Sky Sports have confirmed their first selection of Women’s Super League games, with Arsenal taking on Chelsea in a blockbuster on Sunday 5th September.
Sky shows all 12 clubs in the first five rounds of play, starting with Manchester United against Reading on Friday 3rd September before champions Chelsea travel to the Emirates two days later to face rivals Arsenal.
As one of the most competitive leagues with some of the most iconic names and teams in the world, the WSL will be one of Sky Sports’ flagship offerings.
The new season and thus the new broadcast partnership will start on the weekend of September 3, 2021.
Karen Carney, who has won over 100 internationals for the lionesses, joins as the lead expert for the new season while Caroline Barker becomes the main moderator of the WSL at Sky Sports.
Lynsey Hooper joins as WSL reporter and commentator Seb Hutchinson will also be added before the new season.
The history of the WSL
- April 2011 – The first WSL season begins with an eight-piece league that is played over the summer.
- Early 2014 – A second division, WSL 2, is added with one team from the top division, WSL 1, relegated.
- December 2014 – WSL 1 was expanded to 10 teams, while teams from the third division – the Women’s Premier League – were promoted to WSL 2.
- July 2016 – The WSL campaigns return to a winter season in keeping with the traditional English football calendar.
- February to May 2017 – The FA WSL Spring Series is played to bridge the gap between the summer and winter seasons. Each team played against each other once, with Chelsea winning WSL 1 and Everton WSL 2.
- 2017/18 season – WSL 1 is again called the Women’s Super League.
- Season 2018/19 – The WSL is expanded to a full professional league and 11 teams. Each club must reapply for its license, meet the mandatory requirements of a minimum contract of 16 hours for players and establish a youth academy. Brighton and West Ham are added to the top tier. WSL 2 is renamed the women’s championship.
- Season 2019/20 – The WSL will again be expanded to 12 teams. Man Utd and Tottenham are promoted from the championship, Yeovil Town relegated. Due to Covid-19, the season will end early and the decision will be based on points per game. Chelsea have become champions, Liverpool are relegated.
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.
Confirmed WSL games live on Sky Sports
Friday 3rd September – Manchester United vs. Reading, kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Sunday 5th September – Arsenal vs Chelsea, kick-off at 12.30 p.m.
Saturday September 11th – West Ham vs. Aston Villa, kick-off at 11.30 a.m.
Sunday September 12th – Manchester City – Tottenham, kick-off at 6.45 p.m.
Saturday September 25th – Everton vs. Birmingham, kick-off at 11.30 a.m.
Sunday September 26th – Arsenal vs Manchester City, kick-off at 6.45 p.m.
Saturday October 2nd – Chelsea vs Brighton, kick-off at 11.30 a.m.
Sunday 3rd October – Birmingham – Manchester United, kick-off at 6.45 p.m.
Sunday October 9th – Chelsea vs Leicester, kick-off at 12.30 p.m.
Sunday October 9th – Arsenal vs Everton, kick-off at 3 p.m.
WSL on Sky: Big names, the “Big Three” and inspiring girls
The Women’s Super League will have a new home on Sky Sports from the coming season. From world-class stars like Lucy Bronze and Vivianne Miedema to the potential end of the Big Three – Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City – there are plenty of reasons to be excited.
Here we look at why you should watch the WSL on Sky Sports this September …