The FA have finally released the dates for the 2022/23 season. It will be another season with an international tournament which means no real rest for the players involved.
As a reminder, the Women’s Euros 2022 take place from 6th July to 31st July and the Women’s World Cup will take place from 20th July 2023 to Sunday 20th August 23.
If we recall that the Tokyo Olympics took place last Summer, creating many injury and fitness problems for many FA WSL sides – particularly City – having Summer 2022, 23, 24, and 25 with international tournaments will certainly affect the players’ rest and recovery.
On the domestic side, the rebranded Barclays Women Super League will start on the 9th-11th September weekend. It is due to finish on the 27th-28th May.
The mid-season winter break will again be in place, with no matches from 19th December through to 13th January, while the annual Women’s Football Weekend will take place on 25th-26th March 2023.
Matches will take place as normal during the window occupied by the FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022, with fixtures occurring on the weekends of the 3rd-4th December and 10th-11th December.
The later finish will mean that the league and not the Vitality Women’s FA Cup will conclude the season, with the Wembley showpiece due to take place on the weekend of the 13th-14th May. The full schedule for the FA Women’s Cup and the FA WSL Continental Cup and format are now known yet.
The Champions League dates are all known, as UEFA publish the data well in advance, unlike the FA.
- Qualifying Round 1: 18th August (semi-finals) 21st August (third-place play-off and final)
- Qualifying Round 2, where Arsenal enter the tournament: 20th-21st September and 28th-29th September
- Matchday 1 19th-20th October
- Matchday 2 26th-27th October
- Matchday 3 23rd-24th November
- Matchday 4 7th-8th December
- Matchday 5 15th-16th December
- Matchday 6 21st-22nd December
- Quarter-finals 21st-22nd March, 29th-30th March
- Semi-finals 22nd-23rd April, 29th-30th April
- Final 3rd-4th June at Phillips Stadion, Eindhoven
It could be another busy season for the Gunners, similar to this season when we played 42 games. Squad rotation will be again a key component of the season to keep the players fresh enough for the latter stages of the year, where trophies are won or lost.