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Will Everton Ladies Play in a New Stadium Before the Boys?

It’s totally possible (and about time)!

Chelsea Ladies v Everton Ladies - WSL Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

While the men’s new stadium is slated to be ready for their 2022/2023 season, the Everton Ladies could find themselves with some new digs as early as 2020.

BBC Sport reported that the Ladies team is in talks to use a proposed North West “football hub” that the Cheshire FA claims will be “the envy of the world.”

The proposed stadium is near Northwich, about 30 miles away and almost an hour’s drive away from the heart of Liverpool. This is further away from previous home Select Security Stadium (14 miles) in Widnes or the Marine Travel Arena (6 miles).

But the proposed 70 million pound project is designed to be well worth the travel. Based on FA’s St George’s park, it boasts of a 3,000 seat stadium, two grass pitches, four 3G pitches, and a hotel.

Earlier this season, there were a few England international players who claimed on Twitter that the 3G pitch at Select Security Stadium was not up to snuff. A change to a beautiful new facility with a grass pitch would be welcome progress.

Midfielder Angharad James told BBC:

”When I was younger I had to travel 45 minutes to play with a team on a park pitch. I only used to associate a facility like this with the men’s game.”

”It will definitely attract more girls into the game and, if one day I get to play on that pitch, it will be great.”

Everton Ladies are currently in 8th place and have one more game on Sunday against second place Manchester City.

Chelsea Ladies are officially the WSL1 Champions with an undefeated season.

If Everton Ladies win and Bristol City loses against Arsenal, they could end their season at 7th place. More likely though, if Sunderland beats last place Yeovil Town and Everton loses or draws against Manchester City, they will end their season in 9th place.

Not to worry though because there is no relegation this season in the WSL.

Chelsea Ladies v Everton Ladies - WSL
Angharad James
Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images