After an eventful Women’s Football Weekend, the FA Women’s Super League is now on an international break and won’t return until the first weekend of December.
Manchester United remain the early leaders of the WSL, after coming from 2-0 down to draw with Manchester City to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. In their opening seven games, Casey Stoney’s side have faced Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal, drawing twice and winning once, a fine return for the club in just their second WSL season.
They are one point ahead of Arsenal, who were within a few minutes of ending Chelsea’s 26-game unbeaten run, with the defending WSL champions currently in third. Level on points with Chelsea are Everton, while Manchester City are two points back in fifth.
Another big result from the derby weekend saw Birmingham City beat rivals Aston Villa in the first ever WSL Second City meeting to move up to sixth, while Villa remain 10th.
Upcoming Women’s Super League fixtures:
Saturday 5 December
- 12:30: Aston Villa vs Manchester United (TBC)
Sunday 6 December
- 13:00 Everton vs Manchester City (TBC)
- 14:00: Arsenal vs Birmingham City (TBC)
- 14:00: Chelsea vs West Ham United (TBC)
- 14:00: Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion (TBC)
- 14:00: Reading vs Bristol City (TBC)
The FA Player is available to watch around the world, with registration free. All WSL games not on TV across the season will be streamed live on the FA Player.
A week of departures
Although women’s domestic football is on a break, there has been a lot going on since the last WSL match on Women’s Football Weekend finished.
Before clubs released their players for international duty, there was a round of Continental Cup fixtures which brought an end to two managerial spells in the WSL. The first to be announced was Matt Beard leaving West Ham after just over two years in charge of the club.
The Hammers are currently ninth in the table, with just one win and one draw from their opening seven games. They did beat Charlton Athletic 4-0 in the Continental Cup, Beard’s final game in charge, but both manager and club decided it was time to part ways.
— Matthew Beard (@mattbeard02) November 19, 2020
In a message published on the club’s official website, Beard said: “I would like to say how proud I am to have had the opportunity to manage the women’s team at West Ham United Football Club.
“I am sad to be saying goodbye, but I feel the time is now right for a change for both myself and for West Ham United. I have every faith that the foundations we have laid over the last two-and-a-half years will help the club push even further, both on and off the pitch, in the seasons to come.
“I leave with some wonderful memories and experiences to treasure. When I walked into this club for the first time as head coach, in June 2018, West Ham was at the very start of its journey in professional women’s football.”
Beard has been temporarily replaced by goalkeeping coach Billy Stewart and first-team coach Paul McHugh while West Ham search for a permanent appointment.
Just hours after Beard left West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur announced head coaches Karen Hills and Juan Amoors have been relieved of their dual roles in charge of the club. In their second WSL season, things have not been going well for Tottenham, as they are second from bottom and still without a win in the WSL. Their only victory of the season so far came in the Continental Cup to Championship side London City Lionesses, losing to Arsenal on penalties in their final group game on Wednesday.
🤝 We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rehanne Skinner as our Head Coach on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.
— Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) November 19, 2020
“This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of the team, with the belief that a fresh approach will offer renewed impetus as we seek to continue our upward trajectory and positive growth,” Tottenham said in a statement on their website, and just six hours later they had confirmed Rehanne Skinner as their new manager.
Skinner had previously been in charge of England’s U21s side and was promoted to be Phil Neville’s assistant in September, with her club experience including a three-year spell as assistant at Arsenal.
“I am really excited to be joining Tottenham Hotspur and cannot wait to get started in the WSL after the international break,” she said.
“The club’s philosophy and future plans are something I was really keen to be a part of. They have shown a real commitment to the women’s team and have come a long way in a short period of time which is a credit to all the players and staff involved.