Last week it was announced that Tottenham Hotspur Women will face English women’s soccer power Chelsea away in their first ever match in the Women’s Super League this coming fall. Now, according to a BBC journalist, we also know that the match will be played not at Chelsea Women’s home ground of Kingsmeadow, but at Stamford Bridge on September 8, 2019.
BREAKING: Etihad Stadium will host opening WSL fixture Manchester City Women v Manchester United Women. ALSO Stamford Bridge will host Chelsea Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (free admission on 8 September. 12:30 kick-off).— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) July 8, 2019
Spurs Women playing their first ever top flight match at Stamford Bridge is pretty cool. That same match being free to attendees is even better! This is the first season that I will have really paid close attention to the WSL, so I don’t know if playing matches in major stadiums like this at the beginning of the season is a regular thing or not, but what I suspect is that this is an opportunity for the WSL to try and capitalize on the success of the Women’ World Cup this summer by making it easy for new WoSo fans to attend matches. And that’s good!
It will, however, make it a much tougher game for Spurs, who recently added seven new players to the squad and who are now fully professional for the first time in club history. Chelsea are a VERY good team, finishing third in the WSL behind fellow powers Manchester City and Arsenal. It’d be a very difficult match even under the most ideal circumstances, and playing against what could be a large pro-Chelsea crowd at the Bridge will make it even tougher. Still, it’ll be a great atmosphere for what hopefully will be a large crowd for a top flight English women’s soccer match, and that’s a win for everyone.