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How France became a challenger to the U.S. in this Women's World Cup

ESPN's Julie Foudy joins Outside the Lines to discuss the pressure faced by two of the biggest World Cup favorites, the United States and France.

PARIS -- Every time France's finest women soccer players walk into the national training center in the forested enclave of Clairefontaine, they pass a giant trophy replica and two gold stars on the lawn outside that represent the men's 1998 and 2018 triumphs. They are a reminder of what can be.

Conditions seem ideal for France to take its game to another level in the 2019 Women's World Cup, which kicks off here on Friday. Les Bleues -- nicknamed, as are their male counterparts, after the color...

England's Parris to join UCL champions Lyon

Nikita Parris scored 19 goals in 19 appearances as Manchester City finished second in the Women's Super League.
Nikita Parris.

European champions Lyon have completed the signing of England forward Nikita Parris on a free transfer from Manchester City. 

Parris, 25, is the leading goalscorer in Women's Super League history with 47 goals and announced earlier this month that she would be leaving City following four years at the club.

The forward was named the Football Writers' Player of the Year in her final season in Manchester, in which City completed an FA Cup and Continental Cup double. Parris also scored 19 goals...

Lyon Women thrash Barca to win sixth UCL title

Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg struck a first-half hat trick as Lyon thumped Barcelona 4-1 to win the Women's Champions League for the fourth successive season.

Hegerberg's treble came in just 16 minutes after Dzsenifer Marozsan had opened the scoring, as the French champions won the competition for the sixth time in their history. Asisat Oshoala scored a late consolation for Barca.

Champions League success brings up the treble for Lyon, who had already sealed a domestic double heading into Saturday's...

La Liga fixtures moved to avoid clash with Women's Champions League final

Barcelona Women
Barcelona's women's team will face defending champs Lyon in the Champions League final on May 18.

La Liga has rescheduled matches on the last day of the season to avoid clashing with the Women's Champions League final between Barcelona and Lyon on May 18, a spokesman for the organisation told Reuters.

The 10 fixtures were all due to start at 18:30 local time (16:30 GMT), half an hour after kickoff in the showpiece women's game in Budapest, which is the first time the competition's final will be played in a separate city to the men's final.

The scheduling clash provoked criticism on social media...

Lyon beat Chelsea, but Women's Champions League semifinal tie wide open

Five-times Women's Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais claimed the early advantage after they beat Chelsea 2-1 at home in their semifinal first leg on Sunday.

A Magdalena Ericsson own goal and a strike from midfielder Amandine Henry in the first half put the defending champions 2-0 ahead before Erin Cuthbert pulled one back for the visitors after the break.

In front of 22,911 spectators at Lyon's Groupama Stadium, Delphine Cascarino's shot was deflected in off Chelsea defender Ericsson in...