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Weekend review: Hamm backs FIFA, United hit by Greenwood exit, Kerr keeps shining

It has been another hectic few days in women’s football, with plenty of things happening at both club and international level.

FIFA’s announcement that they have fast-tracked the expansion of the Women’s World Cup was the standout news, giving eight more nations the chance to play on the biggest stage.

Read on we look at this and some of the other top stories from women’s football from over the weekend.

United States legend praises FIFA decision

Two-time World Cup winner Mia Hamm has backed FIFA’s decision to expand the World Cup from 24 to 32 teams for the 2023 edition of the tournament.

The move opens the door for smaller nations to display their talents on the global stage and is an incentive that should help to grow the women’s game even further.

Hamm, who helped the US win the World Cup in 1991 and 1999, says the expansion will help to inspire more youngsters to take up the sport.

“It’s fantastic – I think there are young girls in different areas of the world right now who don’t even know that in eight or twelve years from now they’re going to represent their country in a World Cup,” Hamm told ESPN.

“That’s what it does. It’s inspiring the next generation, but it also creates more and more opportunities, not just on the field of play but in education, in occupational opportunities, so I applaud FIFA in doing that.”

United plans hit by Greenwood exit

The announcement that Alex Greenwood is set to join Lyon is a major blow to Manchester United ahead of the new Women’s Super League season.

The 25-year-old captained the United side that won promotion to the WSL last term after joining the club from Liverpool in 2018.

She was expected to play a key role for United in their first season in the top flight and her departure leaves manager Casey Stoney with an unwanted headache in the run-up to the new campaign.

Greenwood will join fellow England stars Nikita Parris, Lucy Bronze and Izzy Christiansen with the French outfit.

Lyon have won the Champions League on six occasions, including a record four successive titles between 2016 and 2019.

Europe beckons for Kerr?

A move to one of Europe’s top clubs is unlikely to be too far away for Australia captain Samantha Kerr.

The striker took her tally to 12 for the season with the opening goal as Chicago Red Stars beat Utah Royals 2-0 in the NWSL over the weekend.

Kerr, who scored five goals at the World Cup, is currently four goals ahead of her nearest rival in the race to win a third consecutive WNSL Golden Boot.

Barcelona have previously been linked with Kerr, while Chelsea are also understood to have contacted her representatives this summer.

The 25-year-old currently splits her career between Chicago and home-town Perth Glory in Australia, but a big money move to Europe appears inevitable sooner rather than later.

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