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The new season of the FA Women's Super League (WSL) in association with BT Sport will get underway in March. .
FA WSL 1 opening round matches take place from Wednesday 25 March, while FA WSL 2 kicks off the week before on Wednesday 18 March.
Defending champions Liverpool will take on FA WSL 1 newcomers Sunderland in one of the standout ties of the opening week. Elsewhere, Birmingham City host FA WSL Continental Cup holders Manchester City and league runners-up Chelsea travel to Notts County.
In FA WSL 2, where two clubs will be competing for promotion into FA WSL 1, relegated Everton will look to get their campaign off to a winning start when they travel to Aston Villa.
The league will take a mid-season break for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. England play France (9 June), Mexico (13 June) and Colombia (17 June) in Group F. This year's FA WSL Continental Cup will start in the second half of the season, after the World Cup and fixtures will be announced in the coming weeks.
Liverpool captain Gemma Bonner, said: "I believe this season will again prove to be the most competitive WSL season ever as the competition continues to improve year after year.
"It would be a fantastic achievement if we were to lift the trophy for a third successive season and we have total confidence in our ability as a team to do this, although we are under no illusions as to how difficult a task that will be.
"The first game of the season against Sunderland will no doubt be a really tough opening game for us. They are a team with some really exciting young players coming through the ranks with the likes of Beth Mead and Keira Ramshaw and they will definitely provide us with a tough test as we begin our title defence."
Arsenal and England forward Lianne Sanderson, who will be playing in the FA WSL for the first time, said: "The FA WSL has intrigued me because of how competitive it is. You can't beat going into games not knowing what the outcome is going to be and I think that is where the league has changed for the better.
"I don't want to say we are going to win the league at Arsenal, of course we want to as all other teams do, but all we can do is prepare as a team on and off the pitch, in the right way. We are doing things properly so that when it comes to the games, we are fully prepared for the task ahead."
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