Lyon’s big project. Lyon has had a women’s football team for ten years, and currently has 20 players contracted to the club. OL Ladies have won the Champions League twice in the past four years. In this week’s main report, we discover what life as a professional women’s footballer in Lyon is like, and to what extent the club has fulfilled its ambitions.
Pia Sundhage – the Interview. The Swede is one of the most successful female coaches in the world. In The FIFA Weekly Interview, she predicts a glittering future for her sport, explains what male footballers could learn from their female counterparts and why the fight for gender equality was not on her mind at the start of her career.
Weekly Top 11. This week: football’s greatest heroines. The USA’s Kristine Lilly heads the Weekly Top 11, with Sweden’s Lotta Schelin and German legend Birgit Prinz also making an appearance.
Steffi Jones – no holds barred. The FIFA Weekly sits down with the former German international, capped 111 times for her country, to tackle homophobia, racism and emancipation. “Football incorporates values we would do well to heed in our everyday lives.”
Netzer – a fan of women’s football. Our columnist Gunter Netzer is captivated by women’s football and recollects the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final: “It was fantastic. That match was as good as anything men’s football has ever produced.”
Defying a father’s blows. Nigerian footballer Perpetua Nkwocha’s father beat her to keep her away from the football pitch. Despite this, she persevered and found a new home in Sweden.
WSL – not the Premier League’s poor relation. Just like in the men’s Premier League, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are among the favourites in England’s Women’s Super League, but the WSL is no cheap imitation of the ‘real thing’.