Laura Harvey and her Arsenal Ladies squad embark on a new adventure when they begin their Women's Super League season against Chelsea on Wednesday.
The newly-formed WSL is to be played during the summer and will feature eight teams from across the country competing for the inaugural Super League title.
The semi-professional league aims to improve and attract fans to the sport. So why did the women’s game need something new?
“I think we needed a change of some description to make the game as widely available as possible,” Harvey told Arsenal.com. “I think it’s right not to compete with men’s football because I don’t think you are ever going to be able to do that.
“They needed to do something that was different. The idea of standing alone has worked for other sports and that is why we are going down this route.
“All we can do is make [the league] as strong as it possibly can be. I think that is everyone’s challenge, to try and push the game forward and make it as big as possible.”
Click the PLAY button above to watch the full interview with Laura. The manager discusses:
- increasing participation in the women’s game
- raising the technical standard
- media interest in the WSL
- Arsenal’s main rivals for the title
- the opening fixture against Chelsea