Chelsea open WSL title defence at Arsenal as part of tough start for both

Chelsea will begin the defence of their Women’s Super League title at Arsenal as part of a tough start to the 2021-22 season for both clubs.

Chelsea go to Manchester United in their third match, after playing at home to Everton, and Arsenal host Manchester City in their third game. They travel to Reading in between.

Arsenal appointed the Swede Jonas Eidevall as their manager last month after the departure of Joe Montemurro. Emma Hayes’ Chelsea are aiming to win the WSL for an unprecedented third season in a row.

Clubs will play their first games on 3-5 September, with kick-off times and television fixtures yet to be finalised. Manchester United, managerless after Casey Stoney’s resignation, host Reading, and promoted Leicester start their maiden Super League season away to Aston Villa.

Last season’s runners-up Manchester City travel to Everton, Tottenham play at home to Birmingham, and West Ham go to Brighton.

Chelsea will wrap up the season at home to Manchester United on 7 or 8 May. They face Arsenal for the second time in February and take on City in November and February, initially away.

Manchester derbies are scheduled for October and February, with United at home first.

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