This coming weekend looks set to mark another landmark moment in the growing popularity of women’s football, with just days to go until the first Women’s Football Weekend.
As the English Premier League and EFL Championship takes a pause due to the men’s international break, The FA is encouraging fans everywhere to take the opportunity to back Women’s Football Weekend and attend a match at any level of the pyramid.
From the iconic amateur football playground of Hackney Marshes to Anfield Stadium, at all levels of the game, women’s football will be taking centre stage up and down the country in the inaugural celebration.
The very top of the football pyramid features a mouth-watering first Merseyside Derby at Anfield and a North London clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with clubs across The Barclays FA Women’s Super League gearing up for another big weekend of fixtures.
As well as a host of compelling fixtures in The Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship, there will also be a full FA Women’s National League and County Cup fixture programme across the rest of the football pyramid.
The Grimsby Town Women’s team will be in County Cup action when they travel to Louth Old Boys Ladies on Sunday. Kick-off at the Pavilion in London Road is 2pm.
Kelly Simmons, The FA’s Director of Women’s Professional Game said: “Since we announced the first-ever Women’s Football Weekend, we’ve continued to see even more evidence of the huge momentum behind women’s football. Fresh from an historic night for our Lionesses at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, the stage is set for another thrilling moment as The Barclays FA Women’s Super League makes its debut at Anfield and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Whether it’s finding your local grassroots team at the park on Saturday, or experiencing the thrill of a top-flight clash on Sunday, there has never been a better time to find and support your local women’s team. We’d encourage supporters from all across the country to get involved and be a part of a brilliant weekend.”
Dale Houlston, Grimsby Town Women’s manager said: “After four weeks without a game it’s great to be finally back in action. It has been incredibly frustrating. But it is brilliant that our return to action coincides with both the FA’s Women’s Football Weekend event and the County Cup fixture at Louth. It would be brilliant if Grimsby Town supporters embraced the event and made the short trip with us to Louth”.
And Coach Hayley Butts added: “Last week I and others in the group were part of the record-breaking attendance at Wembley watching the Lionesses play Germany. It wasn’t a great game from England’s point of view, but it was still amazing to be part of the crowd that made history. The scenes were unbelievable and shows just how far the women’s game has gone. And so to follow this up with Women’s Football Weekend in the County Cup on Sunday is fantastic. Our players are really eager for this game and are determined to try and get through to the quarter finals”.
The Grimsby Town women are in cup action at Louth Old Boys Ladies on Sunday (2pm).