‘Grid girls’ pose during the Dutch MotoGP qualifiers in June 2019 in Assen. Photograph:  Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Two high-profile sports stories in the Netherlands this week are reminders that although the march towards equality of the sexes may appear unstoppabl(...)

Referee Liang Qin invites the Cameroon players to play on as they protest after a VAR decision goes against them during the  Women’s World Cup  Round of 16 match against  England  at Stade du Hainaut  in Valenciennes. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon over their behaviour in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup last-16 match against England. On two oc(...)

A view of a match ball during the game between Argentina and Japan in Paris. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

As the summer breaks in Ireland (and the rain continues to fall!) a sports journalist’s nightmare emerges . . . this time of year is absolutely litter(...)

USA soccer player Carli Lloyd (centre) is seen in foosball figurine form, surrounded by representations of her teammates ahead of the Fifa Women’s World Cup. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

Image of the week: Women’s foosball Women’s soccer is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and with the Fifa Women’s World Cup kicking of(...)

 Assistant referee Michelle O’Neill: ‘As a woman you have far less room for error, but you learn to deal with it, and a lot is about player management.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Who brings a hot-water bottle to France in June? Michelle O’Neill, for one, thanks to her role at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup. As a Fifa-level “(...)

Norway’s Caroline Hansen  and the  Republic of Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan in action during the World Cup qualifier at Viking Stadion, Stavanger. Photograph: Andrew Halseid Budd/Inpho

When TG4 broadcasts the opening match in the Fifa Women’s World Cup (WWC) between host nation France and South Korea next Friday, it should mark the s(...)

Marta of Brazil won the best Fifa Women’s Player at last year’s awards. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The rapid growth of the women’s game will be recognised at this year’s The Best Fifa Football Awards with two new categories, a prize for the best fem(...)

Referee Maggie Farrelly who makes history when she takes charge of Sunday’s McKenna Cup clash between  Fermanagh and St Mary’s at Brewster Park, Enniskillen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

That history is being made – again in the GAA – seems something to celebrate and perhaps a reminder that equality of women in all sport is still a wor(...)

Michelle O’Neill on assistant referee duty in the SSE Airtricity League.  “It took many supporters a while to accept female officials, but now the respect is there.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

From the chaos of an under-10s game on a bumpy local pitch in Wexford to the hype and prestige of the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada, Michelle O’Ne(...)

US prosecutors believe Jérôme Valcke authorised the $10 million payment made to Jack Warner. Photograph: Epa

US prosecutors investigating Fifa corruption believe Sepp Blatter’s top lieutenant made $10m in bank transactions that are central to the bribery inve(...)

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