With nearly all the titles and trophies handed out in the leagues organised according to the traditional summer-to-spring calendar, the next big event in the women’s game is the Olympic Football Tournament in London. However, there was still league action in June in one late-finishing competition, and in two of the leagues organised on a calendar year basis.
In the Russian Supreme Division, WFC Rossiyanka comfortably retained their national title, but Stabaek and Kvinner are neck-and-neck at the top in Norway, and Swedish leaders Tyreso unexpectedly dropped points. FIFA.com reviews the recent developments.
Russia: Rossiyanka crowned champions again
Rossiyanka completed another dominant campaign in the Supreme Division with a crushing 17-point margin over runners-up Zorkiy Krasnogorsk. The champions finished on 72 points after winning 23 of their 28 matches, with three draws and only two defeats. Brazil striker Christiane contributed ten goals to the title-winning effort.
The race for the crown was effectively over long ago, but the battle for the runners-up spot went all the way to the wire. It was significant too, as the prize for the second-placed finishers was a place in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Krasnogorsk claimed the honours in the end, but only due to closest rivals Energy Voronezh’s losing 1-0 to Kubanochka on the last day.
Top three: Rossiyanka (72 points), Zorkiy Krasnogorsk (55), Energy Voronezh (54)
Sweden: Leaders Tyreso stumble
Promoted Vittsjo continue to make waves in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. In the 11th round of matches, the club from the south-east of the country held leaders and overwhelming favourites Tyreso to a 1-1 draw. The star-studded title candidates spearheaded by Brazil legend Marta were behind at half-time to an Emma Sjodahl strike, but Lisa Dahlkvist salvaged a point towards the end. "It was a game of missed chances,” lamented Tyreso boss Leif Edeborg.
The dropped points made no difference to the standings, as Tyreso still lead Malmo by a point, although the champions have a game in hand and could well leapfrog to the top in the near future.
At the wrong end of the table, Djurgarden Damfotball and the second promoted club, AIK Solna, occupy the last two places.
Top three: Tyreso (25), Malmo (24), Vittsjo GIK (22)
Norway: Stabaek and Kvinner march on
Stabaek and Kvinner continue to set a blistering pace in the Norwegian Toppserien. On Matchday 12, leaders Stabaek crushed Sandviken 7-1 to preserve their unbeaten record. Andrine Hegerberg (2), Kirsty Moore (2), Caroline Hansen, Ada Hegerberg and Cathrine Dekkerhus scored the goals for the Oslo suburban club.
Chief pursuers Kvinner won 2-1 away to Kattem, and were once again grateful to the prolific Isabell Herlovsen, scorer of the 69th-minute winner for her team.
Third-placed Arna-Bjornar bounced back impressively from a defeat to Kolbotn last time out, running up a 5-0 victory over Valerenga to remain within touching distance at the top.
Top three: Stabaek (32), Kvinner (31), Arna-Bjornar (26)