Manchester derby to kick off women’s Super League season

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Women's Super League - Arsenal v Manchester City - Meadow Park, Borehamwood, Britain - May 11, 2019 Arsenal's Pauline Peyraud Magnin and team mates celebrate with the trophy after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

(Reuters) – The 2019-20 Women’s Super League season will begin with a Manchester derby after the FA announced on Monday the first round of fixtures to take place over the weekend of Sept. 7-8.

The match will be the first in the top tier of the revamped league after United sealed promotion by winning the Championship last season in their debut campaign since reforming as a team, having been disbanded in 2005.

City finished runners-up to Arsenal in the Super League and won the League and FA Cup double.

Champions Arsenal will host West Ham United and there is also a London derby for newly-promoted Tottenham Hotspur who travel to Champions League semi-finalists Chelsea.

The matches will take place during the international break in the men’s game. The league is hoping there will be a boost in attendances, inspired by the England team’s run to the women’s World Cup semi-finals.

The Lionesses face world champions the United States in Lyon on Tuesday for a place in Sunday’s final.

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