2011 FA WSL

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FA WSL
Season 2011
Champions Arsenal
Champions League Arsenal
Birmingham City
Matches played 56
Goals scored 142 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Rachel Williams (14)
Biggest home win Birmingham City 4–0 Bristol Academy
14 April 2011
Biggest away win Liverpool 0–4 Birmingham City
20 April 2011
Highest scoring Liverpool 3–3 Everton
14 April 2011
Longest winning run 5 games
Birmingham City
Longest unbeaten run 10 games
Birmingham City
Longest winless run 11 games
Liverpool
Highest attendance 2,510
Chelsea v Arsenal
Lowest attendance 120
Liverpool v Doncaster Rovers Belles
2012

The 2011 FA WSL was the inaugural season of the FA WSL, the top-level women's football league of England. The season began on 13 April 2011 and ended on 28 August 2011.[1] The league also took a break between 12 May and mid-July to allow preparation for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[2]

Arsenal won the competition, their eighth consecutive English title, Birmingham finished second. The second entry to the UEFA Women's Champions League was supposed to be given to the FA Women's Cup winner,[3] on 6 December 2011 however it was announced that Birmingham as runners-up were given the spot.[4]

Teams[edit]

Team Location Ground Capacity Avg Att 2009–10 season
Arsenal Borehamwood Meadow Park 4,502 621 Premier League National, 1st
Birmingham City Stratford-upon-Avon The DCS Stadium 1,400 544 Premier League National, 10th
Bristol Academy Filton Stoke Gifford Stadium 1,500 635 Premier League National, 12th
Chelsea Morden Imperial Fields 3,500 880 Premier League National, 3rd
Doncaster Rovers Belles Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231 448 Premier League National, 6th
Everton Crosby The Arriva Park 3,185 519 Premier League National, 2nd
Lincoln Ladies Lincoln Sincil Bank/Ashby Avenue 10,120 560 Premier League Northern, 2nd
Liverpool Skelmersdale West Lancashire College 2,500 466 Premier League Northern, 1st

Sixteen clubs applied for a place in the inaugural season of the league: Arsenal, Barnet, Birmingham City, Bristol Academy, Chelsea, Colchester United, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton, Leeds Carnegie, Leicester City, Lincoln Ladies, Liverpool, Millwall Lionesses, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland.[5] Leeds Carnegie later withdrew their application.[6]

Eight clubs were then picked by the FA from the remaining fifteen applicants: Arsenal, Birmingham City, Bristol Academy, Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton, Lincoln Ladies, and Liverpool.[7]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 14 10 2 2 29 9 +20 32 2012–13 UEFA Women's Champions League
2 Birmingham City 14 8 5 1 29 13 +16 29
3 Everton 14 7 4 3 19 13 +6 25
4 Lincoln Ladies 14 6 3 5 18 16 +2 21
5 Bristol Academy 14 4 4 6 14 20 −6 16
6 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 14 19 −5 15
7 Doncaster Rovers Belles 14 2 3 9 9 26 −17 9
8 Liverpool 14 1 4 9 10 26 −16 7

Updated to games played on 28 August 2011.
Source: FA WSL results
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS BIR BRI CHE DON EVE LIV LIN
Arsenal 1–2 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–0
Birmingham City 1–1 4–0 3–2 3–0 2–3 0–0 1–0
Bristol Academy 2–2 2–3 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–3
Chelsea 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–1
Doncaster Rovers Belles 0–3 2–2 1–2 1–4 0–1 1–0 0–3
Everton 3–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2
Liverpool 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–3 0–1
Lincoln Ladies 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 4–2

Updated to games played on 28 August 2011.
Source: FA WSL results
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[8]
1 Rachel Williams Birmingham City 14
2 Kim Little Arsenal 8
3 Natasha Dowie Everton 7
4 Ellen White Arsenal 6
5 Rachel Yankey Arsenal 5

League Cup[edit]

The inaugural season of the League Cup, named the WSL Continental Cup, was played as a straight knock-out tournament. Arsenal won the Cup with a 4–1 victory over Birmingham. Arsenal also won the League and Women's FA Cup thus winning a treble that season.[9]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
4 September – Skelmersdale        
 Liverpool  0
11 September – Borehamwood
 Arsenal  4  
 Arsenal  3
4 September – Bristol
     Lincoln Ladies  1  
 Bristol Academy  1
25 September – Burton-on-Trent
 Lincoln Ladies  2  
 Arsenal  4
4 September – Doncaster    
   Birmingham City  1
 Doncaster Rovers Belles  0
11 September – Stratford upon Avon
 Birmingham City  4  
 Birmingham City  2
4 September – Morden
     Everton  1  
 Chelsea  0
 Everton  4  
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WSL fixtures confirmed". The Football Association. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  2. ^ thefa.co.uk; FAQ on the FA WSL, No. 23
  3. ^ "Arsenal take English WSL title". UEFA. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Champions League For Birmingham City". shekicks.net. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Super League's Sixteen Applicants". Shekicks. 7 January 2010. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Tony Leighton (25 January 2010). "Leeds Carnegie could fold after ending Super League interest". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Eight Super League clubs announced". The Football Association official website. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "2011 Goal scorers". women.soccerway.com. 
  9. ^ "Arsenal complete treble with Continental Cup triumph". BBC. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2014.