After an exciting summer of signings, Aston Villa Women begin their season on Sunday when they take on Sheffield United at Boldmere St Michaels (3pm KO).
Here are 5 reasons why you should be in the crowd to support Gemma Davies and her squad on opening day.
1] New Villans
Aston Villa Women have made eight additions since the end of last season.
Melissa Johnson, Marisa Ewers and Ella Franklin-Fraiture were first through the door before Emily Syme, Charlotte Greengrass, Natalie Haigh, Shania Hayles and Emma Follis also joined.
The exciting new recruits add to a squad packed with young talent that is looking to make their mark on the FA Women’s Championship.
2] Homegrown Heroes
There are eight players in the current squad who have come up through the club’s youth ranks.
Elisha N’Dow, Asmita Ale, Jodie Hutton, Jade Richards, Amy West, Phoebe Warner, Emma Follis and Shania Hayles have all graduated from the Women’s Regional Talent Club.
With so many players who understand what it means to represent Villa, fans are guaranteed to see a team giving it their all for the shirt.
3] The Head Coach
Gemma Davies is one of the youngest head coaches in the women’s game.
At just 27, she guided Villa to a sixth place finish in the league, 15 points better than the previous year, in her first season in charge.
With a year’s experience under her belt, she will be demanding more from herself and her squad in year two.
4] Promotion push
The Women’s Championship has no clear title favourite after Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur moved up following their promotion last year.
And with no teams coming down from the top tier after Yeovil were demoted to the National League, every team feels they have a chance to win the Championship this season.
Substantial backing from the club’s hierarchy has ensured Villa have the players to mount a serious push for top spot.
5] Goals, goals, goals
Goals were guaranteed when Aston Villa and Sheffield United met last season.
In four matches, 20 goals were scored as the teams won two games apiece.
A fierce rivalry developed during those games and it should help make for an entertaining spectacle on Sunday.