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FAWSL starts this weekend

Filed: Thursday, 6th September 2018
By: Staff Writer

The newly-restructured FA Women's Super League kicks off this coming weekend.

For the first time ever the Women's game will be able to boast a fully-professional set-up, with all 11 teams involved featuring full-time squads.

And West Ham United will be appearing in the women's top flight for the first time ever, having spent a considerable sum building an almost entirely-new squad over the summer whilst introducing manager Matt Beard.

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Despite West Ham's summer investment, former England winger Sue Smith believes that last season's FAWSL champions Chelsea will still be the team to beat.

"Emma Hayes has recruited new players to that fantastic squad she had last season," said Smith. "Her work on and off the field, her player management, has been superb. But the likes of Arsenal and Man City have also strengthened.

"Last season, we saw lots of teams take points off each other. The likes of Reading and Birmingham were beating top sides, so there's no reason why it can't be even more competitive than last season.

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"They will all be full-time professional, which is exactly what we want. It improves the standards of play. We're now into a winter league, in line with the men's game, and that will help the Champions League teams too.

"They will be at their peak when they play those games. It will also help our international team, moving forward towards the World Cup, players will go into the tournament in peak condition."

West Ham will not be involved on the opening weekend of the FAWSL as the odd one out of 11 teams, with their opening fixture scheduled to take place the following weekend.

In order to mark the occasion, the FA have released the following video aimed at inspiring the next generation of female footballers.

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