FA’s Kelly Simmons eager to build on progress of WSL’s first decade

FA’s Kelly Simmons eager to build on progress of WSL’s first decade

The Guardian

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On the FA Women’s Super League’s 10th anniversary, the head of the professional game has big ambitions

It has been 10 years since Arsenal narrowly beat Chelsea on the bumpy Imperial Fields of Tooting & Mitcham United FC to launch the Women’s Super League, which replaced the Women’s Premier League as England’s top flight.

Fast forward a decade and the WSL has moved from its semi-professional eight-team beginnings to a fully professional top tier of 12 sides, a semi-pro second tier of 12 teams and a Barclays title sponsorship worth about £20m, not to mention a shift from broadcasters covering costs for the rights to televise games to a BBC and Sky Sports package worth £8m per season and record attendances. With more women and girls taking part than ever before, this is all fuelling a shift in attitudes around the very idea of their playing football.

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