Breaking Records and Barriers on the OL Academy Fields

The OL Academy fields are legendary. On just about any given day, the Academy fields are populated with future superstars, male and female, promising youngsters who are surely just a few years away from dominating European football, just like Alexandre Lacazette and Wendie Renard, or Karim Benzema and Amel Majri before them. And then there was me, for one day only, lacing up my spikes on those hallowed grounds.

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Podcast: Episode 7 – Knockouts and New Faces

Lyon Offside’s series of special podcasts dedicated to women’s football continues with a new episode! The group stages have concluded, and 15 of the 16 OL players who started the tournament have advanced to the knockout rounds. France aren’t quite clicking, VAR has everyone on edge, and now is when the games really get good. Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) and Arianna (@AScavs) break down the best of match days 2 and 3 and look ahead to the knockouts. Plus, with a new coach and 4 new players now officially announced, we have plenty of questions about the arrivals to OL Féminin.

Have a listen below! You’ll also find timestamps for specific topics if you’d like to jump around. If there are any topics you’d like us to cover, just tweet at any one of us, or you can send an email to LyonOffside@gmail.com.

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Podcast: Episode 6 – Special Women’s Football Series

The Lyon Offside is excited to announce a series of special podcasts dedicated to the women’s game as the World Cup unfolds. With so many OL players taking part in the tournament, there’s guaranteed to be drama both on and off the pitch. From total Lyon domination to the unfair criticism of Ada Hegerberg, USA Soccer’s false sense of superiority, karma for Sam Kerr, and Lyon’s potential venture into the NWSL, Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) and Arianna (@AScavs) have you covered.

Warning: gratuitous use of the word “soccer.”

Have a listen below! You’ll also find timestamps for specific topics if you’d like to jump around. If there are any topics you’d like us to cover, just tweet at any one of us, or you can send an email to LyonOffside@gmail.com.

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Lyon Or Bust: OL At The Women’s World Cup

It’s not unusual for the world’s best female soccer players to converge on Lyon over the summer . . . it’s just that usually they’re all wearing rouge et bleu and gearing up for preseason action. But this summer brings an international twist as the FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup sweeps across France. All roads lead to Lyon, as the Parc OL will have the privilege of hosting the tournament’s semifinals (July 2 and 3) and final (July 7).

OL Féminin sends a tournament-leading 16 players (including the all-but-officially-announced Nikita Parris) to compete with their respective nations for women’s soccer’s greatest prize. Set aside hoisting the trophy–Which World Cup-bound Fenottes stand the best chance of actually advancing to the final four to compete at their home stadium? We’ve ranked the players and their national teams’ chances below.

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Women’s International Round Up: Red, White & Bleue

France put an end to top-ranked USA’s 28-game unbeaten streak, Shanice van de Sanden racked up the air miles, and Jess Fishlock is a superhero. As the teams turn the corner for the final stretch before the World Cup kicks off, we’re catching up on all the international break action from the stars of OL Féminin.

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Women’s International Round Up: O Captain, My Captain!

We ask just one thing from international friendlies: No injuries.  But you can’t always get what you want, and Amandine Henry’s early exit with a clavicle injury has cast a pall over the break for les Fenottes.  But like Henry’s French teammates, we too will soldier on with a recap of big wins for les Bleues, frustration for England, and rising hopes for Canada and the Netherlands.

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Women’s International Round Up: Who’s Headed to France?

Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen, and Carolin Simon all punched their ticket to next summer’s World Cup, while Shanice van de Sanden’s Netherlands squad has another battle ahead.  Plus France stays hot and Canada bounces back.  With the team reunited in Lyon, we’re catching up on all the international action from OL Féminin.

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