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Ward vents frustration at partying players after Covid restrictions breach

Birmingham City manager Carla Ward has spoken of her shock, anger and disappointment at the behaviour of her players after two members of her squad were suspended for attending a party with several Leicester City players despite coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions remaining in place.

"The behaviour was completely unacceptable," said Ward. "I was shocked because it was very out of...

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Debutants impress in easy win for the Lionesses

It was a mixture of the old and new for England in their first match for nearly a year as they beat Northern Ireland 6-0 at St. George's Park.

Midfielder Jill Scott won her 150th cap whilst fellow veteran Ellen White made it 39 goals in 93 appearances for the Lionesses with a hat-trick.

Experienced campaigners Lucy Bronze and Rachel Daly also scored but there was also a goal...

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Women's Super League "not valuable enough" to support full-time referees

The Football Association has confirmed officials in the Women's Super League will remain part-time for at least the next three years, saying the value of the league does not warrant the investment needed for professional referees.

There have been a number of high-profile blunders from officials this season. However, the FA is keen improve the standard of refereeing even if only...

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Chelsea line up Lionesses showdown in Champions League last 16

Women's Super League leaders Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, with Spanish-based Lioness stars Toni Duggan and Jade Moore returning to England for the tie.

The Blues will be at home for the first leg in early March before travelling to Spain a week later, if coronavirus restrictions allow. If not, UEFA will have to find a neutral venue....

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Criticism as Birmingham v Aston Villa is called off five minutes before kick-off

The Women's Super League fixture between Birmingham City and Aston Villa was called off just five minutes before the match was due kick off because of a frozen pitch, leading to widespread criticism.

Birmingham manager Carla Ward announced she was 'disappointed to say the least' whilst Times journalist Molly Hudson called the delay in announcing the postponement 'unacceptable'....

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Chelsea pull clear at the top following Arsenal win

Chelsea moved three points clear at the top of the Barclays Women's Super League with a 3-0 victory against Arsenal.

It was the best possible response to Sunday's surprise defeat to Brighton and leaves Arsenal 12 points behind top spot and seven points adrift of the European places.

Pernille Harder scored twice before Fran Kirby added a third late on. "Everybody knows what...

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Women's Super League review: City take advantage as Chelsea and United slip up

Chelsea's 33-match Women's Super League unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion, who became the first team to beat the champions in nearly two years.

Megan Connolly's late winner gave Brighton a 2-1 victory, although the Blues remain top of the table after Manchester United also slipped up.

Reading were the surprise 2-0 winners against United...

Lionesses announce first fixture for a year with Northern Ireland friendly

England will play Northern Ireland at St. George's Park on 23 February, their first competitive fixture since last year's pre-pandemic SheBelieves Cup. That will be followed by a friendly against Canada on 13 April, with a venue yet to be confirmed.

As hosts, the Lionesses have already secured their place in the rescheduled European Championship next summer so did not have to play...

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Emma Hayes: "It's an insult to say the women's game is a step down"

Chelsea head coach Emma Hayes has blasted suggestions she needs to move into men's football to further her career. Hayes has been linked with the vacant managerial position at League One AFC Wimbledon but resents the idea that would somehow be a better role than her current position with the Women's Super League champions.

"I just don't know why anybody would ever think women's...

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Record-breaking Chelsea return to the top of the WSL

Chelsea set a new Women's Super League record of 32 matches unbeaten, a run stretching back to January 2019, with a 4-0 victory against Aston Villa.

The result lifted the Blues back to the top of the table above Manchester United, having beaten the previous best run without defeat set by Manchester City between 2015 and 2017.

Goals from Sam Kerr, Beth England, Pernille...