With the latest international break now over, all attention will turn back towards club football, with many of the top leagues in the women's game resuming action this week.Here is all you need to know ahead of another week of women's football.
What to watch in women's football: December 7 to December 10
The latest round of games in the 2023/24 D1 Féminine gets underway on Friday, December 8th with reigning champs Lyon welcoming Lille. As expected, Lyon, who have won more titles than any other team in history, have a comfortable lead over the chasing pack after winning all nine of their matches to start the current campaign. A tenth straight win - as many expect - against a struggling Lille side will help them move eight points clear of second-placed Paris FC.
Meanwhile, things pick up once again in the Frauen-Bundesliga, with the eighth round of games commencing on December 8th with relegation-threatened sides RB Leipzig and FC Nürnberg locked in a desperate battle for points. Leipzig, who will be hosting the game, are only just narrowly out of the drop zone, while Nürnberg could get themselves out of some trouble with a much needed win on Friday. Elsewhere, Wolfsburg, who sit in second place and are just one point behind league leaders Bayern Munich, could leapfrog die Roten if they beat Cologne on Saturday.
Women's Super League
The Women's Super League will resume on Saturday, December 9th as Manchester City, who are in third place, welcome Aston Villa, who sit in tenth. The Cityzens will certainly fancy their chances at claiming all three points following their stunning 7-0 demolition of Tottenham in their last game prior to the international pause, which does not bode well for an Aston Villa side hoping to remain above the relegation zone.
Sunday will be a very busy day for WSL fans, with proceedings kicking off with a highly anticipated clash between Arsenal and Chelsea. Not only is this, of course, a London Derby, but the two sides sit in second and top spot respectively and are separated by three points. A win for the Gunners would not help them move to top spot, as Chelsea have the overwhelming goal advantage - unless, of course, they manage to somehow beat the Blues by a whopping margin - but would at least put pressure on Emma Hayes's squad as we head into the midway point of the season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea, who have won their last five on the spin and have yet to lose a game this term, will naturally aim to pick up a victory to put a bit more breathing room between themselves and the rest of the table.
Serie A (Women)
Over in Serie A, an interesting battle for the Scudetto is beginning to shape up. At the top of the table sit Roma, who are hoping to win what would be their second title on the trot after clinching it last season. The Giallorosse have made a perfect start to the current campaign, with nine wins from nine games and are expected to make it 10 in a row when they host floundering Milan on Sunday, December 12th. Meanwhile, Juventus, who have been largely flawless save for a sole loss to Roma, sit in second spot on 24 points but could temporarily pull level with Roma if they, as many expect, defeat a Pomigliano side who caused plenty of drama a while back by threatening to leave Serie A - only to reverse that decision.
Will this be the round that newly promoted Napoli finally catch a break? The Partenopei are the only side in any of Europe's major women's leagues yet to have pick up a single point after losing all nine games so far in the 2023/24 season. They will naturally hope to get a bit of respite when they face a Como side who sit in fifth place, but have failed to win their last three games.
In addition, there will be more games to tune into over the next few days, starting from Monday, December 11th.
Here's all you need to know.
What to watch in women's football: December 11 to December 13
Matchday eight's action in the Frauen-Bundesliga concludes on Monday, December 11th with Bayern Munich facing Bayer Leverkusen - and depending on the weekend's results, the reigning Bundesliga winners could find themselves in second spot even before that game kicks off.
FA Women's League Cup
This week also sees the return of the FA Women's League Cup. Key games include two huge derby clashes, with a London Derby starring Tottenham and Arsenal, and a Merseyside derby featuring Everton and Liverpool. All ties will be taking place on Wednesday, December 13th.
UEFA Women's Champions League
Wednesday is quite a busy day as the UEFA Women's Champions League also resumes action. First up will be Rosengård, who are still seeking their first point, facing a tough test when they welcome reigning UWCL winners Barcelona in a game that will likely be more about damage control for the hosts. Another key match features Lyon facing Norwegian side Brann. Both teams are tied on six points, meaning this game could decide who takes control of Group B.
Didn't find your favorite women's league on this list? No worries, as this is just a highlight of some of the exciting games coming up this week. Make sure to check out our special Women's Football Page here at LiveSoccerTV.com for full broadcast info, match updates, news, and more.