Chelsea Girls head coach Emma Hayes expects this to be a “blockbuster weekend” of WSL motion, together with her champions hoping to bounce again in opposition to Manchester Metropolis on Sunday, stay on Sky Sports activities.
The Blues host Metropolis at a sold-out Kingsmeadow in entrance of the Sky cameras, seeking to get better after defeat to Liverpool on the opening weekend, however that’s not the one large sport for WSL followers to get caught into this weekend.
Arsenal are anticipated to interrupt the WSL attendance document on Saturday lunchtime after they host Tottenham on the Emirates for the north London derby – and if that was not sufficient there’s a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on Sunday shortly after Chelsea’s sport – additionally stay on Sky Sports activities.
The record-breaking north London derby
Arsenal say they’ve offered greater than 51,000 tickets to Saturday’s north London derby in opposition to Tottenham on the Emirates. It’s set to smash the earlier document of 38,262, which was set within the reverse fixture again in 2019.
Hayes is happy the WSL has taken benefit of the boys’s worldwide break to maximise its potential viewers this weekend, with curiosity within the ladies’s sport at an all-time excessive following England’s triumphant Euro marketing campaign through the summer time.
“It is simply going to be a blockbuster weekend,” Hayes advised Sky Sports activities.” Packed crowds and hopefully nice broadcasting numbers.
“I feel that is the second 12 months we have began doing males’s worldwide breaks nicely.
“It is a celebration of the work of everybody. This is not simply in regards to the golf equipment, I feel everyone concerned within the ladies’s sport has been working arduous to get some consistency round any such weekend and I feel we’ll see this most of the time.”
Chelsea helped break Sky Sports activities’ WSL document viewing figures of their season opener in opposition to Liverpool, with a peak viewers of 482,000 tuning in to observe Hayes’ champions being crushed 2-1 by two second-half Katie Stengel penalties.
There was additionally a median viewers of 381,000 – which is 21 per cent increased than final season’s document.
“That is what you are investing in,” Hayes mentioned of the viewing figures. “Everyone seems to be investing to get these numbers to these locations and lengthy could that proceed as a result of it creates extra funding.
“I’ve at all times been an advocate of pulling the highest stage up and create that trickle down in order that additional down the pyramid can maintain benefitting from what’s going on on the prime finish of the sport.”
How one can observe the WSL on Sky Sports activities…
Sky Sports activities – All 35 stay televised video games shall be obtainable throughout Sky Sports activities’ flagship channels, together with Sky Sports activities Premier League, Sky Sports activities Soccer and Sky Sports activities Essential Occasion.
Sky Sports activities Information – Operating 24 hours a day, seven days every week, Barclays FA WSL followers can get pleasure from Sky Sports activities Information (channel 409) rolling editorial protection of the league and its storylines all through the season.
Contained in the WSL – Hosted by award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jessica Creighton, Contained in the WSL is a complete round-up of all issues Barclays FA Girls’s Tremendous League and ladies’s soccer. Airing weekly on Sky Sports activities Premier League, the half-an-hour present will overview and preview matches, together with in-depth evaluation and unique participant interviews. Viewers can anticipate gripping behind-the-scenes entry in addition to a abstract of all of the motion each on and off the pitch.
Sky Sports activities Social – Alongside protection and visibility for the league throughout all Sky Sports activities’ foremost social media channels, the bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will proceed to be the house of all Barclays FA WSL content material on Sky Sports activities.
New to the 2022/23 season, the Sky Sports activities WSL TikTok account shall be giving followers 360° protection of the league and granting them unique entry to their new favorite gamers. Additionally a primary for the league, a brand new Snapchat Uncover present The Dub goals to develop into the platform’s new hub for Barclays’ WSL content material.
Sky Showcase – All Sky clients will profit from with the ability to watch the opening weekend fixtures on Sky Showcase (channel 106) with no Sky Sports activities subscription. This channel is designed to curate among the prime reveals, movies and sports activities from throughout Sky’s channels.
Sky Sports activities digital – Observe all the newest from the WSL throughout SkySports.com and app, together with unique options and interviews, plus devoted stay weblog protection and in-game clips from video games stay on Sky Sports activities. You may watch free match highlights from each WSL sport this season on Sky Sports activities’ digital platforms and YouTube channel.