Could Chelsea’s lack of depth impact trophy hunt?

by Dean Mears Above: Chelsea have a lot to work out over the coming months. Photo: 90min In the summer of 2022, Chelsea Women brought in six new signings ahead of the defence of their third consecutive league title. Their unspoken main goal, however, has always been to win the Champions League. In the finalContinue reading “Could Chelsea’s lack of depth impact trophy hunt?”

Is forcing clubs to invest the only way to ensure equal opportunities?

by Dean Mears (26/1/23) Above: Referee Neil Hair talks to Chelsea head coach Emma Hayes amidst the farcical situation at Kingsmeadow on Sunday. Photo: Mirror. Lunchtime on Sunday 22nd January, and what the world saw highlighted a shocking lack of investment in the top flight of the women’s club game in England. Chelsea, one ofContinue reading “Is forcing clubs to invest the only way to ensure equal opportunities?”

A-League Women: Thoughts from England

Over the recent holiday period, Impetus asked Paul Donegan, a writer with UK-based women’s football website On Her Side to watch an A-League Women’s match of his choice to offer his thoughts about the facilities, quality, and stand-out players in a league he is not familiar with. Paul chose Perth Glory v Western United. HereContinue reading “A-League Women: Thoughts from England”

How Spain Cope Without Alexia Putellas

by Nathan Edwards (7/7/22) Above: Alexia Putellas’ loss is huge for Spain, but offers a golden opportunity to others. Photo: Jose Luis Contreras/DAX Images/NurPhoto. As Jorge Vilda readied his Spanish side for the Women’s Euros, it all looked positive. La Roja’s first outing in preparation for the Championships quickly squashed the worries about goal scoring,Continue reading “How Spain Cope Without Alexia Putellas”

Brooke Chaplen: Farewell To A Legend

By Abi Ticehurst (20/5/22). Above: Brooke Chaplen (centre) walking out onto her home pitch with Reading. Photo: Reading FC Women. Reading’s Brooke Chaplen retired from professional football at the conclusion of the FAWSL season. The midfielder had been sidelined for the Royals since November due to injury, but her season was indefinitely put on pauseContinue reading “Brooke Chaplen: Farewell To A Legend”

Ashleigh Neville’s Exclusion From The England Squad Is A Bad Look

Rachel Lara Cohen highlights the case of Ashleigh Neville, one of the players omitted from the Lionesses’ provisional Euro 2022 squad this week, and argues that the wider ramifications of a national team selected from such a small pool of clubs is far from positive (20/5/22). Above: Ashleigh Neville of Tottenham Hotspur – Rachel believesContinue reading “Ashleigh Neville’s Exclusion From The England Squad Is A Bad Look”

Women’s Football Weekend: An Opportunity Missed

With a schedule worse than a normal WSL weekend, lack-lustre coverage and a forgotten pyramid, the third edition of Women’s Football Weekend (WFW) didn’t feel very ‘weekendy’ at all. Impetus contributor Abi Ticehurst, takes us through why she thinks it was an opportunity missed (19/11/21). Above: Reading’s Brooke Chaplen on the ball for Reading inContinue reading “Women’s Football Weekend: An Opportunity Missed”

The Case For More Game Time For ‘Old’ Young Matildas

Kieran Yap analyses Australia’s 3-2 desperately disappointing 3-2 loss to the Republic of Ireland and shows how the Young Matildas class of 2019 are starting to make their mark in the senior side. He also argues that less game time in upcoming friendlies for Sam Kerr will be to everyone’s benefit in the future. Above:Continue reading “The Case For More Game Time For ‘Old’ Young Matildas”

One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

Impetus’ North American correspondent, Catherine Paquette details the quite staggering arrangements for this year’s NWSL Championship Final which has been saddled with arguably the least player and fan friendly kick-off time of any major women’s football match ever. All leagues conclude their season with a team as their champion.  For the National Women’s Soccer LeagueContinue reading “One Step Forward, Three Steps Back”

Ellie Carpenter: A Brilliant Player And Getting Better

Last week, Ellie Carpenter was announced as both the Australian PFA’s Player of Year and Young Player of the Year. Impetus’ Kieran Yap outlines the continued growth of this outstanding 21 year-old from Cowra. Above: Ellie Carpenter went toe-by-toe with Megan Rapinoe at the Olympics and came out on top. Photo: Getty Images. Sam KerrContinue reading “Ellie Carpenter: A Brilliant Player And Getting Better”