Liverpool FC Women get new stadium for 2024/25 season

Liverpool FC Women get new stadium for 2024/25 season

Liverpool FC Women get new stadium for 2024/25 season

Liverpool FC Women are set for an exciting future, with the team moving to a new stadium for the 2024/25 season, as well as plans to play more games at Anfield in the near future.

St Helen's Stadium in Merseyside will now be the Women's home venue, with a new, state-of-the-art pitch being installed ahead of next season.

After a difficult few years, Liverpool FC Women are enjoying an excellent season, sitting 5th in the table, with two games left to play.  And the future looks even brighter for Matt Beard and his players after LFC announced it has struck a deal with St Helens RFC for Liverpool Women to share their ground from the start of the 2024/25 season.

The move is part of a long-term plan by the club to enhance and expand the Women's game, with Liverpool and St Helen's agreeing a 10-year lease for the use of the Merseyside stadium.

Built in 2011, the stadium has a capacity of 18,000, slightly larger than Prenton Park, where Liverpool Women have played their home games since 2018.  The biggest difference, however, is with the stadium's facilities.  At Prenton Park, the Women's team had to share dressing rooms, but at St Helen's Stadium, the team will have their own bespoke dressing room.  LFC will also revamp the stadium for the Women's home matches, with the Liverpool crest and other branding making the stadium feel part of the LFC family.

The stadium will also benefit from the installation of a high-performance Premier League standard pitch, which will be laid in the coming months, and will benefit both Liverpool FC Women and St Helens Rugby, who will continue to play their home matches at the stadium.

The move to the new stadium follows the club's decision to buy back the historic Melwood Training Ground and update it for the exclusive use of the Women's team, creating the AXA Melwood Training Centre, recognised as one of the best training facilities in the WSL.

The rise, fall, and rise again of Liverpool FC Women

As founding members of the Women's Super League, Liverpool FC Women enjoyed early success, winning back-to-back titles under current manager Matt Beard, in 2012/13 and 2013/14.  However, a lack of investment in players and facilities saw the team's fortunes decline, with relegation from the WSL confirmed in 2020.

It was a dark period in the club's recent history, with the team failing to treat the men's and women's teams equally, especially when the women were not invited to join the men's team at the newly created AXA Training Centre.

Thankfully, the club quickly began to take steps to rectify its errors, with Susan Black being appointed Executive Director of Liverpool FC Women in September 2020.  Since then, she has been the driving force behind the team's re-emergence, and alongside the returning Matt Beard, the two have guided the team back to the WSL.

Speaking about the team's new home at St Helens Stadium, Susan Black was full of optimism for the future,

"This is another step forward for our women’s first team and we’re so excited to relocate to a new long-term home."

"Our players and incredible supporters were at the forefront of our decision-making process. We are confident St Helens will be a great matchday home and will look and feel part of the Liverpool family."

"We would like to place on record our great thanks to Mark Palios and the wider team at Tranmere Rovers for their great support over six seasons at Prenton Park on a matchday and of course at The Campus."

"As founding members of the Women’s Super League, we want to continue the work we’ve put in place and continue to progress in the league both on and off the pitch."

"Our next chapter for our women’s first team is about building solid foundation stones and today’s matchday venue announcement is another positive step forward on our journey."

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where have Liverpool FC Women played their home games?
    • Liverpool FC Women have played their home games at Tranmere's Prenton Park
  • When will Liverpool FC Women move to their new home?
    • Liverpool FC Women will move to St Helens Merseyside stadium at the start of the 2024/25 WSL season
  • How many games are there in the Women's Super League?
    • The WSL season is played over 22 games, with each team playing 11 home games and 11 away games
  • How many teams are in the WSL?
    • The Women's Super League features 12 teams

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