Women's Soccer

Christina Gibbons Retires From Sky Blue FC At Age 24 — Could Sky Blue Be Next?

It is never easy to hang up your cleats and call it quits. But on January 12, 2019, Sky Blue FC defender Christina Gibbons announced her retirement from the NWSL.

At a young age of 24, Gibbons' short-lived career came to an end with her playing in 18 matches, starting in 16 of them.

Prior to her professional appearances, she had a successful collegiate career at Duke University and she was then drafted fifth overall by FC Kansas City in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. In between her trade to Sky Blue in 2018, she also competed for Melbourne Victory in Australia’s W-League. 

USWNT Raring To Go With Less Than 150 Days Until The World Cup

There’s just under 150 days until the USWNT kicks off its World Cup defense against Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, and time is of the essence for Jill Ellis’ side. Currently, 27 players have been called out to the team’s January Camp taking place in Algarve, Portugal.

The USWNT will train there before marquee international friendlies against France (No. 3 in the world) on Jan. 19 and Spain (No. 12) on Jan. 22. Here are the first scenes from that camp, with Crystal Dunn, Julie Ertz and Megan Rapinoe mic’d up for your viewing pleasure. 

This Turn From Chelsea’s Fran Kirby Might Be The Most Outrageous Move Of 2019 (So Far)

We’re less than two weeks into 2019, but the best piece of dribbling skill of the entire year was performed by Fran Kirby in an FA WSL Cup match between Chelsea and Reading on Wednesday. 

Francesca Kirby, the reigning PFA Women’s Player of the Year, pulled out this outrageous turn to escape two defenders. 

Chicago Makes Obvious Choice With No. 1 Pick In NWSL College Draft

When Tierna Davidson made official her decision to forgo her senior season at Stanford and enter the 2019 NWSL College Draft days before the draft, it became pretty apparent who Chicago would take with the No. 1 pick.

FOX Sports And Twitter Team Up For Expanded Women’s World Cup Coverage

The 2019 Women’s World Cup in France begins on June 7 with the hosts playing against South Korea at the Parc des Princes in Paris, and the tournament ends on July 7 with the final in Lyon. In between, FOX Sports, the U.S. broadcast rights-holder for the event, has promised to beef up coverage by announcing a collaboration with Twitter.

Watch Neymar Lose In Teqball, Break The Table While On Vacation

Neymar may be one of the best footballers in the world, but he’s not the best Teqball player. At least, he wasn’t the best Teqball player on this particular beach in Brazil.

With PSG and Ligue 1 on winter break, Neymar escaped France and returned to Brazil to spend time in the warmth of friends, family and sunny beaches. While chilling on the coast, Neymar played with Natalia Guitler in a game of Teqball, a game he’s quite familiar with.

The18’s Year In Review: Our Favorites From 2018

Well, 2018 was something, wasn’t it?

Soccer in 2018 had a thrilling World Cup in Russia and an engrossing Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign around the world. Real Madrid (again!) won the Champions League and Manchester City had a record year in the Prem. Atlanta United obliterated attendance records in the U.S. while the USMNT took more than 400 days to hire a coach. El Tri gave fans hope at the World Cup with a win over Germany, only to once again go out in the Round of 16. 

Forget Dembélé, Barcelona’s Best Young Player Is 20-Year-Old Patri Guijarro

The last time we talked about Patri Guijarro, the Barcelona midfielder was winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in August. 

Ada Hegerberg Shows Off Sweet Golden Boots To Match Ballon d’Or

Ada Hegerberg was named the first winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or award earlier this month, a well-deserved honor after she was snubbed by FIFA’s The Best awards. Now she has some sweet boots to match her golden award.

Women’s Liga MX Final Illuminated By 30-Yard Wonder Strike In Front Of Over 33,000

The 2018 Liga MX Femenil Apertura Final commenced Tuesday with the first leg between Club América and Tigres at the Estadio Azteca. Given the poor state of the Azteca pitch and since the men’s Liga MX final pits América versus Cruz Azul (both tenants of the Azteca) on Dec. 13 and Dec. 16, the Femenil final was given the shaft — the game was played on a Tuesday with a 4 p.m. kickoff.