Following a record-breaking opening weekend in the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League, between Manchester City Women and city rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, The FA has announced plans for the first-ever Women’s Football Weekend, with 16-17 November set to be another landmark moment in the growing popularity of the women’s game.
With the men’s international weekend creating a pause in the English Premier League and EFL calendars, The FA are calling on supporters to capitalise on the opportunity to back Women’s Football Weekend and to attend a women’s match at any level in the pyramid on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November.
The announcement of the weekend that will become an annual event follows just days after a momentous 24 hours in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, as more than 62,000 supporters attended opening day fixtures.
The weekend sees the Barclays FA Women’s Super League play host to another mouth-watering line up of fixtures. Amongst the highlights is the North London derby, as Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur. The weekend also sees Liverpool and Everton battle it out for bragging rights in the Merseyside derby and Chelsea play Manchester United.
The FA Women’s Championship promises to be equally exciting with an all London affair with London City Lionesses travelling to Crystal Palace and early pace setters Durham facing London Bees. There will also be a full League and Cup fixture schedule across the rest of the football pyramid.
Kelly Simmons, The FA’s Director of Women’s Professional Game said: “We are excited to announce the first ever Women’s Football Weekend, for what is sure to be another great moment in a year that has seen huge momentum behind the growth in popularity of women’s football. Following on from a record-breaking FIFA Women’s World Cup and opening Barclays FA Women’s Super League weekend, there has never been a better time to visit your local team, and we encourage all supporters to get involved at all levels of the pyramid on 16-17 November.”