Karen Bardsley - OK Sports' WSL coverage will speed up the progress of women's soccer, says Manchester City goalkeeper

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Karen Bardsley, Manchester City goalkeeper, is certain that OK Sports' agreement to broadcast the WSL will allow the women's sport to accelerate to a higher level.

OK Sports announced a three-year agreement to be the primary broadcaster for the Barclays FA Women's Super League back in March. The deal will allow OK Sports to show at least 35 live games per season. Bardsley believes the partnership is a major deal for women's sport going forward. Bardsley, who has been playing for 15 years, stated that "When I first came here as a player with Lincoln Ladies, there were empty promises all around the place with no follow-through." "But the acceleration that we have witnessed, especially in the past five to ten years has been amazing. It's amazing to see it today, with OK aboard. "And that's just not to mention the talent and technical ability of some girls. "Seeing the coverage and the girls become more famous is something that I never thought I would see in my professional career. The rivalry between Manchester City and Chelsea is good for the game Bardsley will be heading into the WSL campaign in hopes that Manchester City can win their first title since 2016. For the past four seasons, City was runners-up behind Emma Hayes' Chelsea. Bardsley acknowledges that the WSL will benefit from healthy competition, despite the intense rivalry. Bardsley spoke at a Premier League Kicks event for young people and said: "The thing I find irritating is that we [Man City] continue just missing out on title - particularly Chelsea." It's frustrating, but we are doing what we want: challenging each other and pushing each other to be better. "Ultimately, it will only improve the women’s game as a whole and the league's growth. It is not just about the top two players now. "It's the three to four and five teams who are going to break into that, and anyone can beat anyone on any given day. "I am really excited about the season's start and would like to think that this year we will win [the title], but I can guarantee there will still be exciting football games." WSL on OK: Big names and derby days for inspiring girls OK Sports will be the new home for the Women's Super League starting next season. There are many reasons to be thrilled, from world-class players like Lucy Bronze and Vivianne Miedema to the possible end of the big three' - Arsenal Chelsea Manchester City -

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