Football Fern Riley signs with top Swedish club

Last updated 13:07 23/03/2012

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Football Ferns defender Ali Riley has signed on to play in one of the top women's football leagues in the world.

Riley has signed with LdB FC Malmo in the Swedish Damallsvenskan league. LdB FC Malmo are the two-time defending champions and have won the league seven times.

Riley played in the American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league for the Western New York Flash last season but found herself without a club when the WPS didn't go ahead in 2012.

During her two years in the league Riley was a two-time all-star, the 2010 rookie of the year and won the WPS championship with the Flash last season.

The 24-year-old could play for her new club as early as Monday (NZT) in a Super Cup clash against Goteborg FC.

Damallsvenskan is considered one of the top female professional leagues in the world and Riley will play with LdB FC Malmo until the Olympics later this year.

The Football Ferns can qualify for London by winning a two-legged playoff against Papua New Guinea on March 31 and April 4.

Malmo were yesterday knocked out of the UEFA Women's Champions League in the quarterfinals by FFC Frankfurt, who Riley's New Zealand teammate Ria Percival plays for.

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