The month of October saw Germany celebrate a record victory in UEFA Women's EURO 2013 qualifying, Canada continue their imperious international form and Brazilian outfit Sao Jose EC claim their first-ever Women's Copa Libertadores title. Elsewhere, Japan's Aya Miyama's was voted AFC Women's Player of the Year for her stellar performances over the past 12 months. FIFA.com rounds up all the latest news from the world of women's football over the past month.
Record victory and unbeaten runs
Germany resumed their Women's EURO 2013 qualification campaign with an impressive 17-0 victory against Kazakhstan, the biggest-ever win in the national team's history. However, a 2-2 draw against Spain five days later meant Silvia Neid's charges missed the chance to move top of Group 2.
Two-time European champions Norway's place at the finals is in doubt after the Scandinavians lost 3-1 against Northern Ireland and dropped to fourth in the Group 3 standings. Meanwhile Denmark and Italy preserved their perfect records at the top of their respective sections. Denmark won 11-0 away to Armenia in Group 7, while Italy beat Poland 5-0 and Greece 2-0 in Group 1. Hope Powell's England also closed the gap on the Netherlands at the Group 6 summit after a 2-0 success against Serbia.
Award for Aya Miyama
Aya Miyama's made a considerable contribution to Japan's success at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™, scoring a couple of crucial goals as well as providing some classy showings. In recognition of her stellar performances over the past year, Miyama was named AFC Women's Player of the Year for 2011. The 26-year-old pipped team-mate Homare Sawa, who won the adidas Golden Ball as best player and the adidas Golden Shoe as top scorer at Germany 2011.
Ready for Azerbaijan
Asia's three representatives at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 in Azerbaijan have now been confirmed, with Japan, Korea DPR and China PR all set to compete at next year's finals. Japan booked their ticket by winning all five of their matches en route to victory in the Asian qualification tournament, while Korea DPR finished three points behind in second. China PR can also look forward to taking part in their first-ever FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup after securing qualification in their final match.
Canada march on
Canada continue to sweep all comers aside under new coach John Herdman. On the back of their Pan American Games win, the Canucks capped off an 11-day training camp in Phoenix with a 2-1 friendly victory over Germany 2011 bronze-medallists Sweden. Jessica Landstrom had put the Swedes ahead shortly before the break, but Chelsea Buckland's first international goal levelled things shortly after the restart before Christine Sinclair netted the winner in injury time. A few days earlier, USA and Sweden had contested a 1-1 draw in front of a record crowd of 18,482 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Sofia Jakobsson and Tobin Heath each struck for their respective sides.
Sao Jose triumph
Brazilian club Sao Jose EC claimed their first ever Women's Copa Libertadores, South America's biggest club competition, which took place in Brazil between 13 and 27 November. Twelve teams competed in the third edition of the tournament in Sao Jose dos Campos, one of the largest cities in Sao Paolo state. Two-time champions Santos (also of Brazil) relinquished the title after losing out to the eventual winners 2-1 in the semi-finals. However, Gustavo Roma Feliciano's side featuring the likes of Erika and Maurine went on to win 6-0 against Caracas of Venezuela in the match for third place. In the second semi-final, Colo Colo of Chile beat Caracas 4-1. A solitary goal from Poliana Barbosa Medeiros was subsequently enough to give Sao Jose a 1-0 victory over Colo Colo in the final.
Tough draw for Olympique Lyon
Olympique Lyon face a difficult task in the UEFA Women's Champions League after the defending champions were drawn against Danish powerhouses Brondby IF in the quarter-finals, to be played on 14/15 and 21/22 March. Germany's two remaining hopes, Turbine Potsdam and 1. FFC Frankfurt, cannot meet until the final in Munich on 17 May. The teams' respective fates were revealed at the draw on 17 November in Nyon, home of UEFA. 1. FFC Frankfurt will travel to Malmo of Sweden for the first leg of their tie, while Turbine Potsdam welcome Russian side Rossiyanka. Arsenal take on Goteborg in the other last-eight fixture.
The first-ever FIFA/CAF Conference on the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 18 and 20 November. As well as a presentation of the highlights of Germany 2011, there was also a general analysis of the tournament and various forums on women's football in Africa, technical developments and current trends. Nigeria legend Mercy Akide was involved in the activities regarding African women's football and you can read her exclusive interview with FIFA.com by following the link on the right.
120 – Christine Sinclair's winner in Canada's 2-1 victory over Sweden was her 120th international goal. Despite their disappointment at Germany 2011, the Canadians have now won 14 games this year, a new national team record.
"I’m convinced that an African team will reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in four years' time. Look at Equatorial Guinea, they have emerged from nowhere to be amongst the powerhouses in women’s football. Then you have countries like Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana. South Africa is also investing a lot of money in their women’s team so they will be a threat soon," Mercy Akide in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com.