• By Paul Lagan

It's Man Utd away in opening WSL1 fixture for champions Chelsea


Emma Hayes's champions face a tricky opening match in this season's WSL1 season.

The champions will travel north to take on Casey Stoney's Manchester United.

The Blues will then be at home at Kingsmeadow against Bristol City.

A full list of kick-off times will be released once confirmed, with broadcast fixtures still to be decided.

Matches will be behind closed doors to spectators.

Barclays FA WSL opening weekend fixtures [5/6 September]:

Manchester United v Chelsea

Arsenal v Reading Aston Villa v Manchester City

Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City Bristol City v Everton Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United

Then

Barclays FA WSL second weekend fixtures [12/13 September]:

Chelsea v Bristol City

Birmingham City v Manchester United

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

Reading v Aston Villa

West Ham United v Arsenal

In the Championship, there's a London derby to look forward to.

FA WC opening weekend fixtures [5/6 September]:

Charlton Athletic v Crystal Palace

Coventry United v London Bees

Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers

Liverpool v Durham

London City Lionesses v Sheffield United

Free Week: Lewes

FA WC second weekend fixtures [12/13 September]:

Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic

Crystal Palace v London City Lionesses

Durham v Lewes

London Bees v Liverpool

Sheffield United v Leicester City

Free Week: Coventry United

Kelly Simmons, Director of the Women’s Professional Game, said:""Fans have had to wait a while to see some live action and being able to announce the first two rounds of fixtures ahead of so many other leagues was something we really pushed for to build up the excitement ahead of the season starting.

"We’re really looking forward to seeing our players back on the field to show off their talent and showcase the very best of what the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship has to offer. My hope is that they will be joined by supporters in our stadiums soon, because fans make the matchday experience even more special.”

Once again fans will be able to stream Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures on The FA Player that are not chosen for broadcast, while selected FA Women’s Championship matches will also be streamed live.

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