The slightly revamped Women’s Super League fixtures have been released and fans of the women’s game are going to be in for a treat as champions Chelsea host Manchester City. It’s not the only big game in the opening weekend as the Arsenal and Liverpool women’s teams kick their league programme off at Boreham Wood. The other fixtures in the opening weekend see Birmingham host Everton, Reading against Yeovil Town. WSL 2 winners Doncaster Rover Belles didn’t move into the WSL, but Brighton Women’s team who finished second, will make their appearance in WSL and host Bristol City. The other new team sees West Ham join the top league after their successful application.
The WSL kicks off on the weekend of 8th and 9th September, sees for the first time a fully professional Women’s League features 11 clubs so, each week one team will sit out a fixture.
The WSL 2 is now renamed as the FA Women’s Championship and also features 11 clubs. Taking part in the renamed league are the Aston Villa Ladies, Charlton Athletic Women’s team alongside Leicester City, Lewis, London Bees, Millwall, Spurs and the newly formed Man Utd and Sheffield United women’s teams. Managing the Man Utd women’s team will be a legend of the women’s game, Casey Stoney. Stoney takes on the clubs charge into women’s football management having graced the women’s teams of Arsenal (2) Chelsea and Liverpool, together with Lincoln. Not only that 130 women’s caps and 4 appearances for the GB women’s team. Stoney was player manager for Chelsea back in 2009.
The opening weekend fixtures for the women’s championship sees Aston Villa hosting Man Utd, Crystal Palace whilst Millwall Lionesses take on Lewes. Sheffield United take on Durham whilst it’s an all London affair as Tottenham take on London Bees.
It looks like being another exciting season with the changes made to the Women’s Super League.