The matches will be on the BBCThe Lionesses open up against Brazil in Philadelphia on Wednesday 27 February 2019, followed by a meeting with USA in Nashville three days later and then Japan in Tampa on Tuesday 5 March 2019.
That is amazing.
Atletico Madrid break the attendance record for a Spanish women's club match. Barcelona are currently winning 0-1 with half an hour to play.
That's a big deal for the women's game and, I suspect, very good value for Barclays marketing department. If England have a good run in the Women's World Cup in the summer we could see a real growth of interest in the club game in the next few seasons - the World Cup will be on BBC. The fact that Atletico broke the 60k crowd barrier last week is a great sign as well. Typical club crowds are a long way below international match crowds but good quality, competitive international football can really help build the fanbase and player participation as well.
That makes sense but guess it depends on the wording in the Chevrolet contract. Don't think there's long left to go on that so we'll probably be looking at negotiating a new deal for the "men's shirt" sponsors too.Good news in principle though and I suspect the shape of things to come. I filled in a fan survey from United a couple of weeks back and it seemed like they might be weighing up whether to approach some companies as women's team, rather than club sponsors. Barcelona have already taken that step with Stanley (the tool company) as women's team sponsor. Liverpool have Avon as their shirt sponsor.
I think what makes it worth looking at is that for the big potential shirt sponsors for example the women's team probably adds only a little extra value. For a company with a smaller sponsorship budget, or a local supplier, that wants to tap a United related market, the women could be a good standalone deal. For other sponsors, United are probably better as a package - Kohler seem to have taken most of the advertising hoardings when United are at Leigh Stadium for example.That makes sense but guess it depends on the wording in the Chevrolet contract. Don't think there's long left to go on that so we'll probably be looking at negotiating a new deal for the "men's shirt" sponsors too.
No surprise really. It sounds like they've chosen to take the points hit this year, rather than have it ruin next season as well. Hopefully they'll be able to do enough fundraising to operate successfully in the Championship.
Our Game magazine has an interview with Casey Stoney where she talks a bit about the salary cap, and why she thinks the League still needs it, despite some England players heading to Europe.Another agent said: “From what I’ve heard and seen, Man United has been doing a lot of talks with a lot of players promising big wages, and every time they try to wrap up the deal they kind of disappear. In England, you have basically a salary cap in place, and some teams are able to go around it because it’s a softer salary cap with more ways to bend the rules. I think Man United will be fairly competitive fairly quickly, but I just don’t know if it will be killing everyone like Lyon does in France.”