Defending Women’s Super League champions, Chelsea will kick off the 2021-22 season away at title rivals, Arsenal on weekend of 3-5 September 2021.
Emma Hayes’ Blues will visit Arsenal at Meadow Park in a blockbuster London derby clash on the opening weekend, as two title rivals collide early with Jonas Eidevall set to make his managerial bow in charge of the Gunners after replacing Joe Montemurro who departed at end of last season.
2020-21 runners-up, Manchester City will meanwhile visit Everton in their opening clash as the Toffees look to mount a title challenge, having invested in their squad this summer with their stand-out signing – Toni Duggan immediately facing her former WSL team for who she played for between 2013-17.
Having tied down manager, Jonathan Morgan to a new contract, WSL newcomers – Leicester City will kick off their season with a Midlands derby against Aston Villa.
Other opening weekend highlights sees Manchester United start their season at home to Reading whilst Tottenham and Brighton face home ties against West Ham and Birmingham City respectively.
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The season will conclude on Sunday 8 May 2022 with Chelsea facing yet another blockbuster clash as they host Man Utd on the final day, whilst likely title rivals – Man City will be away at Reading in their concluding match.
Last season’s last two surviving clubs who avoided relegation on the final day, Aston Villa and Birmingham City will meet in a mouth-watering West-Midlands derby, which could well serve as a relegation six-pointer.
Leicester meanwhile will conclude their campaign away at Tottenham Hotspur, whilst other highlights sees West Ham host Arsenal in a final day London derby and Everton visit Brighton.
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Other highlights throughout the season include Chelsea’s clashes against Man City with the first clash set to take place in Manchester on 14 November, with the return leg at Kingsmeadow scheduled for 6 February with both clashes likely to be decisive in the title fight.
Fans will also be looking forward to the Manchester derby with Utd set to host City on 10 October, whilst the return leg at City’s Academy Stadium scheduled for 13 February.
Tottenham will host Arsenal in the first North London derby of WSL season on Sunday 14 November, with the return leg set for 27 March as both fixtures fall on men’s international weekends.
This season also sees the start of a new broadcasting deal in the UK as Sky replaces BT as Pay-TV partner whilst BBC retain terrestrial rights with majority of fixtures moving from Red Button to BBC One and Two.
Fans will also be allowed to return to stadiums after being locked out for entirety of 2020-21 season, with FA Director of Women’s Football, Kelly Simmons commenting: “The return of fans is hugely exciting and I am so pleased we can welcome you back.
“You are the heart of our sport and we missed you last season. Your return will highlight just how special our leagues are and I am really looking forward to seeing you back where you belong, cheering on your favourite team.”