There was big news out of Germany this week with the announcement that Borussia Dortmund will launch of a women's team.
Dortmund will start at the bottom, entering at the Kreisliga B
level, the eighth tier of German women's soccer. Its goal: make it to the Frauen-Bundesliga in 10 years.
Borussia Dortmund's move to form women's team is significant in that it is the
last of the 16 top European clubs to start a women's team.
Five of the eight clubs in the UEFA Women's Champions League's Final 8 were also in the men's Final 8: Lyon, Paris St. Germain,
Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Dortmund is following the example of Ruhr Valley neighbor and archrival Schalke 04, which is entering a U-17 team in the Kreisliga B this
season. In each following season, Schalke will add another youth team from the U-15s downwards to populate its women's program.
Other major clubs are moving into women's soccer by buying
out established women's programs: Eintracht Frankfurt.
FFC Frankfurt, the last women's club to win the UEFA Champions League when it beat Paris St. Germain in the 2015 final, has been absorbed by
Eintracht Frankfurt, one of the founding members of the men's Bundesliga. FFC Frankfurt won seven league, nine cup and four European titles but saw the writing on the wall as top men's clubs in
England, France and Spain become investing in their women's divisions. The Frankfurt goalkeeper is American Bryane Heaberlin
Confidential: American goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin on playing for Frankfurt in Frauen-Bundesliga Leicester City.
The Foxes have taken over Leicester City Women’s Football Club and made its players, manager and general manager full-time employees. The women's team will
be one of five core teams in the Leicester City program and competes in the FA WSL 2, the second tier of English soccer. Lens.
The popular French club acquired the league rights held by Arras, allowing it to start out this season in French women's soccer second tier. Lens joins 11 other Ligue 1 clubs with teams in the top two
flights of French women's soccer. Former French international Sarah M’Barek
left Guingamp to coach Lens, which plays in Arras' Stade Degouve Brabant. Real Madrid.
The Spanish club is starting its first season in the Primera Iberdrola after officially taking over CD Tacon on July 1. Its squad includes former
Stanford star Chioma Ubogagu
, who has played in the NWSL, England and Australia.