BT Sport & BBC to broadcast FA WSL Spring Series

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The FA WSL Spring Series kicks off an exciting year ahead for women’s football and BT Sport will broadcast live matches throughout the competition alongside free-to-air coverage on the BBC.

The Spring Series is a one-off transitional league before the Women’s Super League switches from a summer to a winter-based schedule for the 2017-18 season.

BT Sport, the FA WSL’s lead partner and principal live broadcaster, will start its coverage with the clash between reigning FA WSL champions Manchester City and last season’s runners-up Chelsea on Thursday, May 25.

They will also broadcast Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City three days later on Sunday, May 28, with further live Spring Series matches on BT Sport to be confirmed in due course.

In addition, the BBC will broadcast live matches online via the BBC Sport website, starting with Yeovil Town’s opener against Liverpool on Sunday, April 23, followed by Sunderland’s home match against Arsenal on Sunday, April 30.

A further five games will be shown live by BBC online, including Reading v Manchester City, Arsenal v Birmingham and Chelsea v Liverpool, as well as Bristol City’s match against Reading, along with their trip to FA WSL 2 champions Yeovil Town in early May.

Free-to-air highlights of the FA WSL Spring Series will be shown in a new series of the The Women’s Football Show on BBC Two.

Throughout the competition, some clubs will stream matches live on their website, including Chelsea TV, with details of these live games, along with all broadcast coverage of FA WSL, available via the league’s official website.

Katie Brazier, FA head of women’s leagues and competitions, said: “The FA WSL Spring Series is set to be really exciting and competitive, and we’re really pleased that supporters have so many ways of watching and following the matches this season.

“I’d like to thank our lead league partner BT Sport for their continued support and it’s a really positive step that the BBC are streaming FA WSL games for the first time.

“It demonstrates that the domestic women’s game is in a really healthy place and we’re looking forward to a season of great football and big crowds.

“We know supporters will really get behind their teams in big numbers at stadiums as in previous seasons.

“It’s also a chance to see all of the Lionesses in action before they go to the Euros as well as other international players who’ll be playing in the Netherlands.”

The FA WSL Spring Series will take place before Euro 2017, which starts in the Netherlands on July 16 and broadcast live on Channel 4, with England’s first match against Scotland on July 19.

Details of the confirmed live games to shown on BT Sport, BBC Sport website and Chelsea TV can be found below.

SUNDAY 23rd APRIL

Yeovil Town Ladies v Liverpool Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

14:00

SUNDAY 30th APRIL

Sunderland Ladies v Arsenal Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

14:00

WEDNESDAY 3rd MAY

Reading Women v Chelsea Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

19:30

SUNDAY 7th MAY

Reading Women v Man City Women
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

14:00

WEDNESDAY 17th MAY

Chelsea Ladies v Arsenal Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

19:30

SATURDAY 20th MAY

Arsenal Ladies v Birmingham City
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

13:00

SUNDAY 21st MAY

Man City Women v Yeovil Town Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

14:00

THURSDAY 25th MAY

Man City Women v Chelsea Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

19:00

SUNDAY 28th MAY

Man City Women v Arsenal Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

12:00

Chelsea Ladies v Liverpool Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

14:00

WEDNESDAY 31st MAY

Bristol City Women v Chelsea Ladies
FA WSL 1 Spring Series

19:00

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