On the women’s club football scene, the leaders in two of Europe’s strongest leagues proved they have every right to be top of the pile. After successfully booking their places in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals, VfL Wolfsburg and Olympique Lyon maintained their imperious progress in their domestic leagues. Torres Calcio and UPC Tavagnacco continue to battle it out at the top in Italy, while in the early-season skirmishes in Japan, INAC Leonessa have started to hit form.
FIFA.com reviews the latest action in the world’s top women's leagues.
Germany: Wolfsburg on a roll
These are productive times for the VfL Wolfsburg women’s team. The Wolverines booked a date with Arsenal in the last four of the UEFA Women’s Champions League thanks to a 2-0 success away to WFC Rossiyanka in the quarter-final return. Nor was there a hangover from the midweek trip to Moscow, as Wolfsburg continued on their winning ways in the Women’s Bundesliga. In the 17th round of matches, the league leaders cruised to a 6-0 success over SGS Essen, with Nadine Kessler, Anna Blasse, Laura Vetterlein, Navina Omilade-Keller and Conny Pohlers (2) scoring the goals. FFC Frankfurt were also in goal-hungry mood, sweeping aside bottom club VfL Sindelfingen 7-0 and climbing to second place in the standings, making the most of Turbine Potsdam’s 2-0 defeat away to Bayern Munich.
Top three: VfL Wolfsburg (38 points), FFC Frankfurt (34), Turbine Potsdam (31)
France: The unstoppable Olympique Lyon
"Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now" was a number one hit for Starship back in 1987, but the main message of the synth-based stomp is just as applicable today to Olympique Lyon, as coach Patrice Lair’s team look unstoppable on their way to another domestic championship. Three days after disposing of Malmo in the Champions League, OL saw off Montpellier HSC 4-0 courtesy of goals from Lotta Schelin (2), Elodie Thomis and Megan Rapinoe. Paris Saint-Germain kept up their chase for European football next season, cementing their grip on second spot with a 3-0 victory over Yzeure Allier. FCF Juvisy moved up to third thanks to a 2-0 success against EA Guingamp.
Top three: Olympique Lyon (72), Paris Saint-Germain (66), FCF Juvisy (58)
Japan: Leonessa shift up through the gears
In the second round of matches in the Nadeshiko League, INAC Kobe Leonessa showed they are slowly but surely finding their range. After a narrow 2-1 victory on opening day, Leonessa moved to the top of the nascent standings with a comprehensive 6-1 demolition of Albirex Niigata. Just like last season, NTV Beleza are settling into second spot behind Leonessa, continuing a promising start to the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Takatsuki. Vegalta Sendai, the team from the disaster-hit area in the north of the country, were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Kibi University.
Top three: INAC Leonessa, NTV Beleza (both 6), Vegalta Sendai (4)
Italy: Neck-and-neck race for the crown
In contrast to the situation in Germany and France, the title race in Italy’s Serie A is a real thriller, with Torres Calcio and UPS Tavagnacco swapping positions at the top on an almost weekly basis. In the wake of events on Matchday 26, the pair are now back to level-pegging on points. Torres comfortably beat ACF Firenze 4-0 with goals from Patrizia Panico, Sandy Ianella, Raffaella Manieri and Giulia Domenichetti, but Tavagnacco were held 1-1 by ASD Napoli and slipped back behind Torres on goal difference.
Top three: Torres Calcio, UPC Tavagnacco (both 68), Brescia (60)