On the eve of the Women’s World Cup, the fixtures for the upcoming 2023/2024 Barclay’s Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship have been released.
With an exciting summer of World Cup action ahead and Barclays WSL attendances up 170% vs 2021/22 season, the stage is set to drive the popularity of the game forward yet again, with many clubs making bigger ‘main’ stadia scheduling pledges for the season ahead.
The Barclays WSL campaign is due to kick off on 1 October with four main stadia ties locked in. Champions Chelsea open their campaign at Stamford Bridge against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, whose new manager, Robert Vilahamn couldn’t have asked for a hgarder start.
Arsenal take on Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, and last season’s feel good story, Aston Villa welcome Manchester United to Villa Park.
Promoted side Bristol City take on Leicester City on home soil at Ashton Gate, in their return to the WSL.
The Barclays Women’s Championship begins on 26 August with last season’s runners-up Birmingham City making an early trip to Blackburn Rovers, and newly promoted Watford welcoming Durham in their opening weekend.
The ever-popular Women’s Football Weekend makes a return from 23-24 March 2024, with new and existing fans encouraged to celebrate the game by attending fixtures across the women’s pyramid during an international window in the men’s calendar – including an always hotly anticipated Manchester derby.
Women’s Football Weekend also features a Merseyside Derby as Everton host Liverpool and a London Derby as West Ham United take on Chelsea.
With WWF this year having a literal derby day feel to the occasion, it of course remains to be seen the types of attendances that will be recorded in spring 2024. If the coming season is anything to go by, fans will be in for a treat.
The Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship combined boast more players than any other league across the world making an appearance at this year’s 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with almost 100 athletes representing their nations.
With fixture news arriving on the eve on the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, today’s announcement coincides with the release of a new website connecting fans to the domestic careers of their favourite World Cup stars.
Offering news, updates, fixture and ticketing information – the site is a new best-in-class destination for fans of the 24 domestic clubs across the top two tiers.
Full fixtures for the opening two weekends across the Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship are as follows:
Barclays Women’s Championship
Saturday 26th August 2023:
Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City – 17:30pm – Ewood Park
Sunday 27th August 2023:
Watford v Durham – 12:00pm Wealdstone FC
Sunderland v London City Lionesses – 13:00pm – Eppleton CW
Crystal Palace v Reading – 14:00pm – Sutton United Football Club
Charlton Athletic v Sheffield United – 15:00pm – The Valley
Lewes v Southampton – 16:00pm – The Dripping Pan
Saturday 2nd September 2023:
Reading v Charlton Athletic – 17:15pm – Select Car Leasing Stadium
Sunday 3rd September 2023:
Durham v Lewes – 12:00pm – Maiden Castle
London City Lionesses v Watford – 13:00pm – Dartford Football Club
Southanpton v Blackburn Rovers – 14:00pm – St Mary’s Stadium
Birmingham City v Crystal Palace – 15:00pm – St Andrews
Sheffield United v Sunderland – 16:00pm – Bramall Lane
Barclays Women’s Super League:
Round 1 – Sunday 1st October 2023
Aston Villa v Manchester United – 12:30pm – Villa Park – To be broadcast on BBC Two
Everton v Brighton and Hove Albion – 13:00pm – Walton Hall Park
Arsenal v Liverpool – 14:00 – Emirates Stadium
Bristol City v Leicester City – 14:00 – Ashton Gate
West Ham United v Manchester City – 15:00 – Chigwell Construction Stadium
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – 17:30pm – Stamford Bridge – To be broadcast on Sky Sports
Round 2 – Sunday 8th October 2023
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United – 12:00pm – Broadfield Stadium
Manchester United v Arsenal – 12:00pm – Leigh Sports Village
Manchester City v Chelsea – 13:00pm – Academy Stadium
Liverpool v Aston Villa – 14:00pm – Prenton Park
Tottenham Hotspur v Bristol City – 14:00pm – Brisbane Road Stadium
Leicester City v Everton – 15:00pm – King Power Stadium
The full set of fixtures for the 2023/24 season can be viewed on the new website from 10am.
The Barclays Women’s Super League will once again be accessible in the UK through Sky Sports and the BBC with matches not selected for live broadcast being streamed on The FA Player. One match per round will be selected for live broadcast on the FA Player for the Barclays Women’s Championship with every match in the first two rounds all being live.
You can find the new Women’s Leagues website here.