Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley is no doubt Sky Sports’ deal to broadcast the WSL will see women’s play accelerate to another level.
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League will be broadcast live from this season with Sky Sports announcing a three-year deal to become the main broadcaster of the WSL in March.
The deal will see Air sports show at least 35 exclusively live matches per season with Bardsley believing the partnership to be a huge deal for women’s football going forward.
Bardsley, who has been in the game for 15 years, said: “When I first came here as a player for Lincoln Ladies, there were empty promises all over the place with no follow through.
“But the acceleration we’ve seen, especially over the last five to ten years, has been amazing. Now you see what it is today with Sky on board – it’s amazing.
“And that doesn’t even mention the talent and technical ability of some of these girls.
“Seeing the media coverage and the girls becoming more and more famous is something I never expected to see in my career.
“It’s a long way to come and it’s something that will further accelerate the game.”
“The rivalry between Chelsea and Manchester City is good for the game”
Bardsley embarks on the new WSL campaign hoping Manchester City can finally go further and win their first title since 2016.
City have been runners-up for the past four seasons, behind Emma Hayes’ Chelsea for the past two.
But, despite the intense rivalry between the two teams, Bardsley admits that healthy competition can only benefit the WSL in the long run.
“What annoys me is that we [Man City] keep missing out on the title – especially at Chelsea, “Bardsley said, speaking at a Premier League kicks event to inspire young people.
“It’s pretty frustrating, but at the same time, we’re doing exactly what we want to do by challenging ourselves and continually pushing ourselves to improve.
“At the end of the day, it only improves the women’s game as a whole and the growth of the league isn’t just about the top two now.
“It’s the three, four and five teams that are going to start breaking through and any day anyone can beat anyone.
“I am really excited about the start of the season and I would like to think that this year we will win [the title] but in any case, I can guarantee that there will be some exciting football matches. “
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The Women’s Super League will have a new home from next season on Sky Sports. World-class stars like Lucy Bronze and Vivianne Miedema at the potential end of the ‘big three’ – Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City – there are plenty of reasons to be excited.
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