All you need to know ahead of SSE Women’s FA Cup Final

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The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final returns to Wembley Stadium connected by EE for a fourth consecutive year on Saturday 5 May 2018. The game will see Arsenal and Chelsea Ladies go head-to-head in a bid to win the most prestigious domestic cup competition in women’s football.

Details of the Final are as follows:

Arsenal v Chelsea Ladies [17.30 K/O]
Wembley Stadium
Broadcast live on BBC One [coverage begins at 17.10] and BBC Radio 5 Live

Arsenal will occupy the East changing room and Chelsea Ladies will occupy the West changing room.

The match day officials have been confirmed as:
· Lindsey Robinson [Referee, Durham FA]
· Kirsty Dowle [Kent FA, Assistant Referee]
· Stacey Pearson [Somerset FA, Assistant Referee]
· Helen Byrne [Liverpool FA, Fourth Official]

Last year’s Final saw a record attendance of 35,271 and this year’s show piece event looks set to break the record once again with over 40,000 snapping up the chance to see two of the best teams in the country battle it out at the national stadium. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and kids go free, they remain available at www.theFA.com/tickets and will be on sale on the day.

For the first time ever The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final will play host to a dedicated Fanzone in Arena Square that opens at 13.00. World Champion freestyler Liv Cooke will be entertaining the crowds and Lionesses Fara Williams and Mary Earps will deliver pre-match analysis. As well as live music and football challenges, those visiting the Fanzone can show their support for either Arsenal or Chelsea Ladies by creating a personalised banner. Inside the stadium, DJ Teisha Matthews will entertain the crowd before kick-off.

Fans are encouraged to share their images throughout the day on social media using #CupSelfie for a chance to have those images displayed on the stadium’s big screens.

After the final whistle the trophy will be presented to the winning captain by Tina Hamilton, a SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre coach and volunteer. Tina was rewarded with the accolade by sponsor SSE, having been nominated for her commitment to girls’ football as the driving force behind the creation and continued development of Formby Junior Sports Club.

Entrants to this year’s Make Dreams Goals campaign will also be attending the Final. The SSE Women’s FA Cup campaign which encourages 7-15 year olds to share their dreams has made a number of young football fans dreams come true this season.

Courtesy of the FA

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