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Weekend Review: Hegerberg stars, Sinclair nears record, UEFA on board, Spain TV boost

It was another busy weekend in women’s football, with the sport gaining plenty of coverage across a variety of platforms.

Lyon’s victory over Barcelona in the Champions League Final cemented their status as the dominant force in Europe and they will certainly be the team to beat again next season.

Elsewhere, international teams are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for the World Cup, while player movements on the domestic front have already started.

Read on as we look at some of the top stories from over the weekend.

Hegerberg’s hat-trick put Barca to the sword

Ada Hegerberg’s hat-trick for Lyon against Barca on Saturday was undoubtedly the highlight of the Champions League Final.

The Ballon d’Or winner scores goals for fun and probably still has plenty of improvement to come given that she is just 23-years-old.

Hegerberg is already closing in on 300 career goals in senior football and it is scary to think how many more she could add to her tally over the coming years.

Her absence from the World Cup due to a row with the Norwegian Football Association (NFF) is unfortunate and fans everywhere will hope this can be resolved at some point.

Sinclair closes in on record

Canada completed their warm-up fixtures for the World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mexico on Saturday.

The game saw veteran striker Christine Sinclair score her 181st international goal, just three behind retired American Abby Wambach’s world record of 184.

Sinclair also set-up Canada’s first goal and she will be a hugely important part of Canada’s team at the World Cup.

Cameroon, New Zealand and Netherlands provide Canada’s opposition in the group stage in France – don’t be surprised if Sinlcair equals or beats Wambach’s record by the end of those three games.

UEFA says it’s ‘Time for Action’

UEFA has launched a new five-year strategic framework for women’s football with the aim of supporting, guiding and lifting both the game and the position of women in football across Europe.

It will focus on building the foundations within UEFA and its member associations to give European women’s football the best possible platform to thrive.

Nadine Kessler, UEFA’s head of women’s football, said: “This strategy will champion, innovate and accelerate women’s football for all so that every woman and girl can have a love and affinity for football whether as a player, coach, referee, administrator or fan.

“Every girl, regardless of talent, deserves a place to play football and the possibility to strive for the impossible without limitation.”

Spanish fans get World Cup boost

Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Gol has acquired the domestic rights to broadcast this summer’s World Cup.

Gol will air over 150 hours of dedicated programming during the tournament, as well as creating original content for the Spanish women’s national team.

The news follows on from the recent announcement by Gol’s owners, Mediapro, that it had secured the rights to screen Liga Iberdrola, the top-flight of Spanish women’s soccer, on a three-year deal.

The 60,739 gate for Atletico Madrid’s match with Barcelona back in March showed the potential of the women’s game in Spain and it appears the media there are embracing the possibilities.

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