Carli Lloyd’s penalty set the USA on their way to a 2-0 win over Germany in their Women’s World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Epa

The United States reached the Women’s World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over fellow international powerhouse Germany in Montreal. A penalty in the 68(...)

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(...)

Real grass (above) is all the top players are looking for in next year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada. Officials want them to play the tournament on an artificial surface. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Attempts to force Canada to stage the Women’s World Cup on grass instead of artificial turf is now a legal matter, with US football star Abby Wambach (...)