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This Week in Women's Football: May 12

This Week in Women's Football: UEFA Women's Champions League final, NWSL regular season kickoff, Liga MX Femenil SF and more

May 12, 2021 By Juan Aguerrevere
The UEFA Women’s Champions League final, NWSL regular season kickoff and Liga MX Femenil headline a week filled with women’s football action.

UEFA Women's Champions League final

English champions Chelsea will face Spanish champion Barcelona in the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final on Sunday, May 16. The game is set to kick off at 3 p.m. ET in Gothenburg.

Chelsea head coach Emma Hayes and the players hunt for the quadruple after winning three other competitions – FA WSL, Women's FA Cup, FA Women's League Cup – in 2021. A win on Sunday would also be the first time the Blues lift a Champions League title. Barcelona Femeni is also looking for their first-ever Champions League final win after a flawless league campaign, winning all 26 games.

The Women's Champions League final does not have a TV broadcaster in the USA as of Wednesday, May 12, but fans around the world can catch the action on YouTube or BarcaTV+.

  • Australia: The World Game, SBS
  • Denmark: Viaplay Denmark, TV3+ HD
  • Finland: V Sport Urheilu, Elisa Viihde Viaplay
  • Germany: Sport1
  • International: Barca TV+, YouTube
  • Ireland: BTSport.com, BT Sport App, BT Sport 2
  • Mexico: TVC Deportes
  • Portugal: Eleven Sports 6 Portugal
  • Spain: Barca TV
  • Switzerland: RTS Sport
  • United Kingdom: BT Sport App, BTSport.com, BT Sport 2

NWSL regular season kick-off

The 2021 NWSL regular season will kick off on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET, with Racing Louisville FC and Kansas City making their league debuts. CBS Sports Network will televise the league-opener in the USA and Canada. Twitch will stream the game internationally.

Other NWSL games this weekend

Liga MX Femenil Liguilla semifinals

The 2021 Liga MX Femenil Liguilla continues on Friday with two first leg games.

Friday, May 14

  • Atlas vs. Chivas Guadalajara at 6 p.m. ET in Estadio Jalisco
  • Tigres UANL vs. Monterrey at 10:05 p.m. ET in Estadio BBVA 

Monday, May 17

  • Tigres UANL vs Monterrey at 8 p.m. ET in Estadio Universitario 
  • Chivas Guadalajara vs. Atlas at 10 p.m. ET in Estadio Akron 

High-profile transfers in women's football

English forward Ebony Salmon joined Racing Louisville from Bristol City.

French forward Eugenie Le Sommer joined OL Reign from Olympique Lyonnais on a six-month loan, starting in June. 

Chelsea acquires promising Dutch defender Aniek Nouwen from PSV Vrouwen.

FC Bayern signed Japanese defender Saki Kumagai from Olympique Lyon.

Portland Thorns head coach Mark Parsons is linked to a possible move to coach the Dutch women's national team, according to Dutch news outlet RTV Utrecht.

Kansas City signed Portuguese forward Jessica Silva after spending two seasons at Olympique Lyonnais.

VfL Wolfsburg announced the signing of Dutch midfielder Jill Roord from Arsenal.

West Ham United signed Australian midfielder Tameka Yallop from Klepp IL.


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