From its foundation in 1992-93 through until 2012–13, the league was run in a pyramid format, with the FA Women's Premier League National Division at the top, and the Northern and Southern divisions running on an equal basis underneath the National Division. The winners of these leagues each season were promoted to the National Division. The terms Women's Premiership and Ladies Premiership were generally used for the National Division only. The National division had been the top tier of women's football on its foundation, but was demoted after the creation of the FA Women's Super League in 2011. Following the 2012–13 season, the National Division was scrapped due to the FA's decision to add a second division to the WSL for the 2014 season (note that the WSL is a summer league, as opposed to the Premier League's winter format).
For the 2014/15 season the Premier League was restructured to have a second level, for this the Combination Women's Football Leagues were incorporated to the new Division 1. At level 3 in the pyramid now is the Northern and Southern division, a level below are four groups of Division 1 leagues, Northern, Midlands, South-East and South-West.
Below is a list of National Division champions and Premier League Cup winners, alongside the winners of the other major competitions for which FA Women's Premier League clubs are eligible, counted from the time the Women's Premier League was formed; the FA Cup dates from 1970 and the Community Shield (formerly the Charity Match and the Charity Shield) from 2000. The FA Cup was run by the Women's Football Association from 1970–71 to 1992–93 inclusive, and was taken over by the FA from the 1993–94 season. Likewise, the Premier League was run by the Women's FA for its first two seasons before being taken over by the FA.
Croydon W.F.C. changed their name to Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2000, and competed as Charlton Athletic for 2000–01 and subsequent seasons. Leeds United L.F.C. changed their name to Leeds Carnegie in 2008–09 but returned to Leeds United Ladies for the 2010–11 season.