat finish.
City were playing some nice, incisive football with Evans having a fine game in midfield and she did well to set up Jodie Brett for a 25-yard strike which dipped narrowly over.
Oxford had spent the first quarter of the game on the back foot but in the 24th minute, they produced a fine move of their own which led to an equaliser. Umotong's header released Georgia Timms on the right and her ball across goal found Holly Pickett beyond the far post. Pickett's shot came back off the bar but Umotong reacted quickly to win the ball off Grace McCatty and bury her shot past Caitlin Leach from close range.
Parity lasted for just four minutes though as great play down the left from Megan Alexander saw her get past Madison Lee and cut the ball back from the goal line to Emslie whose shot took a slight deflection but found the far top corner of the net.
Oxford almost levelled the scores once again but Umotong was foiled by an excellent double save by Leach, who blocked her initial shot before getting up to pull off an equally good stop from the rebound.
The double save proved to be a pivotal moment in the match as City inflicted a double punishment with half time approaching. First, a short corner led to Brett's cross being headed away by Umotong, but Chloe Arthur returned the ball into the area for Emslie who gave Cox no chance with a superb curling shot inside the far post.
Before Oxford could recover, City hit them with a fourth goal a minute later. Arthur's ball over the top was chased down by Farrow who shrugged off two challenges before sliding a low shot into the corner.
The first opportunity of the second half went the way of Oxford as Ella Franklin-Fraiture's pass released Timms on the right and her shot was saved at the near post by Leach.
The pace of the home attack had been a constant threat during the first half but Oxford defended well after the break and restricted chances. City's first threatening effort in the second half came on the hour as Alexander crossed from the left for fellow full back Flo Allen whose header was saved. Minutes later, a good flick from Dykes released McCatty in space in the area but Rosie Lane came to rescue for Oxford with a fine saving tackle.
Brett forced a save from Cox after exchanging passes with Poppy Wilson and a good run by Olivia Fergusson almost saw her break through before being halted by a good challenge from Laura Rafferty as Oxford, who had been dealt a double blow by losing midfield duo Katherine Nutman and Lauren Haynes to injury, had tightened up considerably in the second half.
The last chance of the match fell to Oxford as Mollie Dyer chased down a long ball from Ellie Noble before her left foot shot was saved by Leach, but all in all it had been a very encouraging night for City after having lost their previous two games.
Bristol City: Caitlin Leach, Flo Allen, Megan Alexander, Jodie Brett, Grace McCatty, Katie Jones, Chloe Arthur (sub Poppy Wilson 68mins), Georgia Evans, Millie Farrow, Loren Dykes (sub Charlie Estcourt 68mins), Claire Emslie (sub Olivia Fergusson 68mins). Subs not used: Hannah Reid, Paige Sawyer, Frankie Brown.
Oxford Utd: Hannah Cox, Madison Lee, Jess Frampton, Lauren Haynes (sub Ellie Noble 71mins), Laura Rafferty, Rosie Lane, Ini Umotong (sub Mollie Dyer 81mins), Katherine Nutman (sub Sophie Baker 63mins), Georgia Timms, Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Holly Pickett. Subs not used: Charlotte Deeley, Demi Lambourne.
(top) Georgia Evans (on ground) goes close with a first half effort on goal
(middle) Claire Emslie takes on Rosie Lane
(bottom) Millie Farrow holds off Rosie Lane on the way to scoring her second goal
Arsenal 5 (Bannon og 2,19, Natalia 30,39, Janssen 80) Sunderland 1 (Mead 89)
Arsenal made the best possible return to WSL 1 action following the mid-season break with a convincing victory which takes them into fourth place.
After two minutes, Sunderland captain Steph Bannon tried to glance an innocuous looking cross back to keeper Rachael Laws, but turned the ball into her own net.
Then, with Natalia Pablos Sanchon lurking and poised to turn in Asisat Oshoala's teasing ball across the face of goal, Bannon had no choice but to try and intercept, but could only put it beyond Laws for the second time.
Sanchon tapped home after Vicky Losada had nutmegged Victoria Williams on the edge of the box on the half hour and she netted her second on 39 minutes, when Losada deftly scooped the ball over the defence, leaving Sanchon to pick her spot in the bottom corner.
The home side created several chances after the break and Dominique Janssen finally added a well deserved fifth on 79 minutes, when her 25-yard strike was deflected past Laws, before Beth Mead struck from a tight angle at the death to give Sunderland a consolation goal.
Arsenal: Sari van Veenendaal, Alex Scott (sub Chloe Kelly 66mins), Casey Stoney, Jemma Rose, Emma Mitchell, Marta Corredera, Fara Williams (sub Dominique Janssen 71mins), Danielle van de Donk, Asisat Oshoala (sub Katie McCabe 48mins), Vicky Losada, Natalia Pablos Sanchon. Subs not used: Emma Byrne, Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Kelly Smith.
Sunderland: Rachael Laws, Danielle Brown, Hayley Sharp, Stephanie Bannon, Victoria Williams, Keira Ramshaw (sub Abbey Joice 85mins), Kelly McDougall (sub Madelaine Hill 45mins), Brooke Chaplen, Rachel Furness, Stephanie Roche, Beth Mead. Subs not used: Abby Holmes, Hilde Olsen, Charlotte Potts.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Great Britain have opened up their Deaf World Cup 2016 campaign by picking up a point from their first match.
Laura Wiseman and Caz Wilcock scored the goals as Great Britain drew 2-2 with Poland in Eboli, which leaves them in third place in the table after Russia and USA both won their opening matches.
Great Britain's next match will be against tournament hosts Italy on Friday in Agropoli.
Doncaster Rovers Belles are delighted to announce the appointment of Emma Coates as Manager.
Emma Coates, previously the Belles' assistant first team coach, is a highly respected member of the club who helped steer the team towards promotion last season.
A former footballer, FA Skills Coach and Head Coach at Leeds United Ladies Reserves and its Centre of Excellence, Coates is passionate about player development and her determination and willing to succeed perfectly complements the Belles' vision to make a statement in the top-flight and continue the club's unrivalled legacy.
Emma Coates is also part of the club's unique Female Mentoring Scheme, designed by Director of Football Julie Chipchase, which develops first class women managers and coaches to work successfully in the top tier of women's football.
Following her appointment, Emma Coates said: "I'm delighted to have been given the chance to take charge of a team with such a great history in the women's game. The club have supported me throughout my development and I'm looking forward to leading the team forward. We now have to focus on developing some momentum for the second half of the season."
Chairlady, Faye Lygo, added: "Emma has been a central figure in the coaching team at the Belles and is an obvious next choice for us. She is well liked and respected by all at the club. She has a proven record with developing individual players, bringing through younger players and incorporating modern techniques in football coaching, with a proactive and intelligent approach. We are delighted she has accepted this long term appointment to lead the club."
Julie Chipchase commented: "It is fantastic for the club that Emma accepted the role of Manager, having worked with Emma over the last few years through the club's mentoring scheme it is great to see how much she has developed and now the time is right to offer this opportunity in leading the team within the top tier of women's football."
York-born Emma Coates will work in conjunction with Julie Chipchase and will be assisted by a supporting team of top level coaches and Leeds Beckett University.
Emma has made her first signing since taking over with full back Lauren Cresswell rejoining the club.
Spartans caused a huge shock in SWPL 1 when they defeated leaders and reigning Champions Glasgow City 3-0.
Alana Marshall gave Spartans the lead via a 20-yard free kick and the Edinburgh side needed to withstand a spell of pressure from City, who hit the bar through captain Leanne Ross. Kirsty McLaughlin then doubled Spartans' advantage and Sarah Clelland marked her debut for the club by scoring the third late on.
This is the first time that Glasgow City have been beaten in a league since September 2014, when they lost 1-0 to the same opponents, and completes an unusually bad week for the club following on from their League Cup Final defeat to Hibernian a few days earlier.
In contrast, a great few days for Hibernian continued with a 3-0 victory away to Stirling University, which leaves them five points off the pace. Sarah Ewens gave them an early lead but it wasn't until the second half that they sealed the win with further strikes from Emma Brownlie and Lizzie Arnot.
An eventful Sunday also saw an Old Firm clash and it was Celtic who emerged as 2-1 winners over Rangers, a result which keeps them in third place. Celtic took the lead midway through the first half through captain Kelly Clark and Chloe Craig added a second from the penalty spot just before half time, following a foul on Suzanne Mulvey. Clare Gemmell pulled a goal back for Rangers on the hour mark but Celtic saw the game out for three important points.
Aberdeen pulled away from the bottom places, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Forfar Farmington. The Dons struck twice inside the opening five minutes with goals from Cheryl Anderson and Hannah Stewart and the win was wrapped up with an own goal midway through the second half.
Things remain tight at the top of SWPL 2 with Hamilton Academical holding on to the leadership on goal difference after they defeated Queen's Park 5-1. Hamilton took the lead courtesy of Gillian Inglis shortly before half time and in the second half, substitute Teigan McCann hit a hat-trick and Amie McGill rounded off the scoring late on.
Second placed Glasgow Girls ran out 5-1 winners at Buchan Ladies to keep pace with the Accies. Samantha McManus, Lauren Coleman, Lauren Evans, Charmaine McGuire and Megan Logan all scored a goal apiece to keep their promotion challenge on course.
Hearts stay in third, one point behind the top two, following their 2-1 win against Jeanfield Swifts. A goal in each half from Ashley Carse and Brogan Anderson gave them the points, with Jeanfield pulling one back through Jade McDonald.
Hutchison Vale are up into the top half of the table after scoring six times without reply past Inverness City. Ashley Fish had a great day in front of goal as she bagged a five-goal haul and Anna Hume joined her on the scoresheet.
Doncaster Rovers Belles manager Glen Harris has departed from the club with immediate effect.
The club has issued the following statement:
"Doncaster Rovers Belles confirm that Glen Harris has left the club.
Glen was an integral part of our promotion success last season as we returned the FA WSL 1 and we are thankful for all of his hard-work. We wish Glen every success in his future endeavours.
The appointment of the new Head Coach will be officially announced shortly, once FA clearance for our new appointment has been obtained.
Whilst we recognise that our fans would like to have the earliest possible information about changes to the club we had hoped to conclude all matters before making a public statement."
Glasgow City's monopoly on the major trophies in Scotland came to an end as they were beaten 2-1 by Hibernian in the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Final.
The opening exchanges were largely even, before the game exploded into life as a Hibernian corner was cleared as far as Lisa Robertson whose powerful strike brought out an excellent save from Gemma Fay.
City went in front on the half hour from a corner of their own, Leanne Ross' kick being flicked on at the near post and Julie Fleeting was on hand to score.
Hayley Lauder went close to a second when she was denied by a good save by Jenna Fife but six minutes after going behind, Hibs were back on level terms. Kirsty Smith was brought down in the area by Savannah McCarthy and although Lizzie Arnot's penalty was saved by Fay, Lucy Graham was on hand to fire home the rebound.
After the break, a quickly taken corner almost led to City going back in front but Lauder's shot came back off the post after being set up by Erin Cuthbert. McCarthy forced a good save from Fife as City enjoyed their best spell of the game.
As the game entered the latter stages, Hibernian began to get on top and were inches away from taking the lead when Emma Brownlie struck the bar with a free kick.
Two minutes into injury time, a City corner was cleared away and Hibs immediately counter attacked. Arnot won the ball from Sarah Crilly as she tried to let the ball run out of play and her resulting cross was aimed at Sarah Ewens but went in off Fay for a goal which proved to be decisive.
Hibernian: Jenna Fife, Rachel McLauchlan, Kirsty Smith, Joelle Murray, Emma Brownlie, Chelsea Cornet (sub Heather Richards 85mins), Lisa Robertson, Lizzie Arnot, Lucy Graham, Sarah Ewens, Abigail Harrison.
Glasgow City: Gemma Fay, Leanne Ross, Nicola Docherty, Savannah McCarthy, Cheryl McCulloch, Joanne Love, Lauren McMurchie (sub Ruesha Littlejohn 77mins), Hayley Lauder, Julie Fleeting (sub Sarah Crilly 57mins), Erin Cuthbert, Fiona Brown.
Birmingham City are delighted to announce that goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger has joined the club from French club Paris Saint Germain.
The 25-year-old, who was a runner-up in last season's UEFA Women's Champions League, as well as the French Feminine Division 1 in 2014-15 and 2015-16, will arrive in Birmingham with one of the highest reputations in European football.
Previous to joining PSG she spent three seasons with FFC Turbine Potsdam winning numerous trophies including the Frauen Bundesliga as well as progressing through the German national team set up.
Berger's performances this season, most notably in the UEFA Champions League campaign, against Barcelona and Lyon has further cemented her reputation with fantastic performances on the biggest stage.
Blues Ladies manager David Parker said: "To sign Paris Saint Germain's No.1 goalkeeper says it all and we have had to work hard to prise her away from that fantastic Club and European giant.
"It is another signal of intent and statement that we can attract the very best players to the club with the vision and strategy we have.
"When meeting Ann-Katrin and showing her everything we had to offer at the club, she was blown away by what we are developing here and wants to be part of this special journey we are embarking upon. She has achieved so much domestically in France and Germany and now with a new challenge she wants to experience this same success and journey in England."
On her move to Birmingham, Berger said: "I'm really excited to play for Birmingham City Ladies. The young team, facilities, staff and vision convinced me to sign. I'm looking forward to the new challenge and I will give my best to help the team achieve our goals."
Manager Willie Kirk has reunited with former Hibernian FC player Claire Emslie, who joins Bristol City Women from Florida Atlantic University.
The Scottish-born player has shown great promise from a young age representing her national team at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 level as well as the senior squad in 2013. Emslie started her football career in Edinburgh with Hibernian FC where she played under current City Women Manager, Willie Kirk.
The 22-year-old said: "I worked with Willie until I was 15 when he brought me into the Hibs first team. I am really excited to be working with him again."
Willie Kirk added: "She is focused on her own development and a great character in the changing rooms. She will bring a lot to the squad."
Claire has been in America since 2012, studying and playing football at Florida Atlantic University. "When I first went to Florida I was a midfielder but they converted me to a forward," she said. "I managed to beat the all-time goalscoring record there and in my final year I was awarded Student Athlete Of The Year, which I am very proud of."
The forward has been training with the rest of the squad for the past week and Willie Kirk is pleased with how she is settling in: "It is as if she has been here for months and the girls have taken to her really quickly."
Emslie is looking forward to a new challenge in Bristol, saying: "I have matured as a player over the past few years and I am happy to be here in Bristol to compete for promotion."
Despite the female game growing in popularity - and England coming third in the Women's World Cup last year - Britain's dads are more likely to be spending time with their daughters indoors playing computer games than outdoors kicking a football around.
The findings come as a result of a OnePoll survey, commissioned by the energy giant and sponsor of The SSE Women's FA Cup for its Dads and Daughters campaign, which aims to encourage more young girls to start playing the beautiful game.
Keeping girls active is one of the key challenges dads around the country are currently facing, and playing football could be the solution as the summer months approach. As it stands, only a third of fathers currently play football with their daughters, while just two per cent believe she would be interested in the sport anyway.
Former England lioness Kelly Smith joined SSE to encourage more dads to have a kickabout with their daughters this weekend. She said: "My dad played a pivotal role in supporting and encouraging me throughout my footballing career. From the fun hobby at the start to driving me to games and cheering me on the world stage.
"There are many dads around the UK doing a brilliant job of encouraging their daughters to be a part of football. SSE's sponsorship of the SSE Women's FA Cup aims to grow the numbers of young girls playing the game and what better way to start than a father and daughter kickabout in the park this Father's Day."
SSE became the first major sponsor of the Woman's FA Cup in 2015. The four-year sponsorship aims to help grow the game's profile but importantly provide vital funding into grassroots football.
Colin Banks, Head of Sponsorship for SSE, said: "Just one per cent of fathers think their daughters would pick a career as a footballer, if given the choice. We think the number could be much higher and what better way to encourage more young girls to get involved in sport than a family football game for Father's Day?
"Kelly had tremendous support from her family which enabled her to compete at the highest level but a friendly kickabout this weekend could be just the encouragement young girls need to consider getting involved in the grassroots game."
Dads are clearly conscious of the disparity that exists between girls and boys in football, with nearly a third of fathers in the UK saying they feel there is still a stigma around girls pursuing certain sports or hobbies.
In fact, many dads have suggested that their daughters are eight times more likely to pick a career in dance, theatre or hairdressing over football, while only one per cent of fathers think their daughters would pick a career as a footballer, if given the choice.
This may explain why 20 per cent of fathers actively encourage their sons to take an interest in football, whereas that figure drops to just seven per cent for girls.
The survey also revealed that fathers believe teaching tops the chart for both boys (52%) and girls (68%) when it comes to which professions act as the best role-models for children. SSE, through the FA, is working with clubs across the country to give more young people the chance to take part in the game - even just for fun - and encourage girls in particular to enjoy the sport.
SSE's Dads and Daughters campaign celebrates fathers around the country who have played a major part in encouraging their daughters to get involved in football. Three films are being created to tell the stories of the special father-daughter bonds across all levels of the game, from grassroots to the elite.
The first film features Arsenal Ladies striker and former England Lioness Kelly Smith who recently won The SSE Women's FA Cup, and is available to view at www.sse.co.uk/kellysmith
The survey also uncovered the following statistics:
* Only three in 10 dads who watched the Women's World Cup - which won a global TV audience of over 750 MILLION - did so with their daughters
* Fathers are far more likely to spend time playing computer games or tablets indoors with their daughters than go outside for a kickabout
* None of the fathers surveyed expect their boy to have any desire to go into childcare
* Teaching tops the chart for both boys (52 per cent) and girls (68 per cent) when it comes to which profession dads think make the best role-models for children
* As well as dads being less likely to play football with their daughters than their sons, they're also less likely to watch football with them
* In the last month, 42 per cent of fathers watched sport on TV with their sons compared with a third watching with their daughters - although 60 per cent of fathers had taken their girls shopping
* For both boys and girls, fathers believe that job satisfaction - whatever the job - is the most important thing for their children's well being
The survey was conducted by OnePoll between 27 May and 8 June. The respondents consisted of 540 dads with sons and 512 dads with daughters, a total number of 1052.
Birmingham City are delighted to announce that Norwegian International Andrine Hegerberg has signed for the club from Swedish side Kopparbergs/Gothenberg.
The 23-year-old is considered to be one of the rising stars in European football and has also already graced some of the top clubs in Europe after moving to Potsdam in 2013 and then onto Kopparbergs/Gothenberg, where she has impressed in central midfield for the past two seasons.
Internationally, Hegerberg has made two senior appearances for the national side after making her senior debut at just 18 against Sweden in 2012. She will be looking to Euro 2017 to cement her further growing reputation.
She was in the Norway squad for last week's Euro 2017 qualifier against Wales at Newport but was not involved on the day as her sister Ada scored both goals in the 2-0 win.
Blues Ladies manager David Parker said: "Signing Andrine is another wonderful addition to the club and FA WSL. Her stature in the game is already up there with the most promising players in Europe and we want to help her achieve the status and level she is capable of reaching, as one of the best players in Europe.
"She will add a different dynamic to the group and give us a greater attacking threat from midfield. I know for certain she is going to be a fan favorite at the club with her ability and personality on the pitch."
On her move to Birmingham, Hegerberg said: "I'm delighted to be joining Birmingham, one of the big clubs in British women's football. I've had three good years in Gothenburg but I felt the time was ready for me to take on a new challenge and now I can't wait to get stuck in with Birmingham FC.
"I've had good talks with David and Marcus and they've made me feel very welcome. Their ideas on how to move the club forward made the transfer a very attractive one for me. I'm extremely impressed with the clubs presentation of itself that clearly shows the ambition to be a leading club in domestic football as well as to participate in European football. I feel confident that I have a lot to contribute to the team's future development."
The transfer is subject to International Clearance.
C & K Basildon Ladies are holding open trials for their first and Development teams on Saturday 25th June.
The trials are taking place at the Basildon Sports and Leisure Club (formally the Selex Sports and Leisure Club), Gardiners Way, Gardiners Lane South, Basildon SS14 3AP.
The trials will start at 11am, and will last approximately ninety minutes. Players are not required to register in advance, but please arrive in time for an 11am start, be already changed in training kit, bring football boots, training shoes, shin pads and water.
If there are any players who cannot make the trial date, but would still like to be considered for either the first or Development teams, then please contact Peter King using the contact details below.
C & K Basildon Ladies are the only team in Essex playing in the FA Women's Premier League, and are looking for players that combine good technical ability with reliable, hardworking and highly committed. The first team plays in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division and the Development team plays in the FA Women's Premier League Reserve Division South.
If you have experience of playing in the FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Premier League or Women's Eastern Region League, or if you aspire to play in the FA Women's Premier League, then please contact us.
C & K Basildon Ladies are coached by former Southend United player and manager, Steve Tilson, who holds the UEFA "A" and Pro licence. The coaching staff consist of Danny Greaves (assistant manager) and Lee Harrison (goalkeeping coach). Danny and Lee both hold the UEFA "A" Licence and Lee also holds the UEFA "A" Goalkeeping Licence.
For further information, contact Peter King on (07801) 975903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
England star Casey Stoney MBE and head coach Mark Sampson were on hand to greet more than 300 girls from across Staffordshire on Friday at the FA Girls' Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres.
Girls aged between 5 and 16 years were invited to test their skills in a range of activities combining football, fun and music. The festivals are a joint initiative by the FA and Continental Tyres, providing an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.
Stoney led a football master class, demonstrating her skills across the different activities, whilst girls tried out interactive batak boards, quickfeet and speed cages that ran alongside the 5-a-side games that took place throughout the day.
Stoney continued joining in the festivities, joining participants in the refereeing workshops before she and Mark Sampson gave the young athletes some advice on how best to advance in football and what it takes to become one of the best in your field.
Answering any and all questions that the young athletes could throw at them, Sampson acknowledged the fast paced development of the women's game could only be a good thing, commenting: "We are on this journey and this path of all the hard work that has gone on for a number of years throughout the women's game with the ultimate aim that every young girl has the opportunity to play football if they want to. We are still not quite there, but we have come a long way especially with these type of events.
"Having a safe, organised and friendly environment for everyone to come and enjoy football is another building block to open girl's eyes to the chance and possibilities of playing football and what the sport can bring to them. I am absolutely delighted that the likes of Continental Tyres have come along and support these types of programmes, it makes such a difference, otherwise some girls may not get the chance to play.
"These type of environments open the door for the girls to experiment and have a go at playing football and with more and more girls' clubs there are some great opportunities for girls to have a chance to play."
Casey added: "The platform that the women's game has got now, with the international games being on TV, the WSL being on TV and the thousands of fans that are coming through the door to watch the game, is massive as it is having an impact on the next generation. Little girls that are here today are turning on their TVs and seeing us play and aspiring to play football and be the next generation of England Lionesses and if they are not the next generation of England players they are picking up a ball and playing. They have got opportunities like today, that just didn't exist when I was younger, so it is fantastic to be here and see so many girls with a smile on their face, playing football and playing the game that I love."
The festivals complement the work the FA is doing with their 'We Can Play' campaign, aiming to eradicate stereotypes, whilst retaining and increasing participation within the girls' game. The effort and commitment of the festival sponsors Continental Tyres were highlighted by their UK Marketing Director, Guy Forbisher: "The FA Girls Football Festivals with Continental Tyres continues to grow year on year, giving tens of thousands of young girls from around the country the chance to get involved with the sport.
"At Continental Tyres we are extremely proud that 2016 is our sixth year partnering with the FA and undoubtedly is set to be the biggest and best so far. Who knows, perhaps in a few years' time we may see a number of our festival attendees playing for their country."
Coundon Court can look forward to Premier Division football in the West Midlands League after winning the Division One South title.
The team were crowned as Champions at the very first attempt following promotion from County League football and club Chairman Richard Seedhouse told Women's Soccer Scene of his delight at the club's success so far.
"This team started as our very first girls team, part of a Coundon Court FC/Birmingham County FA initiative to create an Under-10 and Under-11 girls team at our club," he said. "The teams went through the junior leagues each year and were followed by another team created each year through our Girls Summer Special, an opportunity for girls in Coventry and surrounding areas to come and play football and also trial for our teams.
"Three seasons ago, they made the leap into women's football and when I say leap, I mean bypassing the youth league to go straight into women's football at 16 years of age.
"This proved a great decision by the management of the team as they secured second place in the Birmingham County League Third Division and were promoted to the Second Division in their first season.
"Their second season was even more spectacular as they won the league and also clinched the Open League Cup, beating several Premier Division teams along the way and in the final.
"They applied to the FA in lieu of the initiative which is in place to manage and balance teams by ability and performance and were double promoted from the County League Second Division, directly into the Regional League (South).
"This season, only their third in competitive adult football, they have won the league and also finished runners-up in the League Cup, an absolutely incredible achievement especially when you consider that there is not a single player in the team who has not played for Coundon Court FC at junior level or ever played for any other adult team before.
"Manager Barry Morris and his women's team are now an inspiration to all our players, on that first training day as Under-10 players could they have ever dreamed of one day playing in the women's FA cup? Well they did!
"As Chairman and Football Development Officer, I feel a sense of incredible pride and unbelievable awe of their achievements to go from a newly formed team to the Regional League Premier Division in three years."
Led by the striking partnership of 18-year-old Lois Jefferies, with 46 goals, and 17-year-old Cerys Miller, who netted 20 times, the team were comfortably top scorers in the league as they won 16 of the 20 league games playing an exciting brand of football. Jefferies won the divisional golden boot with more than double the goals of her nearest rival, she was also top scorer in all three divisions. At the other end of the pitch, Kat Molloy (16) and Mya Graham (17) established themselves as outstanding defenders at this level.
Manager Barry Morris is assisted by Dave Bramley and Ben Isaac and Hannah Roxburgh is team captain.
"The club has a strong Junior section as evidenced by 23 of the 27 players used during the season having come from the Junior ranks and it was fitting that the goal that sealed promotion was scored by skipper Hannah Roxburgh who, at the age of 19, has made over 230 appearances for the club since her debut at under-10," said Morris.
"The club is excited at the challenge of playing in the Premier Division and feels well placed to consolidate its progress so far and with the average age of the squad of just 19, the future is bright."
Coundon Court will again be running its Girls Summer Special, which is open to all girls aged 8 to adult (current Year 2 and upwards). New players especially welcome to trial for any of their ten teams.
The sessions start on Saturday 18th June and run for five Saturdays, 11.30am-12.30pm for U9 to U16, 12.30pm to 1.45pm for U18 and Open Age. All sessions are at Coundon Court School, Northbrook Road CV6 2AJ. £1 per week per player, just turn up to play.
For more information, call (07977) 809784 or email email@example.com, alternatively you can visit the club's website at www.coundoncourtfc.co.uk.
Hosts England Under-23s had to settle for a creditable second place at the Nordic Tournament, despite finishing their campaign unbeaten and with a fine win over the USA.
The Young Lionesses had already drawn 1-1 draw with Norway, Beth England scoring, and beaten Sweden 1-0 with a Claudia Walker goal, before taking on one of the global superpowers of the women's game at St. George's Park.
Lydia Bedford's side fell behind but hit back in the last minute through Chelsea midfielder Beth England, who scored her second goal of the tournament.
England then held their nerve to prevail in the penalty shootout, but while they finished the tournament level on points with the USA, they missed out on the title on goals scored.
England: Lizzie Durack, Jess Carter, Paige Williams, Millie Bright, Abbie McManus (sub Molly Bartrip 78mins), Aoife Mannion, Rosella Ayane (sub Katie Zelem 45mins), Jade Bailey (sub Jodie Brett 45mins), Claudia Walker, Beth England, Melissa Lawley (sub Millie Farrow 78mins). Subs not used: Taome Oliver, Sophie Baggaley, Millie Turner.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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