Everything You Need to Know about the FA Women’s Super League

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The 2020-21 FA Women’s Super League (WSL) season resumes this weekend. Since the season began last month, several more American players – including Alex Morgan, Christen Press, and Tobin Heath – have traveled across the Atlantic to join WSL teams. Here’s what you need to know ahead of this weekend’s matches: 

The Basics

The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) is the top level of women’s professional soccer in England, and thanks to recent signings by several American stars, it is currently challenging for the title of most competitive league in the world.

The WSL includes 12 clubs. At the end of each season, the lowest rank team in the WSL is relegated to the second-tier FA Women’s Championship, while the highest ranked FA Women’s Championship team earns a spot in the WSL.

The current season began in September and is scheduled to conclude on May 9, 2021.

Which U.S. women are playing in the WSL this fall?

  • Manchester City: Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis
  • Manchester United: Christen Press and Tobin Heath
  • Tottenham Hotspur: Alex Morgan 

League History

  • First season: 2011
  • Most titles: 3 (Arsenal and Chelsea)
  • Current champions: Chelsea
  • Promoted after 2019-20 FA Women’s Championship (WC): Aston Villa
  • Relegated after 2019-20 WSL season: Liverpool

Current WSL Teams

(2019-20 season result is in parenthesis)

  • Arsenal (3rd)
  • Aston Villa (Promoted from FA WC)
  • Birmingham City (11th)
  • Brighton & Hove Albion  (9th)
  • Bristol City (10th)
  • Chelsea (1st)
  • Everton (6th)
  • Manchester City (2nd)
  • Manchester United (4th)
  • Reading (5th)
  • Tottenham Hotspur (7th)
  • West Ham United (8th)

How to Watch

During the 2020-21 season, 50 matches will be shown across NBC Sports platforms, including at least 12 on NBCSN.

This weekend’s coverage is below:

Date Time (EDT) Match Platform
Sunday, Oct. 4 7:30am Manchester City v. Tottenham NBC Sports app/NBCSports.com (Stream here)
Sunday, Oct. 4 9:30am Birmingham City v. Chelsea NBC Sports app/NBCSports.com (Stream here)
Sunday, Oct. 4 9:00pm Manchester City v. Tottenham NBCSN

[ STREAM: Watch WSL live on NBC Sports ]

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