Women's round-up: July 2009
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FIFA.com brings you July's developments on the women's football scene. 

Club football
Arsenal arrivals
Arsenal Ladies, who won the domestic treble last season, have welcomed two new faces into their squad ahead of the upcoming campaign: Corrine Yorston, 26, who has been making a significant impact with England as one of 17 players to receive a central contract with The Football Association (FA), and 18-year-old defender Jennifer Beattie, who joined from Celtic Ladies.

Sol clinch crown
Los Angeles Sol clinched the Women's Professional Soccer 2009 regular-season title with three weeks to spare, thanks to a 0-0 draw with FC Gold Pride. This earned the Sol the right to host the WPS Championship on 22 August.

Marta reunion
Swedish champions Umea IK will play the USA's top club talents in the first WPS All-Star Game on 30 August in St. Louis. If named in the hosts' XI, as expected, Sol forward Marta will face her former side, who have won seven of the past nine domestic crowns.

National teams
Maiden title for England
The UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in Belarus was a riveting affair, with numerous attack-minded sides attracting record crowds. England beat Sweden 2-0 in the final to lift the trophy for the first time. The two nations were joined by Switzerland and France in the semi-finals of the tournament, an achievement which qualified all four for next year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, together with Germany, who, despite failing to reach the semi-finals for the first time in six years, qualify as the host nation.

Three in Asia
July also witnessed qualification for the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2010, which serves as the region's qualifier for the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011. After impressing as hosts in last year's tournament, Vietnam proved their performance was no fluke as they stormed through qualifying to reach the continental finals once more. Their one-sided results included a 10-1 defeat of Kyrgyzstan followed by a 7-0 win over Hong Kong. Myanmar and Thailand also topped their respective groups and are set to join Vietnam and the five direct entrants - Korea DPR, China PR, Japan, Australia and Korea Republic - in Chengdu next year.

Friendlies before Finland
With the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009 in Finland looming in August and September, nations across Europe have been testing their mettle before attempting to unseat defending champions Germany. England earned a 1-0 friendly win over Denmark thanks to a late goal from Everton's Jody Handley, and Sweden extended their unbeaten streak in 2009 to eight games after a 3-1 reverse of the Finns. For their part, Germany reminded their would-be rivals of their prowess with an emphatic 6-0 defeat of the Netherlands.

The Dutch fared rather better while participating in the Four Nations Cup, a friendly tournament that also involved China, Switzerland and South Africa. Ultimately, the Asians emerged from the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium with the title after a 4-2 defeat of the Oranje.

Development
Africa, Asia and Oceania provided the setting for another busy month of development activity. July's programme began in Africa, where national team coaches Andrea Rodebaugh (Mexico) and Clementine Toure (Côte d'Ivoire) conducted consultancy missions aimed at assessing the status of women's football in Cameroon and Burundi.

Technical courses
The South Pacific then played host to a series of well-received technical courses beginning in Australia, where community coaches were the beneficiaries of a women's football course related to coaching licences. The focus then shifted to Oceania, where New Caledonia and Tahiti held technical courses focused on the development and organisation of women's football festivals.

Com-Unity
The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) hosted a three-day Com-Unity course that involved discussions among representatives of the football family, including provincial associations, clubs, government representatives and potential partners.

The number
100 - The number of international goals USA's Abby Wambach has now scored, emulating a quartet of her compatriots, namely Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (129), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100). Wambach reached this milestone as the US twice defeated Canada 1-0 in friendly matches in July.

The quote
"I've said to the girls all week that the final will be decided by that little bit of quality and that was the difference today between two strong, brave teams. We know we've had a tough game, and we've come through." England Women's U-19 coach Mo Marley after her side claimed a first UEFA European Women's Championship in any age group by defeating Sweden.