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WSL opening weekend postponed after death of Queen Elizabeth II

Ali Rampling
The opening weekend of the WSL season has been postponed
The opening weekend of the WSL season has been postponed / Warren Little/GettyImages
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The opening weekend of the 2022/23 WSL season has been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday the long-serving monarch had passed away in Balmoral.

Tottenham and Manchester United had been due to open the WSL season on Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Chelsea versus West Ham at Stamford Bridge, Everton against Leicester, Reading versus Liverpool, Brighton against Aston Villa at the Amex and Manchester City versus Arsenal had been scheduled to take place on Sunday.

A statement from the FA reads: "As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, English football has united to postpone all football fixtures between 9-11 September.

"The FA can confirm that all football fixtures across the Barclays Women's Super League, Barclays Women's Championship, the Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the Isuzu FA Trophy, will be postponed this weekend.

"We can also confirm that all football fixtures across the National League System [NLS], Steps 1-6, including the Vanarama National Leagues, the Women's Football Pyramid [WFP], Tiers 3-7, and matches across grassroots football in England will be postponed.

"Our thoughts remain with our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and the whole of the Royal Family during this time."

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