Champions Chelsea kick off their title defense against London rivals Arsenal when the Barclays FA Women’s Super League season kicks off on the weekend of September 3rd.

Emma Hayes’ side’s quest for the third WSL crown in a row begins in north London against the Gunners, who finished third last season nine points behind the Blues and have the chance to bid for a first title stepping up since 2019 by giving an early blow to the master.

Manchester City, runners-up for the past four WSL seasons, will travel to Everton on the opening weekend, Manchester United host Reading, Aston Villa host Leicester, Brighton host West Ham and Birmingham travel to Tottenham.

FA Women’s Super League 2021/22: Opening weekend

Game dates take place on the weekend of September 3rd to 5th, all pairings can change, kick-off TBC.

Arsenal versus Chelsea

Aston Villa versus Leicester

Brighton versus West Ham

Everton versus Manchester City

Man Utd vs Reading

Tottenham versus Birmingham

United will host rivals City in the first Manchester derby of the season on the weekend of October 8th, with the match scheduled for the weekend of February 11th.

The weekend of November 12th, the derbies will take place in North London and Second City, with Tottenham hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa traveling to Birmingham City. Arsenal will then host Spurs on the weekend of March 25, while Villa will host Birmingham on the last day of the season.

On a blockbuster closing day of the 2021/22 season, champions Chelsea United entertain, West Ham hosts Arsenal and City are in Reading.

FA Women’s Super League 2021/22: Final weekend

Game dates will be played either on May 7th or 8th, 2022; all game dates are subject to change, kick-offs TBC.

Aston Villa versus Birmingham

Brighton versus Everton

Chelsea v Man Utd

Reading versus Man City

Tottenham versus Leicester

West Ham versus Arsenal

WSL on Sky: Big names, Derby days and inspiring girls

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home on Sky Sports this season. From world-class stars like Lucy Bronze and Vivianne Miedema to competitive derby days, there are many reasons to be excited …

In March, Sky Sports announced a three-year contract with the FA to become WSL’s main broadcaster from September 2021.

The deal stipulates that Sky Sports will show at least 35 games exclusively live per season and further strengthens the broadcaster’s commitment to women’s sports.

The excitement got up a gear with the announcement of the game on Friday and there are plenty of reasons why you should see this season …

Watch the Barclays FA Women’s Super League live on Sky Sports

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Sky Sports has announced a three-year deal with the FA to become the main broadcaster for the Barclays Women’s Super League from September 2021

In March, Sky Sports announced a three-year deal with the FA to become the main broadcaster of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League from September 2021 and become one of Sky Sports’ flagship offerings.

The deal stipulates that Sky Sports will show at least 35 games exclusively live per season and further strengthens the broadcaster’s commitment to women’s sports.

Sky Sports is recruiting the best on- and off-screen production team in its class as part of a plan to adapt WSL to the broadcaster’s other major sporting leagues and events.

The WSL receives the full Sky Sports treatment with lengthy preparations and reactions to all live games as well as daily news from the competition via Sky Sports News and the Sky Sports digital platforms.

FA Women’s Super League 2021/22: opening of six games

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3rd-5th September: Chelsea (h)

10.-12. September: A … read)

24.-26. September: Man city (h)

1-3 October: Aston Villa (a)

8-10 October: Everton (h)

5th-7th November: West ham (h)

Aston Villa

3rd-5th September: London (h)

10.-12. September: West ham (a)

24.-26. September: Brighton (a)

1-3 October: Arsenal (h)

8-10 October: A … read)

5th-7th November: Chelsea (h)

Birmingham

3rd-5th September: Tottenham (a)

10.-12. September: Brighton (h)

24.-26. September: Everton (a)

1-3 October: Man utd (h)

8-10 October: West ham (a)

5th-7th November: Reading (h)

Brighton

3rd-5th September: West ham (h)

10.-12. September: Birmingham (a)

24.-26. September: Aston Villa (h)

1-3 October: Chelsea (a)

8-10 October: Tottenham (h)

5th-7th November: Everton (a)

Chelsea

3rd-5th September: Arsenal (a)

10.-12. September: Everton (h)

24.-26. September: Man utd (a)

1-3 October: Brighton (h)

8-10 October: London (h)

5th-7th November: Aston Villa (a)

Leicester

3rd-5th September: Aston Villa (a)

10.-12. September: Man utd (h)

24.-26. September: West ham (a)

1-3 October: Tottenham (h)

8-10 October: Chelsea (a)

5th-7th November: Man city (h)

Everton

3rd-5th September: Man city (h)

10.-12. September: Chelsea (a)

24.-26. September: Birmingham (h)

1-3 October: A … read)

8-10 October: Arsenal (a)

5th-7th November: Brighton (h)

Man City

3rd-5th September: Everton (a)

10.-12. September: Tottenham (h)

24.-26. September: Arsenal (a)

1-3 October: West ham (h)

8-10 October: Man utd (a)

5th-7th November: Leicester (a)

Man utd

3rd-5th September: Reading (h)

10.-12. September: Leicester (a)

24.-26. September: Chelsea (h)

1-3 October: Birmingham (a)

8-10 October: Man city (h)

5th-7th November: Tottenham (a)

reading

3rd-5th September: Man utd (a)

10.-12. September: Arsenal (h)

24.-26. September: Tottenham (a)

1-3 October: Everton (h)

8-10 October: Aston Villa (h)

5th-7th November: Birmingham (a)

Tottenham

3rd-5th September: Birmingham (h)

10.-12. September: Man city (a)

24.-26. September: Reading (h)

1-3 October: Leicester (a)

8-10 October: Brighton (a)

5th-7th November: Man utd (h)

West Ham

3rd-5th September: Brighton (a)

10.-12. September: Aston Villa (h)

24.-26. September: London (h)

1-3 October: Man city (a)

8-10 October: Birmingham (h)

5th-7th November: Arsenal (a)