Fran Kirby playing for Chelsea Women in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final

Chelsea Women’s opener is free at Stamford Bridge

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Fran Kirby and the Chelsea Women’s team will kick off their season on 8 September with a free match at Stamford Bridge. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Building on the buzz around the Women’s World Cup, Chelsea Women’s first fixture of the new season will be staged at Stamford Bridge.

Tickets will be free to the match on Sunday 8 September - a London derby against newly promoted Spurs.  

The stadium is available because there is an international break for the men. 

With the Women’s Super League now sponsored by Barclays, the match against Tottenham Hotspur Women kicks off at 12.30pm.

Fran Kirby celebrates with England Women teammate Nikita Parris
Fran Kirby celebrates her goal in the consolation match against Sweden in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

A host of Chelsea Women played their part in making the World Cup in France - won on Sunday by the USA - a roaring success with huge TV audiences.

Fran Kirby, Erin Cuthbert, Magda Eriksson, Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Maren Mjelde, Jonna Andersson, Maria Thorisdottir and new summer signing Guro Reiten will be in the Blues’ squad.

Now that Chelsea captain Karen Carney has announced her retirement for the game, manager Emma Hayes will be looking to appoint a successor, with Millie Bright - currently vice-captain - tipped for the honour.

“This celebration of women’s football at England’s top level will feature our many returning players who starred in the World Cup in France,” said a Chelsea spokeswoman. “If you have never been to a Chelsea Women’s game before, this is your chance to do so for free in one of football’s most famous stadiums.”

You can book up to four free tickets, with Chelsea hoping for a 40,000 attendance. As well as the match itself, other family entertainment is being planned.

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England Women fans with St George flag painted on their faces and matching sunglasses
Proud England football fans look on as England lost to Sweden in the consolation match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

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