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WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« on: August 09, 2017, 08:01:50 AM »


This is the FA Women's Super League's first "winter" season, after six years of a summer league.

This season runs from September 2017 to May 2018, making it the first English women's top-flight winter calendar since 2009/10.

Opening weekend is listed below – the two TV games were rescheduled. FAWSL website has the upcoming weekly fixture lists.


Friday 22 September 2017
19:45   Everton Ladies FC   v   Liverpool Ladies FC   -   Select Security Stadium (BT Sport)

Sunday 24 September 2017
12:30   Chelsea Ladies FC   v   Bristol City Women   -   Kingsmeadow Stadium (BBC)
14:00   Reading FC Women   v   Sunderland AFC Ladies   -   Wycombe Wanderers FC      
14:00   Yeovil Town Ladies FC   v   Manchester City Women   -   Yeovil Town FC      
14:00   Arsenal   v   Birmingham City Ladies   -   Boreham Wood FC      


The FA really loves its Merseyside derbies, eh? :o Everton are the latest side to enter the division after Notts County folded and the Toffees were elected to WSL 1. Everton convincingly won the off-season WSL 2 Spring Series, which helped their cause, but the top league is a tougher proposition.


A symbolic achievement: Everton won the
WSL 2 Spring title  (pic: Katie Chan, cc-by-sa)


The fixtures were released on Monday after some contradictory announcements and leaks.

Plenty of tweets saying fixtures being released tomorrow at 10.00a.m, but since a spell off the web, I return to discover that full fixtures now being released on Monday 7th August (10.00a.m.)

Interestingly it was clubs who were tweeting fixture release for tomorrow and not as far as I can tell FAWSL
Do not know if anyone else spotted the work of gremlins in fixtures released yesterday, but Yeovil vs Everton had a venue of Hetton Centre, but this has since been amended.
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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 07:26:57 AM »

Liverpool Ladies pre-season fixtures 2017-2018 season
- http://ladies.liverpoolfc.com/news/reds_preseason_fixtures_for_20172018_season_announced.html

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13 August - AFC Fylde - Kellamergh Park 2pm
20 August - Watford Ladies - 3pm (Behind closed doors)
25 August - Olympique Lyonnais - Ernest Wallon Stadium - 5.30pm
27 August - Montpelier - Ernest Wallon Stadium - 11am
3 September - Aston Villa Ladies - Tamworth FC - TBC
9 September - Bristol City Ladies - Stoke Gifford Stadium - 5pm

Liverpool travel for a friendly against the European champions, Lyon, albeit in the neutral location of Toulouse.


Man City are introducing reserved seating at the Academy Stadium, while releasing tickets for all home games in 2017/18:

- https://www.mancity.com/news/tickets-and-travel/tickets-and-travel/2017/august/all-man-city-women-games-on-sale

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Seating in the Academy Stadium will now be split into two categories - A and B.

Category A seats are the two central blocks (E3 & E5), situated on either side of Heart of the City hospitality area. Category B seats are located on the two end blocks (E1, E2, E6, E7), situated on either side of Category A seating. Standing will also be available in the North Stand.

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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 12:56:19 PM »
different category seat prices; await different category admission depending on opponents; further steps towards equality with men's game

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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2017, 04:51:26 AM »

Anna Kessel writes about the FA's task here:

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In this new dawn, in the Women’s Super League, with the FA investing £17m into the sport this year, women’s football needs to become financially viable. If we can convert those television audiences into gate receipts we have a chance. But it’s not all down to external factors. The sport itself has work to do. It requires better marketing, watertight fixture lists, accessible grounds, sensible kick-off times, and a stronger grassroots movement. Baroness Sue Campbell was brought in last year ... Only time will tell if Campbell can galvanise the resources at the FA to bring her vision to fruition.

In 2016, WSL 1 attendances averaged 1,128 per game.
The WSL 2 average was 443.  (pic: Katie Chan, cc-by-sa)


After Yeovil's last-place finish in the Spring Series, they'll kick off at home to Man City on September 24:

- http://4theloveofsport.co.uk/2017/08/10/yeovil-to-face-manchester-city-women-in-season-opener/


Continental Cup draw has been made, but hasn't been announced formally ::) Teams are announcing their fixtures in dribs and drabs. Format's different from 2015 and 2016 – groups of 5 in a round robin. Probably the top 2 in each group will go to the quarter-finals.

North Group 1: Villa, Durham, Liverpool, Sheffield FC, Sunderland
North Group 2: Birmingham, Doncaster, Everton, Man City, Oxford Utd
South Group 1: Arsenal, London Bees, Millwall, Reading, Watford
South Group 2: Brighton, Bristol City, Chelsea, Spurs, Yeovil

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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 05:33:15 PM »
South Group 1 is very compact geographically compared to the other groups - would like to know if this was by the pure chance of the draw or not

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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 08:25:25 AM »
Since Liverpool and Everton have been kept apart for once, I'd guess yes. :)

Birmingham City kick off at Arsenal on 24 September, and are in training for the new season. On Sunday they played a friendly against third tier team West Brom, which Birmingham won 22-0 (twenty-two nil)...!

- http://www.birminghamcityladiesfc.co.uk/news/marc_skinner_encouraged_by_preseason.html

Liverpool could only manage an 8-0 over Fylde, also of the WPL Northern:

- http://ladies.liverpoolfc.com/news/report_reds_record_first_preseason_win_over_fylde.html

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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 10:20:08 AM »
Continental Cup draw has been made, but hasn't been announced formally ::) Teams are announcing their fixtures in dribs and drabs. Format's different from 2015 and 2016 – groups of 5 in a round robin. Probably the top 2 in each group will go to the quarter-finals.

North Group 1: Villa, Durham, Liverpool, Sheffield FC, Sunderland
North Group 2: Birmingham, Doncaster, Everton, Man City, Oxford Utd
South Group 1: Arsenal, London Bees, Millwall, Reading, Watford
South Group 2: Brighton, Bristol City, Chelsea, Spurs, Yeovil

One interesting detail: drawn games will go to penalties, after 90 minutes.

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3 points for winning a group game in 90 minutes
2 points if a group game is tied after 90 minutes and they win the penalty shootout
1 point if a group game is tied after 90 minutes and they lose the penalty shootout

The top two teams in each group progress to the quarter finals and further knockout stages
This season’s Conti Cup will be introducing the use of a fourth substitute that can be utilised during extra time of the knockout games if the match progresses beyond 90 minutes.

- https://shekicks.net/2017/08/16/continental-tyres-cup-groups-drawn/ (Archive page)

Have you ever seen this points system anywhere else?

It was used in the 1987 Norwegian men's league for a full season. The penalties did help one team, Tromso, who finished four places higher through shootout victories, with only 5 real wins in the whole season. For a small group competition it sounds fine, and worth trying, but it'll probably encourage some teams to play for draws. Maybe no better than the old days of "2 points for a win".

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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2017, 03:30:09 AM »

A returning name at Bristol City, Welsh midfielder Charlie Estcourt, on her second loan spell from Reading. Also, the Robins and Flo Allen have agreed her first professional contract:

- https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/estcourt-returns-to-city-women-on-loan/ (Archive page)
- https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/allen-signs-professional-terms-with-city-women/ (Archive page)



In recent days Lucy Bronze has left Man City, who sign Pauline Bremer, and Jessica Samuelsson has arrived at Arsenal.

Here are the rest of the WSL transfers up to yesterday (Fri 18 Aug)

- http://web.archive.org/web/20170819030626/https://shekicks.net/2017/08/18/wsl-transfer-watch/


On the move: Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Fara Williams (Reading)
(pics: Rufus46, cc-by-sa / Anders Henrikson, cc-by-sa / James Boyes, cc-by-sa)
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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2017, 06:45:08 AM »

Man City's friendly at Frankfurt, a depleted side lost 3-0 at the Brentanobad Stadium. Match report: ManCity.com (Archive), FFC-Frankfurt.de (Archive).

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1. FFC Frankfurt: Schumann (46. Haeberlin) – Hechler (87. Brandt), Hendrich, Prießen, Sandvej (68. Schulze Solano) – Matheis (68. Anstatt) , Schmidt, Groenen (79. Matuschewski), Gidion (87. Ostermeier) – Crnogorcevic (46. Ebert), Yokoyama (87. Emmerling).
Manchester City W.F.C.: Hourihan (65. Roebuck) – McManus, Morgan, Campbell (57. Pattinson), Fletcher – Emslie, Ross, Walsh, O’Donnell, Paul (46. Lawley) – Toone.
Goals: 1:0 Crnogorcevic (1.), Matheis (4.), 3:0 Matuschewski (86.)

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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2017, 12:58:55 AM »

In the offseason Arsenal had a name change of sorts. Looks like their women's team is pretty visible.

How common is this kind of promotion for women's teams?

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Danielle Carter‏ @DanielleCarter Aug 4
To some this means nothing but this is a step for us. A small one but nonetheless one in the right direction



Arsenal Women SC‏ @ArsenalWomenSC  Jul 29
Great to spot @DanielleCarter in Finsbury Park today - @ArsenalWFC's 2017/18 WSL campaign is just eight weekends away... ⌚



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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2017, 08:32:04 PM »

Liverpool and Man City are in France for the Toulouse International Ladies Cup (friendlies). Their opponents will be Lyon and Montpellier.

It's taking place at Stade Ernest Wallon, starting on Friday 4.30 UK time.

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City arrived in France on Tuesday morning before heading out into the 34° heat for their first training session together of the 2017/18 season.

-mancity.com/citytv/behind-the-scenes/training/2017/august/man-city-women-train-in-toulouse-day-one (Archive page)

More tournament info on the official website and Twitter (@TILC2017)
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Re: WSL 1, 2017/2018 – winter wonderland?
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2017, 06:53:17 PM »
games moved to accommodate TV coverage - on one hand this is a positive, on the other supporters need to know how close to a game such switches can be legitimately made so they can make travel arrangements with certainty that they are booking for the correct date and time