Northern Ireland qualify for Women’s Euro 2022 with 2-0 win over Ukraine

Northern Ireland booked their place at Women's Euro 2022 on Tuesday night by securing a 2-0 win over Ukraine.Going into the game, Kenny Shiels' side only required a draw on the night after they won 2-1 in the first leg thanks to goals from Rachel Furness and Simone Magill.It is the first major tournament the team have qualified for | Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesThey nearly took the lead inside six minutes when goalkeeper Kateryna Samson flapped at a corner, but Laura Rafferty narrowly poked wide. Magill then forced Samson into a fairly routine save just before the half hour mark. Ukraine struggled to carve out many chances with the scores level at 0-0 going into the break.Early in the second half,

England Women 0-2 Canada Women: Player ratings as Lionesses lose last game before GB squad announcement

Two glaring defensive errors saw England Women lose 2-0 to Canada in the Lionesses' final fixture before interim coach Hege Riise names her Great Britain squad for the summer's Tokyo Olympics.Riise made six changes from the side that lost to France but it was the visitors who took the lead with one of their first attacks of the game, as Demi Stokes dallied on the ball and allowed Evelyne Viens to nip in and fire home.A disappointing night for the #Lionesses against an organised Canada side. Well played, @CanadaSoccerEN. ?— Lionesses (@Lionesses) April 13, 2021Returning goalkeeper Karen Bardsley failed to clear her lines late on and allowed Nichelle Prince to close her down practically on the line for Canada's

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s son confirms he has never gone without dinner

Ladies and gentleman, you can stop worrying. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's son Noah has broken his silence and confirmed that his father has never deprived him of dinner.In case you have been out of the loop for the past few days, let us contextualise this massive development.Solskjaer on Son: “If my son stays down like this for 3 minutes and needs 10 mates to help him up, he won't get any food.” [@footballdaily]— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) April 11, 2021The saga began partway through Manchester United's meeting with Tottenham on Sunday. United thought they had taken the lead in the first half only for Edinson Cavani's goal to be ruled out after Son through himself to the ground following minimal contact to

2021 MLS season preview: Key info on all 27 clubs ahead of kick-off

Major League Soccer returns for its 26th season in 2021, with the brand new season kicking off on Friday April 16 when Houston Dynamo host San Jose Earthquakes in the opening game of the year.MLS has expanded to 27 clubs in 2021 as a result of Austin FC joining the competition and becoming the third club from Texas. This season will also be an important sophomore year in the league for both Inter Miami and Nashville, while FC Cincinnati are entering their third campaign.Columbus Crew, one of the league’s founder members way back in 1996, are reigning champions after beating Seattle Sounders in the 2020 MLS Cup final. But they will have plenty of competition to hold onto that title,

The best records and statistics from the WSL

Following the announcement of a new broadcast deal worth in excess of £7m per year until 2024, the WSL will finally become available to the masses.With 18 games per season to be shown on BBC One and BBC Two, and a further 44 available to Sky customers, the WSL will finally be given the exposure it richly deserves and will hopefully no longer be an afterthought to some of England's biggest clubs.For any of you keen to start following women's football - or for any of you avid fans who just want a reminder of some of the best teams and players to have graced the league - we've provided you with a rundown of all the best records to

The best moments from the Women’s Super League’s first decade

It's been ten years since Arsenal bagged a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the first ever Women's Super League game, and it's hard to wrap your head around just how much women's football has changed since then.In England, what began as a semi-pro, eight-team setup is now a professional, two-tier system worth millions and millions, and there have been so many memorable moments along the way which have helped the WSL blossom into what it is today.Let's take a look at ten of the best.2x champions #YNWA 2013 2014— Lucy Bronze (@LucyBronze) October 12, 2014Arsenal won the first two WSL titles which, when added to their seven previous Premier League glories, had them on a run of nine consecutive

WSL Hall of Fame: The candidates for the first class of inductees

The FA has announced the launch of a Women’s Super League Hall of Fame as part of tenth anniversary celebrations, with the first class of legends to be inducted later this year.Countless individuals, from players, to coaches, club staff and league executives, have been instrumental in the development of the WSL, which will continue apace in the coming years.An expert panel will weigh up and consider who is deserving of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.Here’s a look at possible candidates in with a chance of being in that first class…Gemma Bonner | Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty ImagesBonner started her WSL career with Chelsea in the inaugural season back in 2011 and went on to captain Liverpool to back-to-back

USWNT granted unequal working conditions settlement by federal judge

The USWNT has had a settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation regarding equal working conditions ratified by a federal judge. The ruling means the team will receive improvements to travelling conditions, venue selections and increases in the number of support staff on par with the men's national team. Megan Rapinoe has been one of the high profile figure campaigning for equal pay | Michael Campanella/Getty ImagesHowever, the battle for equal pay continues. Most recently, US district judge R Gary Klausner throw out the Equal Pay Act aspect of the planned lawsuit, ending the players' chances of receiving back-pay for previous performances. This decision will be appealed before the case goes to court. Reacting to the news team spokesman Molly Levinson

How the WSL plans to continue growing after successful first 10 years

The FA Women’s Super League is celebrating 10 years since the first season began on 13 April 2011 and one of the biggest aims for the next 10 years is financial self-sufficiency and sustainability, which is already being boosted by growing audiences, a new television deal and greater commercial reach.The landscape of women’s football has changed dramatically in England since the WSL was created to replace the Women’s Premier League as the new top flight. A restructuring created the Women’s Championship in 2014, raising the standards that clubs need to operate at in order to be granted a license to compete, while the WSL went fully professional in 2018.The WSL is already home to some of the best women's players

The best derbies in Europe – ranked

For football fans, there is nothing better than derby day.Whether it's a rivalry based off the success of your clubs or the locality of the two sides, the buzz in the air and atmosphere in the ground when these teams clash with each other is what makes everyone love football.But which derbies across Europe are the best? Here's the top ten - ranked.Ajax vs Feyenoord is one of the biggest games in Holland | Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images'De Klassieker' is the biggest derby in Dutch football, contested between Ajax and Feyenoord.Two of the three most successful clubs in the Netherlands, the rivalry goes beyond football with fans clashing off the pitch several times over the years. Those battles often spill over

Bayern Munich turn down chance to sign Georginio Wijnaldum on free transfer

Bayern Munich have rejected the opportunity to sign Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum, with the Dutchman's salary demands proving too much for the European champions.The prospect of Wijnaldum departing Anfield on a free transfer this summer is growing by the day, with the midfielder and the club unable to reach a compromise over a new contract.Georginio Wijnaldum has been a key part of Liverpool's midfield for a number of years | Soccrates Images/Getty ImagesA number of top European clubs have already lodged their interest, with Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman - who tried to sign Wijnaldum last summer - particularly keen to secure the services of his countryman.90min recently revealed that Jurgen Klopp has made one final plea to the Liverpool board to

The best looking stadiums in world football – ranked

Football stadiums come in all shapes and sizes, so how do we go about deciding which ones are the best looking? Many factors need to be considered: the scenery, the stands, the ambience and that most elusive of characteristics, a wow factor.Below are 30 stadiums that satisfy these criteria, ranked in order of their beauty. Enjoy. The Mané Garrincha was opened in 1974 | SERGIO LIMA/Getty ImagesNamed after the legendary Brazilian, the Mane Garrincha is a real gladiatorial arena.Seemingly held together by a series of concrete matchsticks, it is architecturally fascinating.We like it, okay | Heritage Images/Getty ImagesLocated at five minute walk from the train station, Fratton Park is a wonderfully old school English football ground.Two stands even back onto

D.C. United hire Lucy Rushton as MLS’ first female General Manager

D.C. United have hired Atlanta United's head of technical recruitment Lucy Rushton as their new General Manager in an historic first for MLS. D.C. are shaking things up after a disappointing 2020 season and have been on the lookout for a new GM ahead of the new campaign kicking off this month. Incumbent Dave Kasper is stepping aside to become the new president of football operations.According to Sportico, they have appointed Rushton, who is currently head of technical recruitment & analysis at rival MLS club Atlanta. Very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and for the @ATLUTD love ??— Lucy Rushton (@lucyrushton12) March 13, 2021Rushton will become the first woman ever to become the GM of a MLS club,

The potential destinations for Odsonne Edouard – ranked

It looks set to be a big summer for Odsonne Edouard.The Celtic striker has continued his impressive individual form despite his side's struggles, and while the Hoops aren't keen to let him go, they may soon have no choice.Edouard's contract expires at the end of next season, and there has been no indication that he plans to sign a new one any time soon.That has drastically weakened the club's bargaining position - a year ago they were commanding £40m, but reports suggest they will now accept bids in the region of £15-20m.His new-found availability has opened the door to a number of clubs who see value in a player who has scored 81 goals in 163 appearances in Scotland, and

The story behind the iconic photograph of Marco Materazzi and Rui Costa during the Derby della Madonnina

The set of photographs is one of the most iconic in football history, with Marco Materazzi and Rui Costa, rivals on opposite sides of one of the sport’s fiercest derby rivalries, united on the San Siro pitch as flares rained down from the stands during a Milan derby in 2005.It was 12 April 2005 and AC Milan were facing Inter in the second leg of a Champions League quarter-final tie. Both clubs share the historic stadium but the Rossoneri were the ‘away’ team that night, having already won 2-0 in the first leg a week earlier.Crowd trouble marred a Champions League tie between AC Milan & Inter in 2005 | PACO SERINELLI/Getty ImagesAndriy Shevchenko’s first half strike added to Milan’s

Phil Neville reflects on Inter Miami’s final pre-season friendly ahead of new MLS season

Inter Miami manager Phil Neville has confessed he hopes his side's final in-house friendly will have given the team the fitness boost they need ahead of the season opener against LA Galaxy on Sunday.The club cancelled four pre-season friendlies in recent weeks for various reasons, including scheduling conflicts and COVID-19 concerns, and they are set to start the new season without playing a friendly against a single MLS opponent.Impecable finish from Robbie Robinson ??⚽️ ft the best hype man el Pipa Higuaín— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) April 11, 2021Their final warm-up game came in the form of an intra-squad friendly on Sunday, in which a team of projected starters came up against a reserve side which also featured Neville's

There is no excuse for England to overlook Jesse Lingard for Euro 2020

That's right. It's 2021, a pandemic is ongoing and Jesse Lingard is still playing himself into contention for the England squad ahead of a major tournament.And yes, he should absolutely be there. Like, he deserves a window seat in first class on the plane levels of 'he needs to be there'.A January loan move to West Ham always felt like a decent bit of business for all involved, but Lingard has still managed to exceed expectations entirely since moving to east London. In nine Premier League games for the Hammers, Lingard has bagged eight goals and three assists, reminding everyone of just how good he is when he's in full stride.Who else?! ⚒️Jesse Lingard is on fire! ? He puts

Colombian side forced to play with 7 players due to COVID-19 outbreak

Colombian top-flight side Rionegro Aguilas were forced to play a match on Sunday with just seven players in their squad, including a reserve goalkeeper at centre-back, after COVID-19 and injuries had ravaged their squad.With 16 players testing positive for the virus in the build-up, seven sidelined through injury and a reserve side that was nowhere near match fitness, Aguilas appealed to Liga Dimayor officials to have the game postponed, but were told they would have to play on regardless.#EquipoProfesional | Perdimos el partido, pero vamos a ganarle la batalla al Covid-19. Estamos muy orgullosos de ustedes, muchachos ?.#JuegoLimpio #MyGameIsFairPlay #VamosÁguilas ?— Águilas Doradas (@AguilasDoradas) April 11, 2021"I know this is a difficult time, but if there are seven players

Carli Lloyd reaches landmark 300 appearances for USWNT

USWNT veteran and two-time World Cup winner Carli Lloyd has become only the third player in the history of international football to reach 300 appearances for her country, hitting the landmark milestone in a 1-1 draw against Sweden in Stockholm.Lloyd, now 38, joins fellow Americans and former USWNT teammates Kristine Lilly and Christie Pearce in the ‘300 club’. Lilly’s 354 appearances is a world record that may never be broken, while Pearce played 311 USWNT games during an 18-year international career.Lloyd joins an exclusive group of players in the 300 club | Linnea Rheborg/Getty ImagesRelated ArticlesSoccer Saturday's terrible assessment of Kevin De Bruyne's arrival at Man City in 201590min takes a look back at Soccer Saturday's terrible stance on Manchester

Real Madrid, PSG & Inter linked with move for in-form Jesse Lingard

Three months ago, Jesse Lingard was an undisputed flop at Manchester United. Now he is said to be on the radar of European giants like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter. Just let that sink in for a second.Lingard didn't play a single minute of Premier League football in the first half of the season, but he has been rejuvenated since joining West Ham United on loan in January. He has already racked up eight goals and four assists in just nine games, keeping the Hammers in the hunt for Champions League football.Lingard's numbers have been mightily impressive | Pool/Getty ImagesWith United ready to sell and West Ham eager to buy, this transfer saga seemed pretty straightforward, but according to