Kelly Chambers' Reading FC Women side will arguably face one of the toughest challenges of their campaign on the very first day of the 2020-21 season as a trip to Arsenal awaits them on the weekend of 5th/6th September.
The first two rounds of FA WSL fixtures were announced at 11am this morning and the Royals are set to take on Arsenal on the first day of the new season.
The Gunners finished in third place last season, with very little separating them from the top two of Chelsea and Manchester City when the FA brought the WSL league to a premature end.
Our first home game, provisionally scheduled to take place on Sunday 13th September at Madejski Stadium, will be against newly-promoted Aston Villa.
The Villans replace Liverpool (our opponents on the opening day of last season) in the top tier and travel to Reading on the second weekend of the season hoping to begin life in the WSL as well as they ended their promotion campaign last season; Villa remained unbeaten in winning the Championship title last season, winning 13 of their 14 games in total!
Arsenal will have already had some competitive action before they host the Royals - towards the end of August, the Gunners are due to take on Paris Saint-Germain Féminines in a Champions League quarter-final - and the semi-final and Final are both also due to be completed before their WSL title challenge begins.
However, the Royals were only narrowly beaten by Arsenal in their last meeting - an 86th minute winner from Kim Little separating the sides in a Continental Cup clash at Meadow Park back in January.
The rest of the FA WSL fixture list will be revealed next month as women's football looks to pick up where it left off...