Emma Lipman: The former Manchester City defender on life in Italy and the growth of Women’s Serie A

"Go and create your own destiny." That was the advice given to Emma Lipman last year and she has been following it ever since. Following that message, the former Manchester City and Sheffield FC defender's career has now taken her to Italy where she is competing in Serie A alongside some of Italy's and the …

Tatiana Saunders: The goalkeeper who gave up a job on Wall Street to follow her football dream

Not many footballers can claim to have had the career path that Tatiana Saunders had before taking up professional football. The 25-year-old goalkeeper played for England U19s when she was younger but it would several years after that before the sport became her sole focus again. "After university I worked on Wall Street for two …

Mark Parsons: The manager who went from Chelsea Reserves to Coach of the Year in America

Women's football in England has taken great strides lately with the top division of the Women's Super League now fully professional but over in the US, women's football has being taking giant leaps forward since the foundation of a new professional league in 2013. This year, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) was the third …

Siobhan Wilson: The Málaga defender dreaming of an England call-up

Back in May, Siobhan Wilson and her Málaga teammates achieved promotion to the top flight of women's football in Spain where they would take on giants such as Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. In the crowd was one very proud father whose tough love and advice has helped the 24-year-old defender reach the heights she has …

Rio & Steffi Hardy: From five hour round trips to training to playing in Iceland

Twins Rio and Steffi Hardy have just finished their first season in senior football with Icelandic top flight side Grindavík. On a personal level, it was a season of success for the pair who have come a long way from their Workington roots over recent years. Back then it was five hour car journeys just to …

Greg Leigh: How a Manchester City database helped the defender move to the Eredivisie

Not many players can say they made their debut for their boyhood club in Abu Dhabi but that was exactly what Greg Leigh did four years ago. The left back was 19-years-old when he came on as a substitute for Gaël Clichy during a 3-0 win over Al Ain in a post-season friendly for Manchester …

Matthew Towns: The ‘keeper who played Europa League football after quitting the game

Growing up, Matthew Towns had a love hate relationship with football. Having played for Macclesfield Town youth sides as a teenager, the goalkeeper gave up the sport at the age of 21 to move to Australia and focus on cricket following a family tragedy. But then eight years later, he was playing in the Europa …