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Year in Review: Lyon lead the way, Arsenal rise again, USWNT on top of the world

Women’s football enjoyed an exciting time of things in 2019, with interest in the sport continuing to grow at a rapid rate.

The additional exposure provided by the World Cup in France was hugely positive, hopefully helping to inspire the next generation of players.

The United States were deserving winners, once again showing that they are the best international team on the planet.

With media coverage of the Women’s Super League (WSL) in England also on the rise, these are undoubtedly exciting times for the sport.

Read on as we look at three of the main talking points from women’s football during 2019.

Lyon are still the standard bearers

Lyon claimed the Women’s Champions League title with a 4-1 victory over Barcelona to secure the trophy for the fourth successive time.

The French club remain the team to beat in women’s football and they are well on course to win the competition again in 2020.

They demolished Barca in last year’s final to highlight the big gulf in class between themselves and the rest of the continent.

Their star-studded squad are the standard bearers for the women’s game at club level and could continue to dominate for many years to come.

Arsenal on the rise again

Arsenal enjoyed a seven-year wait to win the WSL in 2019 and they have carried their good form forward into the new campaign.

Manager Joe Montemurro has built an impressive team, although success on the European stage will be the true measure of how far they have progressed.

A 13-2 aggregate victory over Slavia Prague took the Gunners through to this season’s Champions League quarter-finals, but they could have their work cut out against Paris Saint-Germain.

Montemurro’s side are on course to claim the domestic treble this term, but the Champions League is the title he truly craves.

USWNT make their mark on and off the field

The US Women’s team deservedly claimed a record fourth World Cup title last year, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final.

Their success came despite a major off-field row over finances that has seen the team go head-to-head with the US federation in a legal battle.

The USWNT has accused the governing body of institutionalised gender discrimination in relation to their pay in comparison with the men’s national team.

The two parties will argue their respective cases in court during May 2020, under three months before the team’s expected participation at the Summer Olympics.

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