England’s élite a class apart

World Cup Group 6 Qualifier: England 9-0 Montenegro

By Carrie Dunn

Perhaps it’s a little ironic that it was this weekend that Brighton played host to an England international fixture.

A fortnight before the much-lauded FAWSL kicks off, the Amex Stadium was the venue for the Lionesses’ 9-0 romp over Montenegro in front of nearly 9,000 fans. Continue reading


Women’s football – the next generation

Girls taking part in football events The timing of the most exciting and prestigious fixture in the history of Kent women’s football could not have been better.

Today’s draw for the FA Women’s Cup fifth round pitted the county’s best side – Gillingham – against arguably the country’s greatest women’s club – Arsenal. Continue reading

Seventeen-nil: what did it really feel like?

A goalmouth on a grassroots football pitchFor the past fortnight the future of the Sussex County Cup has been debated on this website, on Twitter and elsewhere.

Such was the strength of feeling following Premier League Brighton’s 17-0 win over Worthing Town Reserves – a team four steps below them in the women’s league pyramid – that the Sussex FA has even invited interested parties – that’s players, officials and fans – to suggest improvements to the county cup structure.

Sent Her Forward has run features on whether the county’s élite teams should be allowed to take parthow it works elsewhere and the pros and cons of the current set-up.

But what we have not had in any great detail – until now – are the feelings of those most closely involved in that one-sided contest that triggered the debate. Continue reading

A blueprint to save the women’s game

Action from Crawley Wasps v Fulham Compton Jan 2014 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Jacquie Agnew and fellow campaigners believe they have a development model to safeguard teams, from grassroots to the élite (Photo: Dave Burt)

Lewes Ladies manager and head of football operations Jacquie Agnew has been at the forefront of the campaign opposing the FA’s blueprint for changing women’s football, which opponents believe could create an unbridgeable divide between the majority of players and the new summer game élite. Continue reading

A game of two lingos: a UK player’s verdict on football v soccer

A Sent Her Forward exclusive on football on both sides of the Atlantic

Charlotte Barnham playing in the US (Photo: Mount Saint Vincent Sports Information)

Charlotte Barnham finished the team’s second-top scorer and leading provider (Photo: Mount Saint Vincent Sports Information)

Charlotte Barnham, captain of SECWL Premier side South Park, has just returned from a term at a New York college, which included playing “soccer” in the Skyline Conference – a league for the city’s college teams.

It was a life-changing experience for the 21-year-old from Reigate, who has given Sent Her Forward her assessment on the differences between the beautiful game in the US and UK. 

Charlotte, who studies history at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, spent a semester at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, in the Bronx, where she not only continued her history studies – but also experienced the intensive coaching and playing environment of the college “soccer” team.

This is her story. Continue reading

Time for women’s sport to become a media space invader

Action from Lewes v Gillingham in the Women's Premier League

“Not only women are interested in women’s sport” (Photo: James Boyes)

Why does women’s sport get less coverage in the national media than men’s? Carrie Dunn offers her theories.

You’ve probably seen by now that the Guardian/Observer readers’ editor has tried to investigate why the sports pages have so little coverage of women’s sport. There emanated from the sports editor a long list of excuses, but very few valid reasons.   Continue reading