The highest tier of Women’s football in England is kicking off next weekend, with Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester United.
After a successful eleventh season of the FA Women’s Super League (2021/22), Chelsea were crowned champions for the 5th time, in a close nail biting final match day.
With top goal scorer Sam Kerr, finding the net 20 times, Emma Hayes is in a great position ahead of this season.
Jonas Eideval, who led Arsenal just one point behind the blues last season, has hopes for reaching the title this season, with new arrivals including Swedish striker Lina Hurtig to help along the way.
Newly promoted side Liverpool have a lot to prove, in which their pre-season matches appear exciting, following a 5-0 victory over West Ham United and a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.
Upcoming games to look out for!
But how did this league reach the impressive football we witness now?
The FA WSL was first introduced in 2011 to replace the FA Women’s Premier League National Division, in which it was initially played across the summer months. The first eight teams to compete were Arsenal, Birmingham City, Bristol Academy, Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton, Lincoln Ladies and Liverpool.
Premature to the 2018/2019 season, the WSL became fully professional, where teams had to reapply for their spot in the league, resulting in Sunderland being demoted to the third tier, whilst Brighton and West Ham moved up.
With the recent 2021 Sky Sports and BBC confirmed landmark deal with the FA to broadcast the WSL in 2021, the future of this league is hopeful, with many viewings and awareness of the game.
England skipper and Arsenal defender Leah Williamson is just one advocate for how this league will consistently progress further, as her great following and role in the Euro’s will easily transfer across to this resepcetd league.
You won’t want to miss this upcoming season of more incredible football, so keep up to date with the league table below!