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Chelcee Grimes: “The never die attitude is a mental trait you need for both music AND football”

June 12, 2018 in England FAWPL, FAWSL, Interviews, News

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Chelcee Grimes Interview on Women’s Soccer United

Chelcee Grimes: “The never die attitude is a mental trait you need for both music AND football”

Chelcee Grimes is making headlines both on and off the pitch with success as a professional footballer playing for London based club, Fulham FC and a singer/songwriter.

Chelcee’s story is one of true determination that sets a wonderful example of why you should never give up on your dreams. She showed tremendous character to bounce back from being dropped by her record label in 2012, remained positive and focused on her goals – she is now re-signed and releasing her debut single… Whilst continuing with her love of playing football!

Grimes has emerged as one of the UK’s exciting talents and has already written music for Kylie, Olly Murs and Dua Lipa to name just a few!

Chelcee Grimes releases her debut single ‘Just Like That’ via RCA on 8 June 2018, written in an intense 10 minute burst of creativity resulting in a swaggering and suggestive pop gem.

We were very excited to get the opportunity to catch up with Chelcee for an exclusive interview on Women’s Soccer United, in which the 25 year old shares her experiences so far, thoughts on the women’s game and her future ambitions. Read the rest of this entry →

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Katayoun Khosrowyar wins WSU Coach Award, Presented by TeamSnap

June 9, 2018 in Interviews, News

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Katayoun Khosrowyar wins WSU Coach Award, Presented by TeamSnap.

For the first time, the WSU Coach Award went on a global search for inspirational coaches involved in women and girl’s football!

This resulted in a number of nominations highlighting the wonderful work keeping our game developing by the dedicated and passionate coaches all playing their individual part in the evolvement of the game.

Kat was one of three finalists alongside Anouk Bruil and Liga Patupa, with the public vote deciding the overall winner.

Vote result:
1ST – Kat 56%
2nd – Anouk Bruil 27%
3rd – Liga Patupa 17%

Thank you to everyone for your nominations and votes, now it’s time to get to know YOUR winner of The WSU Coach Award Presented by TeamSnap, Katayoun Khosrowyar! Read the rest of this entry →

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Ieva Kibirkštis: “I am the first female head coach for a national team in Lithuania – it is an absolute honour”

May 30, 2018 in Interviews, News

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Ieva Kibirkštis interview on Women’s Soccer United

Ieva Kibirkštis: “I am the first female head coach for a national team in Lithuania – it is an absolute honour”.

This month coach Ieva Kibirkštis became one of the youngest people to ever coach a team at a UEFA U-17 Women’s Championship finals tournament – Having already made history as the youngest person to coach in Lithuania, and the first female Head Coach for the Lithuanian National Teams!

At just 27 years old (26 when she first took the role), Kibirkštis is the head coach of the Lithuania WU17 team who recently took part in the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship finals, hosted in Lithuania.

Kibirkštis was born in Canada to Lithuanian parents, and played at the highest level as a striker/defender, representing her country at U17, U19 and senior level and as well as being a part of Mount St Mary’s University(USA) women’s soccer team where she earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology (and minor in sport management), and then completed a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). Ieva has also achieved a UEFA B License (currently completing UEFA A license in Sweden) and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

The Women’s U17 EURO competition concluded last week which saw Spain beating Germany in the final to become Champions. In an exclusive interview with Women’s Soccer United, Ieva Kibirkštis reflects on her experiences at WU17 EURO, what motivated her to become a coach and her ambitions for the future. Read the rest of this entry →

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Canada squad announced for International friendly against Germany on 10 June

May 30, 2018 in Interviews, News

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Canada squad announced for International friendly against Germany on 10 June.

Canada has selected the 20 Women’s National Team Players who will represent the maple leaf against Germany 10 June in Hamilton, Ontario. Canada. The two-time Olympic Bronze Medal winners, will welcome Germany, the reigning Olympic Champions, to Tim Hortons Field for the Sunday afternoon match.

Canada and Germany, ranked fourth and third in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Rankings, are expected to play in front of a capacity crowd at Tim Hortons Field. With less than 1,000 tickets remaining, fans can still be a part of the pro-Canadian crowd by visiting CanadaSoccer.com/tickets, Ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1.855.985.5000. For fans across Canada, the Canada-Germany match will also be broadcast live on TSN2 and TSN GO (14.00 ET / 11.00 PT). Read the rest of this entry →

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Rachel Corsie: “This is the most competitive league I’ve ever been involved in”

May 24, 2018 in Interviews, News, NWSL, SWPL

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Rachel Corsie interview on Women’s Soccer United

Rachel Corsie: “This is the most competitive league I’ve ever been involved in”

After three successful seasons with Seattle Reign, Scotland Women’s National Team captain Rachel Corsie took something of a step into the unknown with her next move. Expansion team Utah Royals FC were brand new to the National Women’s Soccer League and as such, Corsie wasn’t sure what expect on her arrival. It didn’t take the Scot long to realise that she had made the right decision.

“I didn’t know what to expect before I got here” says the 98-times-capped international, “but as soon as I got here I realised how good it was”. The Aberdonian was instantly impressed by her surroundings in the Rio Tinto Stadium and the clubs training facilities. The Royals share the facilities with men’s side Real Salt Lake and Rachel was keen to impress the importance of quality training facilities, “when you train in the best of facilities it can give you an extra few percent and if every player on the team has that extra few percent then it makes a huge difference”. Read the rest of this entry →

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Ali Riley: “To be a part of this movement, to be a pioneer – this will be my greatest achievement in my football career”

May 10, 2018 in Interviews, News

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Ali Riley: “To be a part of this movement, to be a pioneer – this will be my greatest achievement in my football career”

We speak to New Zealand Football Ferns captain Ali Riley on what is an historic week for women’s football.

Just two days ago (Tuesday 8 May 2018), history was made with the announcement that New Zealand Football and the New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association (NZPFA) reached a landmark agreement on equality and parity for their senior men’s and women’s national teams.

The news was positively received around the world as the women’s game took another huge step forward with thanks to the help from players of New Zealand who fought for change. Read the rest of this entry →

Cristiana Girelli: the Italian national team and a thrilling season final in Serie A with Brescia

May 5, 2018 in Blogs, Interviews, News

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Cristiana Girelli: the Italian national team and a thrilling season final in Serie A with Brescia.

In these weeks, the Italian Women’s Serie A is coming to an end and Juventus and Brescia are head to head at the top. In the meantime, Italian national team is waiting for an important appointment in June that could mean the access to the World Cup in 2019.

The young and talented Cristiana Girelli is a key player in both “Azzurre” team and Brescia. In April, she scored an important goal in the match against Belgium and she is more than ever committed to help her team, Brescia, to win the Italian championship. A few weeks ago Mario Merati interviewed her for Calciodonne, here is the translation of the inspiring chat with her.

Undoubtedly, Cristiana Girelli will not easily forget these last weeks, her goal against Belgium has opened the way for the Italian National team to reach the World Cup in France in 2019, and her team, Brescia, is leading an exciting head to head with Juventus team in the Italian Serie A. Moreover, only a few days ago, her team won against Juventus reaching the Italian Women’s Cup semi finals.

I wanted to hear from Cristiana to relive with her these last weeks, her emotions and also her thoughts on the present and future of our National team and Championship, which look exciting and full of suspense until the last minutes … and maybe beyond! Read the rest of this entry →

Inter women’s team, the goals for the Azzurre and Zanetti’s advice: an interview with Agnese Bonfantini

April 17, 2018 in Blogs, Interviews, Italy - Serie A, News

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Inter women’s team, the goals for the Azzurre and Zanetti’s advice: an interview with Agnese Bonfantini

Back in January, Calciodonne.it interviewed Agnese Bonfantini, forward of the F.C Inter women’s team. Born in 1999, number 10 on the shoulders, Alex Morgan’s achievements in mind (and in that pink head band as a hair clip) and a great future ahead, Agnese tells us something more about her.

Like many young players, Agnese divides her time between school and a promising football career, started when she was 6 years old. Her skills originate from a basic preparation given by male teams, in which she played from the beginnings until she joined the Inter women team. When she was 6 years old, for three years, she gained experience playing at the men’s team of Fondotoce. Later, she moved to Gravellona Toce for two seasons, before joining the Inter team.

But the famous “neroazzurro” colour, is not the only one that Agnese likes to wear. She also wore the “azzurro” of the Italian national team. First, she played in the under 17 team and now she is in the Under 19 team, with whom they have recently managed to pass the first phase of the European Championship. Here is what she told us: Read the rest of this entry →

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Phil Neville: “I think winning a World Cup would be so much more important. I am looking for trophies and medals.”

March 30, 2018 in Interviews, News

Phil Neville: "I think winning a World Cup would be so much more important. I am looking for trophies and medals."

Phil Neville: “I think winning a World Cup would be so much more important. I am looking for trophies and medals.”

England may have moved to a new high of second in the FIFA world rankings but newly-appointed boss Phil Neville admits it’s all about top spot for the Lionesses.

The former Manchester United and Everton defender will lead his country on home soil for the first-time when England tackle Wales in a World Cup qualifier on Friday April 6 at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium. Read the rest of this entry →

Verónica Boquete: “I took this as an opportunity to be an important player again, to return to my highest level”

March 14, 2018 in Blogs, Interviews, News

Verónica Boquete Interview on Women's Soccer United

Verónica Boquete Interview on Women’s Soccer United

Verónica Boquete: “I took this as an opportunity to be an important player again, to return to my highest level”

One of the most recognisable names in the game today, Verónica Boquete took time out of her busy schedule to answer questions about her new club Beijing BG Pheonix, thoughts on the new challenge in China, her view on the Spanish WNT as well as the game in general.

The last time we spoke to Vero for an interview was back in 2014, how time flies! At that time, the talented midfielder was playing for the German Allianz Frauen-Bundesliga club, 1.FFC Frankfurt, and was part of the historic Spanish team who qualified for their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup. From what I learned from Vero’s answers and from my own opinion watching her play, it is no surprise to me that she has spent the last fours years experiencing even more football milestones and achievements.

Catching up today, what impresses me is that the passion and determination is clearly still within her, even with some career set-backs such as a recent lack of playing time at PSG and exclusion from the Spanish WNT, which Vero tells me in her interview below that she knows her time in the NT is over and that the doors are currently closed, which she has made peace with, Vero continues to seek opportunities to get the best out of her football career, overcome new, exciting challenges and be able to just continue to do what she loves, simply play football.

The Spanish legend has a very exciting challenge ahead of her having signed for Chinese club, Beijing BG Pheonix Women’s Football Club, in an exclusive interview for Women’s Soccer United, Vero gives us a fascinating insight into her move to China, her first impressions, introduction to her team-mates, her expectations and much more. Read the rest of this entry →