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New TV series with the Ultimate Goal of inspiring Next female footballers

The UK and Ireland sports broadcaster, BT Sport is set to air a six-part reality competition from the 3rd November called ‘Ultimate Goal.’

The ‘Ultimate Goal’ will capture 28 women training and competing for the chance to become the next stars of women’s football. It will also give them the chance to showcase their skills at the England national teams St.George’s Park training facility.

The former Chelsea, Juventus and England player, Eniola Aluko, will present the show and will head up a team of football legends, who will act as mentors for these players throughout the series. 

When asked what makes a top professional footballer, Aluko said:

“I think a successful footballer has to have a work ethic that is relentless through success and failure.” 

Among the mentors Aluko will head up is set to be former England national team goalkeeper, Rachel Brown Finnis and twins Rosie and Mollie Kmita, formally of West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. 

When asked about the show, Brown Finnis said:

“To provide girls with the opportunity of playing in front of managers, coaches, scouts.  It’s just a priceless opportunity.” 

While during the series the participants will benefit from master classes delivered by the likes of: Rio Ferdinand, Freddie Ljungberg, Peter Crouch, Robin Van Persie, Fara Williams, Faye White and Jill Scott.  

Ahead of the start of the series, former Arsenal, Manchester United and Netherlands striker, Van Persie said:

“Football is a game of mistakes.  It does not matter if you miss as long as you give your maximum you will eventually succeed. ” 

Of the 28 players participating in the show, 14 will be chosen to participate in a trial match against a leading women’s side where scouts from leading teams such as: Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona and Champions League holders Lyon will be in attendance. 

Chief operating officer of BT Sport, Jamie Hindhaugh, meanwhile, added:

“Ultimate goal builds on BT’s commitment, as part of its long term partnerships with each of the four UK ‘Home Nations’ Football Associations, to inspire a new generation of girls and women to participate in football.”

Viewers certainly will get to know the participants and get taken on compelling journeys with them as well as learn about how they have had to overcome issues such as discrimination and equality.       

The first episode in the UK is due to air on Tuesday 3rdNovember at 10:30pm and will air every Tuesday over a six-week period on BT Sport 3. 

USA World Cup winner joins Manchester City Women

United States World Cup winner Sam Mewis has joined Manchester City from North Carolina Courage.

The 27-year-old has played 67 times for her country and featured regularly during last year’s World Cup.  The American started in her side’s 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon.

The midfielder becomes City’s second signing this summer after England striker Chloe Kelly joined from Everton.

Mewis follows in the footsteps of her USA team mate Carli Lloyd, who had a brief spell with Manchester City back in 2017.

Standing at 6ft tall gives her presence on set pieces and she also has long athletic strides which has seen her become effective with goals from long range.

Sam was born in Weymouth Massachusetts in 1992. She signed for the Pali Blues in the W League in 2013, where the side went on to lift the Western Conference title as well as the national championships.

Mewis was selected fourth overall by the Western New York Flash in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League entry draft. She appeared in all twenty regular season games for the Flash scoring four times with four assists.

In 2017 the Western New York Flash was sold to new owners and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. She had an excellent season for the Courage after appearing in every game she was named to the NWSL Best X1.

Mewis missed the beginning of the 2018 season after recovering from a knee operation. Despite this setback she still featured 17 times as the Courage won their second consecutive shield.

Due to her participation at the 2019 World Cup, she only appeared in 12 regular season games for the Courage, who went on to win the shield for the third consecutive year.

In a successful international career to date which has seen Mewis feature in six of seven matches in the 2019 World Cup, she scored twice in the tournament in a 13-0 annihilation of Thailand in the group stages.

In her six years to date in USA national colours she has made 67 appearances and scored 18 goals.

Her USA team mate Rose Lavelle is heavily linked with City and alongside Caroline Weir and Jill Scott featuring in midfield the signing of Mewis only strengthens the Manchester clubs pursuit of more honours next season.

Vivianne Miedema named Football Writers Women’s Footballer of the Year

Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema has won the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year award by the narrowest of margins. Miedema claimed the award by just a single vote after missing out last year by the same margin.

She was pushed all the way in the voting by Chelsea’s Bethany England and follows Lionesses forwards Nikita Parris (2019) and Fran Kirby (2018), to be named the third FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Chelsea’s Norwegian talent Guro Reiten and Lyon’s England defender Lucy Bronze were joint third. Both players were named ahead of Manchester City and England Women’s World Cup 2019 Bronze Boot winner Ellen White.

The voting panel also gave special praise to: Steph Houghton and Lauren Hemp from Manchester City, the Chelsea pair of Erin Cuthbert and Sophie Ingle, Rachel Furness, Beth Mead of Arsenal, Lauren James of Manchester United and Chloe Kelly from Everton.

The 23-year-old Miedema was the Women’s Super League’s top scorer this season with 16 goals in 14 appearances. This included a double hat-trick in Arsenal’s 11-1 drubbing of Bristol City in December. She is also currently her country’s leading goalscorer with 60 goals, and also helped Holland reach last year’s World Cup final.

Runner up, England helped Chelsea win this season’s WSL title after the Blues were declared champions on a points-per-game basis and moved above Manchester City, who were top of the table at the time when the league was halted back in March due to the pandemic. The 21-year-old had another outstanding season for Chelsea, scoring 21 goals in all competitions in their 2019/20 double winning campaign.

Bronze, who earlier this week signed a two month contract extension until August 31st at Lyon to enable her to compete in the Champions League when it resumes later in the summer.  The England full back has subsequently agreed terms to join Manchester City ahead of the new Women’s Super League season. It is also understood that Alex Greenwood has decided to join City along with former Everton forward Kelly.

City, who finished runners up to Chelsea in this seasons truncated campaign will start the new season with no less than 12 regular England internationals including Captain Houghton and England’s most capped player Jill Scott.

Jill Scott signs two-year contract at City as player-coach

With women’s football non- existent at the moment on the field, good news reached us off the field that England midfielder Jill Scott has signed a new two-year deal with Manchester City that will see her combine playing with a coaching role.

33-year-old Scott became one of the first signings when City reformed back in 2014 and has gone on to become an essential part of the team that has picked up six major trophies including one WSL title in 2016.

The England midfielder has been instrumental in driving the growth of the women’s game and was deservedly awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list.

Her new role in the Manchester City set up will see her join the coaching set up by working with assistant Alan Mahon and new head coach Gareth Taylor.

Scott told the club’s website:

“I’m a player first and foremost,

“I’ve been named as a player-coach, but I still want to play for this team and get success.

“It feels fantastic to have everything sorted and to know that I’m going to be at the club for the next two years is something I’m really looking forward to.”

Since her debut for the club in 2014, Scott has helped the Blues win three Continental Cup’s, two FA Women’s Cups and one WSL title.

Standing at 5 feet 11 inches tall, Scott was given the nickname Crouchy after former England International Peter Couch.

Scott was born in Sunderland and started her senior career at her hometown club back in 2005, aged just 18. Her talent didn’t go unnoticed and it wasn’t long before Everton Ladies snapped up her services in the summer of 2006, having turned down the opportunity to sign for Doncaster Rovers Belles. Scott decided to leave the Merseyside club at the end of the 2013 season.

After leaving Everton, Scott put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Manchester City Ladies, and immediately had a big impact on the side when City lifted the Continental Cup Trophy in 2014.

Having made no less than a century of appearances for City Ladies- including 16 this season before the WSL was cancelled in March due to the pandemic- since her debut, she has become an integral part of a very well organised side, who finished this season on top of the table with 40 points but were denied the title when Chelsea were announced as Champions on a PPG basis after the WSL Board decided that this would be the fairest way to decide the season.

At International level, Scott received her first England call up to the senior squad in 2006, having captained the Under 19’s for the previous 18 months. She made her debut for the England senior side against Holland in August 2006.

A year later she represented her country in the 2007 World Cup, coming on as a substitute in England’s opening match against Japan. She progressed to make the remaining matches in the tournament and grabbed her first England goal in a 6-1 thrashing of Argentina in the group stages.

In 2009, Scott was one of 17 women to be given central contracts by the FA. She was named in the squad for the 2009 Women’s European Championships, scoring a late winner as England defeated Holland in the semi-final.

At the 2011 World Cup, she scored against New Zealand in a 2-1 group win and hit the net against France in the quarter-finals of the event.

This year has certainly been a good year so far for the England midfielder after getting an MBE for services to women’s football and also announcing her engagement to her long-term partner Shelley Unitt in March.