REFEREE Helen Fulcher (pictured) is ready to officiate some of the top names in female football.
REFEREE Helen Fulcher is ready to officiate some of the top names in female football.
The brand-new Women’s Soccer League launches today (Wednesday), as it attempts to reinvent the ladies’ game as a summer sport.
And Kirton official Helen is one of the whistleblowers ready for action. Her first match will be Lincoln Ladies versus Everton Ladies on Saturday, April 30.
And among the names to look out for are England internationals Rachel Brown, Rachel Unitt, Fara Williams and Gill Scott, who all ply their trade for the Toffees alongside Natasha Dowie, niece of former Premier League striker Iain.
Meanwhile, among the Lincoln side are Sue Smith, the most capped female England international of all time, and current under 20 international Remi Allen.
“I’m looking forward to the match, there will be a lot of talented players on show,” said Helen, who has also officiated on international and women’s European club matches. “I think the Women’s Soccer League will be a good advert for the game and, hopefully, it will introduce more people to women’s football.”
The WSL officially kicks off today as Chelsea face Arsenal and Lincoln host Doncaster. The semi-professional league attempts to offer football fans an alternative in the spring and summer months, and eight teams have signed up, also including Birmingham City, Bristol Academy and Liverpool.