ESPN will broadcast Birmingham v Bristol live on Monday 27 August.
Birmingham City Ladies v Bristol Academy
The FA WSL
7.30pm, Monday 27 August 2012
DCS Stadium , Stratford Town FC
Live on ESPN
Tickets are priced £6 for adults and £3 for concessions
Ticket hotline - 0844 557 1875 opt 2
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With the 2012 Olympics drawing to a close, many of the Team GB Women’s football team will return to domestic action with the second half of The FA WSL kicking off at the end of the August.
The FA and ESPN can confirm that the first live match back from London 2012 will see Birmingham City Ladies host Bristol Academy on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August. Coverage starts on ESPN from 7pm.
With media coverage and TV audiences elevating the profile of game in the UK following Team GB Women’s exploits, all eyes will be on The FA WSL to keep the momentum going post-Olympics and ensure fans keep following the players that have inspired the nation.
The clash between the two teams, who currently sit in joint-second place in the race for a UEFA Women's Champions League place, should make for a competitive encounter in front of a packed Bank Holiday crowd.
Birmingham City Ladies Manager David Parker is looking forward to the return of Karen Carney, Eniola Aluko and Rachel Williams, who all represented Team GB this summer and cannot wait for the first live ESPN match to take place at the DCS Stadium.
"We are delighted that ESPN have decided to broadcast our game against Bristol," he said. "This is an historic day for our club in that it will be the first time we have had a live game at our home stadium.
"For the fans it will also give them a chance to come and support our returning Olympic players and our push for Champions League qualification in 2013.
“With the buzz that Team GB has created around the sport this summer, it would be great to see these bumper crowds continue. Last season the game between Bristol and ourselves was screened live on ESPN and it proved to be the game of the season, hopefully for the fans it turns out to be the same again."
Families will be able to enjoy the unique FA WSL experience in a fun, affordable day-out, and many fans will have the opportunity to meet their football heroes post-match for autographes and pictures. Face painters and hair braiders will be also on hand to entertain the younger fans.
The FA Girls’ Football Festival supported by Continental Tyres, Sport England and UEFA, will also be in Stratford for the big game. The festival is a free programme aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football. The festival is free and children and families can sign up on the day.
Those attending will take part in fun festival style activities combining football, lifestyle and music. Activities include interactive games and competitions, the ContiWarmUp programme, skills and drills with FA approved coaches, prizes and goodies for all and digital stations to entertain the girls during breaks from playing.
For more details on all of these games, and to keep up to date with The FA WSL throughout the season visit the official League website: www.FAWSL.com