Licence to thrill – but at a cost: the Super League winners and losers

Brighton celebrate winning the Preemier League play-off, May 2016 (Photo: Clive Jones)

Brighton won the Premier League Southern in 2016 and will be in WSL 1 next season (Photo: Clive Jones)

The race is on to see who can buy the best team in women’s football.¬†

If the creation of the Super League was a turning point in the game in England, the current upheaval represents a crucial, perhaps defining, watershed. Continue reading

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Pompey star Hillier bows out with ultimate club accolade

Gemma Hillier leads Portsmouth out at Fratton Park (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Hillier led Portsmouth Ladies in their first ever game at Fratton Park in December 2013 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

For a footballer who means so much to a club, Gemma Hillier’s retirement from Portsmouth, the team she has represented for more than 17 years, was a rather ill-fitting anti-climax. Continue reading

Powell relishes return to football after recovering that sparkle

Hope Powell at Brighton's elite training centre on her first day as head coach, Sep 28 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Ambition mission: Hope Powell wants to manage Brighton in WSL 1 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Hope Powell has seen it all before. As England manager for what now seems an unimaginable 15 years, she led the country she once played for to unprecedented heights, twice winning the Cyprus Cup but more significantly, reaching the European Championship final and the World Cup quarter-finals twice, all while helping to knock the neglected England Women’s set-up into shape. Continue reading

Brighton start Super League adventure without Hope but with plenty of optimism

Sent Her Forward 2017 preview: Part two – Brighton

Ini Umotong, Brighton, July 10 2017 (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

Brighton pulled off a coup with the signing of Nigeria international striker Ini Umotong (Photo: Stuart Butcher/BHAFC)

It’s here at last. Brighton finally make their Super League bow, almost 18 months after clinching their place with a play-off victory over Sporting Club Albion after winning the Premier League Southern title.
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Super League teams stock up for another voyage into the unknown

Sent Her Forward 2017-18 preview: Part one – The pick of FAWSL 2

Watford players at their ;pre-season friendly against Coventry United, 2017 (Photo: Neale Blackburn)

Like so many WSL 2 clubs, Watford have brought in a host of new faces (Photo: Neale Blackburn)

Two Super League debutants join the second tier of England’s √©lite set-up for what promises to be a historic – and fascinating – season. Continue reading

Sussex County League backs down over results

Screenshot showing results of SCWGFL Under-16 Division

Youth team results are back little more than a week after they were banned from Full-Time

The Sussex County League has reversed its decision to ban the publication of youth-team results on the official FA website after a wave of protests from club officials and players. Continue reading

Sussex County League ensures that goals no longer make such a difference

Sent Her Forward Sussex grassroots preview

Jade Gardiner shoots during Haywards Heath & Wivelsfield's game at Crawley Wasps Reserves, Oct 3 2015 (Photo: Dave Burt)

Too many goals are driving out the weaker teams, according to the Sussex County League (Photo: Dave Burt)

The Sussex County League has scrapped goal difference this season, leaving continental-style head-to-head statistics to determine the positions of sides level on points. Continue reading