Kansas, Flash stake claim for maiden crown

The sense of excitement is increasing with each passing week in the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), with the teams set to enjoy home advantage in the semi-final play-offs now finalised following the last round of action. In Sweden the race for the title is hotting up, while Liverpool maintained top spot in England.

FIFA.com rounds up the latest action from selected leagues in the world of women’s football.

USA: Kansas City and New York earn home ties
With FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash each already guaranteed a semi-final play-off berth after the penultimate round of fixtures, home advantage was up for grabs on the final matchday. The latter side made no mistake and topped the standings thanks to a 2-1 win over Boston Breakers. Despite a 2-1 defeat to Chicago Red Stars, Kansas will likewise enjoy home support after finishing second by virtue of their superior goal difference over Portland, who beat Seattle Reign 2-1. Sky Blue ended up fourth following a 1-1 draw with Washington Spirit.
Top four: Western New York Flash, Kansas City, Portland Thorns (each on 38 points), Sky Blue FC (36)

Semi-final overview:
FC Kansas City - Portland Thorns FC
Western New York Flash - Sky Blue FC


Sweden: Malmo edge ahead
Just like last season, this term’s Damallsvenskan is shaping up as a two-horse title race between LdB Malmo and Tyreso FF. Malmo laid down their marker on Matchday 14 with a 5-0 rout at Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC, pushing their rivals into second place. A brace from Germany international Anja Mittag, as well as strikes from Manon Melis, Therese Sjogran and Sara Gunnarsdottir fired Malmo to the league summit. Tyreso can pull level on points on Wednesday with victory over KIF Orebro.
Top three: Malmo (33), Tyreso (30), FC Kopparbergs/Goteborg (26)

England: Liverpool’s lucky seven
Seven appears to be a magic number for league leaders Liverpool. After coming out on the right side of a 4-3 thriller against Bristol Academy, the Reds repeated the scoreline to overcome Chelsea. Coach Matt Beard’s charges even went 2-0 down within the first eight minutes following goals from Sofia Jakobsson and Eniola Aluko, only for Fara Williams and Nicole Rolser to haul them level. A Rebecca Easton own goal gifted Chelsea the lead once more, but late strikes from Natasha Dowie and Rolser gave Liverpool the points. Defending champions Arsenal beat Birmingham City 3-1 to remain in third, although they still have two games in hand.
Top three: Liverpool LFC (21), Bristol Academy (18), Arsenal (16)

Switzerland: Zurich maintain winning run
There seems to be no stopping FC Zurich at present. After their dominant displays during the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying tournament, coach Dorjee Tsawa’s side continued their winning streak on the domestic front, comfortably beating a previously undefeated FC Basel outfit 3-1. Captain Fabienne Humm broke the deadlock after just two minutes, with Coumba Sow doubling their lead shortly before half-time. Fabienne Bangerter reduced the deficit after the restart, before Humm sealed the win in added time. The victory took Zurich’s points tally to six for the season, leaving them down in fourth, although they do have two games in hand over leaders SC Kriens.
Top three: SC Kriens, FC Yverdon (both on 10), FC Basel (9)