Ahead of the start of the 2020/21 Barclays FAWSL season, we spoke with the FA’s Director of the Women’s Professional, Kelly Simmons, and Head of League Operations, Lauren O’Sullivan. Here are some quotes from key issues that arose:
Good things come to those who wait! It has been a long six months for everyone involved in the women’s game in England. With coronavirus shutting down the country, football understandably took a back seat. Leagues were curtailed, competitions cancelled or postponed, and everything was put on hold.
After around 174 days since the last competitive match was played, women’s football returns to England today on the biggest stage of them all.
Ultimate Goal is the new reality football programme searching for previously unearthed talent from the women’s game. It supports BT’s commitment to inspire a new generation of girls and women to participate in football, as part of its long-term partnerships with each of the four UK Home Nations Football Associations.
With their second season in the top-flight of women’s football fast approaching, Manchester United and manager, Casey Stoney, know better than to rest on their laurels.
We are on the cusp of a new era for the Lionesses. Over the last week, Sarina Wiegman, has been announced as the next manager, taking over from Phil Neville in September 2021. Yes, we do have to wait a little while, but it is hard not to get excited already over the arrival of one of the two most prolific female coaches currently in the international women’s game.
Since joining the FAI WNL in 2013, Galway WFC have established themselves as a strong contender in the league. With the arrival of Billy Cleary as manager, they have finished 4th the last two seasons and will be aiming to move further up the table this time out.
We caught up with Billy and captain, Keara Cormican, to find out more about themselves and the team ahead of Saturday’s opening game against DLR Waves.