The new season of the Women’s Super League will kick off the weekend of September 5-6, and this morning the league released the fixtures for the opening two weeks. Tottenham Hotspur Women will begin the new campaign with two tricky ties — a home London derby against West Ham on Sun. September 6, followed by a trip to Everton in Week 2.
Both West Ham and Everton should be considered, along with Spurs, in the “trailing pack” behind the so-called WSL Big Four — Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United. Last season, Spurs played and beat the Hammers three times — twice in the league, and once on penalties in the Continental Cup. West Ham finished in 8th last season, four points behind Spurs, but the matches have always been pretty close despite the scorelines.
Everton have been a tougher challenge. Spurs fell at Everton 3-0 last season and earned a 2-2 come from behind draw at home in February after the Toffees went up 2-0 in the first half. Both matches should provide a pretty good early litmus test as to how Spurs will be in their sophomore WSL season.
We haven’t heard anything about television options in the UK yet, but all WSL matches will again be streamed for free on The FA Player, which will play on your devices and also can cast to Chromecast and Roku for you television watchers.
If you’re curious, here’s the full WSL schedule for opening weekend.