In recent weeks, the focus in the women's game has been firmly on global tournament play. Following a truly high-quality series of matches watched by huge and enthralled crowds, USA overcame world champions Japan at Wembley to claim the gold medal at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2012 in London. Immediately afterwards, the spotlight switched to Japan itself, where the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup kicked off a couple of days ago.
However, for all the absorbing action on the global stage, the club programme continues unabated. FIFA.com presents a briefer than normal review, covering the latest developments in three women's leagues in Europe.
Sweden: Malmo lead the way
LdB Malmo remain the team to beat in Sweden. A tight 2-1 victory over bottom club Djurgarden was enough to retain top spot in the table ahead of Tyreso, who remain two points off the lead thanks to a comfortable 5-1 success against Vittsjo. Fallen giants Umea are languishing in eighth place in the 12-team league with only a theoretical chance of mixing it at the top this season. In the top scorer ranking, Malmo's Germany international Anja Mittag comfortably leads the way with 14 goals.
Denmark: Perfect start for Brondby
Brondby are the only team in the Danish top flight with a perfect record after three matches. Furthermore, the 2-0 victory over Fortuna Hjorring means the early leaders have still not conceded a goal in the league. Taastrup lie second on seven points after a narrow 4-3 win against Skjold. One further team share the distinction of an undefeated record so far. Skovbakken are fourth with six points, and still have a game in hand on the top two.
England: Everton hold mighty Arsenal to draw
Arsenal Ladies are once again blazing a trail in the English women's league, but Everton have given a strong hint that the North Londoners will not have everything their own way this term. The pair drew 2-2 in the clash between first and second, with Everton now on 15 points to the leaders’ 20, although the Gunners have played a game less. Everton could yet be overtaken by both Birmingham City and Bristol Academy, as the pair are level on 14 points and both have a game in hand.