#FAWSL kicks off fully professional era

The newly restructured FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) will kick off an historic season on Sunday 9 September when it becomes fully professional for the first time. 

The FA’s Director of the Women’s Professional Game, Kelly Simmons said: “The start of a new fully professional top tier is a landmark moment for women’s football and integral to the future growth of the game, both on and off of the pitch. It is my hope that the move will launch domestic women’s football into becoming a mainstream sport, that millions of people up and down the country are connected with week in, week out.”

To mark the start of the season, The FA has created a film to inspire the next generation of female footballers and celebrate the realisation that girls of all ages can now aspire to have a career in football.

Girls from the North London Pro:Direct Academy feature in the 60 second video alongside stars of the women’s game including Lionesses Fran Kirby and Jordan Nobbs.

The film celebrates what is a landmark moment for women’s football and the realisation that girls of all ages can now aspire to have a career in football.

The league starts at 12.30pm on Sunday as Arsenal go head-to-head against Liverpool on the BBC Sport Red Button. At 2.00pm, last year’s FA WSL and SSE Women’s FA Cup winners Chelsea take on Manchester City live on BT Sport 3.

Sunday 9 September (2pm)

FA WSL

Arsenal v Liverpool (Boreham Wood FC, 12.30) – live on BBC Connected TV / BBC Sport Website
Birmingham City v Everton (Solihull Moors FC)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City (Crawley Town FC)
Chelsea v Manchester City (Kingsmeadow Stadium) – live on BT Sport 3
Reading v Yeovil Town (Wycombe Wanderers FC)

FA WC

Sheffield United v Durham (Stocksbridge Park Steels FC – Sat 8 Sept – 5pm)
Tottenham Hotspur v London Bees FC Cheshunt FC, 1pm)
Crystal Palace v Leicester City WFC (Bromley FC
Millwall Lionesses v Lewes (Dartford FC)
Aston Villa v Manchester United (Boldmere St Michaels FC, 3pm) – live stream on AVFC Youtube channel

Games will be broadcast throughout the season on BT Sport, BBC and The FA WSL Facebook page. Tickets to all league games throughout the season are available at www.ticketstores.co.uk/fawsl.