Sunday’s match up between Brighton and Birminghm was everything you could have wanted from an FA Cup fixture – a non-stop quality display with drama at both ends, both teams giving it their all and a penalty shootout to decide the winner.
It was a game of two halves that took place at a baking Solihull Moors on Sunday afternoon.
Ahead of the start of the 2020/21 Barclays FAWSL season, we spoke with the FA’s Director of the Women’s Professional, Kelly Simmons, and Head of League Operations, Lauren O’Sullivan. Here are some quotes from key issues that arose:
Good things come to those who wait! It has been a long six months for everyone involved in the women’s game in England. With coronavirus shutting down the country, football understandably took a back seat. Leagues were curtailed, competitions cancelled or postponed, and everything was put on hold.
After around 174 days since the last competitive match was played, women’s football returns to England today on the biggest stage of them all.