With the calendar year nearing its end, several leagues in Europe are gearing up for the winter break. In Germany, the first half of the season officially ended last week, with Wolfsburg topping the table despite having a rescheduled fixture still to play. That is not to say the action is already over for 2012, as the second half of the season gets underway this weekend. With the ball also still in play in Australia, France and Italy, FIFA.com rounds up the latest action from some of the world's top women's leagues.
Germany: Wolves lead the pack
Wolfsburg continued their unbeaten streak with a 2-2 draw against Bad Neuenahr, a result which guarantees the Wolves top spot going into the new year. Alexandra Popp and Zsanett Jakabfi were on target for Wolfsburg, while Sarah Gregorius and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi scored for the hosts. On Wednesday, Wolfsburg play their final game of 2012, a rearranged fixture against Bayern Munich.
However, defending champions Turbine Potsdam remain hot on their heels after a 5-0 drubbing of Gutersloh 2009. A hat-trick from Genoveva Anonman and a double from Yuki Ogimi secured an eighth victory this season. Frankfurt missed the chance to keep pace at the top following a 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich and remain in third place, just two points ahead of Freiburg, who overcame Essen 3-2. At the other end of the table, Bayer Leverkusen beat Sindelfingen 4-0 to earn some breathing space in the battle against relegation.
Top three: Wolfsburg (26 points), Turbine Potsdam (25), Frankfurt (22)
Australia: High-fliers continue to soar
In Australia's W-League, Perth Glory were once again in fine form and cemented their place at the summit, with a 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 7. On Wednesday they have the chance to extend their lead further in a rearranged game against Canberra United. Meanwhile, both FC Sydney and Brisbane Roar continued their upward trends. The former went 2-0 up early on in a thrilling game against Canberra United through goals from Kyah Simon and Samantha Kerr. But Canberra fought back and pulled level thanks to efforts from Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Hayley Raso. Nikki Washington then cancelled out Simon's second, before Emma Kete finally settled the matter in Sydney's favour in additional time. Brisbane Roar were also involved in a thriller, narrowly edging out Newcastle Jets 3-2.
Top three: Perth Glory (15 points), Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar (each on 13)
France: Paris Saint Germain on the up
The fact that Lyon are no strangers to huge scorelines was demonstrated once again last weekend, as the UEFA Champions League winners took their goal tally to 66 for the season after beating Arras 13-1. Laetitia Tonazzi grabbed four, Lotta Schelin and Ami Otaki each netted a hat-trick, Eugenie Le Sommer hit a brace, while Lara Dickenmann also got her name on the score-sheet. It was their tenth win in as many games, leaving coach Patrice Lair's side as undisputed league leaders. Paris Saint-Germain are now the defending champions' closest challengers after a triple from Germany international Linda Bresonik gave them a 3-0 win over Vendenheim Alsace. The Parisians leapfrogged Montpellier, who slipped down the table after losing 2-0 to Juvisy.
Top three: Lyon (40 points), Paris Saint-Germain (33), Juvisy (32)
Italy: No change at the top
League leaders Torres Calcio Sassari kept the chasing pack at arm's length for another week after a 3-1 triumph at Florence. Elisa Bartoli, Patrizia Panico and Sandy Iannella got the goals for the victors, who can pull further ahead with a win against Chiasielis in their rescheduled match. For their part, Tavagnacco gave the leaders something to think about after sealing second spot with a narrow 3-2 win over Napoli. Brescia are in third following their 3-1 victory at Turin.
Top three: Torres Calcio Sassari (30), Tavagnacco (29), Brescia (26)