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Women’s Super League postpones opening weekend to honor Queen Elizabeth II

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The Women’s Super League has postponed the opening weekend of the 2022-23 season following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at age 96.

After the queen’s death Thursday, the British government announced that decisions on whether to hold sports matches would be left to “the discretion of individual organizations.”

Officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport met Friday with leaders from the top English football bodies, including the Women’s Super League, the men’s Premier League and the Football Association, to discuss plans for the weekend. The FA later announced the postponement of all matches across every level of organized football in the country.

“Her Majesty the Queen was a long-standing Patron of The Football Association and has left a lasting and indelible legacy on our national game,” the FA wrote in a statement. “As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, English football has united to postpone all football fixtures between Sept. 9-11.

“The FA can confirm that all football fixtures across the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, the Vitality Women’s FA Cup and the Isuzu FA Trophy, will be postponed this weekend.”

All matches scheduled for this weekend will be rescheduled for a later date. Flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will fly at half-staff over the weekend.

A number of the WSL matches for the opening weekend were scheduled to be played at men’s stadiums. It remains unclear if those matches still will be played at the larger stadiums after the postponement.