[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap] roundup of what happened in women’s soccer this past week and what’s happening next week. Results, attendance where available and notes from leagues, teams and competitions. It’s the roundup you never knew you needed.
Interim Head Coach Alen Stajic will decide after the Asian Cup whether he will keep the job permanently. The team is preparing for the Asian Cup, which begins May 14 in Vietnam. The tournament is also the region’s qualifying tournament for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Stajic is currently the head coach of Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League.
In 2012, the Djibouti Football Federation (FDF) began its women’s soccer development program, reviving league play after a decade’s absence. This past week, Quartier 3 FC won its second consecutive league title. The FDF has identified several players from the league for training with an eye toward building the country’s national team.
The final will be between Tyresö and holders Wolfsburg on May 22 in Lisbon, Portugal. This will be the first time the clubs have ever met. This is Tyresö first appearance in the final while Wolfsburg will try to become only the third team to win back-to-back titles (Lyon and Umeå being the other two).
Tyresö 3-0 Birmingham City
Christen Press scored two and Marta added a third as Tyresö advanced to the Champions League final. It will be the last game for this current group as financial difficulties for Tyresö mean many of the current roster will leave after the final. The club was placed in administration earlier this year. On Monday, April 28, the Swedish Football Association announced the club had not been granted license for entry into the Damallsvenskan’s top division because it had not submitted financial statements by March 16, 2014.
Wolfsburg 3-2 Potsdam
Alexandra Popp scored two in the first half to see holder Wolfsburg back into the final for the second straight year.
Rosters for upcoming friendlies and camps.
Frankfurt and Potsdam both currently sit on 41 points while Wolfsburg trail with 37. Bayern Munich is fourth at 31 points. All are in action this weekend as Frankfurt take on Sindelfingen, Potsdam face Freiburg, Wolfsburg meet Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich play Jena.
Bus Éireann Women’s National League
The top league in the Republic of Ireland concluded with Raheny United winning the league for the second straight year. Raheny forward Katie McCabe was named the Young Player of the Year.
Newly promoted Eskilstuna United continue sits atop the table after four games with wins against Örebro, Tyresö and Jitex. The team took a point from Pitea during a midweek clash. Questions still remain for the club as it has yet to play the stronger teams in the league. Rosengård, in second, fell to Linköping, 0-2, and remain one point behind Eskilstuna in the standings.