The final four matches of The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) will be played next Sunday 28 August, and to celebrate the close of its first season, fans will be given the unique opportunity to pay what they think it’s worth to attend matches.
Throughout the WSL season fans have been given the opportunity to ‘Call the Shots’ on key aspects of the games, including ‘player of the match’ decisions, music choices at games, food served at matches, the naming of the WSL mascot and the WSL goal-of-the-month competitions. The ‘Call the Shots’ programme is a key feature in the WSL’s aim to be the most interactive league in the world. Now it’s time for fans to make the ultimate pledge of support by ‘calling the shots’ and paying what they think the ticket price is worth as they attend their own team’s final match of the league season.
All eight teams, which include many players from the England World Cup squad, will go head-to-head to battle it out for the coveted WSL trophy. The matches are taking place at the home grounds of Chelsea Ladies, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Lincoln Ladies and Liverpool Ladies, kick off is 2pm for all matches, with Birmingham and Arsenal both still in contention for the title.
Arsenal Captain, Faye White, says: “The football season has been extremely competitive this year with the launch of the WSL. We hope to get as many fans as possible cheering on their local clubs and celebrating the first ever semi-professional league. With loads of family fun going on as well, it will be a great atmosphere at all the final games on Sunday, and hopefully with a bit of the luck, it might be the day we are crowned champions.”
There will be plenty of exciting activities taking place at the final round of matches including face-painting, live music, player autographs, and an exciting dads’ and daughters’ penalty shoot out on the pitch prior to kick off.
At Chelsea against Everton there will be a special appearance from WSL Ambassador Charlotte Lade, the international freestyle footballer and world record holder, who will be demonstrating skills sessions. Charlotte has travelled up and down the country in the first season of the WSL, getting to many clubs along the way and giving fans an opportunity to practice their freestyle skills and tricks.
The Continental Shot Stoppers programme will be taking place ahead of the Doncaster Rovers Belles v Birmingham City on another stop of its road-show tour, the programme takes place from 9am – 1pm at The Keepmoat Stadium. Fans can join in and test their goalkeeping skills or learn some new ones with the professional goalkeeping coaches, led by England Senior Women’s goalkeeper coach Keith Rees. Anyone who attends will also receive a free ticket to the game at which kicks off at 2pm.
ESPN has been broadcasting a weekly highlights show and a number of live games throughout the season. It will also show The FA WSL Continental Cup Final in September, whilst a dedicated website, www.fawsl.com will keep fans up to date with the latest action and news from the league.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 23 Aug 2011