It goes without saying (which is an odd and oxymoronic statement) but having a year of experience under our belt covering AS Roma's Women's Team has made us much more nuanced fans and/or analysts of the team and the league as a whole. Case in point, upon viewing the fixture list last season, I really had no reaction or insight whatsoever. There were some familiar names (Milan, Juventus, Chievo) and some unfamiliar ones (Tavagnacco), some I couldn't figure out how to pronounce in my head (Orobica, Atalanta Mozzanica) and two that confused the hell out of me (Florentia vs Fiorentina), but in the end they were just that: names. I had no idea who was good, which stadiums were tough to play in or which fixtures would be the sticking points in Roma's new venture.
However, as the season progressed and Roma began to assert themselves, the pecking order in Serie A Femminile became clear: it was Juventus, Fiorentina, AC Milan and then everyone else. Roma's surge through the winter and early spring was good enough to secure fourth place, but with a 15 point gap behind third place Milan, they were most assuredly a distant fourth place.
While those top three squads all figure to remain in contention, with Roma's retooled roster, the Giallorosse appear poised to shake things up this year, and now that the 2019-2020 schedule has been released, we can plot their plan of attack; one that looks exceedingly difficult early on.
There will be no rest for the weary as Betty Bavagnoli's side opens the season against AC Milan and Fiorentina, two sides who lost the Scudetto to Juventus by a combined six points last season. It would have been great to ease into the season against some of the lesser sides in the league, but if Roma can come out ahead after those first two rounds, then all bets are off—the Scudetto will be a wide open race.
Other fixtures of interest include the return of Camilla Labate and Sassuolo in early November, Roma's first shot at the champs on November 23rd, and our first look at Regina Baresi and the newly promoted Inter Milan on December 7th.