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T P Johnson
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Watched 2 games on Eurosport yesterday and games were played at the National Stadium in Tallinn and at FC Twente and on looking on the UEFA website most games appear to be played on the same grounds as the mens sides yet I see both Birmingham City and Arsenal play on non league grounds. Any reason for this.


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In Arsenal's case, the women's team have played at Boreham Wood since before the move to the Emirates. At Highbury the pitch was natural grass so having the women's, youth and reserves play on it would not have been practical so they were farmed out to Boreham Wood, Barnet and, on occasion, St Albans. In the women's case, they have continued this as the ground if far more suited to the crowds they get than what would be a cavernously empty Emirates. I assume similar for Birmingham - ground too big and grass pitch with men's 1st, reserve and youth plus women's team to cater for.


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I suspect that some (most?) of the teams involved will play their domestic games at smaller venues. I assume that part of the reasons to switch would be the greater prestige of the European games, but I suspect that floodlighting will also come into play - UEFA competition requires a fairly high lux rating. This has affected English teams in the past - when Everton took part they had to play at Widnes instead of Marine and I think Arsenal have had early afternoon kickoffs to avoid needing floodlights.


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I suspect that some (most?) of the teams involved will play their domestic games at smaller venues. I assume that part of the reasons to switch would be the greater prestige of the European games, but I suspect that floodlighting will also come into play - UEFA competition requires a fairly high lux rating. This has affected English teams in the past - when Everton took part they had to play at Widnes instead of Marine and I think Arsenal have had early afternoon kickoffs to avoid needing floodlights.

According to the Europsort commentator FC Twente ladies play all their games at the main stadium, and have average attendances of around 2,000.



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~ Arsenal have had early afternoon kickoffs to avoid needing floodlights.

Yes. Frankly I think it one of the most stupid decisions they have made. It would be perfectly justifiable to use Emirates for European games but even if they didn't I'm sure they could find another venue where the lighting was of high enough lux to allow them to play in the evening. As it is, the gates must be half what it might have been. I haven't been to a European game for years, partly because when they've been on weekends I've not been around but more often than not because I'm not prepared to take a half day to watch a football match.

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Vfl Wolfsburg Ladies played at Vfl Stadion am Elsterweg which apparently is the former stadium of the men's team. They couldn't match the 14-0 win in the first leg struggling to a 13-0 win, albeit with 9 team changes from the first game. 27-0 is probably a record aggregate score in any UEFA match.
Every time Wolfsburg scored the PA played 'Rama Lama Ding Dong' by Rocky Sharpe and the Replays. Very odd!



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Every time Wolfsburg scored the PA played 'Rama Lama Ding Dong' by Rocky Sharpe and the Replays. Very odd!

I bet that's killed that one as a favourite in those there parts after that result.


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Birmingham City ladies play at Stratford Town's ground which is absurd. 25 miles away. How many brummies are prepared to travel that far. Are there no grounds nearer that could be suitable? Sutton Coldfield? How do they expect to promote women's football like that? It's like Nottingham Forest ladies playing at Grantham.


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I quite agree. I can only assume that, like sport in Australia and the US, it is geared up for drivers. Perhaps 'soccer moms' are the target audience. I went to a baseball game in Oz and it took 2 hours on public transport to go what would have taken 20 minutes in a car to get there. It was 30 minutes' walk from the station and not a single bus went any closer than that. We even asked on the way out where we might find a cab and the guy looked nonplussed - we must have been the first people who'd ever gone there without driving.


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Birmingham City ladies play at Stratford Town's ground which is absurd. 25 miles away. How many brummies are prepared to travel that far. Are there no grounds nearer that could be suitable?


I believe they're moving to Solihull Moors for 2014.



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Birmingham City ladies play at Stratford Town's ground which is absurd. 25 miles away. How many brummies are prepared to travel that far. Are there no grounds nearer that could be suitable? Sutton Coldfield? How do they expect to promote women's football like that? It's like Nottingham Forest ladies playing at Grantham.



Or dare I say, Lincoln Ladies playing at Notts County?


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Glasgow City, playing at the Excelsior,through to the last 8 of the Women's Champions League last night. Not a word on the so-called BBC.

Shameful!

All they needed to do was link up to the Glasgow City twittersphere.



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Glasgow City, playing at the Excelsior,through to the last 8 of the Women's Champions League last night. Not a word on the so-called BBC.

Shameful!

All they needed to do was link up to the Glasgow City twittersphere.

It wasn't much better when Arsenal were in it. What they need to do is actually go out and find out what's happening. The 'headline' under the Women's Football heading on the Football home page usually reads 'See what's new in women's football', or something similar, which we all know is a euphemism for 'Can't be arsed to update this bit so will use a timeless headline which never needs changing'.


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Glasgow City, playing at the Excelsior,through to the last 8 of the Women's Champions League last night. Not a word on the so-called BBC.

Shameful!

All they needed to do was link up to the Glasgow City twittersphere.


You mean apart from this match report then?
Following up the report they had of the first leg.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/.../0/football/30009553


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The goalkeeper in that photo appears to be on 2nd base... ;)


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Glasgow City, playing at the Excelsior,through to the last 8 of the Women's Champions League last night. Not a word on the so-called BBC.

Shameful!

All they needed to do was link up to the Glasgow City twittersphere.


When I looked on the BBC Football website earlier today, it was one of the top few headlines. It's still the top headline (or at least the manager's post match views) for the women's football section.


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Glasgow City, playing at the Excelsior,through to the last 8 of the Women's Champions League last night. Not a word on the so-called BBC.

Shameful!

All they needed to do was link up to the Glasgow City twittersphere.


You mean apart from this match report then?
Following up the report they had of the first leg.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/.../0/football/30009553


after the completion of the match (long after) ; while they have live reports from all sorts of other games



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It was noted every 30 minutes on the 5 Live sport round-up for several hours afterwards, as was Bristol Academy's win as well.

 
 


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