2019–20 FA WSL

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FA WSL
Arsenal WFC v Manchester City WFC, 11 May 2019 (01).jpg
FA WSL trophy
Season2019–20
Matches played29
Goals scored63 (2.17 per match)
Top goalscorerChloe Kelly
(4 goals)
Biggest home winArsenal 4–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
(29 September 2019)
Biggest away winBristol City 0–4 Chelsea
(29 September 2019)
Highest scoringArsenal 4–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol City 0–4 Chelsea
(both 29 September 2019)
Highest attendance31,213 - Man City 1–0 Man United
(7 September 2019)
All statistics correct as of 13 October 2019.

The 2019–20 FA WSL season (also known as the Barclays FA Women's Super League for sponsorship reasons) is the ninth edition of the FA Women's Super League (WSL) since it was formed in 2010.[1] It is the second season after the rebranding of the four highest levels in English women's football and the twelve teams contesting the season will be the greatest number in the league's history thus far, following its steady increase from its original eight.[2] It is the first under the new Barclays title sponsorship following a landmark multi-million pound investment.[3]

Broadcasting[edit]

Ahead of the 2019–20 season, the FA launched a new comprehensive streaming service available on desktop or mobile app that would broadcast every FA WSL game live internationally for free,[4] except in Australia where Optus Sport holds exclusive rights,[5] Central America where Sky México holds exclusive rights, and Scandinavia where NENT holds exclusive rights.[6] The FA Player also streams the majority of WSL games in the United Kingdom alongside the one game per weekend televised by BBC Sport digitally on their red button service and website[7] while subscription channel BT Sport holds the rights to televise a select number of matches which are geo-blocked from the FA Player in the UK.[6][8]

Teams[edit]

After the WSL's restructure going into the 2018–19 season, membership of the league returned solely to performance in the previous season, though the league expanded from eleven teams to twelve as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were both promoted after finishing first and second respectively in the Championship during the 2018–19 season[9] while only Yeovil Town were relegated.[10][11]

Team Location Ground Capacity 2018–19 season
Arsenal Borehamwood Meadow Park 4,502 1st
Birmingham City Solihull Damson Park 3,050 4th
Brighton & Hove Albion Crawley Broadfield Stadium[a] 6,134 9th
Bristol City Filton Stoke Gifford Stadium[b] 1,500 6th
Chelsea Kingston upon Thames Kingsmeadow[c] 4,850 3rd
Everton Liverpool Walton Hall Park[d] 10th
Liverpool Birkenhead Prenton Park[e] 16,587 8th
Manchester City Manchester Academy Stadium[f] 7,000 2nd
Manchester United Manchester Leigh Sports Village 12,000 WC, 1st
Reading High Wycombe Adams Park[g] 9,617 5th
Tottenham Hotspur Canons Park The Hive Stadium[h] 6,500 WC, 2nd
West Ham United Romford Rush Green Stadium[i] 3,000 7th
  1. ^ Match v Birmingham moved to Amex Stadium
  2. ^ Opening weekend match v Brighton & Hove Albion held at Ashton Gate
  3. ^ Tottenham rivalry match held at Stamford Bridge
  4. ^ Opening five home fixtures played at Haig Avenue
  5. ^ Merseyside derby held at Anfield
  6. ^ Manchester derby held at City of Manchester Stadium
  7. ^ Match v Bristol City moved to Madjeski Stadium
  8. ^ North London derby held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  9. ^ Match v Tottenham Hotspur moved to London Stadium

Stadium changes[edit]

In response to the record viewing figures during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, three select fixtures were initially moved to Premier League grounds: The Manchester derby at the City of Manchester Stadium, Chelsea v Tottenham at Stamford Bridge and the North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.[12][13] In total, eight of the twelve teams have moved FA WSL fixtures to the larger grounds of their men's affiliate teams: Bristol City later announced their opening game would be played at Ashton Gate,[14] Reading moved one of their league fixtures (as well as all three League Cup games) to the Madjeski Stadium[15] and West Ham announced they would host Spurs at the London Stadium.[16] Brighton & Hove Albion moved their match against Birmingham to the Amex to coincide with the FA’s Women’s Football Weekend, held during a men's international break.[17] Liverpool later moved their Merseyside derby, held on the same weekend, to Anfield.[18]

Following a delay, Everton plan to permanently relocate to their new Walton Hall Park stadium following their opening five home games.[19][20]

Personnel and kits[edit]

As of 6 September 2019
Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Australia Joe Montemurro Scotland Kim Little Adidas Fly Emirates
Birmingham City Spain Marta Tejedor England Kerys Harrop Adidas Maple from Canada
Brighton & Hove Albion England Hope Powell England Danielle Buet Nike American Express
Bristol City Australia Tanya Oxtoby Wales Loren Dykes Bristol Sport Yeo Valley
Chelsea England Emma Hayes Sweden Magdalena Eriksson Nike Yokohama Tyres
Everton Scotland Willie Kirk Scotland Lucy Graham Umbro SportPesa
Liverpool England Vicky Jepson England Sophie Bradley-Auckland New Balance BetVictor
Manchester City England Nick Cushing England Steph Houghton Puma Etihad Airways
Manchester United England Casey Stoney England Katie Zelem Adidas Chevrolet
Reading England Kelly Chambers Wales Natasha Harding Macron YLD
Tottenham Hotspur England Karen Hills England Jenna Schillaci Nike AIA
West Ham United England Matt Beard England Gilly Flaherty Umbro Betway

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Chelsea 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 16 Qualification for the Champions League
2 Manchester City 6 5 0 1 12 1 +11 15
3 Arsenal 6 5 0 1 11 3 +8 15
4 Everton 6 4 0 2 8 4 +4 12
5 Manchester United 6 3 0 3 7 3 +4 9
6 Tottenham Hotspur 6 3 0 3 5 7 −2 9
7 Reading 5 2 1 2 7 9 −2 7
8 West Ham United 6 2 0 4 6 13 −7 6
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5 5
10 Birmingham City 5 1 0 4 2 8 −6 3
11 Bristol City 6 0 3 3 5 12 −7 3
12 Liverpool 6 0 1 5 1 8 −7 1 Relegation to the Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2019. Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ARS BIR BHA BRI CHE EVE LIV MCI MNU REA TOT WHU
Arsenal 5 Jan 4–0 1 Dec 19 Jan 16 May 24 Nov 1–0 5 Apr 23 Feb 9 Feb 2–1
Birmingham City 26 Apr 9 Feb 23 Feb 24 Nov 0–1 2–0 19 Jan 15 Dec P–P 1 Dec 5 Apr
Brighton & Hove Albion 12 Jan 3–0 29 Mar 1–1 2 Feb 5 Jan 16 May 12 Feb 1 Dec 23 Feb 1–3
Bristol City 22 Mar 8 Dec 0–0 0–4 5 Apr 19 Jan 24 Nov 26 Apr 9 Feb 1–2 15 Dec
Chelsea 2–1 12 Feb 5 Apr 12 Jan 22 Mar 16 May 8 Dec 1–0 5 Jan 1–0 2 Feb
Everton 15 Dec 29 Mar 2–0 2–0 1 Dec 9 Feb 0–1 23 Feb 19 Jan 24 Nov 26 Apr
Liverpool 13 Feb 2 Feb 26 Apr 1–1 15 Dec 0–1 22 Mar 12 Jan 0–1 5 Apr 8 Dec
Manchester City 2 Feb 3–0 15 Dec 12 Feb 23 Feb 12 Jan 1 Dec 1–0 5 Apr 26 Apr 5–0
Manchester United 0–1 16 May 24 Nov 5 Jan 9 Feb 8 Dec 2–0 29 Mar 2–0 19 Jan 22 Mar
Reading 8 Dec 12 Jan 22 Mar 3–3 26 Apr 3–2 29 Mar 0–2 2 Feb 15 Dec 12 Feb
Tottenham Hotspur 0–2 22 Mar 8 Dec 2 Feb 29 Mar 12 Feb 1–0 5 Jan 0–3 16 May 12 Jan
West Ham United 29 Mar 1–0 19 Jan 16 May 1–3 5 Jan 23 Feb 9 Feb 1 Dec 24 Nov 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2019. Source: The FA
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

As of 27 October 2019

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Chloe Kelly Everton 4
2 Netherlands Daniëlle van de Donk Arsenal 3
3 England Bethany England Chelsea 2
Norway Guro Reiten Chelsea
South Korea Ji So-yun Chelsea
Wales Sophie Ingle Chelsea
Netherlands Vivianne Miedema Arsenal
Germany Pauline Bremer Manchester City
Scotland Kirsty Hanson Manchester United
England Kit Graham Tottenham Hotspur
Canada Adriana Leon West Ham United
Scotland Martha Thomas West Ham United
England Jade Moore Reading

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 England Fran Kirby Chelsea 3
Netherlands Vivianne Miedema Arsenal
England Fara Williams Reading
4 Twenty-six players 1

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 England Ellie Roebuck Manchester City 4
2 England Mary Earps Manchester United 3
Finland Tinja-Riikka Korpela Everton
4 Germany Ann-Katrin Berger Chelsea 2
Austria Manuela Zinsberger Arsenal
England Becky Spencer Tottenham Hotspur
7
France Pauline Peyraud-Magnin Arsenal 1
United States Courtney Brosnan West Ham United
Republic of Ireland Grace Moloney Reading
England Hannah Hampton Birmingham City
England Sophie Baggaley Bristol City
England Megan Walsh Brighton & Hove Albion

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
September England Karen Hills
Spain Juan Amoros
Tottenham Hotspur England Chloe Kelly Everton [21][22][23][24]
October England Emma Hayes Chelsea Scotland Kirsty Hanson Manchester United [25][26]

Prize money[edit]

An FA WSL prize fund will be in place for the first time, following the new Barclay's sponsorship deal, with the entire pot totaling £500,000. The money will be awarded in decreasing increments with the champions winning £100,000 and the last placed team being awarded £6,000.[27][28]

Finish Prize money
1st £100,000
2nd £67,000
3rd £60,000
4th £55,000
5th £49,000
6th £43,000
7th £36,000
8th £30,000
9th £24,000
10th £18,000
11th £12,000
12th £6,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History of Women's Football". Football Association. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ The Football Association (26 February 2018). "Women's league restructure". www.thefa.com. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  3. ^ Association, The Football. "Barclays unveiled as title sponsor of FA Women's Super League". www.thefa.com.
  4. ^ "New streaming service for Barclays FA WSL". www.fawsl.com.
  5. ^ "Optus Sport to broadcast Barclays FA Women's Super League". sport.optus.com.au. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b "FA WSL on TV". womenscompetitions.thefa.com.
  7. ^ "FA Player: Football Association to launch women's football live streaming app". 6 August 2019.
  8. ^ "FA wants Women's Super League on terrestrial TV". The Times. 28 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur won promotion to the Women's Super League with a 1–1 draw at Aston Villa which confirmed they will finish second in the Championship". BBC news. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Women's Super League: New full-time, professional era - all you need to know". 9 September 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Yeovil Town Ladies hope for 'new chapter', after avoiding administration". BBC Sport. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  12. ^ "WSL: Etihad Stadium & Stamford Bridge to host 2019-20 season openers". 8 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Women's Super League: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to host Spurs v Arsenal in November". BBC. 10 July 2019.
  14. ^ "City Women open season at Ashton Gate". Bristol City.
  15. ^ "Women set for 3 Madejski matches as Conti Cup fixtures finalised". www.readingfc.co.uk.
  16. ^ "West Ham United to host historic match at London Stadium". www.whufc.com.
  17. ^ "WSL action returns to the Amex". www.brightonandhovealbion.com.
  18. ^ "Liverpool Women v Everton Women: Anfield to host Merseyside derby for first time". 24 October 2019.
  19. ^ Association, The Football. "Everton Ladies Set For New Walton Home". www.liverpoolfa.com.
  20. ^ "Everton Ladies' 2019/20 WSL Fixtures Confirmed". www.evertonfc.com.
  21. ^ "September Manager of the Month". Barclays football. 12 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Karen and Juan scoop Manager of the Month prize". Tottenham Hotspur.
  23. ^ "September Player of the Month". Barclays football. 12 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Everton Star Kelly Lands WSL Prize". www.evertonfc.com.
  25. ^ "October Manager of the month". womenscompetitions.thefa.com.
  26. ^ "October Player of the month". womenscompetitions.thefa.com.
  27. ^ "Prize fund". womenscompetitions.thefa.com.
  28. ^ "Women's Super League: Barclays agree multi-million sponsorship deal". 20 March 2019.

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