This year has been a roller coaster for women’s football and has seen exceptional moments on and off the pitch. Emily Salley and Alexandra Ibaceta created this list to show a glimpse of the talent these women have displayed in 2019. Yesterday we published Nos 10-6, have a look here if you missed it.
Here are our top five women’s football goals of 2019.
5. Faustine Robert
Vs Stade Reims (D1 Arkema)
Another outstanding freekick on the list, Robert made a difficult angle look easy. Just six yards from the left corner flag, the French midfielder curled the ball into the far top right corner, floating over the keeper with excellent technique. Where most players comfortably send a cross into the box, she confidently scored the winning goal to give her team three points.
4. Dominque Bloodworth
Vs FC Twente (UEFA Women’s Champions League)
The Dutch’s outstanding freekick from almost 30 yards out was one of six goals VFL Wolfsburg put past Twente in the round of 16 of the UWCL, and certainly was the best. She placed the ball impeccably and it pleasingly hit the bottom of the crossbar, as if the ball could not have been placed better. A technique clearly mastered by Bloodworth that not many have, particularly defenders.
3. Kim Little
Vs Reading (FAWSL)
Although Little deserves a lot more individual recognition, this particular goal is more than just the final finish. This team goal was a classic “Arsenal Way” of playing. Starting with a short corner from Beth Mead, Little made her way from outside the box to face the goal with a series of intricate one touch passes between her, Leah Williamson and Jordan Nobbs. She finished with good control and placed it over the keeper while pushing off a defender, not as easy as she makes it seem.
2. Caroline Weir
Vs Manchester United (FAWSL)
The Scottish international’s brilliant 20-yard out strike was Manchester City’s opening goal in the 2019/2020 FAWSL season. With across town rivals making their debut in the FAWSL, this was the first ever Manchester Derby goal in the history of the league. A poorly cleared ball from the United defence early in the second half saw Weir intercept and after just three touches, she hit a clean and powerful strike which was always well out of Mary Earp’s reach.
1. Bethany England
Vs Birmingham (FAWSL)
England’s eighth goal in all competitions is arguably the top contender for goal of the season so far. A display of perfect technique, it was an indisputable footballing piece of art. Millie Bright produced a superb ball from the halfway line into England’s path where she cushioned the ball, with two defenders around her, to have it drop in front of her and buried the ball to the back of the net off her second touch. Brilliant technique, vision and finish displayed from the English internationals, definitely Olympic standard.