Brislington won their third trophy of the season when beating Bridgwater Town 5-0 in the Somerset FA Junior Women's Cup Final at Wells City.
Two goals either side of half time put the talented young side in control and they ran in three further second half goals to add the County Cup to their Somerset League and Cup double.
The game started in windy conditions and both sides struggled to keep the ball on the floor during the early stages. Brislington created the first chance of the match when Emily Plummer shot over from Leigha Milkins' pass and moments later, Abbie Southway was somewhat harshly penalised for a challenge on Fay Edwards as she tried to bundle the ball home.
Bridgwater hit back and forced a corner which was flicked on at the near post but Georgia Coles was unable to direct her header on target.
Brislington captain Jess Osborne drove a free kick wide at the other end but Bridgwater were unlucky not to take the lead as Anusia Rourke picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and let fly with a shot which beat Tallulah Wheeler but crashed against the bar.
There had been a long stoppage as Brislington striker Southway sustained a foot injury which forced her to leave the field, to be replaced by Hollie Hodgson, but they continued to pass the ball around well and a superb pass from Zoe Gunter released Sophie Whelan down the right and her angled shot was inches wide of the far post.
As the game entered injury time, Brislington made a crucial breakthrough. The impressive Hayley James broke down the right and fed Whelan on the edge of the area, the winger taking one touch before volleying her shot over Edwards and into the top corner of the net for the opening goal.
Three minutes into the second half, ironically after the ball had been returned to her following an injury, Wheeler's long wind assisted clearance released Plummer on goal, Edwards came off her line to challenge and neither got a touch, allowing Plummer to see the ball in for a goal which was credited to her goalkeeper.
Now Brislington were in control and they sought to add to their two-goal lead. Jade Hatton fired over following a corner and Milkins was unlucky not to find the net when she controlled and volleyed an effort which was just too high.
Brislington were using the dimensions of the large pitch perfectly with the pace of Plummer and Whelan a constant threat while Gunter and Hodgson caught the eye with a good range of passing.
The pressure eventually paid off as Whelan's pass into the area picked out Charlotte Reardon who neatly placed her shot over Edwards to put her team three in front.
Southway returned to the pitch after her first half injury and before Bridgwater could recover the previous setback, they found themselves four behind and Plummer was once again involved, her blistering pace taking her past two defenders before she set up a simple finish for Southway from close range.
Brislington were threatening to run riot at this stage but Bridgwater, to their credit, refused to collapsed. This was personified by Ami Ward who won a number of tackles and headers and she was well supported by Chelsey Pitchers and substitute Marie Campbell.
Brislington won a series of corners but despite good deliveries from Whelan and Molly Moore, Bridgwater continued to fight hard and prevent any further damage. Jazmin Faiers then produced arguably the pass of the match when she threaded a through ball for Milkins but the striker was unfortunate to see the ball come off the back of her heel and Bridgwater were able to clear.
The final goal came with three minutes left on the clock, Southway defying her earlier injury to bravely win the ball in a 50-50 challenge and Plummer picked it up and drove at the Bridgwater defence and into the area. Edwards made a great save from her initial shot but Plummer was able to steer home the rebound for a goal her performance deserved.
The win, against a team two divisions higher, capped a marvellous campaign for a fine Brislington line up which captured three trophies as well as a notable F.A.Women's Cup victory over Shanklin earlier in the season. Sadly they will be losing some of the team to university next season but several members of the squad are set for bright futures in the game.
Brislington: Tallulah Wheeler, Hayley James, Jess Osborne, Jade Hatton, Charlotte Reardon, Molly Moore, Zoe Gunter, Sophie Whelan, Leigha Milkins, Abbie Southway, Emily Plummer. Subs: Heidi Hodgson, Georgia Hurcom, Hollie Hodgson, Jazmin Faiers.
Bridgwater Town: Fay Edwards, Chelsey Pitchers, Emily Hale, Ami Ward, Jess Chappell, Georgia Coles, Anneka Russ, Holly Cox, Anne-Marie Moule, Anusia Rourke, Gabriella Coles. Sub: Marie Campbell.
The East Midlands League Premier Division title race was one of the tightest and closely contested in the country during the season and it was perhaps fitting that the destiny of the Championship was settled by the closest of margins.
In the end it was Mansfield Town who emerged triumphant after a nervy last day in which Steel City Wanderers needed to beat Rise Park by six clear goals in order to overtake them. The Steels managed four, which meant that Mansfield could celebrate winning the title on goal difference by a superior margin of just one goal.
The season started well for Mansfield with a 6-0 win against Gedling Town but their second match ended in defeat to the team which would be their nearest challengers, Steel City Wanderers. A five-match winning run was temporarily halted by draws against Peterborough Northern Star and Steel City but Mansfield were always major contenders in a division where the leadership seemed to change by the week.
A surprise home defeat to Nettleham, followed by a draw against Ellistown, appeared to knock Mansfield's chances but they bounced back to win all of their five remaining games and finished up by beating Sandiacre Town 5-0, a margin of victory which proved to be highly significant.
"It's been a very long, hard season through which we were chased hard by Steel City," says Mansfield secretary Gary Braithwaite. "We have had some fantastic performances throughout the season but in my opinion the best was the 4-1 home win over Long Eaton United.
"It was a very emotional game for many reasons but the main one was that it was only a few days after Linda Braithwaite, club treasurer and matriarch and by far the most vocal supporter, had passed away. The football played in that game was a credit to women's football and would have graced any TV screen.
The squad is managed by Dean Cuthbert and Stacey Bridge is the club captain while Gemma Hodgkinson had a great season in front of goal, netting 17 times. However by far the biggest influence on the club has been Linda Braithwaite who, even though battling a terminal illness, was at every game possible.
Mansfield Town squad: Hannah Bodle, Rebecca Braithwaite, Stacey Bridge, Kelly Clayton, Rebecca Davis, Suzanne Gelson, Jhodie Hard, Abbey Hawkins, Gemma Hodgkinson, Emma Horsnall, Poppy Millar, Charlotte Montgomery, Emma Potter, Kirsty Walton, Donna Watts, Lucy Webster, Amy Bacon, Paige Batey, Lauren Beebe, Catherine Davis, Georgina Herring, Abby White.
Newquay are pleased to announce that Liam Dart, the FA's National Grassroots Coach of the Year, is taking charge as manager of their ladies side.
He will be taking over from Alan Metters who has been manager of the South West Combination Women's Football League side for the past three seasons and led Newquay to last year's Ambassador League Cup.
Dart, 27, has been involved in ladies football for seven years, managing Holsworthy Ladies for two and a half years before moving to manage Launceston Ladies for four years. He has just spent 12 months out of the game.
He was named the FA's National Grassroots Coach of the Year in 2012 after being nominated, unbeknown to himself, by some of the girls from his time at Launceston and also by some of the Under-18 boys he manages at Budehaven Community School.
Dart explains: "I won the county award, then I won the South West and then I went on an won the national. It was a bit of a shock actually. I had resigned from the ladies at the end of the season and then I had a phonecall at the beginning of July to say that I had won the county award, which I didn't even know I had been nominated for, although apparently I was nominated back in February for it.
"I thought it was somebody winding me up. Two weeks later I won the South West one, again not having a clue, I thought somebody was joking. I was then invited to St Georges Park to coach in front of Stuart Pearce, Ray Wilkins and Eric Harrison to be assessed to find out who of the eight regional winners would become the national winner.
"I went up there in the middle of September and a few weeks later I received a phonecall and an e-mail to say that I was National Grassroots Coach of the Year. At the beginning of October I went to Wembley for the England-San Marino game. There was a big awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel which was hosted by Chris Kamara and Ben Shepard.
"There was people like Matt Le Tissier, Gordon Banks, Pat Jennings, David Bernstein, Trevor Brooking, as you do! Three days later I got work with Sky as well. Every month they do a special report programme and one of those was on grassroots football and I was on the panel."
Dart put an end to his sabbatical by agreeing to take over the Peppermints' ladies side, a challenge he said he just couldn't turn down, alongside his long-term assistant Chris Hamlyn who has worked alongside him for as long as Dart has been in management.
Dart said: "I was approached back in October and I had a lot of discussions with Newquay over a period of four or five months. It was a challenge I couldn't turn down to be honest. Newquay has gone a little bit downhill in terms of their league status. I thought it was a good challenge to get them back out of it and build a decent side.
"My target is to build a local side, to regain some respect and success. The key thing is, from my point of view, to have local girls from Cornwall playing. There are lot of good local players in my opinion and hopefully we can build a good side. In addition to that there are some good players currently at Newquay from Plymouth which we can also use.
"Building on the squad Newquay have already by adding in local players, not dragging people in from Bristol or Gloucester which I know has been done previously, and try to build a side which can win and progress. The aim is to get into the Premier League as soon as possible.
Newquay AFC Chairman Peter Butterly said: "Alan and his team have done a great job over the last three or four years but sometimes you need a new direction. For personal reasons, they have done fantastic for the club, but they've had to move on.
"If we are going to move the club forward, getting them back into the National Premier League, then it needs a new impetus. We've gone for a slightly younger, more modern coaching system than what we've had in the past.
"We looked around and we saw that Liam won coach of the year and has been very active in women's football over the last few years. We thought it was a perfect match."
Dart concluded: "We are both excited to have the opportunity to take the club forward. We're inheriting a good side and the players have done brilliantly this year, we want to bring more success."
VfL Wolfsburg 1 (Muller pen 73) Olympique Lyonnais 0
A second half penalty by veteran Martina Muller gave VfL Wolfsburg a shock victory over mighty Olympique Lyonnais at Stamford Bridge.
In front of a crowd in excess of 19,000, the reigning Champions' 118-match unbeaten run came to an end against a gritty, determined Wolfsburg side who battled throughout the game and kept Lyon at bay.
It was Wolfsburg who went very close to going in front in the fourth minute after Conny Pohlers' ball into the area was not cleared and Nadine Kessler tried an ambitious overhead kick which was inches past the post.
The early momentum was with Wolfsburg but Lyon started to settle and after Camille Abily's shot was deflected wide, the resulting corner by Megan Rapinoe was headed just wide by Amandine Henry.
Wolfsburg's tactics of harrying Lyon in possession was paying dividends as the French side were finding it hard to get into their stride. Alexandra Popp fired wide from the edge of the area following a corner but it needed an alert piece of defending at the other end to keep themselves on terms. After Wolfsburg gave the ball away, Laura Georges pumped a deep ball into the area where Rapinoe won the header but Ivonne Hartmann was on hand to hook clear with Elodie Thomis lurking.
Henry forced a save from Alisa Vetterlein with a strike from long range and the powerful midfielder was again involved as her pass into the area was turned over the bar by the normally assured Abily.
Martina Muller was unlucky with a volley at the other end which was narrowly off target but despite an entertaining first half, the scoreline was goalless at the interval.
Lyon had two great chances at the start of the second half but each time they lacked their usual ruthlessness. Thomis made a speedy run into the area which took her past Popp but she elected to pass instead of shooting and her ball went behind Schelin. Moments later Lara Dickenmann broke into the area and cut the ball back to Abily who twisted and turned and her shot came off the arm of Hartmann but appeals for a penalty were rejected.
Abily had a shot blocked by the legs of Vetterlein as Lyon continued to threaten but they were given a warning at the other end when Zsanett Jakabfi tried an ambitious lob from 30 yards but didn't quite get enough power on her shot and Sarah Bouhaddi was able to save comfortably.
Wolfsburg began to come forward again and Bouhaddi was quick off her line to tackle Muller as she bore down on goal. However two minutes later, Luisa Wensing's cross into the area came off the arm of Laura Georges and this time a penalty was awarded. Muller stepped up and crashed her shot into the roof of the net and Wolfsburg were ahead.
Lyon's response was swift with Eugenie Le Sommer racing into the area where she was halted by a fine tackle from Wensing. Vetterlein saved from Dickenmann but Lyon could not create a clear chance against a well drilled Wolfsburg defence.
It could have been two as the game entered injury time as Muller back heeled Kessler's free kick into the path of Lina Magull but the youngster's shot was tipped round the post by Bouhaddi.
Vetterlein saved a shot from Necib at the second attempt and Lyon's last chance was gone, leaving Wolfsburg to celebrate one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history.
Olympique Lyonnais: Sarah Bouhaddi, Corine Franco, Sonia Bompastor, Wendie Renard, Laura Georges, Amandine Henry, Megan Rapinoe (sub Lara Dickenmann 45mins (sub Amel Majri 89mins)), Camille Abily (sub Eugenie Le Sommer 67mins), Lotta Schelin, Louisa Necib, Elodie Thomis. Subs not used: Celine Deville, Sabrina Viguier, Elise Bussaglia, Ami Otaki.
VfL Wolfsburg: Alisa Vetterlein, Luisa Wensing, Zsanett Jakabfi (sub Lina Magull 78mins), Ivonne Hartmann, Josephine Henning, Nadine Kessler, Lena Goessling, Martina Muller, Anna Blasse, Conny Pohlers (sub Navina Omilade 81mins), Alexandra Popp. Subs not used: Jana Burmeister, Eve Chandraratne, Laura Vetterlein, Stephanie Bunte, Johanna Tietge.
One of the stories of the season in the women's game has been the re-emergence of Tranmere Rovers after a number of difficult years.
Less than ten years ago, Tranmere were regular members of the top flight of women's football, playing against teams which are members of the FA WSL these days and producing players of the quality of Sue Smith, Jodie Taylor and Michelle Evans amongst many others.
However the club's status went into decline and after going down into Combination League football, Tranmere were relegated to the Premier Division of the North West League two years ago. After finishing in third place last season, the Birkenhead side went better this time around and carried off the league title to start their climb back up the pyramid.
Tranmere got off to a good start with five wins and a draw in their opening six games but the next ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Blackpool. They bounced back well by winning each of their next five matches but found themselves trailing Blackpool and Morecambe although with a number of games in hand.
That run of wins had included one against Blackpool before a crucial week in which they met Morecambe on successive Sundays. The first match ended in a 4-4 draw and Tranmere won 1-0 in the second, leaving matters in the title race in their own hands.
They duly took full advantage with another run of five straight victories, the last of which saw them beat Burnley Girls & Ladies 1-0 to confirm themselves as Champions.
Louise Edwards is the manager of Tranmere Rovers and she told Women's Soccer Scene that she is delighted with the achievements of her squad, which conceded on 13 league goals all season.
"The team has played exceptionally well the whole season," said Louise. "We said at the start of the season that promotion was the aim.
"Beating Blackpool 2-1 at home was a big confidence boost for the team. The away game at Morecambe, getting the equaliser in extra time to make it 4-4, spurred us on to play them at home the week after and beat them 1-0. That game was the turning point where we knew we would go on to win the league.
"We are looking forward to the challenge next season in the Northern Combination."
The team was a settled one throughout the season, captained by Faye Jones, while Rachel Davison was leading goalscorer with 16 league goals, followed by Kate Horne who was on target nine times. The coaching staff - Shirley Waring and Colin Lewis - also deserve a mention.
Tranmere Rovers squad: Bee Greathead, Hannah Ouldred, Lauren Davies, Keira Onanga, Lindsey Smith, Bethan Woolley, Amie Neale, Rachel Davison, Steph Heron, Kate Horne, Faye Jones, Lynn Carter, Kayleigh Goodwin, Lucy Vaughan, Alli Coleman, Beckie Smith, Rebecca Hirst, Gemma Drury.
Bradford City still have a chance of finishing in the runners-up spot and they did their hopes no harm with a 1-0 win away to Sheffield Utd Community, Clare Fawcett scoring the only goal of the game in the second half.
Huddersfield Town claimed their third victory in succession as they defeated Liverpool Feds 3-0. The prolific Emily Heckler once again led the scoring with a brace and Katie Nutter joined her on the scoresheet.
Leeds City Vixens ended any fears of finishing up in the bottom two after they ran out 5-1 winners away to Cheadle Heath Nomads. Becky Kendell and Shauna Legge each scored twice along with Elly Dove.
South East Combination
The final match of the season ended up in a first victory for Crystal Palace, who defeated Brentwood Town 5-1. Chloe Couzens and Shedean Dyer both bagged braces for Palace, with Amy Wight adding the other goal.
South West Combination
Oxford Utd have been confirmed as Champions without kicking a ball on Sunday after second placed Keynsham Town went down to a 1-0 defeat away to Plymouth Argyle, Rachael Javan scoring the only goal of the game.
Exeter City ended their first season in the league in sixth place after scoring nine without reply past University of Portsmouth. Tash Knapman spearheaded the victory with a four-goal haul, Natalie Shenton weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Lola Sanchez, Helen Kukor and Marika Ghiglia.
* On Wednesday night, Champions Oxford Utd rounded off their season with a 3-0 victory over Swindon Town. Lauren Allison netted a goal in each half and Natasha Caswell was also on the scoresheet for the U's.
East Midlands League
Mansfield Town have been confirmed as Premier Division Champions, but only after the nerviest of endings to a season.
Steel City Wanderers went into their final match of the campaign needing to beat Rise Park by six clear goals in order to pip Mansfield to the title or five to force a play-off match. As it turned out, the Steels led at half time through a Sam Hallam goal and then netted three times in the last fifteen minutes but could not add a fifth goal and this left Mansfield as title winners on goal difference, by just one goal. Both Hallam and Sarah Smith each scored twice but the Steels finish in second place, albeit their highest ever league position in their 20th season.
Eastern Region League
Newly crowned Champions C & K Basildon notched up another victory on Sunday, goals from Nicola Carty and Nicole Farmer earning them a 2-1 success away to Stevenage Borough. Billericay Town meanwhile followed up their League Cup success seven days earlier by clinching the runners-up spot with a 2-0 victory over Barking, Nicola Dunsdon scoring both goals. Great Shelford took third place after Lucy Du Plooy grabbed the only goal of the game in their 1-0 win over Bedford Ladies.
The position of runners-up was also decided in Division One North, AFC Sudbury claiming second place by beating title winners Lowestoft Town 3-1 thanks to Charlotte Churchman, Rachel Gwilliam and Annalise Ryan. Haverhill Rovers meanwhile ran out 4-1 winners over Acle and will finish in fourth.
In Division One South, Leverstock Green needed a victory in their final match in order to finish second and they duly defeated West Billericay 5-1. Joanne Williams was on target twice along with Heather Eaton, Sally Green and Nicola Hollick.
London & South East League
Fulham Compton OB captured the Division One (London) title with a 6-0 victory over Luton Town Res. Carshalton Athletic could have overhauled Fulham Compton if they had been beaten but their own chances were ended by a 1-0 defeat away to MSA Ladies, who avenged their defeat in the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy Final seven days earlier.
North East League
The Premier Division fixtures have all been completed but the destination of the title has still not been confirmed. Laura Darmody, Haley English, Vicky Mudd and Laura Finch were all on the scoresheet as Chester-le-Street Town won 4-2 at Hull City and they are two points ahead of Peterlee St Francis who beat York City 3-2, thanks to a Becky Robinson brace and an own goal. Due to an outstanding appeal issued with the FA, the final standings will not be confirmed until 29th May. Caroline Hulme hit a hat-trick with Caroline Cropp and Rachael White adding the others for Guiseley in their 5-3 victory over Castleford White Rose.
The League Cup Final was played on Sunday and Doncaster Belles upset the odds for the fourth time in this season's competition as the Southern Division runners-up triumphed 1-0 over Premier Division Barnsley in the final. Megan Wilson's late second half goal secured the trophy in a run where the Belles beat four of the final top five in the Premier Division table.
South West League
The last Premier Division match of the season saw Bridgwater Town win 1-0 against Cleeve West Town, Gabriella Coles scoring the only goal of the game.
In Eastern Division One, third placed Swindon Spitfires rounded off their campaign with a 4-0 victory over Poole Town. Laura Ball was on target twice along with Emma Skinner and Emily Sparkes.
West Midlands League
TNS Ladies did their chances of a top four finish a power of good as they won 4-2 away to Hereford Pegasus. Allscott meanwhile got the better of Cannock in a high scoring battle, winning 5-3.
Walsall were confirmed as Division One North title winners in midweek and they finished off their season in style, scoring six without reply against Cottage Farm Rangers.
Malvern Town and Lye Town both remain in the bottom three places in Division One South after they battled out a 2-2 draw.
Portsmouth manager Vanessa Raynbird is to retire at the end of the season.
Raynbird, 59, has taken the decision to step back from managing the first team after 11 seasons at the helm. She will be replaced by a joint management team with Katie Poore and Perry Northeast taking the helm.
Her involvement with the club will continue in the coming years, as she takes up the post of Business Manager. It is a new position which has been created with the aim of overseeing all aspects of football within the club including developing the Portsmouth Ladies youth section as well as increasing the club's role in the community.
David Coyle, Club Chairman, said: "I've had the pleasure of working with Vanessa for many years at Pompey Ladies.
"Her dedication and energy - both on and off the pitch - has been an inspiration to everyone involved with the club. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Vanessa for her hard work as manager.
"I'm delighted she is taking up a director's position as Business Manager. It will be a challenging role but one that is in extremely capable hands."
During her time as first-team manager, Vanessa has guided Pompey Ladies to countless Hampshire Cup and Portsmouth Cup titles as the club climbed the divisions, culminating in a long-awaited promotion to the FA Women's Premier League National Division in 2012 as champions of the Southern Division.
Vanessa said: "I think the time is right for me to step back from the first team and take on a new challenge.
"I have enjoyed my 11 seasons. It has been a privilege to work with so many fantastic players and to be part of this club as it has continued to grow.
"I know I will be leaving the team in the capable hands of Katie, who has been a fantastic assistant to me over the past three years, and Perry, who became first team coach this season and has built a great rapport with the girls.
"But it is time for a change, for me as well as the team, and I am looking forward to taking up my new position in the summer."
Friday night football comes to the Scottish Women's Premier League this week as Hamilton Academicals and Hibernian pilot an alternative football fixture.
Moving fixtures to a Friday evening has proven successful in the men's game over the last couple of seasons and forward-thinking Hamilton Academicals were keen to test the water. After putting forward the suggestion of a trial last season the club were finally given the go-ahead this term and they are hoping for a bumper crowd against the Hibees.
Accies boss Kevin Murphy is hoping all the hard work pays off and Scottish Women's Football is able to attract a new generation of supporters. He said: "We wanted to trial this last season but were not permitted. This year we have been granted permission and we hope it will promote the SWPL with an entertaining spectacle.
"Friday nights was tried in the men's game last season which proved to be successful and hopefully we can see a similar result this Friday.
"We hope to increase awareness, attain more media attention for the game as well as boost numbers attending an SWPL match.
"We have made a huge effort for the game such as having face painting for kids, free giveaways, ran local schools mascot competitions as well as having live Twitter fan interaction during the game, which we hope will add to a family fun experience on the night.
"Ultimately, success will be measured by how many supporters come along and watch the game first and foremost, then by how many enjoyed the experience and will come back again to watch an SWPL game."
Accies opponents Hibernian were more than willing to bring their fixture forward and support Hamilton's proposal as both clubs seek to heighten the general public's awareness of women's football in Scotland.
Hibs Chairperson Lindsay Weir commented: "This is an exciting new departure for the women's game where we are trying an experiment to attract larger crowds to matches. The traditional Sunday afternoon matches are maybe not the best time to try and attract families to watch women's football.
"Both teams are working hard to make this a success in terms of marketing the game and if it is successful then it will attract more sponsorship into the women's game and raise its profile in Scotland."
Hamilton hope to bounce back from their surprise weekend defeat from Buchan and will aim to make home advantage count against the Hibees. For Hibs it will be their third match in just six days with the team in green due to play Rangers on Wednesday evening and Accies boss Murphy will be there in the hope of spotting any flaws in his opponent's arsenal.
He said: "Our recent form has been disappointing and everyone was on a real low after Sunday's second half performance, but the beauty of football is you don't have time to dwell on results too long and we quickly refocused on Hibs.
"I am hoping to take in their game with Rangers but I don't expect to see anything that I haven't done so already. We know that regardless of their result against Rangers it is going to be a very difficult game, as it always is when we play Hibs.
"We lost after extra time in the Premier League Cup, but we know we will have to play even better if we are to take anything away from the match.
"Hibs have a large talented squad who are extremely fit and used to training 4/5 times a week so playing so many games in a short period of time won't be much of an issue for them.
"Players enjoy playing rather than training so I'm sure Willie won't have any problems motivating his team when Friday night comes."
The action gets underway at John Cumming Stadium, Carluke, on Friday with an 8pm kick-off. Admission is £3 for Adults and is free for kids and OAPs.
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Chelsea Ladies have launched their first girls-only soccer school which will take place at the world famous Cobham training ground during the summer holidays.
Starting on 19th August, the programme will pass on the skills and tips that have made Chelsea Ladies one of the best sides in the country. Players will get to meet and train alongside the Ladies players, and there will also be a series of workshops on nutrition and training tips for players of all abilities to enjoy.
Participants will discover how to train and play, including how to look after their bodies and what they need to eat and drink to play football to the best of their abilities. They will also get the chance to win signed Chelsea Ladies FC prizes and take part in question and answer sessions with the players.
This unique experience will see players trained by professional coaches in a world-class playing environment, and each player attending the soccer school will receive two free tickets to watch Chelsea Ladies FC v Arsenal Ladies FC in the FA Women's Super League.
Chelsea Ladies FC Soccer Schools are for girls of all abilities aged 7 to 14 years who are interested in playing football. The summer camp will take place from Monday 19 August to Thursday 22 August 2013 (10am - 3pm) at the Chelsea FC Training Ground, Stoke Road, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, KT11 3PT.
To register your place, visit www.chelseasoccerschools.co.uk/soccerschools/index.htm.
Anna Signeul has named her Scotland squad for the first of two away friendly matches next month.
Scotland take on Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday 1st June, before facing Europe's top side, Germany, in Essen two weeks later.
Under-19 captain Siobhan Hunter has been handed her first senior call-up after the Hibernian defender impressed during the recent UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship elite round.
Anna Signeul said: "Siobhan has showed great commitment and has worked very hard to get to where she is now.
"She reads the game well, she's good in the air, in 1 v 1 situations, and strikes the ball well.
"I was very impressed with her displays during the elite round matches, particularly her attitide and commitment. It is very encouraging that we continue to see young players with the potential to progress from the youth ranks."
Defenders Rachael Small (hamstring) and Rhonda Jones (work commitments) and forward Suzanne Grant (hamstring) miss out on the Iceland match.
Rachel Unitt will miss the rest of the season and is out of the Euro 2013 Finals after sustaining a serious knee injury.
The 30-year-old full back, who has been capped 102 times for her country, picked up an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the first half of Birmingham City's 1-1 draw with Lincoln Ladies in the Continental Cup on Sunday, a match which also saw England captain Casey Stoney forced off with a hamstring injury.
It is a second blow in successive years for Unitt, one of the women's game's most popular players, after an ankle injury ended her hopes of playing for Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics.
With Claire Rafferty also ruled out of the Finals, Steph Houghton is now England's only regular left back in the squad. Liverpool defender Lucy Bronze has been called up for a preparation camp but the door may now have opened for one of in-form Bristol Academy captain Corinne Yorston, Kerys Harrop of Birmingham City, Everton youngster Alex Greenwood or Arsenal's Gilly Flaherty.
With only a few days to go before the pinnacle match of the women's football season, children from Doncaster welcomed FA Women's Cup finalist Siobhan Chamberlain.
The goalkeeper from Bristol Academy came along with the prestigious FA Women's Cup trophy ahead of the FA Women's Cup Final, taking place this Sunday 26th May at Keepmoat Stadium (KO 3pm).
Following Kim Little and Kelly Smith of Arsenal Ladies' visit yesterday to meet students of Doncaster College and Balby Carr Community Sports College, it was the turn of Siobhan Chamberlain to meet pupils from Wadworth Primary School, Doncaster. The children, first gathered in the assembly hall for a Q&A and performed their football song 'Football Crazy'. All the pupils then had the chance to take part in coaching sessions with the Bristol Academy player and an FA coach.
They also showed their delight in having their photo taken with the historic piece of silverware and Berry, The FA Women's Super League mascot. It is hoped that the visit will inspire the children of Doncaster and football fans across the region to come and celebrate the FA Women's Cup Final coming to town and see the best of women's football.
Siobhan said: "It was great to meet pupils from Wadworth Primary School in Doncaster. All children, boys and girls of all age groups were excited about the FA Women's Cup Final and were keen to learn more about the life of a female footballer. It is important to encourage these kids to play football and I hope to see some of them again at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday."
In a week when Watford FC are preparing their squad for the forthcoming Play-Off Final and a trip to Wembley, the Golden Girls were able to secure a trip of their own as they enjoyed success in the FA Fives tournament.
The annual five -a-side competition sees hundreds of teams around the country take part, which culminates in a National Tournament on the Wembley stadium pitch.
After coming through the county stage of the competition earlier this year over five weeks, Watford Ladies qualified for the London Regional Finals, with the goal of securing their spot at Wembley.
The Hornets successfully negotiated their way through the group stage as runners-up, qualifying for the semi final stage before really turning on the style.
In the semi final match they defeated a tough Bushey side, who had Birmingham goalkeeper Marie Hourihan in their side as well as ex-Hornets Sally Wade and Laura Cooper. The match finished 3-1 with two goals from Jo Wilson and one from Sarah Wiltshire.
The final went even better as they came up against Futsal team Itchen Athletic, but their opponents had no answer to Watford's slick passing and robust defending and the match ended 4-1 with a fine hat-trick from Wiltshire and a penalty added by Cally Rowell.
So not only had they secured some silverware but they were able to look ahead to what will be a fantastic day out at Wembley and an opportunity to play for the overall FA Fives trophy.
Manager Steve Edwards was understandably a happy man as he praised the young squad. "I'm really pleased how we grew into our football over the course of the day and we definitely saved our A-game for the semi final and final!
"These games are played at a high tempo and you aren't able to drop your focus for a second, but the teams that are successful in this competition are those that work extremely hard and are able to attack at pace.
"We got our game plan spot on in the final two matches and it's great to see the players lift a trophy at the end of it. I'm so pleased these players will get the opportunity to play on the Wembley stage, opportunities like that don't come around every day, but they deserve it and we'll make sure we enjoy every minute of it. And if we can produce some performances like we showed today, then who knows what can happen!"
The National competition doesn't have a set date at the moment, but the FA Fives organisers state it will take place 'later in the year'.
The successful squad was made up from: Hollie Augustus, Georgia Mays, Renee Hector, Cally Rowell, Amy Runciman, Kate Natkiel, Sarah Wiltshire, Jo Wilson.
Made in Chelsea stars Andy Jordan and Louise Thompson celebrated the UEFA Women's Champions League final coming to Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge by battling it out to see who could drum up the most support for their team.
On Thursday 23rd May, VfL Wolfsburg will take on Olympique Lyonnais in the biggest event in European women's club football and Andy Jordan took over a local pub to generate support for the French side while Louise Thompson has been encouraging her Twitter followers to get behind Wolfsburg.
Andy Jordan, at the Putney-based Larrick Arms, theming itself as French for the day in support of Lyon, said: "I'm a huge football fan and a regular at Stamford Bridge, I was obsessed with Gianfranco Zola when I was a kid. The UEFA Women's Champions League final is the pinnacle of women's club football globally and it is a privilege to have the game at Stamford Bridge, so close to home. I'm really looking forward to this week's game and seeing the best players in the world in action.
"I was born in France, so I had to adopt Lyon. I fly there every year to go skiing, too, so I'm hoping Megan Rapinoe and the girls bring home the trophy again. Besides, a German team is winning the men's trophy so we can't have them win it all.
"It was really good to see the locals at the Larrick Inn get so enthusiastic for Lyon. Everyone put in a really good effort and had a great evening. I can't wait for Thursday now."
Louise Thompson, said: "I'm rooting for Wolfsburg. They put the last English club out of the tournament so I'm hoping they win it all. There is a bit of a rivalry going at the Made in Chelsea set, so I'm hoping I can get the bragging rights."
The couple are competing to see which one can generate more social media support for their adopted team ahead of Thursday's final.
Andy Jordan added: "There is nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition in a relationship. I just hope Lyon win on Thursday."
The 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League final returns to London for the second time in three years after Fulham FC's Craven Cottage hosted the 2011 showpiece. Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge, home of the 2012 UEFA Champions League winners and 2013 Europa League winners, will stage the 2013 event.
The UEFA Women's Champions League final will kick off at 19.30 UK time and the affordable ticket price structure ensures all football fans, including families, will be able to attend.
The prices are:
Juniors (under 18) GBP5
Seniors (over 65) GBP5
The ticket packages for disabled supporters include a free seat for an accompanying person.
Tickets are available to purchase via the Chelsea FC website at www.chelseafc.com/uefawomensfinal. For more information, please visit www.UEFA.com.
As Brentwood Town Ladies prepare to embark on a third consecutive campaign in the South East Combination, this summer represents a superb opportunity to join one of Essex's leading female football clubs.
The Blues recently confirmed their survival in the third tier of women's football in England, and with it a historic third term at their current level, with games to spare, and the club is keen to add to the current squad this summer to help support a push for an enhanced position in the League table during 2013-14.
Town are now on the lookout for new players to complement the current squad as preparations get underway in earnest for another campaign in the South East Combination. We are keen to hear from any player with experience of playing in the Combination or higher, or from any player who thinks they have what it takes to play at this level and are ready to take on the challenge.
This is a great chance for players from around the south-east of England to line up against clubs of the calibre of Ipswich Town, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons and Norwich City. Pre-season training and match details are due to be announced very soon, so any player interested or would like further details is asked to contact the club via current first team manager Ian Bent on (07837) 575251 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, boss Bent has spoken of his pride and admiration for the existing squad at what he describes as a "special club." The 29-year-old said: "This really is a special club and I'm so proud of what we have achieved over the four years I've been here in terms of both the progress we've made and the journey we've been on. I can't speak highly enough of the squad of players and their achievements this season. Anyone doubting the effort, courage and spirit they have shown to secure safety for a second season would be very foolish.
"This is the toughest league these players have experienced, and for the vast majority of the squad it is the highest level they have and will play at. The way in which they have approached this challenge and never given up is a true sign of their character and ability, and something of which they should be immensely proud.
"It hasn't been easy and we started 2012-13 by losing two or three of the previous year's key players right on the eve of the season. We've also witnessed three players pick up serious injuries over the course of the campaign. However the team stuck together when the situation required them too, and we went on to achieve our aim with two games to spare and with a far higher points tally than last season."
As well as lauding the role of the players, the boss also wanted to place on record his thanks to everyone who helps run the club behind the scenes, saying: "I'd also like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been involved at the club this term. I'm just the manager, without the support of Rob [Craven], John [Lovell], David [Worsfold] and Christine with all their help behind the scenes the club simply would not function how it does, and without this success on the pitch would not be possible.
"I'd also like to say a huge thank you to Lucy Faraday, Carla Rose, Nicole Manning, Rob Budd and Lucy Marley who have provided huge assistance this season to the team on the pitch and without them our goals would not have been achieved. Finally, the last thank-you goes to the family and friends who come out to support us every week, this is really appreciated by everyone in the changing room."
When asked for his highlights of the season, Bent has chosen two games that stand out. "My favourite moments are the 8-1 thrashing of Arlesey, when we were simply scintillating, and the 4-2 extra time win over Cambridge in the League Cup which was probably our best all round performance in my time as a manager," he concluded.
With only a few days to go before the pinnacle match of the women's football season, students from Doncaster welcomed FA Women's Cup finalists Kelly Smith and Kim Little.
The stars from Arsenal Ladies came along with the prestigious FA Women's Cup trophy ahead of the FA Women's Cup Final, taking place this Sunday 26th May at Keepmoat Stadium (KO 3pm) in which the Gunners will play FA WSL leaders Bristol Academy.
Recently voted PFA player of the year Kim Little and Kelly Smith met a group of students from Doncaster College at Keepmoat Stadium before heading to Balby Carr Community Sports & Science College. The teenagers took part in coaching sessions with the players and an FA coach, and were able to ask their burning questions about women's football. They also showed their delight in having their photo taken with the historic piece of silverware and Berry, the FA Women's Super League mascot.
It is hoped that the visit will inspire the students of Doncaster and football fans across the region to come and celebrate the FA Women's Cup Final coming to town and see the best of women's football.
Kelly Smith said: "We're very pleased to be meeting students in Doncaster. We are trying to encourage more girls to play football and get them to come out and support us on Sunday. It's crucial to get into the communities and make them aware there is a Cup Final being played at a top level to get as much interest as possible."
Captain Kim Dixson and player of the year Gemma Shepherd are two of the nine key players who have signed three-year contracts that will see them remain with Charlton Athletic.
The Addicks have moved quickly to tie down the spine of their squad for the forthcoming season, with the transfer window for approaches from FA Women's Super League and other clubs opening in June.
The other players who have already put pen to paper are Megen Lynch, Kit Graham, Rosie Paye, Harley Bennett, Katie Flack, Jenny Newman and Stef Simmons. This list is expected to grow over the next few weeks.
Megen Lynch pointed to the family-feel around the club as the main reason for her extending her 13-year stay, while Shepherd believes the club is on the verge of "something special". Goalkeeper Lynch said: "I love the club. The girls are fantastic; anyone would struggle to leave the girls. We are a family here and everyone gets along with everyone.
"Having been at the club since I was eight and making 100 appearances it has been fantastic. Gemma came in in the summer and hopefully we have made it like a family for her as well."
Since joining from West Ham at the start of the season, Shepherd has been in scintillating form, scoring 28 goals in 27 games. "When you go to a new club," she added, "there is normally a bedding in period of about a year but I feel like I did that within a couple of weeks so it seems silly to leave and have to go and do that somewhere else. That's coupled with the fact the league is going to be competitive next year.
"We want to build on what we have done. Some of the performances have been great and I think we can do something really special next year if we do all stick together."
17-year-old winger Kit Graham, meanwhile, hopes the squad can repay the faith shown in them by chairman and sponsor Stephen King by remaining. "The opportunities we are being given by Stephen are great and the club is moving in the right direction so we are all looking forward to next season now," she added. "We want to prove to Stephen that he's done the right thing in sticking by us."
Charlton saw their application to stay in the second tier of English women's football turned down by the Football Association so will compete in the third tier - the top tier of the winter pyramid.
19th May 2013 saw the end of an era when Barry Hayward took his leave as manager of Brixham Villa Ladies in Devon.
Barry, who had managed various teams through the 80s and 90s, including Torquay United Ladies, took over at the newly formed Stoke Gabriel Ladies in 1997 and stayed at the helm through name changes to Paignton Town, Galmpton United and, in 2008, to Brixham Villa.
He has decided to retire from the sharp end of team management, although he will remain on the committee in the Villa Chair. Over the years at the club over 120 players, including Barry's wife, Lee, have played in Barry's teams.
Managing the Hayward way has included a friendly welcome to players of all abilities, sometimes accompanied by the necessity of very basic training for women who have never kicked a football before. His aim was for women to enjoy the sport of football, and his teams have won fair play awards on a number of occasions.
His successors, Sarah Webster and Luke McFarlane, have been promoted from within the Brixham Villa club, but Barry will be a hard act to follow.
His style was never aggressive, preferring the power of silence to the "hairdryer" treatment when a point had to be made, and he approached matches with a sense of humour. So, it was perhaps inevitable that the team would choose to mark the Guv'nor's final match with an informal photocall, featuring one of his regular pieces of advice!
Talented female footballers aged 7-17 have the opportunity to take part in trials for the new Essex County FA Girls Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Shrub End Sports & Community Centre in Colchester on Friday 14th June at 5pm, and applications are now being collected at the County Office in Chelmsford.
Recent news that the County FA has been awarded an exclusive licence, one of only 31 in the whole of England, was received well across East Anglia. Now the search is on for around 80 players to benefit from the playing programme, which involves four hours of training a week and weekly fixtures against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Middlesex, and Brighton.
There are also opportunities for exceptional talents to be recognised as 22 games are observed by FA national scouts, with elite players progressing through to Regional Elite Performance Camps and England training camps. The CoE is not only committed to the development of the players, but to the progression of its staff to ensure they are given the best opportunity, in the right environment, to have fun, learn and achieve to be the best they can be.
Player trials will be held at Shrub End Sports & Community Centre in Colchester on the following dates: Friday 14th June - 5.00pm-9.00pm; Sunday 23rd June - 9.00am-5.00pm (invitational). An application form can be downloaded from www.essexfa.com, which needs to be returned by Wednesday 12th June.
Applications are now being requested by 5.00pm on Tuesday 28th May for 14 coaching, coordination and sports therapy positions within the Colchester-based set-up.
Confirmation was received last week that the County FA had received a boost in their continual development of the female game with a license for the 2013-14 season and, as part of the recruitment process, they are keen to ensure that the right people are appointed. With a view to continuing the excellent work undertaken by the Colchester United Community Sports Trust (CUCST) in previous years, the following positions are available:
* Centre Manager/Coordinator
* Technical Director
* Under 17s Head Coach
* Under 17s Assistant Coach
* Under 15s Head Coach
* Under 15s Assistant Coach
* Under 13s Head Coach
* Under 13s Assistant Coach
* Under 11s Head Coach
* Under 11s Assistant Coach
* Under 9s Head Coach
* Under 9s Assistant Coach
* Goalkeeping Coach
* Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist
The programme has been situated in Colchester since the Female C of E's inception back in 1998 and the previous licence holders, CUCST, have had a massive influence in the development of players. Many have progressed on to England Under 15s, 17s, 19s and 23s squads. The staff involved have played a crucial role in the player development process and the Essex County FA hope to continue that legacy.
They are keen to hear from individuals with the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the Elite Female Player Pathway who feel they can work within the Centre, which will accommodate nearly 80 players aged 7-17 in the playing programme. The players' skills and development will be challenged against other Centres within the South-East, including clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Middlesex and Brighton.
Anyone wishing to apply should E-Mail Emma Burden at firstname.lastname@example.org. A two-page CV and covering letter needs to be received by Tuesday 28th May, detailing why you feel you would be suitable for the role. Please refer to the Personal Specifications whilst applying which can be found online at www.essexfa.com.
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