Women’s football is riding the crest of a wave right now, with interest in the game at an all-time high. A match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in March attracted over 91,000 fans, smashing the previous attendance record.
Alongside several recent tournaments, the Women’s Super League (WSL) has been a key driver of this growth. Since turning fully professional in 2018, the league has gone from strength to strength.
A major TV rights package with Sky Sports and the BBC is another sign of progress, and it’s where you’ll see title-chasing Chelsea and Arsenal’s final matches of the season. But all six matches are available to watch live – here’s everything you need to know, including if you’re not currently in the UK.
Which Women’s Super League games are on TV this weekend?
After more than eight months and 21 rounds of fixtures, we’ve finally reached the final round of WSL fixtures for the 2021-22 season. Things couldn’t be much closer at the top, with Chelsea and Arsenal separated by just a point. Man United will want to finish ahead of rivals City and secure Champions League football for next season, but Birmingham have already been relegated to the Championship.
Here’s how you can watch every game live on the final day, although they’re all taking place at the same time:
Sun 8 May
- Chelsea vs Man Utd – KO 12pm – Sky Sports Main Event/Ultra HD/Showcase
- West Ham vs Arsenal – KO 12pm – BBC Two/iPlayer/Sport website
- Aston Villa vs Birmingham – KO 12pm – The FA Player
- Brighton vs Everton – KO 12pm – The FA Player
- Reading vs Man City – KO 12pm – The FA Player
- Tottenham vs Leicester – KO 12pm – The FA Player
How to watch the Women’s Super League on Sky Sports
This is the first season of Sky’s three-year deal with the WSL. For the 2021-22 season, the broadcaster has committed to showing at least 35 matches. To start watching, you’ll need a Sky Sports subscription, which also provides access to lots of other top-class sport.
Packages start at £46 per month for 18 months, or from £25 extra per month if you already have a Sky TV subscription. This will also provide access while out and about via
However, if you sign up to
Sky Q with a
Sky Sports package, you can also watch in HDR quality. Learn more in our separate guide:
How to get HDR on Sky Q
How to watch the Women’s Super League on Now
If you don’t want to commit to a Sky contract and satellite dish on your house, that’s not a problem. Sky has its Now streaming service as an alternative option.
Now is available on a wide range of devices including smartphones and games consoles and now offers HD quality if you buy the Now Boost option.
A Day Pass provides 24 hours of access and costs £11.98 – this is great for one-off occasions. However, it’s going to make much more sense to get the Month Pass if you plan to watch every weekend. It’s currently available at £20 per month for three months, before returning to the usual £33.99 per month thereafter.
This offer also includes a month of free
Now Boost, which adds 1080p 50fps video, removes ads and lets you stream on three devices at the same time (instead of the usual). After that, it’ll cost you an extra £5 per month.
Click here to view Now’s Sky Sports Pass packages.
How to watch the Women’s Super League on the BBC
Unlike many other broadcasters, you don’t need a subscription to watch the BBC. But you will need to
pay for a TV licence, whether you’re watching live or via BBC iPlayer. It currently costs £159 per household or business – learn more in
our separate guide to the UK TV licence.
Once that’s taken care of, there are lots of options available to you. The first is simply direct on your TV, with almost all Sky, Virgin, Freeview and Freesat boxes including BBC channels by default.
You can also use
BBC iPlayer across all your devices, while the WSL is also available to watch via the
BBC Sport website when games are taking place.
How to watch the Women’s Super League on the FA Player
The FA Player is a free service, allowing you to watch selected live games and on-demand content. To get started, just
head to the FA website and create an account or log in.
Like many other services, there are also apps available for
Can you watch the Women’s Super League outside the UK?
Yes, and there are two options available to you.
The first is simply to watch via your local broadcaster. This only applies if you’re in Australia (
Optus Sport), Canada (
Sportsnet), Central America, Mexico, Dominican Republic (all
Sky Sports), Germany, Italy (both
DAZN), New Zealand (
Spark Sport), Scandinavia (
Nent) or the United States (
ATA Football or
If you’re based elsewhere or would rather use an existing UK account or subscription, there is an alternative. It involves using a VPN, which helps you ‘appear’ in another country by giving you a new IP address.
Our top pick is
NordVPN, which offers a good blend of security features, ease of use and value for money. There are plenty of alternatives in
our best VPN chart, but make sure they
unblock BBC iPlayer – that’s a common issue for some services.
Interested in men’s football too? Here’s how to watch the
Champions League and