This type of exhibition match is adored in the USA and is a huge part of the MLB, NBA and NFL calendar.
While the idea has been heavily criticised by many, it is interesting to imagine the hypothetical line-ups for a WSL North vs South game –– especially when you consider how many world-class players play in England right now.
We’ve therefore devised two starting XIs for if the match was to happen today and also added a few honourable mentions.
It’s important to note that these teams are purely subjective and based on performances recently. Indeed, there is every chance both sides would look considerably different if we were to do this later on in the season.
Anyway, here are our two teams. Check them out below:
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly thinks English football could benefit from an All-Star Game:— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 13, 2022
'MLB did their All-Star Game this year—they made $200M from a Monday and a Tuesday. You could do a North vs. South All-Star Game from the Premier League to fund the pyramid very easily.' ⚾ pic.twitter.com/FzNANzrJ2g
NORTH XI (4-2-3-1)
GK: Mary Earps (Man United)
RB: Ona Batlle (Man United)
CB: Aissatou Tounkara (Man United)
CB: Alex Greenwood (Man City)
LB: Leila Ouhabi (Man City)
CM: Izzy Christiansen (Everton)
CM: Vicky Losada (Man City)
CAM: Ella Toone (Man United)
LW: Lauren Hemp (Man City)
RW: Chloe Kelly (Man City)
ST: Alessia Russo (Man United)
Honourable mentions: Deyna Castellanos (Man City), Bunny Shaw (Man City), Nikita Parris (Man United)
Manager: Marc Skinner
SOUTH XI (4-2-2-2)
GK: Manuela Zinsberger (Arsenal)
RB: Ashleigh Neville (Spurs)
CB: Millie Bright (Chelsea)
CB: Magda Eriksson (Chelsea)
LB: Jess Carter (Chelsea)
CDM: Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
CM: Guro Reiten (Chelsea)
LW: Pernille Harder (Chelsea)
RW: Beth Mead (Arsenal)
ST: Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)
ST: Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
Honourable Mentions: Kadeisha Buchanan (Chelsea), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Stina Blackstenius (Arsenal)
Manager: Emma Hayes
Who would win a North vs South match?
Looking at the two teams, it seems as though the South have the stronger forwards, with Ballon d’Or nominees Kerr, Miedema and Mead leading the line up top.
But equally, the North boasts the England quarter of Toone, Hemp, Kelly and Russo, who were all integral members of the Lionesses’ Euro 2022 winning squad.
In terms of the midfield battle, we think the South has the edge again. Even though Williamson plays as a CB mainly, she is more than capable of playing central midfield and would shield the back four perfectly –– giving license for Reiten to get forward.
The duo of Losada and Christiansen also has the potential to be special, but the absence of Keira Walsh, who has recently moved to Barcelona, does weaken them slightly.
As for the defence, we’re leaning towards the South again, with Bright and Eriksson among the best CBs in the world.
The North, however, arguably has better full-backs with the Spanish pair of Batlle and Ouhabi both being supremely talented.
Overall, it’s no surprise that we’d expect the South to win the match, though it’s certainly a mouth-watering game on paper.