While perennial champions Olympique Lyon dropped points for only the second time this season in France, an enthralling three-way battle for the title is shaping up in Switzerland. Elsewhere, there were goals aplenty in New Zealand and late drama in Australia.
In this week's women's football review, FIFA.com brings you up to date with the latest from selected leagues in Europe and takes a look at what's happening Down Under.
Switzerland: Trio battle for top spot
FC Zurich Frauen made real a statement of intent with regard to this year's Swiss Nationalliga A (NLA) title race with the acquisitions of German internationals Inka Grings and Sonja Fuss. Zurich currently lie in second spot on 22 points with eight games played, though they do have a game in hand. Legendary Frauen Bundesliga goalscorer Grings has scored eight goals in four games since arriving, putting her fifth in the current scoring charts.
SC Kriens just kept their noses in front of FCZ at the top with a 2-0 victory over SC Schwyz on Matchday 9. Basel are not far behind in third with 21 points, so it is likely to be a three-way battle for the title with fourth-placed FC Yverdon Feminin a further nine points adrift on 12.
Top three: SC Kriens (23 points), FC Zürich (22), FC Basel (21)
France: FCF Juvisy dislodge Lyon
The championship race is also in full flow in France's Division 1, where, unlike most other European leagues, a victory is worth four points instead of the standard three. Draws are worth two points and there is even one for a defeat, ensuring plenty of movement in the table throughout the campaign.
Last season Olympique Lyon won all 22 of their league matches with a goal difference of 106:6. Patrice Lair's side are again scoring for fun this term, but they have already been held to two draws. Lotta Schelin and Co were unable to find a breakthrough in a 0-0 draw with Paris Saint-Germain last Sunday and subsequently relinquished top spot to FCF Juvisy. The new league leaders convincingly won their match 3-0 against AS Muretaine.
Montpellier HSC successfully defended third place with a 4-3 success against ASJ Soyaux, in the process narrowing the gap between themselves and second-placed Lyon to just a single point.
Top three: FCF Juvisy (25 points), Olympique Lyon (24), Montpellier HSC (23)
Australia: Ideal start for Hingst
Former Germany international Ariane Hingst enjoyed a perfect start to life with Australian W-League side Newcastle Jets, who won their opening game of the season 3-0 against Adelaide United. Another new signing, Matildas star, Lisa De Vanna netted a brace after Linda O'Neill had opened the scoring.
Canberra United continued to set the pace at the top with their second victory of the campaign. Jitka Klimkova's side scored a 3-2 comeback victory against Perth Glory thanks to a second-half hat-trick from Michelle Heyman. New Zealand international Emma Kete and Marianna Tabain were both on target for the visitors. Elsewhere, USA international Megan Rapinoe enjoyed a fairytale finish to her short stint with Sydney FC by hitting a late winner in a 2-1 success against Melbourne Victory to lift the Sky Blues to second.
New Zealand: Goals aplenty north and south
On Matchday 3 of the ASB Women's Youth League, in which teams may field a maximum of three players over the age of 20, Mainland Football continued their unbeaten start at the top of the Southern Conference with a 3-0 victory over Central Football. Capital Football demolished Football South 8-3 in the day's other game.
Meanwhile in the Northern Conference, Northern Football further tightened their grip on the summit with a staggering 9-0 win against Northern Conference Development. Hannah Wilkinson, Katie Rood and Briar McNamara each struck twice, with Hannah Carlsen, Kate Seatter and Stephanie Skilton also adding their names to the scoresheet. Auckland Football and Waikato BOP Football shared the spoils in a 4-4 draw.