This weekend marks the start of several top-flight leagues from Women’s Professional (WPS) to the national women’s football league in Vietnam. Sweden’s Damallsvenskan and Finland’s Naisten Liiga are also amongst the group of leagues that begin play this weekend. (more…)
It’s a busy time of the year for women’s soccer as many players are preparing for the FIFA Women’s World Cup while also competing with their club teams in the top leagues all over the world. Several teams have high expectations for themselves as preseason is wrapping up and games are about to begin. Our Game has been following what has been happening in offseason and has placed predictions on each league. Read on to see the thoughts of top players and coaches as they give their expectations for their season and the impact they feel the Women’s World Cup will have on their league. (more…)
The 2010 Swedish Damallsvenskan champions LdB FC Malmö beat 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) champs Sky Blue FC, 1-0, in the finals of the International Tournament of Champions Saturday in Alanya, Turkey. Sarah Storck scored in the 12th minute for Malmö. Sky Blue FC earned a spot in the finals after a shootout victory over Danish Elitedivisionen champions Fortuna Hjørring. In the third-place match, Russian side FC Energiya Voronezh beat Fortuna Hjørring, 2-0. (more…)
Former University of Villanova defender Kelly Eagan has joined Hammarby IF in Swedish Damallsvenskan. Eagan previously played for the Quickstrike Lady Blues of the United Soccer Leagues W-League, and she’s a former member of the U.S. U-20 and U-17 Women’s National Teams. At Villanova, Eagan started all 84 games she played in during her four-year career, anchoring a back line that posted 43 shutouts in four seasons.
“Kelly is a promising young defender. She is tough, has a strong character, and can use both feet,” said Joakim Kellner, Sports Manager of HammarbyIF. “In time she will be a key player in Hammarby.”
In the second day of the Cyprus Cup, Scotland defeated England for the first time since 1977, scoring a 2-0 win on goals by Arsenal’s Kim Little and Jennifer Beattie. Keeper Shannon Lynn (Hibernian) earned the shutout for Scotland. Canadian keeper Stephanie Labbe (Pitea) picked up her fourth career shutout and remains unbeaten in six starts and Jonelle Filigno scored off an assist from Christine Sinclair (WNY Flash) to give Canada a 1-0 win over Italy. (more…)
Alex Singer, a defender for Perth Glory of the Westfield W-League in Australia, is off to Sweden after the W-League season. She will play for Dalsjöfors of Damallsvenskan. Singer previously played in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) for the Washington Freedom where she made 20 appearances (13 starts) in two seasons. (more…)
Sky Blue FC will head to Turkey in March to play in a four-team exhibition tournament. The WPS club will face LdB FC Malmö of Damallsvenskan, Russian club FK Energiya, and Fortuna Hjørring from Denmark. At the tournament, LdB FC Malmö will officially loan out Therese Sjögran to Sky Blue FC, according to the Swedish club. (more…)
Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC wins Internationales Frauen-Hallenfußball-Turnier um den Pokal der Sparkasse Bielefeld
Santos FC beat Foz Cataratas, 3-2, Saturday afternoon to win the Torneio Internacional Interclubes de Futebol Feminino in São Paulo. Foz Cataratas took a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute when Gabi chipped a ball over Santos keeper Andrea Suntaque, who came too far off her line and was caught off guard. Foz Cataratas put three defenders on Marta, neutralizing the five-time FIFA Player of the Year. But Santos got a huge break in the 26th minute when Leti from Foz Cataratas was sent off for defending a ball with her hand. With the one-player advantage, Santos equalized in the 33rd minute on a goal by Angelica, a high-rising shot 30 yards from goal.
In the second half, Foz Cataratas took the lead again, this time on a goal by Daiane Santos, who flicked the ball past Andrea inside the 18. Santos then pulled level on a goal by Maurine in the 64th minute from a difficult angle. Avoiding a tackle near the end line, Maurine managed to hit the ball with her right foot and bend it into the goal, off the fingertips of Foz Cataratas keeper Vivi. A few minutes before time expired in regulation, Dani received a red card for Santos, bringing both teams down to 10 players. But Santos managed to score the game-winner before the end of regulation. Nearing the 45-minute mark of the second half, Thais scored the winning goal when Foz Cataratas failed to clear the ball out of the area.
In the third-place match, Palmeiras defeated Umeå IK, 3-2. Palmeiras beat Umeå IK, 3-1, two days earlier in the final match of the group stage.
According to LdB FC Malmö club director Niclas Carlnén, his club has had contact with the agent representing Brazilian forward, current Women’s Professional Soccer free agent, and five time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta. LdB FC Malmö won the Damallsvenskan championship in 2010, and Marta was in Sweden in November to watch the club play. (more…)
With two wins in their first two games of the Torneio Internacional Interclubes de Futebol Feminino, Santos sits at the top of the table. Santos began the tournament with a 4-2 win over Swedish side Umeå IK and then followed that up with a 1-0 win over Palmeiras. Foz Cataratas beat Umeå IK, 3-2, Sunday, four days after drawing, 1-1, with Palmeiras. (more…)
Torneio Internacional Interclubes de Futebol Feminino features Umeå IK, Santos, Foz Cataratas, and Palmeiras
Torneio Internacional Interclubes de Futebol Feminino begins Wednesday, Jan. 5, in Brazil and features two of the world’s top clubs – Umeå IK (Sweden) and Santos (Brazil) – as well as Palmeiras (São Paulo, Brazil) and a new Brazilian club Foz Cataratas (Paraná, Southern Brazil). (more…)
Swedish club Jitex BK of Damallsvenskan have organized a four-team tournament that will be played Feb. 5 and 6 at Valhalla Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. Jitex Cup 2011 also features 2010 Damallsvenskan champions LdB FC Malmö, Fortuna Hjørring (2009-10 champions of Elitedivisionen in Denmark), and Norwegian side Kolbotn, which finished third in the 2010 Toppserien table. (more…)
Therese Sjögran has signed to play for Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). Sjögran will be out on loan from Swedish club LdB FC Malmö, the 2010 Damallsvenskan champions. Sjögran has played for LdB FC Malmö since 2001 and has 63 goals in more than 200 appearances with the club. A member of the Swedish National Team since 1997, Sjögran has more than 200 caps and 18 goals for Sweden. (more…)
Sara Larsson and Mary Björg Agustdottir signed recently with KIF Örebro of Damallsvenskan in Sweden. KIF Örebro Coach Nisse Jansson talks about the team’s newest players. (more…)
After a hectic period with many speculations, KIF Örebro (Damallsvenskan – Sweden) managed to build together a powerful squad for the upcoming (2011) season. The most important, to find a replacement for the record keeper, is now complete. It is Mary Björg Agustdottir, (who) will replace Kristin Hammarström in KIF Örebro’s squad. (more…)