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Your WSL season preview!

If you enjoyed the women’s Euros this summer, we’ve got great news – many of the world’s best players are based in England, and you can watch them in the Women’s Super League   

By Chris Miller, Writer

Note: TV channels are currently subject to wholescale schedule changes.


England’s Euro 22 triumph over Germany was undoubtedly THE sporting event of the summer, with more than 87,000 screaming spectators packed into Wembley joined by a peak TV audience of an astonishing 17.4 million. And those fans – old or new – won’t have to wait much longer for more of the women’s football action they love, because the new FA Women’s Super League season begins on 10 September!


It’s going to be a huge season for the women’s top flight. With the Euros having made superstars of Lionesses like Millie Bright, Beth Mead and Chloe Kelly, and some of the world’s best players lining up for WSL clubs, more and more games are being moved to larger stadiums to cope with demand. The game is under the spotlight like never before, and about time too.


Beth Mead of Arsenal and England won the Golden Boot and the Player of the Tournament award at Euro 22


But while we’d absolutely encourage you to attend your local team’s matches if you can, there’s plenty of coverage of the league to enjoy on Virgin TV, with games from every round of fixtures shown live on Sky Sports and the BBC. Ahead of the kick-off, we round up the matches you can watch in September, and bring you up to speed on each of the 12 clubs in the league and what they can achieve this year…


Man Utd – featuring Alessia Russo of “cheeky backheel” fame – open the season against Spurs


But while we’d absolutely encourage you to attend your local team’s matches if you can, there’s plenty of coverage of the league to enjoy on Virgin TV, with games from every round of fixtures shown live on Sky Sports and the BBC. Ahead of the kick-off, we round up the matches you can watch in September, and bring you up to speed on each of the 12 clubs in the league and what they can achieve this year…


And remember you can follow all the live action on Sky Sports wherever you are in the UK, as long as there’s WiFi, 3G or 4G, thanks to Virgin TV Go. Simply download the app, which is free to all Virgin TV customers and is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows 10 and PC/Mac.


Which WSL games are on TV?

Here’s all the WSL action you can watch live on Virgin TV this September as the season gets under way…


Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United

Saturday 10 September, 11.30am, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


Chelsea v West Ham United

Sunday 11 September, 12pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)


Manchester City v Arsenal

Sunday 11 September, 6.30pm, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)


Aston Villa v Manchester City

Sunday 18 September, 12pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)


Liverpool v Chelsea

Sunday 18 September, 6.30pm, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)


Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday 24 September, 1pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)


Chelsea v Manchester City

Sunday 25 September, 3.30pm, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)


Liverpool v Everton

Sunday 25 September, 6.30pm, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)


Your club-by-club guide to the WSL 2022/23 season

Last season:


Star player: Beth Mead. The England forward claimed the Golden Boot and the Player of the Tournament prizes at Euro 22 to go with her gold medal, having set a record for WSL assists last season.


The manager: Jonas Eidevall will be familiar to TV viewers after his impressive punditry stint during the Euros. He’s won three league titles in Sweden and has realistic ambitions to add the WSL to that. 


It’s a big season for… Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema, who signed a one-year contract extension in the spring. The assumption is she’s looking to sign off with a big trophy.


New signings: Sweden star Lina Hurtig has joined her compatriot Stina Blackstenius to provide competition for places up front.


A good season would be… winning the league and going deep in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.


Last season: 9th


Star player: For social media presence, undoubtedly Swiss international Alisha Lehmann – fans will be hoping her follower numbers translate into goals.


The manager: Carla Ward was hailed for her achievement in keeping Birmingham City in the WSL before moving to their local rivals in 2021 for a season of consolidation. 


It’s a big season for… Natasha Harding. The 100-cap Wales international has signed on after four years at Reading to add steel and experience to the midfield.


New signings: They’ve made a few, including Northern Ireland forward Simone Magill, France’s Kenza Dali and defender Anna Patten on loan from Arsenal, but there’s one signing that clearly signals Villa’s ambition: Rachel Daly, the versatile England star and Euro 22 winner who arrives after six years in the US with Houston Dash.


A good season would be… a first ever top-half finish.


Last season: 7th


Star player: Lee Geum-min has been in the South Korea squad in both of the past two World Cups and has 71 caps.


The manager: Former England boss Hope Powell, who led the Lionesses to their previous Euros final in 2009 (Germany got the better of them that time) and has been at Brighton since 2017.


It’s a big season for… Danielle Carter, who looked like an England regular in the making before a long-term injury derailed her career. The former Arsenal striker will be aiming to improve on her two WSL goals last season.


New signings: Norway international Elisabeth Terland may not have fond memories of Brighton after losing 8-0 to England there in July, but Powell has signed her to strengthen the Seagulls’ midfield. Chelsea defender Jorja Fox joins on loan, while Greece international Veatriki Sarri arrives from relegated Birmingham.


A good season would be… mid-table security again, with the odd great result like their hard-fought draw against Chelsea last January.


Last season: 1st


Star player: Almost too many to count, including England’s Fran Kirby and Millie Bright, but Australian striker Sam Kerr is one of the superstars of world football and has the phenomenal scoring record to back it up.


The manager: Emma Hayes, who has led Chelsea to three consecutive WSL titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League final, and was named The Best FIFA Football Coach in 2021.


It’s a big season for… Striker Beth England, who’s a stalwart of the Chelsea and England squads, but has often found herself playing second fiddle to Kerr and others. Can she step up?


New signings: The main area Hayes has reinforced is the defence, bringing in Canadian international Kadeisha Buchanan from Lyon and France’s Ève Périsset from Bordeaux.


A good season would be… winning the league (again), which almost goes without saying. But after reaching the 2021 Champions League final and following it with a shock group-stage failure last year, you feel Hayes’s focus may be more on Europe this time around.


Last season: 10th


Star player: Experienced captain Izzy Christiansen is key to most things Everton do on the pitch. The former Man City and Lyon midfielder is creative, tenacious and vocal.


The manager: After Willie Kirk and Jean-Luc Vasseur were both sacked during last season, Brian Sørensen joins from Fortuna Hjørring – his first job outside the Danish league. 


It’s a big season for… Hanna Bennison. The 19-year-old Sweden midfielder is one of Europe’s most promising players, but her impact was mainly from the bench last year and she’ll want to nail down a starting place.


New signings: Sørensen has brought in a trio of Danes in Katrine Veje and twins Sara and Karen Holmgaard (although Sara will remain in Hjørring on loan for now), as well as Man City winger Jess Park and Chelsea forward Aggie Beever-Jones on loan.


A good season would be… leaving last year’s troubles behind.


Last season:


Star player: Classy centre-back Ashleigh Plumptre. Born in Leicester, she switched her international allegiance to Nigeria in 2021 – her paternal grandfather came from Lagos – and has eight caps.


The manager: After taking over from Jonathan Morgan midseason, Lydia Bedford led her team to a run of four victories in six matches that was crucial to their survival. 


It’s a big season for… Highly rated young goalkeeper Demi Lambourne. Although Leicester conceded 53 goals last season including a 9-0 home defeat to Chelsea, Lambourne was named their Player of the Year. Time to start putting up better numbers.


New signings: Bedford has gone for experience with USA defender Erin Simon and Wales midfielder Josie Green – but she’s also brought in 18-year-old Welsh starlet Carrie Jones on loan from Man Utd.


A good season would be… bettering last year’s record of 17 defeats.


Last season:
FA Women’s Championship winners


Star player: Shanice van de Sanden, who returns to the club she played for in 2016-17. The winger has 95 caps for the Netherlands and capturing her signature was a coup for the newly promoted Reds.


The manager: Having been in charge at Liverpool during the successful period that included WSL titles in 2013 and 2014, Matt Beard returned in 2021 to guide them to the Championship trophy.


It’s a big season for… Missy Bo Kearns. The side’s youngest ever captain is an England under-23 regular and will hope to catch Sarina Wiegman’s eye now she’s in the WSL.


New signings: As well as Van de Sanden, Liverpool made a shrewd move by signing former West Ham stalwart Gilly Flaherty on a free. The defender is known as someone who puts her body on the line for the cause.


A good season would be… survival primarily, but the canny Beard will think he can push his team up further the table. A win over Everton in the televised game on 25 September, which is at Anfield, would be nice too.


Last season: 3rd


Star player: Chloe Kelly briefly became the most famous person in England after her Euro final winner and shirt-twirling celebration. The winger had also shown signs of returning to her mesmerising best after a serious injury.


The manager: Gareth Taylor was appointed with no experience in the women’s game and had a tough time last term as his squad was devastated by injuries. City are already out of the Champions League after a qualifying defeat to Real Madrid. Fair to say it’s a make-or-break season for Taylor.  


It’s a big season for… Steph Houghton. She was devastated to be left out of the Euros squad when Wiegman felt she was not fit enough. It’s up to the former England captain to prove she’s still got what it takes.


New signings: So far the headline name is Deyna Castellanos, the prolific Venezuela striker who’s arrived from Atlético Madrid. Otherwise it’s mainly youngsters who fans fear will struggle to fill the boots of their significant departures: Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh (both to Barcelona), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Caroline Weir (Real Madrid), Janine Beckie (Portland Thorns) and Ellen White (retired).


A good season would be… breaking back into the top two after slipping out of it for the first time since 2014.


Last season: 4th


Star player: Anyone who watched England in the Euros will know about Ella Toone’s classy passing, calmness under pressure and eye for goal.


The manager: Former Birmingham and Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner took over from Casey Stoney last summer. 


It’s a big season for… Maria Thorisdottir, who was a mainstay of the defence last season, but looked decidedly ordinary for Norway against a rampant England in the Euros. She’s got a point to prove.


New signings: Lioness Nikita Parris has arrived from Arsenal to boost the forward options, as has Canada’s Olympic gold medallist Adriana Leon, previously of West Ham. However, arguably their most important transfer business is hanging on to highly rated Spain defender Ona Batlle.


A good season would be… finally finishing above their neighbours.


Last season: 8th


Star player: Veteran striker Natasha Dowie, whose career has taken her to the US, Australia, Norway and Italy, was last season’s top scorer.


The manager: Kelly Chambers, who is not only the Royals’ former captain, but also the club’s director of women’s and girls’ football. 


It’s a big season for… Justine Vanhaevermaet. With the experienced Harding gone, the 30-year-old Belgium midfielder will have to take on more of a leadership role – and improve on last year’s return of two league goals.


New signings: Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jackie Burns impressed at Euro 22, and Chambers took the opportunity to nab her from Swedish club BK Häcken. 


A good season would be… avoiding the tail-off seen last season, when they took just three points from their final 10 games.


Last season: 5th


Star player: Club captain Shelina Zadorsky. The Canada defender led Spurs to their lowest ever WSL goals-against tally in 2021/22 (even including the truncated 2019/20 season).


The manager: The highly respected Rehanne Skinner left an England coaching role to take over at Tottenham in 2020. The club were rewarded with their highest ever WSL finish in 2021/22, and they took points from Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs for the first time too. 


It’s a big season for… Chioma Ubogagu, who got a handful of England caps in 2018. With Ellen White’s retirement, there could be space for another striker in the national squad – can the London-born, Texas-raised Ubogagu make it hers?


New signings: Skinner has added tons of experience to the Spurs midfield with Ramona Petzlberger, Angharad James and Drew Spence, who joins after 14 years at Chelsea.


A good season would be… cracking the top four.


Last season: 6th


Star player: Iceland’s Dagný Brynjarsdóttir. She joined in 2021 and has already been made captain, weighing in with four WSL goals from midfield last season.


The manager: Ex-Hammers and England defender Paul Konchesky was promoted from assistant manager this summer after Olli Harder resigned. 


It’s a big season for… Lisa Evans. After a loan, the Scotland wide player has signed permanently from Arsenal – and with Adriana Leon and Kateřina Svitková having left, much of the creative burden falls on her.


New signings: Aside from Evans, West Ham’s most eye-catching arrival is France forward Viviane Asseyi, who joins from Bayern Munich.


A good season would be… improving their home form. The Hammers won more than half their WSL points on the road in 2021/22; making their Dagenham ground a fortress could see them climb a few rungs.

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