FA Women’s Super League to mark a milestone

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The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) is celebrating its 10th anniversary and to mark this important milestone, the English FA will open a Hall of Fame.

Tuesday marks a decade since the league was launched when Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the top-flight’s first-ever match.

Since then, there have been four champions, with Arsenal and Chelsea both winning the league three times.

According to Kelly Simmons, the FA’s women’s professional game director, the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Super League, which its development has “turbo-charged” is a “source of pride” for the FA.

“It should be a source of pride of where we have got to and for everybody who has made it happen,” she told BBC Sport.

“Since the Women’s World Cup particularly, the development of the WSL has absolutely turbo-charged.

“We saw record attendances pre-Covid and we can’t wait to have fans back next season to continue to build on the great work done by the clubs to really embrace and engage fans to get them through.

“Without doubt, we have seen the quality of the product grow hugely and it has been able to attract some of the best players in the world alongside our best English talent. It has made it fantastic to watch and fantastic for those fans.”

A Hall of Fame will be opened to recognise the “significant contributions” made during the last 10 years.

“It is a chance for us to showcase the players, managers and officials who have made outstanding contributions in terms of the WSL,” added Simmons.

“We will be appointing an expert panel which I will chair. We will get the experts around the table and will make an announcement on the first inductees before the next season kicks off.

“We thought it was a great moment with it being the 10-year birthday to look back, recognise and thank the tremendous work of some of the people who have made this journey happen.”

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By FARPost Reporter 

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