This coming weekend looks set to mark another landmark moment in the growing popularity of women’s football, with just days to go until the first Women’s Football Weekend.
As the English Premier League and EFL Championship takes a pause due to the men’s international break, The FA is encouraging fans everywhere to take the opportunity to back Women’s Football Weekend and attend a match at any level of the pyramid.
From the iconic amateur football playground of Hackney Marshes to Anfield Stadium, at all levels of the game, women’s football will be taking centre stage up and down the country in the inaugural celebration.
The very top of the football pyramid features a mouth-watering first Merseyside Derby at Anfield and a North London clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with clubs across The Barclays FA Women’s Super League gearing up for another big weekend of fixtures.
As well as a host of compelling fixtures in The Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship, there will also be a full FA Women’s National League and County Cup fixture programme across the rest of the football pyramid.
Women’s Football Weekend follows just one week after an historic evening at Wembley Stadium which saw England Women meet Germany in front of a sell-out crowd of 77,768.
Those who are unable to attend and enjoy a game in person can still get involved across the weekend, with live coverage of The Barclays FA Women’s Super League available via FA Player, BBC and BT Sport.
Kelly Simmons, The FA’s Director of Women’s Professional Game said: “Since we announced the first-ever Women’s Football Weekend, we’ve continued to see even more evidence of the huge momentum behind women’s football. Fresh from an historic night for our Lionesses at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, the stage is set for another thrilling moment as The Barclays FA Women’s Super League makes its debut at Anfield and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Whether it’s finding your local grassroots team at the park on Saturday, or experiencing the thrill of a top flight clash on Sunday, there has never been a better time to find and support your local women’s team. We’d encourage supporters from all across the country to get involved and be a part of a brilliant weekend.”
Matt Bee, Burnley FC Women First Team Manager said: “The increased exposure on the women’s game during and in the time since the Women’s World Cup has been fantastic. Its been great to see the development of the game both on and off the pitch across the country in particular the elite levels of the game which now receive increased exposure and coverage. The success of the Lionesses has had a positive impact on the club structure across the country, to see the Merseyside Derby and North London Derby in the women’s game being played at Anfield and the new spurs stadium is a major stride forward and underlines the positive vibe around the women’s game currently.”
On Women’s Football Weekend Burnley FC Women are in action in the Lancashire FA Women’s Challenge Cup against Blackburn Community LFC at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Harrison Playing Fields, Lammack Road, Blackburn, BB1 8LA. Kick-off is 2pm.