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WSL 1 Spring Series
« on: April 17, 2017, 08:10:39 AM »
Finally the tense wait is over, and it's time to find out who's the best in the league in spring conditions. Not the most valuable information as the league moves to a winter schedule from 2017-18, and there are no England places on the line for Euro 2017, and Man City will be distracted by their Champions League run (they hope). And it's only half the length of a normal season. But rest assured it is very important. The winning team will even get a Spring Trophy, something like this:



After the opening weekend (below) featuring 8 of the 10 clubs, two clubs don't get underway until the next weekend: Chelsea and Man City (featuring U.S. international Carli Lloyd).

There are nine rounds of games in six weeks, including several midweek programs.

One of the saddest schedule decisions is not having a full WSL round on Saturday 20 May, the day before the men's Premier League ends. Instead, for one reason or another, a total of six WSL matches will be played at the same time as the 10 games in the PL, a clash that could easily have been avoided.


First fixtures:

Saturday 22 April 2017
FA WSL 1
18:00   Bristol City Women   v   Reading FC Women   (Bristol City FC)      

Sunday 23 April 2017
FA WSL 1
14:00   Arsenal Ladies FC   v   Notts County Ladies FC   (Boreham Wood FC)      
14:00   Birmingham City Ladies   v   Sunderland AFC Ladies   (Solihull Moors FC)      
14:00   Yeovil Town Ladies FC   v   Liverpool Ladies FC   (Yeovil Town FC)


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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 11:14:21 AM »
Arsenal fans will have to wait a little longer to see their stars in action after today's shock announcement....

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 09:13:49 PM »
Arsenal fans will have to wait a little longer to see their stars in action after today's shock announcement....

Good god y'all... Notts County Ladies FC has ceased to exist, two days before kickoff:

http://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/index.php/topic,8331.0.html

Mismanagement on every level, as players weren't even informed in advance. Since the announcement, the FA and Notts' owner Alan Hardy have promised to help the players who will be left jobless. But it's a bit late for that now.

Sunday's Arsenal v Notts match is now listed as postponed, um, yes you'd think so. (The FA have quietly removed it.)


Stay strong: Notts County line up in 2015
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Saturday at 6pm, the spring thing kicks off, at Bristol City's Ashton Gate.

An interesting analysis (written before the Notts news) about just how useful, or not, this six weeks is going to be:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/20/spring-series-womens-super-league-england

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Like his employers at the Football Association, England’s coach believes that, without a successful national team, the domestic women’s game will struggle to prosper.

This bigger picture view of things is widely endorsed but there are those who believe the Spring Series might have been more interesting had Sampson not already named his Euro 2017 squad. Emma Hayes, whose Chelsea side were WSL 1 runners-up to Manchester City last season, feels it has removed a certain competitive edge from the coming weeks.

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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2017, 07:45:16 AM »
Something must have changed in the TV contracts, at least for the Spring Series:

http://www.thefa.com/news/2017/apr/10/fa-wsl-1-spring-series-matches-tv-radio-online-bt-sport-bbc-100417

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This year, the BBC will stream matches on their website. Yeovil Town’s opener against Liverpool on Sunday 23 April (2pm KO) will be shown live along with Sunderland v Arsenal on Sunday 30 April (2pm KO).

BBC will also stream Reading v Manchester City on Sunday 7 May (2pm KO), Arsenal v Birmingham on Saturday 20 May (1pm KO) and Chelsea v Liverpool on Sunday 28 May (2pm KO).


So, today Yeovil v Liverpool should appear on the link before kickoff.

Not groundbreaking, but a good way to increase the audience, I reckon.

There's also radio, highlights, and BT will have a couple of live games in late May, both at Man City. Full broadcast schedule is here.
(Except Man City v Chelsea isn't today, it's been moved.)

Game previews (2pm):
- Yeovil v Liverpool (Huish Park) 8)
- Birmingham v Sunderland (Solihull Moors FC) :-X

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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 09:26:15 AM »
Other videos still to come. The Women's Football Show is back, and has moved to BBC One.

Episode 1 is here for a month, and the full Yeovil v Liverpool game is here for a month.

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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2017, 06:27:10 AM »
Here are last weekend's highlights, let the spring begin :-\

Bristol City v Reading
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH7RJ8AHwQE


Birmingham v Sunderland
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8QOAiaUNr4



Sunday previews (2pm KO)
- Chelsea v Yeovil
- Sunderland v Arsenal
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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2017, 02:15:09 AM »
Friday night's game was streamed live:

Full match: Liverpool v Reading
28 Apr 2017
- www.facebook.com/LFCladies/videos/vb.182722821766416/1408853499153336/?type=3&theater



Sunday previews (2pm KO)
- Chelsea v Yeovil
- Sunderland v Arsenal


Games livestreaming today: Sunderland v Arsenal on the BBC website (2pm KO), and WSL 2 Durham v London Bees on Durham's Facebook (noon KO).
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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2017, 09:32:20 AM »

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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2017, 09:04:51 AM »
It's one of those massive midweeks

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You can follow the FA WSL 1 Spring Series on TV, online and on radio.

Wednesday 3 May

Manchester City v Birmingham City (7pm), BBC Online (stream in UK for 1 month - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08q3d0k)

Yeovil Town v Bristol City (7pm), BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra, BBC Radio Somerset

Reading v Chelsea (7.30pm), Chelsea TV (Sky 421 & 422) and ChelseaFC.com



Previews for Man City-Birmingham (both in the FA Cup Final on May 13), Yeovil v Bristol City, and Reading v Chelsea.


The Academy Stadium hosts Man City v Birmingham tonight
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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2017, 04:41:20 AM »
Here's the kind of wide open game that every Spring Series needs... Thursday night at the Hive, Arsenal 4 Liverpool 4. Lots of sloppiness, and then some great goals from Dan Carter and Jordan Nobbs in Arsenal's comeback:

Arsenal v Liverpool
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFYAQMXlM4


(or BBC highlights/UK only)

In the other games in midweek, Chelsea overpowered Reading, and Bristol City beat Yeovil 3-2

http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2017/05/ladies-report--reading-v-chelsea.html
http://www.shekicks.net/news/view/14410

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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2017, 07:57:06 AM »
There's another Man City game streaming today:

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Sunday 7 May

Reading v Manchester City (2pm), BBC Online, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08r2f2r

Yeovil Town v Arsenal (2pm), BBC Radio Somerset

Birmingham City v Liverpool (2pm), BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra(??), not actually in today's listings


Sunderland beat Bristol City yesterday:

- http://www.fawsl.com/matchesReport/sunderland_afc_ladies_v_bristol_city_women_06_may_2017_report.html
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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2017, 07:25:29 AM »
Sunday 7 May

Reading v Manchester City (2pm), BBC Online streaming, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08r2f2r

Women's Football Show episode 3 is online, see Caroline Barker laugh in your face.  :D

Also, Sunderland's most recent highlights:

Sunderland v Arsenal, 30 Apr
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elJgn-8UozE



Sunderland v Bristol City, 7 May
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xny5d6xFig



Bristol City v Man City is tonight (Tue 7pm) at Stoke Gifford Stadium.
http://www.fawsl.com/matchesPreview/bristol_city_women_v_manchester_city_women_09_may_2017_preview.html

... (Edit)... Man City won it 3-0, and Toni Duggan scored a hat-trick! ... And then got left out of the team for the FA Cup Final!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39848924
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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2017, 09:24:20 AM »
More football today

Wednesday 17 May

Chelsea v Arsenal (7.30pm), BBC Online, Chelsea TV, ChelseaFC.com
Liverpool V Sunderland (7pm), LFCTVGO - www.liverpoolfc.com/video and www.facebook.com/LFCladies
Yeovil Town v Reading (7pm), BBC Radio Somerset
Birmingham v Bristol City (7.45pm), http://www.fawsl.com/matchesPreview/birmingham_city_ladies_v_bristol_city_women_17_may_2017_preview.html

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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2017, 10:00:05 AM »
Wednesday 17 May

Chelsea v Arsenal (7.30pm), BBC Online, Chelsea TV, ChelseaFC.com
Liverpool V Sunderland (7pm), LFCTVGO - www.liverpoolfc.com/video and www.facebook.com/LFCladies
Yeovil Town v Reading (7pm), BBC Radio Somerset
Birmingham v Bristol City (7.45pm)


The full Chelsea v Arsenal is here for a month – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ry4zy
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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2017, 09:42:57 AM »
Highlights time:

Chelsea v Arsenal, 17 May
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOKPyFMqr08


Exciting stuff towards the end! And then there was booing. Chelsea fans are angry, which means all's right with the world.

An unremarkable penalty decision, and a couple of minutes added because of last-minute goals, go figure.

In the other games, Mandy van den Berg scored for Reading as they beat Yeovil 1-0. Yeovil have had a tough introduction to top-flight football all right. Birmingham's Ellen White scored twice in a 2-0 win over Bristol City, and there was one more match:

Liverpool v Sunderland, 17 May
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MHFoFka9kY



Saturday 20 May

Live on BBC red button/online at 1pm, Arsenal v Birmingham - and available here for a month - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08s2w0j. That's at The Hive, with London Bees playing later.

Also on Saturday, Bristol City v Liverpool is at 6pm.

On Sunday, there are two games, which kick off shortly before the men's Premier League finale. Um, I can see a potential problem there ::) For the record, they're Man City v Yeovil (slaughter) and Sunderland v Chelsea, both at 2pm.

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Re: WSL 1 Spring Series
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2017, 08:07:09 AM »
Saturday 20 May

Live on BBC red button/online at 1pm, Arsenal v Birmingham - and available here for a month - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08s2w0j. That's at The Hive, with London Bees playing later.

Also on Saturday, Bristol City v Liverpool is at 6pm.

On Sunday, there are two games, which kick off shortly before the men's Premier League finale. Um, I can see a potential problem there ::) For the record, they're Man City v Yeovil (slaughter) and Sunderland v Chelsea, both at 2pm.

Highlights on the Women's Football Show episode 4 for a month.

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« Reply #16 on: Today at 09:10:05 AM »
Sunderland v Chelsea, 21 May
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_kKWOZ5okE


Someone's also uploaded the main talking point of Man City v Yeovil, Carli Lloyd's elbow, which is described as a "WWE Elbow to Face" by another Youtuber. Are they saying it was a dive? :)