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WSL matches set to resume after pause to honor Queen Elizabeth II

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The Women’s Super League will resume play this week, as will all soccer matches across England, the Football Association announced Monday.

The WSL’s opening weekend was postponed to honor Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday at 96. Instead, the season will start Friday night with Arsenal’s sold-out home match against Brighton at Meadow Park.

“We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to everyone across our game for their support and understanding as we paid respect to our longstanding Patron of the Football Association, Queen Elizabeth II,” the FA wrote in a statement.

“All matches held at stadiums are subject to leagues and clubs working with the relevant authorities to stage these fixtures, as usual practice.”

Flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will continue to fly at half-mast throughout the week and over the weekend.

Matches set for Monday, Sept. 19, will be postponed due to the funeral of the queen scheduled for that day, but that should have no impact on the WSL.

The top flight of English women’s soccer is set to begin its season on the heels of a big summer, which culminated in England beating Germany to win its first Euros title. Star defender Leah Williamson said last week that the WSL is the “best league in the world” in terms of competitiveness.

A number of the WSL matches for the opening weekend were scheduled to be played at men’s stadiums. Whether those matches still will be played at the larger stadiums once they are rescheduled remains to be seen.