WSL is in talks to move final day of season to avoid Premier League clash

Chelsea's Magdalena Eriksson lifts Barclays FA Women's Super League trophy after winning the Barclays FA Women's Super League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium in London - WSL in talks to move on last day of the season to avoid Premier League clash - Adam Davy/PA

Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriksson lifts Barclays FA Women’s Super League trophy after winning the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match at Kingsmeadow Stadium in London – WSL in talks to move on last day of the season to avoid Premier League clash – Adam Davy/PA

Telegraph Sport has learned that on the last day of the Women’s Super League season, the men’s Premier League may move to avoid a clash with the final day matches scheduled for the afternoon of the same day.

The Football Association, which runs WSL, has discussed the idea with broadcasters, according to several sources, and these conversations have been described as positive. All parties are keen to ensure that the final of the WSL gets the exposure and platform that the organizers think it deserves.

The women’s top tier final matches are set for Sunday, May 28, the same day the men’s senior flying season will end. No final decision has been made yet, but the previous day, Saturday, May 27, is believed to be the most likely date if WSL fixtures are moved – and the probability of that is growing.

All 10 men’s Premier League fixtures will begin at 16:00 on the 28th and the men’s domestic season will end a little later than usual in May due to the winter staging of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

All six of WSL’s final-day fixtures were temporarily set to 14:00 kick-offs on the same day, but this would always switch to noon for broadcast purposes. But a full 24-hour movement has been discussed in recent weeks.

It appears that the organizers want to ensure that men’s Premier League fans can also attend their club’s WSL final day matches in person. The broader media coverage of the competition appears to be a factor to consider as well, as the Premier League is likely to dominate the 28th and suffocate much of the other sports news that afternoon.

The WSL title race has gone all the way to the final day of the campaign in both of the past two seasons and could land on the wires again in a realistic shootout with defending champions Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City. Chelsea, United and Arsenal are currently separated by just three points and the last two have a game on their hands with Chelsea meaning all three could potentially score evenly next month.

Arsenal, one of the WSL teams that also owns the Premier League, is the only club to be at home in both competitions on the last day of the season.

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