Women’s football in England has a huge following victory of the lions in Euro 2022.
With renewed interest in the game and a new generation of fans emerging, the Women’s Super League is attracting more attention than ever before.
Whether new to the women’s game or not, fans don’t have to wait long for their next fix. The WSL season kicks off this weekend – with 22 games in 2022-23 live on the BBC.
What are the key dates?
The WSL season kicks off on Friday with Leah Williamson’s Arsenal home to Brighton at Meadow Park after the opening weekend’s fixtures were postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The BBC will show Aston Villa as Chloe Kelly and Lauren Hemp take on Manchester City on Sunday. The game kicks off at Villa Park at 12:30 BST and will be live on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.
North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham – He looks set to break the league attendance record – will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online.
That match will be played at the Emirates Stadium on September 24, during the men’s international break.
The season will last until May 28.
What are the stars to look out for?
Lions fans will have a good choice: 18 of the 23 players in the Eurocup-winning team will take part in the Women’s Super League.
16 of them play for Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea.
Kelly – who scored the winner against Germany in the final – and Hemp are among the Manchester City contingent.
Golden Boot winner Beth Mead and captain Williamson play for Arsenal, led by Dutch star striker Vivianne Miedema.
However, the team to beat is champions Chelsea, led by last season’s top scorer in the League, Sam Kerr. The Australian forward scored 20 goals in the WSL in 2021-22.
How can I watch the matches?
All WSL matches can be watched on the BBC, Sky Sports or the Football Association website.
You can also watch highlights from the Women’s Soccer Showcase – the WSL version of Match of the Day – which airs on Sunday nights on BBC One.
The BBC will broadcast one match for each qualifier. Many will be on BBC One or BBC Two, all of which will be on iPlayer. Sky have the rights to two games a week.
Matches not on TV can be watched for free on FA Player.
If you want to go to games, ticket prices are much cheaper than in the Premier League, and more WSL games will be played in bigger stadiums this season as well.
Only Leicester and Reading play at the same venue as their men’s teams, but several clubs are planning to move some big games this season.
The season will also include the Merseyside derby at Anfield and the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, with Arsenal planning to play three WSL games at the Emirates Stadium.
In terms of geographical spread, the WSL team in the south is Brighton, with Manchester and Merseyside clubs to the north.
The Second Division has Sunderland and Durham in the North East and Bristol City in the West.
When is the Women’s Champions League?
Arsenal and Chelsea are in this season’s Women’s Champions League. Manchester City also qualified; however, the European trip is already over.
City entered the first qualifying round, in Madrid. They beat Kazakhstan’s Tomiris-Tura 6-0, but were beaten 1-0 by Real Madrid in their qualifying final.
Second round of two legs, When Arsenal enter the competition, in September it is more common at home and abroad.
Chelsea have automatically qualified for the group stage which starts in October.