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This Week in Women’s Football: Aug. 26, 2021

This Week in Women’s Football: Division 1 Feminine 2021/22 season opener, NWSL and Liga MX Femenil games to watch, top transfers

August 26, 2021 By Juan Aguerrevere
The Division 1 Feminine 2021/22 season will kick off on Friday, when Olympique Lyonnais take on Stade Reims at Groupama OL Academy Decines-Charpieu in Lyon. Also, do not miss out on NWSL and Liga MX Femenil action this week.

Division 1 Feminine games on ATA Football

ATA Football’s coverage of the Division 1 Arkema is back. ATA will stream two top-tier games this weekend starting with the league opener between Lyon and Stade Reims on Friday, Aug. 27, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The next stream will go down on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 6:55 p.m. ET, when Paris Saint-Germain is set to host Fleury 91 at Stade Georges Lefevre.

How to watch NWSL games this weekend

Five National Women’s Soccer League games will unfold on Saturday and Sunday. 

Saturday, Aug. 28

The USA’s top-flight soccer league will resume on Saturday with a game between the Chicago Red Stars and Kansas City, who will be coming off a mere two-day rest after defeating Racing Louisville on Wednesday. The win was their second of the season and they will be looking for back-to-back wins.

The Red Stars find themselves in seventh place and are toe-to-toe with the Orlando Pride, who are sixth in the table. They both have the same number of games played (16) and points (21), making this game essential in Chicago’s plans of making it to the playoffs.

The game will stream on Twitch internationally, including in the USA. The kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Sunday, Aug. 29

The remaining four games of the week will unfold on Sunday, starting with the Washington Spirit hosting the North Carolina Courage at Audi Field, Washington D.C, at 5 p.m. ET. The Courage arrives at the meeting in second place while the Spirit arrives five points behind them in third place. A win for any of the two clubs will get them closer to that ever-so-important bye-week in playoffs.

Another attractive matchup will kick off at 5:30 p.m. ET in Gotham FC’s goodbye game for Coombe against Sydney Leroux’s Orlando Pride. The two teams are tied in points (21), meaning that a win is needed to keep playoff hopes alive.

The Cascadia Rivalry returns to NWSL as the Portland Thorns and OL Reign face-off at Lumen Field at 7 p.m. ET. Portland leads the series record 12-7-5. The two teams meet for the first time since OL Reign’s 2-1 win in May. 

Lastly, the Houston Dash will clash against Racing Louisville at BBVA Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET. The two sides will be fighting for a playoff spot given that they find themselves in the eighth and ninth positions, respectively. 

Paramount+ will stream all four Sunday games in the USA and Twitch internationally.

Liga MX Femenil games to watch this week

Here are the Liga MX Femenil games available in the USA this week. Click on the link to see the league's competition page and where to watch the game elsewhere.

Sunday, Aug 29

Chivas Guadalajara vs. Mazatlan at 11:30 a.m. ET

  • Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA), Chivas TV (Mexico), Eleven Sports (Internacional)

Monday, Aug. 30

Tigres UANL vs. Toluca at 8 p.m. ET

  • TUDN USA, TUDN App, (USA), TUDN En Vivo, Blim TV, TUDN (Mexico)

Juarez vs. Leon at 10 p.m. ET

  • TUDN USA, TUDN App, (USA), TUDN En Vivo, Blim TV, TUDN (Mexico)

Santos Laguna vs. Cruz Azul at 10 p.m. ET

  • ESPN Deportes, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes+ (USA), Fanatiz Mexico, FOX Sports 2 Cono Norte, FOX Sports App (Mexico) 

Women’s Football top transfers

Barbora Votikova – from SK Slavia Prague to PSG

PSG has found their replacement for Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler in 24-year-old Barbora Votikova from the Czech Republic. 

Hanna Bennison – from Rosengard to Everton

Hanna Bennison signed a four-year contract, becoming the Swedish women’s footballer to sign the largest contract ever. Rosengard received approximately €145,000 - €225,000. 

Christen Press – from Racing Louisville to Angel City FC

Despite not fielding a single game for Racing Louisville, USWNT forward Christen Press became the first-ever Angel City FC player. Racing received Angel City’s first-round pick in 2022, $75,000 in allocation money and full roster protection from Angel City in the 2022 expansion draft. 

Cecilia Ran – from KIF Orebro to Everton 

Icelandic goalkeeper Cecilia Ran will join Everton from KIF Orebro on Jan. 2022. She will be loaned out to KIF Orebro until then. 

Abby Dahlkemper – from Man City to North Carolina Courage 

Despite signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with Manchester City in January 2021, center-back Abby Dahlkemper will re-join the North Carolina Courage.

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