How you can support professional women's football

The ninth edition of the FA Women's Super League is kicking off this weekend with an unprecedented level of interest and support. So how can you make the most of the high quality football on offer?

1. Go to the games

Overall, there are 132 league games to be played over the course of this season at 12 different grounds. That's plenty of opportunity to get to a game or two. Tickets are a reasonable price - most WSL teams charge between £5 and £10 for an adult ticket and under £5 for concessions - and can be bought online and, usually, at the turnstiles on the day.


The grounds are big enough to create a great match day atmosphere, and small enough so you can hear what the players are saying and often, if you wait long enough, get a selfie and autograph after with your favourite after the game. Liverpool's ground, Prenton Park, is the biggest, with a capacity of 16,587, while Bristol City's Stoke Gifford Stadium is the smallest, holding 1,500.


2. Watch the games live

In advance of this season, the FA have launched the FA Player, a new live streaming platform dedicated to women's football. Free to use and available online and via a mobile app, the FA Player will show all live FA Women’s Super League matches, a live match from each round of the FA Women’s Championship and selected highlights from the England Women’s team, the Women’s FA Cup and the FA Women’s Continental League Cup. The platform also gives you an opportunity to learn more about the teams and players, with archive footage, features and interviews also included. BT Sport and BBC will show over 30 games over the course of the season.


3. Catch up through the media

The strong media coverage of the women's game looks set to continue beyond the World Cup and into the new WSL season. Newspapers are beginning to dedicate a significant number of column inches to the women's game, with The Telegraph leading the way, while She Kicks and Girls on the Ball are the stalwarts of women's football reporting. Journalists Kieran Thievam and Suzy Wrack are leading on the quality informative pieces, while Katie Wyatt and Molly Hudson are also providing some awesome coverage. And it's not just written media, The Offside Rule podcast is increasingly featuring women's football, while Sky Sports News and the other big sports channels are covering it in more depth than ever before. There are a wealth of information and opinions out there - it's never been easier to get clued up on the game!


4. Engage with the clubs and other fans

The role social media plays in the women's game shouldn't be underestimated. The opportunity it has given fans to both communicate with players and create supportive communities is huge. The FA used social media expertly over the course of the world cup, and the WSL look set to do this same during the domestic season. Tweet your favourite player, and there's every chance she'll like it or tweet you back. It's a wonderful part of the women's game, one that makes the players feel more like real people, and the dream of becoming a professional player more attainable for youngsters.


5. Get involved at a grassroots level

What's grassroots now could be professional in the future. So go out and enjoy the game! Have a casual kickabout in the park with friends, join a local team, take a coaching badge or consider refereeing. There's never been a better time to get involved with women's football, and who knows where your involvement could lead!

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