We now know the identity of three of the DFB Cup semi-finalists in Germany, while Olympique Lyonnais are continuing where they left off in France and Northern Football have retained their New Zealand title. Read on with FIFA.com to find out all that has been happening in the world of women's football in the past few weeks.
Germany: Cup holders into the semis
Holders Bayern Munich cruised into the semi-finals of this season's DFB Women's Cup with a 5-1 thrashing of second-division TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. USA star Sarah Hagen fired in no fewer than four of the goals, with Vanessa Burki notching the fifth for coach Thomas Worle's women. Swiss international Martina Moser replied for Hoffenheim.
Turbine Potsdam also made it into the semis but had a much tougher time of things. They too were facing opposition from a league below them, and SC Sand battled all the way, but in the end Genoveva Anonman scored the only goal of the game to give the current Bundesliga champions a 1-0 win. SC Freiburg cruised past Hervorder SV 6-2, while the fourth quarter-final between Wolfsburg and Jena was postponed due to the weather and will be played in the New Year.
New Zealand: Northern Football do the double
For the second year in a row, Northern Football are New Zealand league champions after defeating local rivals Auckland 2-0 in the ASB Women's League final at Fred Taylor Park. Neither team managed to create any chances of note in the first half but after the break, goals from Tayla O'Brien in the 49th minute and Georgia Brown on the hour propelled them to the title. "We kept clean sheets in the last four games, which proves how strong our defence is. The first 45 minutes were really tough and full of nervous energy. The second half was excellent though and the team showed that they really can operate as a unit," said Northern coach Mauro Donoso after the match. Helen Collins of Waikato/BOP Football meanwhile won the Golden Boot as the league's top scorer.
France: Business as usual
Though Germany was already enjoying its winter break, neighbours France had one more matchday left this year, and it was a case of more of the same at the top. Lyon maintained their vice-like grip on the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Yzeure Allier. Laetitia Tonazzi, Amandine Henry and Lotta Schelin scored the goals in what was Lyon's 18th consecutive victory in all competitions since the start of the season. Paris Saint-Germain kept up their pursuit of OL, defeating AS Saint-Etienne 4-1, while third-placed Montpellier managed a 2-1 home win over Toulouse FC.
Top three: Lyon (48 points), Paris Saint-Germain (41), Montpellier (38)
Australia: Setback for champs Canberra
After winning their last two matches, Canberra United suffered another setback in their attempt to defend their league title, slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to Melbourne Victory. The result saw the two teams swap places in the league and enabled league-leaders Perth Glory to open up a five-point gap over Canberra after their thrilling 7-5 win over Sydney FC. Brisbane Roar also overtook Canberra, their 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers hoisting them up to second in the league. Adelaide United, meanwhile, put an end to a dismal run of seven consecutive defeats with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle Jets.
Top three: Perth Glory (19), Brisbane Roar (17), Melbourne Victory (16)