Professional women's football is slowly returning around Europe, and preseason training has started for most teams. Although, this year, preseason games will be a little different for a couple of clubs around Europe. Division 1 Féminine in France is set to return on September 5th, but before that, the Coupe de France Féminine will decide it's winner.
Women's football in France starts this Sunday, when Girondines de Bordeaux host Paris St Germain while EA Guingamp host Olympic Lyonnais for the semi-inals which were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak this spring.
The road to the final between the two giants within women's football in France seems to be open. The question remaining is if Lyon will be able to defend their title from last year when they got their hands on the silverware for the tenth time after beating LOSC Lille 3-1 in the final. Lyon and PSG played each other in last year's quarter-final, where Lyon progressed in the tournament, reaching the semifinals after beating their biggest competitor 1-0.
The battle between Bordeaux and PSG might be an excited one to follow. When the league was cancelled due to the coronavirus, only 4 points separated these two teams in the table.
Players to look out for
For the first semi-final, both teams had players in the top five goalscorers in the league. For Bordeaux Jamaican international Khadija Shaw scored ten times. PSG players and French internationals Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani also held top spots in that table with 16 and 12 goals scored during the season that was cut short.
For the second semifinal, Lyon seems to be managing without Norweigan international Ada Hegerberg, who is still in rehab after her ACL injury which she suffered at the beginning of 2020. Although the whole world has their eyes on when Hegerberg possibly could be back since she seems to be close to returning, last year's Cup title winner might have to manage entirely without their goal-scoring machine.
Even without Hegerberg, Lyon will have a strong starting lineup that for sure is going to make the Sunday evening tough for Guingamp.
New signings who might appear
Lyon have strengthened their already strong squad for 2020/21 with Icelandic International Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir from VfL Wolfsburg and Australian International Ellie Carpenter from Melbourne City FC.
Another Matildas player who could make her debut in French football is Laura Brock for her new club Guingamp.
PSG have signed German goalkeeper Charlotte Voll from SC Sand. French player Bénédicte Simon has joined from Stade de Reims and Swiss international Ramona Bachmann from Chelsea ahead of the new season. There is no clarification yet if the teams will be allowed to play with their new signings in these Cup games.
EA Guingamp vs Olympic Lyonnais 14:00 BST
Girondines de Bordeaux vs Paris St Germain 19:30 BST