Jill Roord believes Manchester City have the quality and ambition to challenge for the WSL title ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

The Dutch international signed from Champions League finalists VfL Wolfsburg this summer, adding further star quality to an exciting young squad at Gareth Taylor’s disposal.

We begin the new Barclays Women’s Super League season away to West Ham United on Sunday 1 October, with kick-off set for 15:00 (UK).

Although we ultimately came up short, City were involved in a thrilling four-way title race last season, taking notable scalps along the way in the form of Arsenal and Chelsea.

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A win against the Hammers would provide the perfect platform for our latest title tilt, and Roord is confident that we’re capable of going the distance.

Speaking to Hayters, she said: “[The ambition is] To win. We want to win the league.

“In England that’s not easy, because I think there are four, maybe more teams fighting to win it, but we have the quality and the ambition, so that’s what we’re going for.


“I don’t really like to do that and focus too much on that.

“But I obviously want to be important for my team and I hope to develop here.

“It’s a new step and a new way of playing. I hope I’m going to be important for City and we can do successful things.”

The WSL is familiar territory for Roord, who spent two seasons at Arsenal between 2019 and 2021.

However, she believes that the English top flight has undergone a significant development ahead of her return to the league, both in terms of the quality on the pitch and the investment off it.

She can’t wait to showcase her talents in the WSL once again, as women’s football continues to go from strength to strength.


“It’s very good to be here, and there’s a lot of quality in the team,” she added.

“I’m super excited to start the league. The league’s developed so much from when I left so I’m excited to play.

“Women’s football in general has developed. Quality wise there are so many good players and teams but also everything around it, the popularity of the game which for me as a player is super exciting.”


Our WSL campaign begins on Sunday 1 October at West Ham United, with the official Man City app, as always, providing comprehensive coverage throughout the afternoon.

Including live text commentary, stats and analysis, our Matchday Centre gets under way at 13:45 (UK), with the team news revealed one hour prior to the 15:00 kick-off.


Our Matchday Centre coverage continues throughout proceedings, and will also include the best post-match reaction.

When the game gets under way, you can also enjoy blow-by-blow audio commentary, while those with notifications turned on will be alerted to all the key moments throughout the game.

A detailed match report, plus reaction from Gareth Taylor and players alike will be available soon after the final whistle, while highlights and a CITY+ full-match replay can be accessed from 12:00 the following day.