The FA WSL schedule has been released and we now know how tough and busy 2021/22 will be for Arsenal.
Things start with the Champions qualifiers and will end, hopefully, with the Champions League final in Turin.
The key league games this season will be played on the opening day at home to Chelsea, 26 September at home to City. City away will be on 23 January and Chelsea away on 13 February.
You have to question why the league has selected Chelsea as the season opener for Arsenal, sandwiched in between two key UEFA Women’s Champions League games. It was the same as in 2011, when we played the first ever FA WSL game away to Chelsea on a poor sandy pitch, in between two Champions League semi-final against Lyon.
Here is the full schedule, Arsenal will take part in five competitions (UWCL, FA WSL, FA Cup x2, Conti Cup) this season. We do not know the dates for the FA WSL Continental Cup yet, all the other dates are listed below.
- Wednesday 18 UEFA Women Champions League QR 1 semi-final Okzhetpes N
- Saturday 21 UEFA Women Champions League QR 1 final PSV Eindhoven or Lokomotiv Moskva N
- Tuesday 31/1Sep UEFA Women Champions League QR 2 first leg
- Sunday 5 FA WSL Chelsea H
- Wednesday 8/9 UEFA Women Champions League QR 2 second leg
- Sunday 12 FA WSL Reading A
- 13-21 International break 2 games
- Sunday 26 FA WSL Man City H
- Wednesday 29 FA Women’s Cup 2020/21 quarter-final Spurs H
- Sunday 3 FA WSL Aston Villa A
- Tuesday 5/6 UEFA Women’s Champions League Matchday 1
- Sunday 10 FA WSL Everton H
- Wednesday 13/14 UEFA Women’s Champions League Matchday 2
- 18-26 International break 2 games
- Sunday 31 FA Women’s Cup 2020/21 semi-final
- Saturday 6 FA WSL West Ham A
- Tuesday 9/10 UEFA Women’s Champions League Matchday 3
- Sunday 14 FA WSL Tottenham A
- Sunday 21FA WSL Man United A
- 22-30 International break 2 games
- Sunday 5 FA Women’s Cup 2020/21 final
- Sunday 12 FA WSL Leicester City A
- Sunday 19 FA WSL Brighton H
- Sunday 9 FA WSL Birmingham A
- Sunday 16 FA WSL Reading H
- Sunday 23 FA WSL Man City A
- Sunday 30 FA Women’s Cup fourth round
- Sunday 6 FA WSL Man United H
- Sunday 13 FA WSL Chelsea A
- 14-23 International break 3 games
- Sunday 27 FA Women’s Cup fifth Round
- Sunday 6 FA WSL Birmingham H
- Sunday 13 FA WSL Brighton A
- Sunday 20 FA Women’s Cup quarter-final
- 22/23 UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final first leg
- Sunday 3 FA WSL Leicester A
- 4-12 international break 2 games
- Sunday 17 FA Women’s Cup semi-final
- Sunday 24 FA WSL Everton A
- 23/24 UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final first leg
- 30/01 May UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final second leg
- Sunday 1 FA WSL Aston Villa H
- Sunday 8 FA WSL West Ham A
- Sunday 15 FA Women’s Cup final
- Sunday 22 UEFA Women’s Champions League final
- 20-28 international break 2 games
- 6-31 UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 in England
Overall, Arsenal will play a maximum of 45 games next season and it will be a tough job to manage loads and rotate players, especially those coming back from the Olympics.
Those players are unlikely to get a breather, as they will be needed as soon as they are finished in Tokyo.