The fixtures for the forthcoming FA Women’s Super League season have been announced, so the official Chelsea website caught up with Chelsea Ladies’ manager Emma Hayes to get her reaction to the news…
Cup clash then Bristol to begin
The Ladies will start their season with an FA Cup fifth round tie on Sunday 13 April, before kicking off their league campaign away to Bristol Academy.
Emma Hayes is hoping to progress in the cup before the trip to the West Country on Thursday 17 April, where we face last season’s runners-up.
‘In our eyes we’re very serious about the FA Cup,’ said Hayes. ‘It’s a good stage to enter the competition. The team has made the final once previously and it’s one of our objectives to go one better and look to win a cup competition this season.
‘Bristol lost the league on the final day of the season and they beat us convincingly last year so it’s a tough start. We’re away from home but I think we’re a different team this year than we were last year so it’s important we get off to a solid start and show we are a difficult team to beat away from home.’
Liverpool first home game; season finale at City
Our first match on home soil is a mouthwatering clash with the team that pipped Bristol to the title, Liverpool. In the same fixture last season we triumphed 2-1 and Hayes is hoping we can repeat that result in front of our own fans.
‘We play the top two teams off the bat so it’s an early chance for us to assess where we are. Liverpool are the big-spenders and they’re the favourites for the league.
‘We beat them comfortably last season on our ground and we’re looking to build on that in what will be a good early test for our players.’
The final league game of the season takes us to face Manchester City, playing in the FA WSL for the first time.
‘There’s been a lot of coverage about Man City’s progress this year,’ Hayes explains.
‘There is a lot of expectation that they will compete for the title, so let’s hope on the final day of the season it’ll be us pushing to finish in a high place as opposed to them.’
The full fixture list for the season, including potential FA Women’s Cup and WSL ties, is as follows:
|13/04/14||FA Women’s Cup fifth round||tba|
|17/04/14||Bristol Academy WFC (a)||7pm|
|20/04/14||Liverpool LFC (h)||2pm|
|27/04/14||FA Women’s Cup sixth round||tba|
|01/05/14||Reading WFC – WSL Cup (a)||7.45pm|
|04/05/14||Watford LFC – WSL Cup (a)||2pm|
|11/05/14||FA Women’s Cup semi-final||tba|
|14/05/14||Millwall Lionesses FC – WSL Cup (h)||7pm|
|18/05/14||Birmingham City LFC (a)||2pm|
|25/05/14||Notts County LFC (h)||2pm|
|01/06/14||FA Women’s Cup Final||tba|
|29/06/14||Everton LFC (a)||2pm|
|06/07/14||Arsenal LFC – WSL Cup (a)||2pm|
|13/07/14||London Bees WFC – WSL Cup (h)||2pm|
|16/07/14||Arsenal LFC (h)||7pm|
|20/07/14||Manchester City LFC (h)||2pm|
|27/07/14||Bristol Academy WFC (h)||2pm|
|09/08/14||Liverpool LFC (a)||6.30pm|
|24/08/14||Birmingham City LFC (h)||2pm|
|04/09/14||Arsenal LFC (a)||7.45pm|
|06-07/09/14||WSL Cup semi-finals||tba|
|21/09/14||Notts County LFC (a)||5pm|
|05/10/14||Everton LFC (h)||2pm|
|12/10/14||Manchester City LFC (a)||2pm|
|15-19/10/14||WSL Cup Final||tba|