[New post] Women’s Super League fixtures: Manchester City vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Spurs scheduled for 2019/20 season opening round

Manchester United will begin their first ever Women’s Super League season with a trip to local rivals Manchester City.

Casey Stoney guided United to promotion from the Championship in their debut season as a club, and they start their life in the top flight against the 2018/19 runners-up.

Man United’s debut season ended in perfect fashion under manager Casey Stoney

City finished seven points behind winners Arsenal last term, and will be hoping to get off to a winning start against their local rivals as they hunt for their first WSL title since 2016.

As well as a Manchester derby in the opening round of fixtures, two London rivals also face off to open the new season.

Chelsea, who finished third in 2018/19. host Spurs at their Kingsmeadow home, with the Lilywhites playing in the WSL after winning promotion from the Championship as runners-up last season.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Arsenal welcome West Ham in another all-London clash, while Liverpool are at home against Reading.

Women’s Super League 2019/20 opening round fixtures in full

Arsenal vs West Ham United

Birmingham City vs Everton

Bristol City vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool vs Reading

Manchester City vs Manchester United

*Matches scheduled for September 7/8

Arsenal head into the new season as reigning WSL champions

The Women’s Championship opening round fixtures have also been announced, with Charlton beginning the season with a free week due to there being 11 teams in the division.

Women’s Championship 2019/20 opening round fixtures in full

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

Crystal Palace vs Coventry United

Leicester City vs Durham

Lewes vs Blackburn Rovers

London Bees vs London City Lionesses

Free Week: Charlton Athletic

*Matches scheduled for August 17/18

Kelly Simmons, Director of the Women’s Professional Game, said: “It’s a very exciting time for women’s football with the country currently swept up in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Lionesses performing brilliantly.

“We’re looking forward to this increased interest carrying over into our domestic game next season and beyond.

“Opening weekend is packed full of great fixtures that are sure to set the tone for what promises to be the biggest and most exciting domestic season yet and we look forward to releasing the full fixture list next week.”

The full fixture list for both leagues will be confirmed on Wednesday, July 10.

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