FA Women's Cup

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FA Women's Cup
The FA Womens Cup.JPG
Founded 1970
Region  England
Number of teams 283 (2012–13)
Current champions Arsenal (13th title)
Most successful club(s) Arsenal
(13 titles)
Television broadcasters BBC
Website FA Women's Cup
2013–14 FA Women's Cup

The Football Association Women’s Challenge Cup Competition, commonly referred to as the FA Women's Cup, is the top cup competition for women's football clubs in England – designed as an exact equivalent to the FA Cup created 99 years earlier.

The competition began in 1970–71 as the Mitre Challenge Trophy, organised by the Women's Football Association (WFA).[1] There were 71 entrants, including teams from Scotland and Wales.[2]

Since The Football Association (FA) took over direct control of English women's football in 1993, the semi–professional teams affiliated with male FA Premier League and Football League counterparts have dominated the re–branded competition. Arsenal won in 2004, beating Charlton Athletic 3–0 in the final on 3 May. On 2 May 2005, Charlton made amends for the disappointment of the two previous years, by beating Everton 1–0. Arsenal regained the trophy on 1 May 2006, beating Leeds United 5–0. Wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 gave Arsenal a record ten titles.[3]

The FA Women's Cup often shared sponsorship with its men's equivalent (for 2006 to 2011, E.ON). The current cup holders are Arsenal. They beat Bristol Academy 3–0 in the final at Keepmoat Stadium on 26 May 2013.[4]

Format[edit]

As with the men's tournament, clubs from higher leagues do not have to enter the qualifying rounds or first rounds proper.[5] In 2010/11 the entry was. It has since changed with the introduction of the WSL 2.

  • entering at Fifth Round Proper (round of 16): FA WSL teams
  • entering at Third Round Proper: FA Women's Premier League National Division
  • entering at Second Round Proper: FA Women's Premier League North & South Divisions
  • entering at Third Round Qualifying: Combination Leagues

All other clubs have to go through the preliminary round, first and second rounds qualifying, which are played on a geographical basis.

List of finals[edit]

The finals so far:[6]

Year Winners Score Runners up Scorers Venue
1971 Southampton 4–1 Stewarton & Thistle (Scottish) Southampton: Davies (3), Cassell Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
1972 Southampton 3–2 Lee's Ladies (Scottish) Southampton: Judd (2), Lopez Eton Park
Attendance: 1,500
1973 Southampton 2–0 Westthorn United (Scottish) Kenway, Hale Bedford Town FC
Attendance: 3,000
1974 Fodens 2–1 Southampton Bedford Town FC
1975 Southampton 4–2 Warminster Dunstable Town FC
1976 Southampton 2–1 a.e.t. QPR Bedford Town FC
Attendance: 1,500
1977 QPR 1–0 Southampton Staley Champion Hill
Attendance: 3,000
1978 Southampton 8–2 QPR Slough Town FC
1979 Southampton 1–0 Lowestoft Waterlooville FC
Attendance: 1,200
1980 St Helens 1–0 Preston North End
1981 Southampton 4–2 St Helens Knowsley Road
1982 Lowestoft 2–0 Cleveland Spartans Loftus Road
1983 Doncaster Belles 3–2 St Helens Sincil Bank
1984 Howbury Grange 4–2 Doncaster Belles Sincil Bank
1985 Friends of Fulham 2–0 Doncaster Belles Craven Cottage
1986 Norwich 4–3 Doncaster Belles
1987 Doncaster Belles 2–0 St Helens City Ground
1988 Doncaster Belles 3–1 Leasowe Pacific
1989 Leasowe Pacific 3–2 Friends of Fulham Old Trafford
Attendance: 941
1990 Doncaster Belles 1–0 Friends of Fulham Coultard 61' Baseball Ground
Attendance: 3,000
1991 Millwall 1–0 Doncaster Belles Baldeo 65' Prenton Park
Attendance:4,000
1992 Doncaster Belles 4–0 Red Star Southampton Prenton Park
1993 Arsenal 3–0 Doncaster Belles Curley 45', Ball 45', Bampton 80' Manor Ground, Oxford
Attendance: 3,547
1994 Doncaster Belles 1–0 Knowsley United Walker 38' Glanford Park
Attendance: 1,674
1995 Arsenal 3–2 Liverpool Prenton Park
1996 Croydon 1–1 a.e.t. (3–2 pen.) Liverpool Liverpool: Burke 22'
Croydon: Powell 38'
The New Den
Attendance: 2,110
1997 Millwall 1–0 Wembley Waller 51' Upton Park
Attendance: 3,015
1998 Arsenal 3–2 Croydon Arsenal: Spacey 17', Yankey 52', Few 90+3
Croydon: Broadhurst (pen) 10', Powell 55'
The New Den
1999 Arsenal 2–0 Southampton Saints Hayes (o.g) 14', Wheatley 41' The Valley
Attendance: 6,450
2000 Croydon 2–1 Doncaster Belles Croydon: C.Walker 40', G.Hunt 67'
Doncaster: Exley 40'
Bramall Lane
Attendance: 3,434
2001 Arsenal 1–0 Fulham Banks 52' Selhurst Park
Attendance: 13,824
2002 Fulham 2–1 Doncaster Belles Fulham: Yankey 55', Chapman 56'
Doncaster: Handley 58'
Selhurst Park
Attendance: 10,124
2003 Fulham 3–0 Charlton Athletic Moore 18', Hills (o.g) 36', Williams (o.g) 61' Selhurst Park
Attendance: 10,389
2004 Arsenal 3–0 Charlton Athletic Fleeting (3) 23', 25', 83' Loftus Road
Attendance: 12,244
2005 Charlton Athletic 1–0 Everton Aluko 58' Upton Park
Attendance: 8,567
2006 Arsenal 5–0 Leeds United Ward (o.g) 3', Fleeting 34', Yankey 35', Smith (pen) 73', Sanderson 77' The New Den
Attendance: 13,452
2007 Arsenal 4–1 Charlton Athletic Charlton: Holtham 2'
Arsenal: Smith 7', 80', Ludlow 15', 45'
City Ground
Attendance: 24,529
2008 Arsenal 4–1 Leeds United Arsenal: Smith 54', 83', Ludlow 58', Sanderson 60'
Leeds: Clarke 68'
City Ground
Attendance: 24,582
2009 Arsenal 2–1 Sunderland Arsenal: Chapman 32', Little 90'
Sunderland: McDougall 90'
Pride Park Stadium
Attendance: 23,291
2010 Everton 3–2 a.e.t. Arsenal Arsenal: Little (pen) 43', Fleeting 54'
Everton: Dowie 16', 119', White (o.g.) 45'+2'
City Ground
Attendance: 17,505[7]
2011 Arsenal 2–0 Bristol Academy Little 19', Fleeting 32' Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 13,885[8]
2012 Birmingham City 2–2 a.e.t. (3–2 pen.) Chelsea Birmingham City: Williams 90', Carney 111'
Chelsea: Lander 69' Longhurst 101'
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 8,723
2013 Arsenal 3–0 Bristol Academy Houghton 2' Nobbs 72' White 90' Keepmoat Stadium
Attendance: 4,988
2014 Arsenal 2–0 Everton Smith 15' Kinga 61' Stadium MK
Attendance: 15,098

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Arsenal
13
1
1992–93, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013-14
Southampton
8
3
1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81
Doncaster Belles
6
7
1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94
Everton[A]
2
3
1988–89, 2009–10
Millwall
2
-
1990–91, 1996–97
Croydon
2
1
1995–96, 1999–2000
Fulham
2
1
2001–02, 2002–03
Fodens
1
-
1973–74
Q.P.R.
1
2
1976–77
St Helens
1
3
1979–80
Lowestoft
1
1
1981–82
Howbury Grange
1
-
1983–84
Friends of Fulham
1
2
1984–85
Norwich
1
-
1985–86
Charlton Athletic
1
3
2004–05
Birmingham City
1
-
2011–12
Liverpool
-
2
Leeds United
-
2
Bristol Academy
-
2
Stewarton & Thistle
-
1
Lee's Ladies
-
1
Westhorn United
-
1
Warminster
-
1
Preston North End
-
1
Cleveland Spartans
-
1
Red Star Southampton
-
1
Knowsley United
-
1
Wembley
-
1
Southampton Saints
-
1
Sunderland
-
1
Chelsea
-
1

From 2000 until 2008, the Cup winner competed with the FA Women's Premier League National Division winners for the FA Women's Community Shield.

A. ^ Everton L.F.C. were previously known as Leasowe Pacific.[9]

Media coverage[edit]

In the late 1980s[10] and early 1990s[11] television coverage of the WFA final was provided by Channel 4.

In recent years the final of the tournament was covered by BBC TV, presented by Celina Hinchcliffe, Rebecca Lowe, Ray Stubbs and Jake Humphrey, the punditry team was usually current players like Sue Scott and commentary usually by Steve Wilson and Lucy Ward or Faye White. The final was also simulcast on BBC Radio Five Live. In 2009 the final was moved to ITV1 with commentary from Jon Champion and Lucy Ward. Sky Sports secured a three year deal for live coverage from 2010 until 2012.[12] The Women's FA Cup Final for 2013 is returning to the BBC as people had discontent that Sky broke away from the penalties last year and only showed it on the red button.

Sponsorship[edit]

Sponsors of the original WFA competition (1970–1993) included Mitre,[1] Pony wines and Mycil.[11]

Below is a list of sponsors of the FA competition:

From 2007, Tesco obtained additional branding and advertising rights through their partnership agreement with the FA.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Women's FA Cup: The history". BBC Sport. 1 May 2003. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Women's Football Competitions Fact Sheet". Football Association. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ Tony Leighton (2 May 2010). "England dug-out duo become rivals in FA Women's Cup final at Nottingham". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  4. ^ "FA Women's Cup final: Arsenal Ladies beat Bristol Academy". bbc.co.uk. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  5. ^ TheFA.com, THE FA WOMEN’S CUP ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS & GUIDANCE NOTES, SEASON 2010–2011
  6. ^ "England – List of Women Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Lavery, Glenn (3 May 2010). "Late drama as Dowie downs Arsenal – ARSENAL LFC v EVERTON LFC – 03/05/2010". TheFA.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Arsenal complete 11th cup final win". Shekicks.net. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  9. ^ Leighton, Tony (3 May 2010). "Everton upset Arsenal to win Cup". BBC News. 
  10. ^ "Fact Sheet 5: Women and Football". University of Leicester. March 2002. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  11. ^ a b Joan Ruddock (29 April 1991). "MILLWALL LIONESSES FA CUP VICTORY". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  12. ^ "Community Shield for Sky Sports". TheFA.com. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  13. ^ "FA announces new Cup sponsorship". BBC News. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ "Football Association Joins Forces With Tesco". Sportbusiness.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 

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