The final day of this season’s Women’s Super League is set to be brought forward by a day, according to reports.
Manchester United currently sit top of the WSL table. However, Chelsea have a chance to overtake them with a win over the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Manchester City and Arsenal make up the rest of the top four, calving out a six point lead over those below them.
But in a drastic change to the schedule, the league’s final day is set to be brought forward.
Why is the WSL’s final day being moved?
The reason for the change is to avoid avoid crossing over with the Premier League’s final-day matches.
The Telegraph claim that talks over moving the WSL fixtures had been initially held in January between broadcasters and the Football Association.
The organisers were eager to to ensure that the WSL’s final day was given the opportunity to receive the exposure and viewership it deserves, without being overshadowed by the men’s finale.
Whilst the governing bodies were keen to give regular Premier League match-goers the opportunity to also watch the WSL, as opposed to choosing between the two.
The report states that ‘an agreement has been reached after meetings with broadcasting schedulers and liaison with stadium managers.’
The original clash is said to have occurred due to the men’s domestic season finishing slightly later than usual because of the 2022 Qatar World Cup’s winter timing.
When is the new date for the WSL’s final day?
The WSL was originally scheduled to conclude on Sunday May 28, on the same day as all 10 of the Premier League’s last-day fixtures, which are kicking off at 4.30pm.
However, the WSL’s final day will now reportedly be held on Saturday May 27, with all six games now planned to kick-off at 3pm, 23 hours earlier than previously arranged.
An announcement is expected to be made after all the ‘relevant parties have reached an agreement’.