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Weekend Review: Touring trophy, Nike join the party, Parris on her way, United threat to City

With the World Cup fast approaching it is fair say that media interest in women’s football is booming at the moment.

Frome news about the trophy taking a whirlwind tour of France to major sponsors getting in on the act, the tournament is attracting plenty of coverage right now.

The Women’s Super League also remains in the spotlight, with Manchester City star Nikita Parris providing the big news item on the domestic scene.

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

Trophy set for Tour de France

Following its whirlwind journey around each of the 24 countries participating in the upcoming World Cup, the trophy is set to undertake a national tour of France.

The journey will start in Paris, the location for the opening match between France and Korea Republic, on May 14 and conclude in Lyon, the venue for the final, ten days later.

The trophy will visit numerous locations including stadiums, local schools and city councils, all with the aim of cranking up interest in the tournament.

The full schedule is as follows:

  • Paris – Tuesday, May 14
  • Le Havre – Wednesday, May 15
  • Reims – Thursday, May 16
  • Valenciennes – Friday, May 17
  • Rennes – Monday, May 20
  • Grenoble – Tuesday, May 21
  • Montpellier – Wednesday, May 22
  • Nice – Thursday, May 23
  • Lyon – Friday, May 24

Nike releases ‘Dream With Us’ video

Nike is doing its bit to get sports fans excited about the World Cup by releasing an inspirational promotional video for the tournament.

Starring various USWNT players including Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh, the video advocates female participation and excellence in sports.

WNBA stars Sue Bird, Elenna Delle Donne and Seimone Augustus also make cameo appearances in the ad.

Check out the full video below:

Parris exit a blow for City

Nikita Parris’ announcement that she will leave Manchester City this summer is a major blow to the club.

Parris helped City lift two domestic cups this season and was named as the Football Writers’ Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year last month.

She finished this campaign as the WSL’s second-highest scorer with 19 goals, but the England star will be plying her trade elsewhere next season.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to French champions Lyon, potentially reuniting her with former teammates Lucy Bronze and Izzy Christiansen.

United’s promotion adds to City’s headaches

Manchester United’s promotion to the WSL is a further hindrance to City’s hopes of success next season.

United boss Casey Stoney is already targeting quality new signings and the attraction of playing under the former England star could help the club’s recruitment drive this summer.

City are finding it difficult to hang onto their better players and United’s arrival in the top flight gives them another headache to contend with.

With Parris joining other top stars in leaving City, they could find themselves struggling to maintain their status as Manchester’s top women’s team next term.

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