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:

Date Opposition Kick-off time
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

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