WSL is in talks to move the last day of the season to avoid a Premier League clash


Telegraph Sport understands that the final day of the Women’s Super League season could be moved to avoid a clash with the men’s Premier League final day currently scheduled.

The Football Association – which runs the WSL – has been discussing the idea with broadcasters, according to multiple sources, describing those talks as positive. All parties want to ensure that the WSL Finals receive the exposure and platform that the organizers deserve.

The final games of the women’s top class are currently scheduled for Sunday, May 28, the same day that the men’s top season ends. No final decision has yet been made, but the previous day, Saturday 27 May, is now believed to be the most likely date if the WSL fixtures are moved – and the odds are increasing.

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All 10 men’s Premier League matches are scheduled for kick-off at 4pm on the 28th, with the men’s domestic season ending slightly later than usual in May due to the 2022 Qatar World Cup being held in the winter.

All six of the WSL’s Finals Day matches are tentatively scheduled for the 2pm kick-off on the same day, although for broadcast purposes that would always likely switch to the afternoon. In recent weeks, however, there has been talk of a move with a full 24 hours.

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The organizers are believed to want to ensure Premier League fans attending matches can also attend their club’s WSL finals in person. The coverage the competition will receive in the wider media is also considered a factor under consideration, with the Premier League likely to dominate the agenda on the 28th, drowning out most other sports coverage that afternoon.

The WSL title race has continued to the final day of the campaign over the past two seasons and could be on the line again, with defending champions Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City all in realistic contention. Chelsea, United and Arsenal are currently just three points apart and the latter two have a match against Chelsea, meaning all three could potentially be tied next month.

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Of the WSL teams that also have a Premier League squad, Arsenal are the only club to be home in both competitions on the final day of the season.



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