Photo: Fans are encouraged to attend their local women’s game – and there is plenty of action to watch in grounds or on TV. Photo: Chloe Knott/The FA
The weekend of 14th/15th November will see the return of Women’s Football Weekend in England with coverage across Sky Sports, the BBC and The FA Player.
Not only will fans be able to enjoy hours of action from the comfort of their own home, but fans are encouraged to go and support their team whether that is a club in the top tier of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, where great entertainment and some of the world’s best players will be on display, or further down the pyramid, where passionate players participate with clubs embedded in their local community.
The weekend will see some fiercely fought derbies and developing rivalries in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with matches spread out across the weekend for fans to watch and attend.
Amongst them, Manchester City will host Chelsea live in front of the Sky cameras, while there will be another North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur hosting Arsenal on BBC One. During the very first Women’s Football Weekend, the Gunners came out on top at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in front of a record crowd of 38,262.
Carla Ward will return to Birmingham City for the first time with Aston Villa in a much anticipated West Midlands derby, while Brighton & Hove Albion will return to The AMEX Stadium to host promoted Leicester City.
The FA Women’s Championship promises to be equally exciting with every game being streamed on The FA Player for the second Women’s Football Weekend running. High flying Durham and Liverpool will meet in the North East, while there is a South London derby between Charlton Athletic, now led by Karen Hills, and Crystal Palace.
In addition to the top two tiers, the First Round Proper of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup is due to be played, with 56 ties to be played across the country.
Speaking about the launch of 2021’s Women’s Football Weekend, Kelly Simmons, The FA’s Director of the Women’s Professional Game said: “Women’s Football Weekend is such a significant event within our season because it’s an opportunity to really showcase the very best of our sport.
“With some of the best players in the world showcasing their talents in some of the biggest matches of the season, this is a real opportunity for fans to be part of a big weekend of action.
“But this isn’t just about the top of the pyramid. Women’s Football Weekend is for everyone and I hope those at grassroots level also see new fans coming to their matches and really embrace the spirit of what the weekend is all about – our mutual love of the game.”
Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches not selected for broadcast over the weekend will be available to stream live on The FA Player, where all FA Women’s Championship matches will also be available live.