Notts County Ladies gear up for FA Women's Super League season
Notts County Ladies goalkeeper Carly Telford was among the stars who gathered for the launch of the FA Women's Super League (FA WSL) season openers.
Including players and coaches from Notts County Ladies FC, the 19 FA WSL clubs came to St. George’s Park in Staffordshire to celebrate the start of the new season, which begins next week.
Notts County’s first match of the season will kick off at Academy Stadium on Wednesday 23 March, 7pm as they battle it out against their opponents Manchester City.
Further upcoming Notts County fixtures:
Wednesday 23 March 2016, 19.00 – Manchester City Women v Notts County Ladies FC (Academy Stadium)
Sunday 24 April 2016, 17.00 – Notts County Ladies FC v Reading FC Women (Meadow Lane Stad.)
Monday 2 May 2016, 15.00 – Notts Country Ladies FC v Liverpool Ladies FC (Meadow Lane Stad.)
Sunday 8 May 2016, 14.00 - Notts Country Ladies FC v Birmingham City Ladies (Meadow Lane Stad.)
WSL 1 & 2 Opening Fixtures:
Both divisions’ first fixtures take place on Wednesday 23 March with FA WSL 1 title winners Reading travelling to two-time champions Arsenal for their curtain-raiser.
Elsewhere, season’s runners-up Manchester City will host Notts County, while Liverpool will face Birmingham City.
For those wanting to support the FA WSL season from home, Chelsea, last season’s champions, will take on top-division newcomers Doncaster Rovers Belles at the Keepmoat Stadium on Thursday 24 March.
The game will be televised live on BT Sport 1 from 7.15pm.
Meanwhile, promoted Sheffield FC will host Durham on Wednesday 23 March. Newly-named Bristol City, who were relegated from FA WSL 1, welcome Yeovil while London Bees host Watford. The next day (Thursday 24 March) Everton will play Aston Villa and Millwall Lionesses will travel to Oxford United.
FA director of football participation and development Kelly Simmons said: “This is a pivotal year for The FA WSL as we look to build on the great momentum, awareness and attendances that the league generated in 2015.
“A strong FA WSL will really lay the foundations for success elsewhere in the women’s game – from a winning England team to inspiring more girls and women to take up playing football at any level.”
BT Sport is the lead sponsor and broadcast partner of The FA WSL, and one of five women’s football commercial partners, along with Continental Tyres, Nike, SSE and Vauxhall.
Full match and ticket information can be found at www.FAWSL.com, with upcoming fixtures for your local club detailed above.