2014 FA WSL

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FA WSL
Season 2014
Champions Liverpool
2013
2015

The 2014 FA WSL was the fourth season of the FA WSL, the top-level women's football league of England. The season began on 30 March and ended on 12 October.[1]

Liverpool L.F.C. are the defending champions from the 2013 FA WSL. The top two teams qualify for the 2015–16 UEFA Women's Champions League.[2]

Beginning in the 2014 season, the WSL added a second division, the WSL 2. Because the divisions are interconnected, WSL 1 teams face the risk of relegation for the first time in the league's history. There is, however, no connection to the third level Women's Premier League, so WSL 2 teams cannot be relegated.[3] WSL 1 consists of eight teams while the WSL 2 is made up of ten.

Starting places in both divisions were granted based on applications sent in by clubs, so Manchester City were able to enter its newly created women's team directly into the WSL 1. The governing body announced it will partially fund teams in the league, awarding £70,000 to clubs in WSL1 and £23,000 in WSL2.[4]

Team changes[edit]

  • Lincoln Ladies were renamed Notts County Ladies and relocated from Lincoln to Nottingham.
  • Barnet were renamed London Bees.
  • Durham were a newly formed team admitted to the WSL 2.
  • Due to the new format, several movements between various leagues took place.
Team Location Ground Manufacturer Sponsors 2013 WSL finish
Arsenal Borehamwood Meadow Park Nike Emirates 3rd
Birmingham City Solihull Damson Park Sondico Hollywood Monster 4th
Bristol Academy Filton Stoke Gifford Stadium Bristol Sports DAS 2nd
Chelsea Staines Wheatsheaf Park adidas Samsung 7th
Manchester City Manchester Academy Stadium Nike Etihad Airways Women's Premier League, 4th
Everton Widnes Halton Stadium Nike Chang Beer 5th
Liverpool Widnes Halton Stadium Warrior Standard Chartered 1st
Notts County Ladies Nottingham Meadow Lane Fila Pinnacle 6th
Team Location Ground Manufacturer Sponsors last season
Aston Villa Sutton Coldfield Trevor Brown Memorial Ground Macron dafabet 412/13 FA Women's Premier League, 6th
Doncaster Rovers Belles Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium Jako BPP University 12013 WSL, 8th
Durham Durham The Graham Sports Centre hummel Wood Estate Agents new team
London Bees Canons Park The Hive Stadium Jako Stanmore College 512/13 FA Women's Premier League, 10th (as Barnet FC)
Millwall Lionesses London Champion Hill Protime Sports BT Sport 712/13 Women’s Premier 2nd Level South, 2nd
Oxford United Oxford Rover Cowley Sports Ground Nike Polythene UK 912/13 Women's Combination South-West, 1st
Reading Tadley Barlow's Park Puma Waitrose 612/13 Women’s Premier 2nd Level South, 1st
Sunderland Hetton-le-Hole The Hetton Centre adidas Bidvest 212/13 FA Women's Premier League, 1st
Watford Berkhamsted Broadwater Puma McGinley Support Services 312/13 FA Women's Premier League, 2nd
Yeovil Town Sherborne Raleigh Grove Sondico Quaedam Yeovil Shopping 812/13 Women’s Premier 2nd Level South, 3rd

FA WSL 1[edit]

FA WSL 1
Season 2014
Champions Liverpool
2nd WSL title
Relegated Everton
Matches played 55
Goals scored 139 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Karen Carney (8 goals)[5]
Biggest home win Bristol Academy 5–2 Everton
(23 August 2014)
Chelsea 5–2 Everton
(5 October 2014)
Liverpool 3–0 Bristol Academy[1]
(12 October 2014)
Biggest away win Manchester City 0–4 Arsenal[1]
(24 August 2014)
Highest scoring Bristol Academy 5–2 Everton
(23 August 2014)
Bristol Academy 3–4 Arsenal[1]
(20 September 2014)
Chelsea 5–2 Everton
(5 October 2014)
Longest winning run 4 games
Chelsea
Longest unbeaten run 7 games
Birmingham City
Longest winless run 14 games
Everton
Longest losing run 5 games
Everton
Total attendance 39,519[6]
Average attendance 719[6]
2013
2015
All statistics correct as of 12 October 2014.

Liverpool retained the title on goal difference, after they and Chelsea finished level on 26 points.[7] Everton were relegated to the WSL 2 for the 2015 season after 21 years as a top flight club.[8]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Liverpool (C, Q) 14 7 5 2 19 10 +9 26 Qualification to Champions League
2 Chelsea (Q) 14 8 2 4 23 16 +7 26
3 Birmingham City 14 7 4 3 20 14 +6 25
4 Arsenal 14 6 3 5 24 21 +3 21
5 Manchester City 14 6 1 7 13 16 −3 19
6 Notts County 14 4 6 4 12 8 +4 18
7 Bristol Academy 14 5 1 8 18 24 −6 16
8 Everton (R) 14 0 4 10 10 30 −20 4 Relegation to FA WSL 2
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ARS BIR BRI CHE EVE LIV MCI NTC
Arsenal 0–2 0–2 2–3 3–1 3–3 0–1 1–1
Birmingham City 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–2
Bristol Academy 3–4 1–3 0–2 5–2 1–3 1–0 0–2
Chelsea 2–1 3–1 2–1 5–2 0–0 2–1 0–0
Everton 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 0–2
Liverpool 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
Manchester City 0–4 1–2 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0
Notts County 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 12 October 2014.
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.

†Game awarded to Bristol Academy.

Top Scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[5][9]
1 Karen Carney Birmingham City 8
2 Jessica Clarke Notts County 6
3 Eniola Aluko Chelsea 5
Yūki Ōgimi Chelsea
Jordan Nobbs Arsenal
Nikita Parris Everton
Casey Stoney Arsenal
Nicola Watts Bristol Academy
9 Danielle Carter Arsenal 4
Kirsty Linnett Birmingham City
Natalia Pablos Bristol Academy
Kelly Smith Arsenal

FA WSL 2[edit]

FA WSL 2
Season 2014
Champions Sunderland
Promoted Sunderland
Matches played 90
Goals scored 308 (3.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Fran Kirby (24 goals)[5]
Biggest home win Doncaster Rovers Belles 7–0 London Bees[1]
(9 August 2014)
Biggest away win London Bees 0–9 Doncaster Rovers Belles[1]
(26 October 2014)
Highest scoring London Bees 1–9 Reading[1]
(5 October 2014)
Longest winning run 7 games
Doncaster Rovers Belles
Longest unbeaten run 15 games
Sunderland
Longest winless run 9 games
London Bees
Longest losing run 7 games
London Bees
2015
All statistics correct as of 26 October 2014.

The Doncaster Rovers Belles challenged for promotion until the final day, due to a 2-1 win over Sunderland.[10] Sunderland won the inaugural WSL 2 on the final day, with a 4-0 win over Millwall Lionesses.[11]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Sunderland (C, P) 18 15 2 1 47 15 +32 47 Promotion to FA WSL 1
2 Doncaster Rovers Belles 18 14 3 1 56 14 +42 45
3 Reading 18 13 2 3 60 21 +39 41
4 Aston Villa 18 9 3 6 25 26 −1 30
5 Yeovil Town 18 6 4 8 27 26 +1 22
6 Durham 18 5 3 10 19 32 −13 18
7 Watford 18 5 3 10 22 37 −15 18
8 Millwall Lionesses 18 4 3 11 20 36 −16 15
9 Oxford United 18 3 3 12 16 44 −28 12
10 London Bees 18 2 2 14 16 57 −41 8
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away Note 1 AST DON DUR LON MIL OXF REA SUN WAT YEO
Aston Villa 0–2 1–0 4–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–3 1–0 1–1
Doncaster Rovers Belles 6–1 2–0 7–0 4–1 4–1 5–2 1–1 2–0 2–0
Durham Women 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–4 1–2 0–3 2–4 1–2 1–1
London Bees 0–1 0–9 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–9 0–3 4–5 0–2
Millwall Lionesses 2–3 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–0 1–4 0–4 1–0 3–1
Oxford United 0–2 1–5 2–2 0–3 1–0 2–2 2–3 1–2 0–1
Reading 3–1 4–0 4–0 5–1 3–1 5–0 1–1 3–0 3–0
Sunderland 3–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0
Watford 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–4 2–4 1–1
Yeovil Town 1–1 1–2 3–1 4–1 2–0 6–0 2–3 1–2 0–3

Updated to games played on 26 October 2014.
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[5]
1 Fran Kirby Reading 24
2 Beth Mead Sunderland 13
3 Lauren Bruton Reading 11
Sue Smith Doncaster Rovers Belles
Sarah Wiltshire Watford
Yeovil Town
6 Keira Ramshaw Sunderland 10
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk Doncaster Rovers Belles
8 Bethany England Doncaster Rovers Belles 8
9 Millie Bright Doncaster Rovers Belles 7
10 Rachel Furness Sunderland 6
Katie Wilkinson Aston Villa
Jo Wilson Watford

FA WSL Cup[edit]

The 2014 edition of the FA WSL Cup sees 18 teams play for the title. Teams are divided into three groups of six. The group winners plus the best runners-up advance to the semi-finals. Arsenal are the defending champions. The cup is played along with the season, the first matches are held on 30 April 2014.[12][13][14]

Group 1[edit]

Arsenal advanced as best runners-up, having more points than the other second placed teams.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHE ARS WAT MIL REA LON
1 Chelsea (A) 5 4 0 1 22 5 +17 12 Advance to Knockout stage 2–0 13–0
2 Arsenal (A) 5 4 0 1 17 2 +15 12 3–0 3–0 7–0
3 Watford 5 2 0 3 5 11 −6 6 1–2 1–5
4 Millwall Lionesses 5 1 2 2 3 8 −5 5 0–4 1–1
5 Reading[a] 5 2 1 2 12 4 +8 4 1–2 2–0 AWD[b]
6 London Bees 5 0 1 4 2 31 −29 1 1–3 0–0 1–8
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(A) Advance to a further round.
Notes:
  1. ^ Reading had three points deducted due to fielding a cup-tied player in the win against London Bees.[15]
  2. ^ Awarded win for Watford. Fixture was not played as Reading were removed from the Cup after fielding a cup-tied player the match earlier.[15]

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MCI LIV EVE DON SUN DUR
1 Manchester City (A) 5 4 0 1 9 3 +6 12 Advance to Knockout stage 2–1 1–0 2–0
2 Liverpool 5 3 1 1 17 5 +12 10 0–0 3–2 6–0
3 Everton 5 3 1 1 8 2 +6 10 3–1 3–0
4 Doncaster Rovers Belles 5 2 0 3 8 10 −2 6 2–1 0–2
5 Sunderland 5 2 0 3 5 10 −5 6 0–2 3–0
6 Durham 5 0 0 5 2 19 −17 0 0–3 1–7 1–3
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(A) Advance to a further round.

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NTC BRI BIR YEO AST OXF
1 Notts County (A) 5 4 1 0 16 1 +15 13 Advance to Knockout stage 1–1 5–0
2 Bristol Academy 5 3 2 0 17 4 +13 11 0–0 2–1 9–2
3 Birmingham City 5 3 0 2 6 8 −2 9 0–2 0–5 2–0
4 Yeovil Town 5 2 1 2 5 6 −1 7 0–4 1–2 2–0
5 Aston Villa 5 1 0 4 2 11 −9 3 0–2 1–0
6 Oxford United 5 0 0 5 2 18 −16 0 0–4 0–2
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(A) Advance to a further round.

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals were drawn after the group stage and not predetermined. All teams play in the WSL 1. Arsenal reached their fourth final in as many years and meet Manchester City.[16]

Semi-finals Final
7 September
 Arsenal (a.e.t.) 2  
 Notts County 0  
 
16 October
     Arsenal 0
   Manchester City 1
7 September
 Chelsea 0
 Manchester City 1  

Final[edit]

Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park was to stage the final match. The match was broadcast live on BT Sport.[17][18][19]

16 October 2014
19:45
Arsenal 0–1 Manchester City
Report

Report (1)

Goal 73' Isobel Christiansen
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 3,697[20]
Referee: Nigel Lugg[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Fixtures and Results". FA WSL. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Women's Super League 1". FUTBOL 24. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "New league structure for women's game for 2014/15". The FA. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "FA WSL - 2014 Season Expansion". FA WSL. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Player Stats". FA WSL. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Fixtures & Results". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Liverpool Ladies pip Chelsea to WSL title on dramatic final day". BBC Sport. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Women's Super League: Tears flow as Everton are relegated". BBC Sport. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "WSL1 - 2014 Top scorers". Soccerway. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Doncaster Belles aiming to pip title rivals Sunderland on final day". BBC Sport. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sunderland win promotion to Women's Super League top flight". BBC Sport. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "WSL Continental Cup Group A". Who Scored. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "WSL Continental Cup Group B". Who Scored. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "WSL Continental Cup Group C". Who Scored. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Reading WFC removed from FA WSL Continental Cup". The FA. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Arsenal and Man City to contest Conti Cup final". She Kicks. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Continental Cup Final to be staged in Wycombe". The FA. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Final Live on BT Sport". FA WSL. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Continental Cup Final to be shown live on BT Sport". The FA. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "City's Isobel Christiansen ends Arsenal Cup dominance". The FA. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 

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