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Banyana Banyana's road to the World Cup in France starts now

South Africa's road to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will start on Wednesday when they play their opening match of the COSAFA Women's Championship, against Madagascar in Port Elizabeth.

Coach Desiree Ellis has assembled a full-strength squad as she uses the regional tournament as preparation for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations [women's Afcon] in Ghana, which will get under way in November. The three best sides there will qualify for the global event in France next year.

Banyana Banyana have...

SA's Van Wyk announces Houston Dash departure

South Africa national team captain Janine van Wyk said on Twitter Monday that "her time has come to an end" with National Women's Soccer League side Houston Dash.

Van Wyk made 37 appearances in two NWSL seasons at Dash, and this campaign, under the leadership of former South Africa coach Vera Pauw, featured alongside compatriots Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana.

"And so, my journey with the Houston Dash has come to an end. It's been a year that has taught me many lessons," Van Wyk said via her...

Australia international Hayley Raso suffers back fracture in NWSL

Matildas star Hayley Raso could miss a mooted friendly showdown with England after fracturing her back in a National Women's Soccer League game.

Raso was hospitalised after colliding with Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe as her Portland Thorns prevailed 1-0 in their NWSL fixture at the weekend.

The 23-year-old attacker, who plays for Brisbane Roar in the W-League, was taken from the field on a stretcher in seemingly severe pain.

The Thorns have confirmed Raso suffered a "non-displaced...

Wildfires force extra breaks in Portland Thorns' NWSL playoff-clinching victory

The Portland Thorns' Tobin Heath scored in the second half of the win over Sky Blue FC.
Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath scored in the second half of the win over Sky Blue FC.

The Portland Thorns' victory over Sky Blue FC on Wednesday, in which they qualified for the NWSL playoffs, was interrupted four times as players were given breaks because of poor air quality resulting from nearby wildfires.

The NWSL decided before the game to implement the safety measures as the state's air quality index, which measures the number of pollutants in the air, rose to what the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality considered "unhealthy" levels.

According to the Oregonian, the index...