The Women’s World Cup in France is being marred by injury after the death of one player, leading to calls for more stringent concussion protocols. The tournament has seen a rise in attendance with Canada set to play out against New Zealand on Tuesday night.
Women’s football is making a comeback. The Women’s Super League has seen an increase in attendances and European teams are fighting for the top spot.
This weekend, Brighton, Chelsea, and Aston Villa all won.
The Women’s Football Weekend got off to a rousing start with Saturday’s north London derby, and the action continued with Chelsea’s thrashing of Manchester City and Aston Villa’s victory against Birmingham’s local rivals.
It was an exciting weekend all around, with growing attendances, fierce derbies, and a building fight for the Women’s Super League championship and the third Champions League qualifying position.
Was it a success for the Women’s Football Weekend?
Several teams have set records for attendance so far this season.
Because there were no conflicts with men’s club matches due to the international break, attendances at some WSL venues increased.
The audience at the Academy Stadium for Chelsea’s 4-0 triumph over Manchester City was 3,174, the highest so far this season, while Birmingham City’s loss by Villa brought 1,386 to St Andrew’s.
Spurs drew with league leaders Arsenal – live on One – in front of a new record crowd of 2,896 at The Hive, while Brighton had 3,566 spectators at the Amex.
Spurs manager Rehanne Skinner stated, “We’re all on the same page – players, coaches, everyone.” “We wanted to improve the game and make it a spectacle that people wanted to see, and I believe we accomplished that.”
‘I don’t have anything to think about.’
Manchester City have now lost three consecutive home games.
But success on the field has eluded Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City, who were defeated for the second time this season at home by Chelsea.
As a result of their fourth loss in seven WSL games, they have dropped to ninth place in the standings.
When asked whether he felt pressured, Taylor responded, “I believe nothing changes in my thinking as long as I can see the positives, even when we are severely short of a lot of important players in the playing team.”
“I don’t have anything to think about.” Until I’m informed otherwise, I keep going and working as hard as I’ve ever worked.
“In Europe, the mindset persists. We’re still optimistic that we’ll make it.”
Karen Carney, a former Chelsea and England striker, told Sky Sports that the City team’s confidence had “worryingly” dropped.
“They’re in transition right now, so it’ll be fascinating to see how they adjust,” she said. “I’ve never seen a City team lose three games in a row at home. Every City supporter will find it tough to witness that.”
Are Spurs or Brighton on their way to Europe?
This weekend, Tottenham drew with Arsenal, while Brighton defeated Leicester City.
Taylor’s squad is up against hard competition for the third Champions League qualifying position, with Brighton and Tottenham continuing to push for a place in the tournament and now having to be regarded genuine contenders.
It was 2014 that a team other than Arsenal, Chelsea, or Manchester City finished in those positions.
“We all knew we weren’t at our best, but the fact that we weren’t and we won three points is nice,” Brighton manager Hope Powell said after his side beat Leicester City in a thrilling late winner.
“If we want to keep moving forward, we need to do a lot better than that.”
In the fight for a Champions League spot, Brighton is presently leading Tottenham.
Tottenham, on the other hand, became the first team to defeat Arsenal this season.
“I’ve been in this league for a long time, and I’m tired of the top teams constantly being the same. I’d want to go up there, “Spurs forward Rachel Williams was quoted as saying.
“We know we’re striving for the Champions League,” manager Skinner said, “but when will it arrive?” Right now, we don’t have an answer to that.
“All we have to do now is improve on last year, take each game as it comes, and put in consistent performances if we want to be considered for the Champions League.”
Everton and Manchester United drew 1-1, leaving Marc Skinner’s team two points behind Tottenham Hotspur and one victory behind Brighton.
Villa’s first derby victory
With just one point, Birmingham is in second place.
Birmingham City’s winless record continued when they were defeated 1-0 by local rivals Aston Villa at St Andrew’s.
It was Villa’s first win in the WSL, and it occurred on manager Carla Ward’s maiden visit to her old club.
Despite sabotaging the hosts’ celebrations, Ward quipped afterwards that the home fans were “too polite,” and she even had selfies taken with several Birmingham fans at full-time.
Villa moved up to sixth place in the standings, one point ahead of West Ham, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Reading after a 92nd-minute equalizer.
Birmingham City, on the other hand, have just one point and play Chelsea and Manchester City next.
“We can’t afford to start games on the back foot in our current situation. We must bring the traits that we have shown we possess “he said
“Bringing something solely when we’re behind will not suffice.”
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