The 2020/21 WSL fixture dates have finally been revealed!
The big surprise is that reigning champions Chelsea will kick off their Women’s Super League title defence at Manchester United on September 6th. Emma Hayes’ side were declared champions on a points-per-game basis following the termination of the league in May due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chelsea will travel to Casey Stoney’s United on the opening weekend of the season, with the FA confirming the opening two rounds of fixtures for the 2020/21 WSL and Women’s Championship 2020/21 seasons.
Manchester City, who were leading the league when play was halted, head to promoted Aston Villa in what will be Gareth Taylor’s first match in charge of City. Moreover, the Women’s Championship also gets under way on the weekend of September 6th, with the relegated Liverpool welcoming Durham at home, looking to get back to the top flight by next season.
Kelly Simmons, the FA’s director of the women’s professional game, talked about this decision:
“Fans have had to wait a while to see some live action and being able to announce the first two rounds of fixtures ahead of so many other leagues was something we really pushed for to build up the excitement ahead of the season starting.
The full fixture lists for both divisions will be released in early September, with the FA confirming that the season is “due to start behind closed doors until it is safe for fans to return”.
Undoubtedly, these are great news for all football lovers. After all, we are all really looking forward to seeing our players back on the field to show off their talent and showcase the very best of what the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have to offer. However, the ideal plan would be that supporters can join the stadiums’ stands soon, because fans make the match-day experience even more special.