# Women's football

Last year
# Shootout Success
'One of the best so far' - Irish goalkeeper the hero as Durham stun Manchester United
Naoisha McAloon and Saoirse Noonan both played their part in the monumental win.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch the women's football tonight?
The Republic of Ireland are away against Scotland in a World Cup playoff.
# Kyra Carusa
Ireland's returning US-born striker 'optimistic' for change after NWSL report findings
Kyra Carusa is back in the squad after being sidelined with a stress fracture in her femur.
# Galway United
Galway United 'committed to continuation of women’s football' in region
Galway Women’s Football Club have ‘reluctantly decided’ not to apply for 2023 WNL inclusion.
# ligaf
Opening round of Women’s La Liga cancelled following referees’ no-show
Spanish women’s top-flight games were postponed over the weekend due to a referees’ strike.
# bid accepted
Barcelona agree world-record fee to sign England midfielder Walsh
A Euro 2022 winner, the Manchester City star is set to move for a reported €406,000.
# Rebuff
Uefa rubbishes Sweden’s criticism of VAR support at Euro 2022
AC Milan forward Kosovare Asllani criticised the governing body for ‘using 50% fewer cameras’.
# findings
Retired England star expresses concern over eating disorder culture in women's football
Fara Williams is England’s record-appearance maker.
# trailblazer
How Ireland’s first-ever female manager thrived in spite of everything
Linda Gorman recalls a remarkable career in football.
All time
# Bit O'Red
'The beginning of a new and exciting time' - Sligo Rovers accepted into Women's National League
Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers and Treaty United are set to compete in the U19 WNL.
# issues
Football Australia to investigate sexual harassment claims
Elsewhere, the Venezuelan footballers have denounced sexual abuse by their former coach and Washington Spirit’s chief executive has quit as the NWSL scandal rumbles on.
# US Soccer
'A great deal of healing to do' - NWSL calls off matches in the wake of coaching abuse scandal
Paul Riley was fired as head coach of the North Carolina Courage following the latest allegations.
# Wrap
Shine stunner the highlight on mixed day for Irish in Europe, 'huge honour' for Quinn to captain Birmingham City
Seven other Irish players – as well as Peamount United – were involved in Champions League action today.
# What a hit!
Cork City youngster Alessia Mazzola scores with a stunning long-range strike
The Leesiders’ women’s U17s began the new season with victory and their third goal was the pick of the bunch.
'I belong to this team': Pauw signs contract extension to guide Ireland into World Cup qualifiers
The Dutch coach lamented missing out on Euro 2022, but is heartened by a quickly improving side.
# caretaker
World Cup winner Riise named England interim boss following Neville's departure
The experienced Norwegian coach will be assisted by ex-Canada international Rhian Wilkinson on a short-term basis.
# close contacts
'It's a very big worry' - Ireland women's squad affected by Covid-19 ahead of Germany qualifier
While none of Vera Pauw’s squad have tested positive for coronavirus yet, a number have been ruled out of the final group game.
# sick in kiev
'We feel we've given it away here' - Pauw laments missed opportunity as Ireland are left seeking miracle
Ireland’s bid to qualify for Euro 2021 suffered a significant setback with Pauw’s women now having to either get a result against Germany or depend on an unlikely Ukrainian slip-up.
# Around The World
Ireland captain helps Arsenal go top, 'keeper the star in Reading win and Donegal ace on target in Germany
There were plenty of Irish internationals in action in the Women’s Super League and further afield this weekend.
# Wrap
Duggan drive seals WNL win for Peamount, UCD hit Cobh for 6 in First Division
Elsewhere in the First Division, Longford and Drogheda played out a draw.
# Contract Extension
'You haven't seen the best of me yet' - Man City hand Ireland defender Campbell new one-year deal
The 26-year-old has endured a really tough time with injuries in recent seasons.
# uncertainty
Women's football facing 'almost existential threat'
The sport is vulnerable amid the Covid-19 crisis, according to global players’ union FIFPro.
# Calling Time
Ex-England, Juventus and Chelsea striker Aluko retires at 32
Most recently plying her trade with the Italian champions, the outspoken forward hangs up her boots having earned 102 international caps.
# ireland 2029
‘Now's the time to do it’: Could Ireland build the world’s most successful women’s soccer league?
The commitment is there – but where’s the investment? We explore another big idea on Ireland 2029.
# column
'No matter how skillful or capable they are, there are idiots whose only card will be, 'Yeah, but they’re women''
John O’Sullivan compares the battle women’s football and the WNL face post-World Cup, the common threads with the League of Ireland and the ignorance of the barstooler.
Blow for Ireland women's side as manager Colin Bell makes surprise exit
The coach will take up a job with Huddersfield Town.
# London Calling
Former Cork City first-team coach Lisa Fallon appointed by Chelsea in Women's Super League
Fallon spent six years at Cork City where she helped the Leesiders win the Premier Division and two FAI Cups
# las galacticas
Real Madrid to launch first-ever women's team set for top-flight football next season
Madrid have agreed to buy CD Tacon, and the re-branded team are expected to play in the Spanish league next season.
# heading abroad
Ireland striker Barrett set for move to Germany
The Donegal native has revealed that she will sign professionally for FC Köln.
# experienced
Ex-Derry City boss named Northern Ireland women's manager
Kenny Shiels takes over the role from Alfie Wylie.
# World Class
Arsenal boss hails Irish 'gems' McCabe and Quinn as Gunners end title drought
Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro described the Republic of Ireland duo as ‘incredible players’ as they starred in a title-clinching win.
# Looking Back
'The GAA looked the other way because it was so popular - they'd have crowds of thousands'
Helena Byrne on the forgotten history of women’s football in Ireland
# Exposure
England boss Neville calls for Premier League grounds to host women's games
Juventus and Atletico Madrid have recently broken attendance records by staging women’s club matches at their grounds.
# sophie jones
Ex-Sheffield United striker retires and hits out at FA after being found guilty of racial abuse
Sophie Jones has reiterated her innocence and labelled the hearing as a ‘kangaroo court’.
# Kick it out
Sheffield United terminate striker's contract after she's banned for racial abuse
The club acted swiftly following the outcome of the FA’s disciplinary hearing.
# Record
Record-breaking crowd of 60,739 watch women's match between Barcelona and Atletico
The attendance is the largest ever for a top-flight club match in European women’s football.
# legacy
'There are things I hold onto dearly - her class, her accent and her beautiful smile'
Italian football legend Carolina Morace pays tribute to her late friend Anne O’Brien, a pioneering, revolutionary but unheralded icon.
# Tom Elmes
'I was standing on a cottage roof, freezing to death, shovelling snow. I think: do you want to go back to that?'
Wexford Youths manager Tom Elmes moved to Ireland aged 21 from Birmingham. On Sunday he will try and secure a league and cup double at the Aviva Stadium.
# Abuse
Phil Neville highlights disgraceful rape and death threats sent to England Women's players
Chelsea’s Karen Carney shared the abhorrent messages on her Instagram page.
# growing the game
Fifa seek to double number of women footballers by 2026
Fifa is aiming for 60 million women footballers worldwide, while professionalising clubs and national leagues.