All you need to know ahead of the big start!While our men’s side are coming towards the end of their campaign, Reading FC Women are just about to begin theirs – the Spring Series begins this weekend with a visit to Bristol City Women at Ashton Gate!
Kicking off at 6pm – after the Robins’ side have finished their Championship fixture with Barnsley – it’s the Royals' competitive game for over a month, when they were narrowly pipped by Man City in the FA Women’s Cup.
So here’s a run-down of the new campaign for the Royals ahead of the season’s start this Saturday…
The Spring Series is a one-off event which will bridge the gap between last year’s WSL 2016 season and the forthcoming 2017/18 campaign. In the next full season, the league calendar will switch to a September-to-May season, similar to how the men’s professional leagues currently operate.
There are a total of 10 teams in the WSL1 Spring Series – that includes newly-promoted sides Yeovil Town and Bristol City, as well as reigning champs Man City and last year’s FA Women’s Cup winners Arsenal. Each club will play nine fixtures.
It’s just a single round-robin; Reading will host four games – against Birmingham, Chelsea, Man City and Notts County – and travel away for the remaining five.
The Royals’ preparations included a week-long trip to the Algarve, where they worked hard in the Mediterranean heat to get prepared for the new campaign.
And part of that prep in Portugal included a trip across the border to Spain, where they visited top-tier outfit Real Betis Feminas in a friendly fixture at Felipe del Valle Municipal Stadium – a well-contested game ended 2-2, as Lauren Bruton and Rachel Furness each bagged a goal.
Five new recruits have joined the Royals ahead of the new campaign, three of which are full internationals.
The first through the door was Dutch international captain Mandy van den Berg, who arrived in November from Liverpool. Rachel Furness and Brooke Chaplen each joined the club from Sunderland in January, as did New Zealand left-back Anna Green after departing Swedish side Mallbackens.
And earlier this month they were joined by French striker Anissa Lahmari, who has signed on a loan deal from her hometown club Paris St-Germain for the duration of the Spring Series.
Fixtures & Tickets
Reading FC Women’s home fixtures take place at Adams Park and are as follows…
Chelsea – Wed 3 May, 7.35pm
Man City – Sun 7 May, 2pm
Notts Co – Sun 21 May, 2pm
Birmingham – Sun 28 May, 2pm
Individual match tickets can be bought for £6 Adults or £3 Concessions. Season Tickets can be purchased for £20 Adults. £10 Concessions or £50 for a Family (2 Adults & 3 Concessions). Click here for more information.