12 Women’s Football leagues to follow in 2022 and how to watch

rew Spence of Chelsea lifts the Barclays FA Women's Super League Trophy as her team mates celebrate after the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Chelsea Women and Reading Women at Kingsmeadow on May 09, 2021 (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

After an action-packed 2021 which saw women’s football reach record new viewing numbers. This year, there’s so much more excitement to come.

Here’s a list of the 12 biggest leagues in women’s football right now and how you can keep up to date on the action throughout 2022.

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Barclays FA Women’s Super League (WSL) — England

About the League: 

England’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League is considered the best league by football fans across the world. With a plethora of international and domestic talent alike, the league is talented and exciting without the major riffraff of Premier League matches. 

What to look for in 2022: 

Chelsea and Arsenal both entered winter break on a low note. Arsenal currently sit in first place while last season’s runners-up Manchester City are struggling with form.

The second half of the season is largely unpredictable and fans can expect some exciting months coming up.

How to Watch:

International

United Kingdom

  • Sky Sports – At least one match per round
  • BBC – Includes BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, and BBC Sport

United States

  • NBC Sports – Streams 57 games in 2021/22
  • CBS – Starts summer of 2022

Germany and Italy

  • DAZN –  At least one match per round

Nordics, Baltics and Poland

  • Viaplay – At least two matches per round

Africa

  • W-sport – At least three matches per round

Mexico and Central America

Brazil

Australia

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National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) — United States

About the League:

The fast-paced and physical style of the NWSL is reminiscent of the United States national team. Unfortunately, the 2021 season is marked by a series of managerial scandals that will see new policies and leadership put into place.

What to look for in 2022:

Last year’s title winners Washington Spirit along with OL Reign and the Portland Thorns are the favourites, but two new California teams in the form of Angel City and San Diego Wave could make a splash.

How to Watch:

International

United States:

Primera Iberdrola — Spain

About the League:

With the current Champions League and Ballon d’Or winners, the Primera Iberdrola features immense youth talent and a possession based framework beautiful enough to make a fan drool. Increased coverage and professionalisation are helping Spain’s league and national team to develop at a whirlwind pace.

What to look for in 2022:

Notwithstanding Barcelona’s hefty goal difference, the Primera Iberdrola is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe. Real Madrid and Levante, two of Spain’s 2021 Champions League competitors, are below fifth in the table.

How to Watch:

International

Spain

United Kingdom

United States

Nordics, Baltics and Poland

  • Viaplay – At least one match per round
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Liga MX Femenil — Mexico

About the League:

Since its inaugural season in 2017, the Liga MX Femenil has hit the ground running with a technical and fiery style. While the league is still in its early stages of development, growing support of the Mexican federation and passionate fans have already seen their impact.

What to look for in 2022:

This past December, Monterrey defeated UANL Tigres on penalties to deny them the Apertura tournament. The league starts up again in early January to decide the title for the Clausura tournament which ends in May. 

How to Watch:

International

Mexico

  • Fox Sports – Includes FOX Sports 2 Cono Norte, Foxsports.com and Fox Sports App
  • TVC Deportes – At least one match per round
  • Chivas TV – C.D. Guadalajara home matches
  • TUDN Mexico – At least two matches per round

Central America

  • Fox Sports – Includes FOX Sports 2 Cono Norte, Foxsports.com and Fox Sports App

United States

Frauen-Bundesliga — Germany

About the League:

While many Frauen-Bundesliga talents have left to find opportunities elsewhere, the league continuously provides physical, technical, and pacy matches of immense quality. Chelsea and Arsenal conceded four goals each to Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim respectively this past December.

What to look for in 2022:

The top four teams are three points apart, making it difficult to predict an outcome for the 2021/22 season. Last year’s league winners Bayern Munich sit top of the table, with Hoffenheim close behind. Historical powerhouse Wolfsburg struggle to find consistent form.

How to Watch:

Germany

United States

Nordics, Baltics and Poland

  • Viaplay – At least two matches per round

Balkans

Africa

  • W-sport – At least one match per round

Mexico and Central America

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WE League — Japan

About the League:

The WE (Women’s Empowerment) League was founded in 2020 as a way to kickstart professional football in Japan. The league’s goal is to become the best in the world while simultaneously lessening gender disparities in Japanese society.

What to look for in 2022:

INAC Kobe Leonessa are currently top of the table midway through the season. The rest of the competition are close to 10 points behind. The team that wins the league will qualify for the AFC Club Championship.

How to Watch:

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Japan

  • DAZN – All matches
  • Local television may cover games and broadcasts schedules will be announced on the WE League website.

D1 Arkema — France

About the League:

The D1 Arkema, like many European leagues, is top heavy. The rivalry of PSG and Lyon has taken centre stage with PSG finally overtaking Lyon last season. The league is known for rapid strikers and heroic defenders who engross viewers with intelligent play.

What to look for in 2022:

With Ada Hegerberg back and firing, Lyon are the favorites coming out of winter break. PSG, as always, are nipping at their heels with their only loss of the season coming from the Champions League record holders.

How to Watch:

International

France

United Kingdom and Ireland

United States

Germany and Italy

  • DAZN –  At least one match per round
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A-League Women — Australia

About the League:

The A-League is now operating in contingency with the men’s league for the first time, giving Australia a unified outlook on football. The A-League is known for the weird and fascinating, with an injection of imported internationals and youthful firecrackers. 

What to look for in 2022:

The A-League season is short and punchy, with games running from November through February. Midway through their season, Sydney FC are top of the table with a record of four wins and a draw from five matches. Melbourne City are four points off in second place.

How to Watch:

International

  • Many countries in Asia and Oceania (including those listed below) can watch the A-League women through beIN Sport Connect

Australia

New Zealand

United Kingdom and Ireland

  • BT Sport – Includes BT Sport 3, BTSport.com and BT Sport App

Brunei and Malaysia

Singapore

Campeonato Paulista de Futebol Feminino — Brazil

About the League:

The Campeonato Paulista de Futebol Feminino is the highest league competition in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. Brazilian football is creative, and players are never afraid to try out skills and tactics to break down opposition.

What to look for in 2022:

In 2021, the Corinthians completed the domestic trifecta of Campeonato Brasileiro, the Campeonato Paulista and the Copa Libertadores. This year, they are favorites to do the same.

How to Watch:

International

Damallsvenskan — Sweden

About the League:

From Marta to Caroline Graham Hansen, the Damallsven has housed many of the best players from the past decade. Although the league does not generate the same buzz as it once did, the Damallsvenskan continues to produce and contain amazing talent.

What to look for in 2022:

FC Rosengård scooped up the title in 2021 a clear ten points ahead of BK Häcken. This year, Rosengård hopes to do the same with Häcken topscorer Stina Blackstenius exploring overseas options.

How to Watch:

International

  • FANSEAT – Paid service for all matches

Nordics, Baltics and Poland

Sweden

Serie A Femminile — Italy

About the League:

The Serie A Femminile has only recently started to make a name for itself among the best leagues in women’s football. A technical, creative and fast-moving style has given the league a recognisable flair.

What to look for in 2022:

In December, title holder Juventus overtook Chelsea to move into the knockout stages of the Champions League, their best showing yet in the European competition. Competitors Milan and Roma are ones to watch out for, though a recent dip in form has seen Milan drop to fifth place.

How to Watch:

International

Italy

  • TimVision – Paid service for all matches
  • La7 – At least one match per round
  • Milan TV – Selected matches to watch Milan
  • Inter TV – Selected matches to watch Inter Milan

Latin America

  • Star + – At least one match per round

Nordics, Baltics and Poland

  • Viaplay – At least two matches per round

Africa

  • W-sport – At least one match per round
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Hollywoodbets Super League — South Africa

About the League:

With South African women’s football on the rise, The Hollywoodbets Super League is a league to look out for in the future. After qualifying for the World Cup in 2019, South Africa are making strides towards fostering talent and passion for football among women.

What to look for in 2022:

The Sundown Ladies ended their season with a bang, beating Ma-Indies Ladies 7-0. The South African giants won the CAF Women’s Champions League earlier in the season and will look to do the same in the coming months.

How to Watch:

South Africa

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