Stakes higher than ever as Premier League clubs invest in chance of glory

Chichester City celebrate winning promotion/Lewes promotional pic (Photos: caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Cbichester City join the Premier League elite where they will be competing against a Lewes side now paying their women the same as their men (Photos: Caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Love it or fear its consequences, the Super League has ignited a change in women’s domestic football, forcing standards among the genuine challengers in the Premier League to rise inexorably. Continue reading

Brighton determined to avoid another Gander Green banana skin

AFC Wimbledon celebrate winning the L&SEWF League title

AFC Wimbledon clinched promotion to the Premier League a year ago this month in an unbeaten campaign

Brighton play their first competitive match as a Super League team when they visit the home of FA Cup giant-killers Sutton United to take on AFC Wimbledon in the women’s version of the tournament on Sunday. Continue reading

Shrinking league won’t stifle ambitious clubs

Sent Her Forward Premier League season preview

Gemma Shepherd, Kit Graham and Avilla Bergin, Charlton Athletic, July 2016

With new signing Avilla Bergin joining Gemma Shepherd and Kit Graham at Charlton, goals should not be a problem as they bid to go one better in the new campaign (Photo: Charlton Athletic WFC)

The launch of another season in the Premier League Southern has been overshadowed by the withdrawal of Forest Green Rovers because of their struggle to provide a competitive squad. Continue reading

Underdogs become play-off favourites in the battle of the Albions

Sent Her Forward previews the game that could make or break champions’ seasons

Brighton and Sporting Club Albion celebrate winning their respective Premier Leagues, 2016 (Photos: Geoff Penn/BHA/SCA)

Brighton and Sporting Club Albion each won their leagues with points to spare (Photos: Geoff Penn/BHA)

For a second time, the cream of England’s Women’s Premier League footballers will do battle for a chance to join the game’s élite in the Super League. Continue reading

County teams join the fray as women’s season gathers momentum

Dripping Pan, Lewes, and Ewhurst Playing Fields, Crawley (Photos: Sent Her Forward)

From Premier League to County League, the women’s football season is well and truly under way

As the long, hard quest for a place in the Super League enters its second month, the last of the women’s and girls’ football league programmes gets under way, with the start of the Sussex County Women and Girls Football League’s 2015/16 season. Continue reading

Super League hopefuls scent success as battle for Premier League begins again

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the first round of league fixtures of the new women’s season

Fliss Gibbons is congratulated on one of her goals for Brighton against Copsewood Coventry (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton won their opening game of last season, against newly promoted Copsewood. They will be hoping to do the same this season against Forest Green Rovers (Photo: BHA/Geoff Penn)

And so the quest for success begins yet again, as the cream of the women’s winter game plus dozens more from the Premier League’s feeder divisions embark on another season, full of hope and ambition. Continue reading

Half the division in with a chance of a tilt at the Super League

Sheffield FC celebrate beating Portsmouth in the FAWPL champions play-off (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Ultimate target: Sheffield FC broke the hearts of Premier League Southern champions Portsmouth with an injury-time win in the Super League play-off (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

After a truly compelling Premier League season, in which once again the title was determined on the final day, the top clubs from the southern winter pyramid are about to go into battle in a campaign that will surely be at least as intensive. Continue reading