Etihad Stadium Set For Historic Women’s Manchester Derby

The historic Barclays FA WSL season opener will take place at the Etihad Stadium on 7 September at 3pm and will be the first time both full-time professional women’s teams from City and United go head-to-head.


The historic game will see City and United’s women’s teams face off for the first time in the top tier of English women’s football which will also welcome home Manchester City’s seven Lionesses, who are fresh off an impressive Women’s World Cup performance, which saw Team GB qualify for next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.


This will be the second time City’s women’s team will play in the Etihad Stadium. In May 2014, City beat Everton 1-0 with a dramatic last-minute winner in the group stages of the Continental Cup, a competition they went on to win the team’s very first trophy in.


Commenting on the historic fixture, Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football at Manchester City said: “Following an exciting summer of women’s football and the Lionesses’ impressive form in France, we wanted to kick off the new season with a bang.


“Having the Manchester Derby as our home opener was the perfect opportunity to play a game at the Etihad Stadium and welcome our seven Manchester City Lionesses home.”


Steph Houghton, Manchester City and England Lionesses captain, added: “We are all very excited to play our first home game of the season at the Etihad Stadium and, better yet, in a Manchester Derby.


“Big games like this are the ones you want to be in as a player and every one of us Manchester City players is looking forward to getting on that pitch and giving you all a performance to be proud of.”


The following day will see Barclays Women’s Super League football at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea’s Women take on newly promoted Tottenham Spur Women for their opening encounter to the season.



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