One man went to mow… yes, the old songs are being rehearsed and polished as Kingsmeadow gets ready to host Spurs on the opening weekend of the new WSL season – September 7 and 8.
The precise date and time have yet to be announced, but Chelsea against newly promoted Tottenham is one of the stand-out fixtures in the first-day list announced this morning by the FA. The other, of course, is the Manchester derby at City’s Academy stadium against another promoted team – Man U.
And it’s now the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, after the banking group became the inaugural league sponsor – riding the wave of popularity partly generated by the effect of the Women’s World Cup in France, where England meet USA in the first semi-final on Tuesday night.
The full fixture list across both domestic leagues will be released on Wednesday July 10, but for now here is the first weekend’s clashes:
Arsenal v West Ham United
Birmingham City v Everton
Bristol City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool v Reading
Manchester City v Manchester United
Meanwhile the FA Women’s Championship fixtures on August 17 and 18 are:
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Crystal Palace v Coventry United
Leicester City v Durham
Lewes v Blackburn Rovers
London Bees v London City Lionesses
Kelly Simmons, Director of the Women’s Professional Game, said: “It’s a very exciting time for women’s football with the country currently swept up in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Lionesses performing brilliantly. We’re looking forward to this increased interest carrying over into our domestic game next season and beyond.
“Opening weekend is packed full of great fixtures that are sure to set the tone for what promises to be the biggest and most exciting domestic season yet and we look forward to releasing the full fixture list next week.”