Venues and ground-shares 2020-21

Swindon Addick

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To start the ball rolling for this season, a few changes of venue which were announced during the wrapping up of last season:

WSL (tier 1)
Several clubs have moved to bigger grounds as part of a general move towards aiming to increase crowd sizes. Most if not all clubs will play one or more games at their parent club's ground during the season.

Aston Villa will be at Walsall FC
Bristol City will be at Bath City
West Ham United will be at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Meanwhile in tier 4:
In Division 1 Midlands, Birmingham & West Midlands LFC have moved to Boldmere St Michaels FC, taking up the Sunday afternoon slots vacated by Aston Villa. This is a formal merger - they will play as Boldmere St Michaels Women. The club's press release states that the combined club will field a total of 67 teams.

Two other mergers at tier 4 which don't involve relocation. In Division 1 Midlands Leicester United, 1 season after ceasing to be Leicester City Development, have merged with hosts Holwell Sports and will play under that name. And in Division 1 South East AFC Basildon have merged with Hashtag United and will play as Hashtag United Women. They will stay at Canvey Island FC while the men's team will be sharing at Bowers & Pitsea.
 

Swindon Addick

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Two changes to add at tier 3 in the National League Southern division:
- Chichester City Ladies are now Chichester & Selsey Ladies FC and play at Selsey FC (the move happened during last year, the re-brand is new)
- Yeovil Town have moved yet again and will now be playing some games at Huish Park and some at Taunton Town.
 

Cherryhopper

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In tier 4 National League South West Division, Southampton Womens FC (the club that is independent from the mens) will be playing their home matches at Alresford Town FC.
 

Bagman

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Portsmouth Football Club and Pompey Women are delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with Havant & Waterlooville Football Club.

The long-term agreement means that Jay Sadler’s side will be training and playing all their home matches at Westleigh Park.

The Hawks recently announced they would be installing a state-of-the-art 3G surface, which will be ready to host Pompey Women’s first home league fixture against Plymouth on Sunday, October 11.
 

Cleeve

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St Albans Ladies of the Beds and Herts WFL, Premier Division have moved a mile up the road to Oaklands College and been renamed Oakland Wolves Ladies.

The College site used to be just an agricultural college but now includes academies for various sports and provides education for Arsenal Women's academy players. There is a new 3g football pitch to go with two existing 3g hockey pitches, but it's not clear whether Oakland Wolves Ladies will play on this pitch or an existing grass pitch.

Arsenal Women's development team have played on grass here. Sooner or later we may well see them, or local men's non league teams, using the 3g pitch during inclement weather. There is a pay car park on East Drive. Look out for the llamas on North Drive (not driveable).
 

Swindon Addick

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One that I missed at tier 4: Bolton Wanderers have reverted to their old name of Bolton Ladies FC and have gone independent. The change includes a move to ground-share with Atherton Labernum Rovers FC. Unlike a lot of these de-mergers, they're going as a whole club, taking the age-group teams with them. It's reported that Wanderers do intend to run age-group football for girls, but have no plans to create a new adult team.
 

Swindon Addick

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A name change at tier 3: Yeovil Town, who had already started calling themselves Yeovil Women, have formally rebranded to Yeovil United FC. They still seem to be playing at Huish Park; they were already an independent club so the name change doesn't change their relationship with Yeovil Town.
 

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