By Tony Attwood
We’ve not been able to cover this season of the women’s game in the way that we have done in the past, and indeed there have been times when we’ve wondered if the WSL wasn’t teetering on the brink as we’ve not been the only ones who have had trouble getting information.
But the news of a new financial deal from Sky and the BBC to cover the game from next season means effectively that the league has been rescued.
It has not been a season like the old days, as Arsenal have sunk some distance behind the two clubs that have all the money and simply go out and buy all the best players: Chelsea and Manchester City, and as the league table shows they have just pulled ahead into a minileague of two all on their own.
It is of course what happens when competition goes out the window and the ability to spend any amount of money needed, is allowed to remain unfettered. As a result both clubs have in the last couple of games beaten Arsenal and indeed everyone else except each other.
Manchester United have made a bit of an effort to cling on, with Arsenal now fourth in the League. Although we should notice that in terms of goal scoring Arsenal are right up there with Chelsea and Manchester City.
And indeed the third team in the league, Manchester United, were recently beaten by Arsenal, which is a positive sign. Here’s the table.
|2||Manchester City Women||17||13||3||1||54||11||43||42|
|3||Manchester Utd Women||17||11||2||4||35||18||17||35|
|6||Brighton & Hove Albion Women||17||6||3||8||15||30||-15||21|
|8||Tottenham Hotspur Women||17||4||5||8||19||29||-10||17|
|9||Birmingham City Women||16||3||3||10||12||33||-21||12|
|10||Aston Villa Women||15||3||1||11||11||39||-28||10|
|11||Bristol City Women||17||2||4||11||14||61||-47||10|
|12||West Ham Women||15||2||3||10||16||34||-18||9|
The TV deal runs for three years starting from next season and will see the BBC and Sky pay £8m to the clubs overall – apparently the largest deal for the women’s game anywhere in the world.
The report says that Sky Sports will show over 40 games live each season, with some of them on Sky One as well as on its football channels for which extra payment is required for the Sky Sports package. The idea is the three games will be shown in each found of matches with two on Sky and one on the BBC.
The aim from Sky is to give the women’s matches the same sort of build up as they provide for the men’s game. The aim for the Women’s SuperLeague is to use the process to raise awareness and enthusiasm for the game, through the presentation being on an equal footing with the men’s game.
The BBC will have the games on their main channels of BBC One and BBC Two. The games will be spread across four times – Friday evening, Saturday lunchtime, Sunday lunchtime, Sunday evening,
|Date||Home team||Away team||Res||Score|
|07/02/21||Arsenal||Manchester City||L||1 – 2|
|10/02/21||Chelsea||Arsenal||L||3 – 0|
|28/02/21||Aston Villa||Arsenal||W||0 – 4|
|07/03/21||Birmingham City||Arsenal||W||0 – 4|
|19/03/21||Arsenal||Manchester United||W||2 – 0|
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