The next round of Euro qualifiers is coming soon and those are decisive games for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Games are spread between the 16th and 21st of June with double headers for those countries. All those games will be decisive for direct or play-offs qualification for Euro 2013.
Nothing unusual so far except that 3 teams are playing on Thursday the 21st of June. And then comes the “FA WSL Day 7” games : 2 days later on the 23rd of June. 3 out of those 4 games are played on Saturday the 23rd while the last game will be shown live on ESPN on Sunday the 24th.
Saturday 16 June Scotland v Israel and Ireland v Wales
Sunday 17 June England v Netherlands
Wednesday 20 June Wales v Israel
Thursday 21 June Ireland v Scotland 1900 and Slovenia v England 1930
And then barely 41 hours later with all the travel to be made to come home :
Saturday 23 June at 2 pm Lincoln v Chelsea and Doncaster v Liverpool, at 6 pm Bristol v Everton
Sunday 24 June Live on ESPN Arsenal v Bitmingham 2pm
The players likely to be involved in those games :
Alex Scott, Steph Houghton, Ellen White, Rachel Yankey, Jayne Ludlow, Hayley Ladd, Emma Byrne, Yvonne Tracy, Niamh Fahey, Ciara Grant, Jennifer Beattie, Kim Little
Laura Bassett, Rachel Unitt, Karen Carney, Jade Moore, Eniola Aluko, Rachel Williams,
Siobhan Chamberlain, Loren Dykes, Michelle Green, Angharad James, Jessica Fishlock, Natasha Harding, Ellie Curson
Carly Telford, Claire Rafferty, Dunia Susi, Sophie Ingle, Helen Bleazard, Helen Lander, Kylie Davies, Katie Sherwood,
Julie Ann Russell, Aine O’Gorman,
Rachel Brown, Jill Scott, Fara Williams, Toni Duggan, Gwennan Harries,
Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney,
Nicola Davies, Hannah Keryakoplis, Ruesha Littlejohn
I don’t think it is a really serious to expect girls who have played 90 minutes on a Thursday evening to perform properly on a Saturday at 2 pm or 6 pm for their club side. Especially if they also had 90 minutes the previous Saturday/Sunday.
I would expect Alex Fergurson or Roberto Mancini to be shouting in the media if their players had an international on Thursday and a club game on Saturday. So they wouldn’t do that schedule for full time men pro side but semi-pro or amateur girls have got to do it. That is not serious and professional to organise such a schedule. Especially as those international games are planned a year or more in advance !
Well history tells us that the FA WSL is actually a kind of supporting tool for the England team. Last year 7 games in 5 weeks then nothing for 2 months then again 7 games in 5 weeks plus 1 to 3 games as a bonus in the Conti cup. Why not spread games more ? At least this problem has been solved more or less this season. I won’t even speak of crucial Champions League semi-final ties sandwiched between important League games like last year, because it was simply unbelievable to put the WSL opener in the middle of those 2 important games.
Update from the WSL : teams are in discussion regarding the Saturday games. So putting those back to Sunday might be an option. That would be a good news for the players and the fans.