Fresh off the most high-profile FIFA Women’s World Cup of all time, one which traversed political, racial, and gender issues, English clubs now have an opportunity to make sure the upcoming season is as ground-breaking, and has as wide a reach, as possible.
As far as the football itself is concerned, Arsenal are looking to defend their title while Chelsea will be striving to make it back into the Champions League again after missing out in 2018/19.
There has been a significant overhaul at Tottenham Hotspur, who are playing as a fully professional team for the first time this season, while fellow newly-promoted side Manchester United will also be hoping to build on last season’s success.
Arguably for the first time, at least in terms of a broader audience, a host of players head into the new campaign as household names after their summer exploits in France.
Manager: Joe Montemurro
Where do they play: Meadow Park, Borehamwood
Who to look out for: Netherlands international Vivianne Miedema scored 39 in 46 last season and also holds the honour of being her country’s all-time record goalscorer. England fans will also be familiar with both Leah Williamson and Beth Mead.
Birmingham City LFC
Manager: Marta Tejedor
Where do they play: Damson Park, Solihull
Who to look out for: Birmingham aren’t predicted to fare quite so well this season, partly because they aren’t blessed with many full internationals. They do boast England’s Lucy Staniforth, however, and Chloe Arthur, who features for Scotland.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Manager: Hope Powell, formerly of England.
Where do they play: Broadfield Stadium, Crawley
Who to look out for: It could be another tough season in store for the Seagulls, but they have bolstered their ranks with the signing of Megan Walsh from Yeovil. She made more saves than any goalkeeper in the division last season.
Manager: Tanya Oxtoby
Where do they play: Stoke Gifford Stadium, Filton
Who to look out for: Prone to major changes in their squad, one promising starlet Bristol City have kept hold of is goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley, who harbours aspirations of breaking into the England senior side.
Manager: Emma Hayes
Where do they play: Kingsmeadow, Kingston upon Thames
Who to look out for: Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year last season, but England fans may well be looking out for Lionesses duo Millie Bright and Fran Kirby.
Manager: Willie Kirk
Where do they play: Haig Avenue, Southport
Who to look out for: After helping Les Bleus to the World Cup quarter-finals, French midfielder Maeva Clemaron has signed a two-year deal with Everton.
Manager: Vicky Jepson
Where do they play: Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Who to look out for: Melissa Lawley has been on the fringes of the England squad, though she didn’t make the World Cup,
Manager: Nick Cushing
Where do they play: Academy Stadium, Manchester
Who to look out for: It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to City’s England internationals, Karen Bardsley, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott, Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway all part of Phil Neville’s 23 in France. The standouts are Ellen White - who scored six goals at the World Cup, in doing so becoming the first-ever England player to find the net in five back-to-back matches at the tournament – and of course, the Lionesses captain Steph Houghton.
Manager: Casey Stoney
Where do they play: Leigh Sports Village, Greater Manchester
Who to look out for: United have lost England’s Alex Greenwood to an exciting Lyon outfit, but they will still be reliant on the Netherlands’ Jackie Groenen. Abbie McManus has also joined up with Stoney’s side, making the switch from rivals City. Intriguingly, she’ll be facing her old employers on the very first weekend.
Manager: Kelly Chambers
Where do they play: Adams Park, Wycombe
Who to look out for: England’s Jade Moore is one of the biggest names in an impressive squad that should be competing at the top this season.
Manager: Karen Hills
Where do they play: The Hive, Edgware
Who to look out for: Tottenham are almost unrecognisable from the side that won promotion and it could take time for them to gel. However, it’s clear that Hills, together with head coach Juan Amoros, needed new blood in order to make the step up. New Zealander Ria Percival, formerly of West Ham, is among the internationals now at the club.
West Ham United
Manager: Matt Beard
Where do they play: Rush Green, Romford
Who to look out for: While she didn’t make it to the World Cup, new signing Kenza Dali has plenty of experience playing at the top level in her homeland and has played 22 times for France.
Opening weekend fixtures:
Saturday, September 7:
Bristol City vs Brighton (15:00)
Manchester City vs Manchester United (15:00)
Sunday, September 8:
Chelsea vs Tottenham (12:30)
Birmingham City vs Everton (14:00)
Liverpool vs Reading (14:00)
Arsenal vs West Ham (14:30)