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
Dates7 September 2019 – 5 June 2020
ChampionsChelsea
RelegatedLiverpool
Champions LeagueChelsea
Manchester City
Matches played87
Goals scored259 (2.98 per match)
Top goalscorerVivianne Miedema (16 goals)
Biggest home winArsenal 11–1 Bristol City
(1 December 2019)
Biggest away winBirmingham City 0–6 Chelsea
(24 November 2019)
Highest scoringArsenal 11–1 Bristol City
(1 December 2019)
Highest attendance38,262 – Tottenham Hotspur 0–2 Arsenal
(17 November 2019)

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

On 13 March 2020, in line with the FA's response to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced the season was initially suspended until at least 3 April 2020.[4][5] After further postponements, the season was ultimately ended prematurely on 25 May 2020 with immediate effect.[6] On 5 June 2020, Chelsea were named as champions, moving them up one place ahead of Manchester City on sporting merit after The FA Board's decision to award places on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City were awarded the second Champions League place and Liverpool were relegated using the same method.[7][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] 2,200 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

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 Falmer Stadium 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 and Everton scheduled the reverse fixture in February at Goodison Park[18][19] (the match was ultimately left unplayed when the season was suspended and then cancelled).

After originally planning to permanently relocate to their new Walton Hall Park stadium in October 2019 following their opening two home games, delays meant Everton had to postpone the move until February 2020 and eventually scheduled six of their 11 home league games at Haig Avenue in Southport.[20][21][22]

Personnel and kits[edit]

As of 23 February 2020
Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Australia Joe Montemurro Scotland Kim Little Adidas Fly Emirates
Birmingham City England Charlie Baxter (interim) 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 England Danielle Turner Umbro SportPesa
Liverpool England Vicky Jepson England Sophie Bradley-Auckland New Balance BetVictor
Manchester City Republic of Ireland Alan Mahon (interim) 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
Spain Juan Carlos Amorós
England Jenna Schillaci Nike AIA
West Ham United England Matt Beard England Gilly Flaherty Umbro Betway

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Manchester City England Nick Cushing Signed with New York City FC[23] 2 February 2020 1st Republic of Ireland Alan Mahon (interim) 3 February 2020
Birmingham City Spain Marta Tejedor Mutual separation[24] 3 March 2020 11th England Charlie Baxter (interim) 3 March 2020

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG Qualification
1 Chelsea (C) 15 12 3 0 47 11 +36 39 2.60 Qualification for the Champions League
2 Manchester City 16 13 1 2 39 9 +30 40 2.50
3 Arsenal 15 12 0 3 40 13 +27 36 2.40
4 Manchester United 14 7 2 5 24 12 +12 23 1.64
5 Reading 14 6 3 5 21 24 −3 21 1.50
6 Everton 14 6 1 7 21 21 0 19 1.36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 6 2 7 15 24 −9 20 1.33
8 West Ham United 14 5 1 8 19 34 −15 16 1.14
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 3 4 9 11 30 −19 13 0.81
10 Bristol City 14 2 3 9 9 38 −29 9 0.64
11 Birmingham City 13 2 1 10 5 23 −18 7 0.54
12 Liverpool (R) 14 1 3 10 8 20 −12 6 0.43 Relegation to the Championship
Source: FA WSL, BBC
Rules for classification: Initially: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored. After abandonment of season: 1) Points per game
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated


Results[edit]

Home \ Away ARS BIR BHA BRI CHE EVE LIV MCI MNU REA TOT WHU
Arsenal 2–0 4–0 11–1 1–4 1–0 1–0 2–1
Birmingham City 0–1 0–6 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–4 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–3
Bristol City 0–2 0–0 0–4 0–1 0–5 1–2
Chelsea 2–1 2–0 6–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 8–0
Everton 1–3 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–3 3–1 3–1
Liverpool 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1
Manchester City 2–1 3–0 5–0 1–0 3–3 3–1 1–0 1–0 5–0
Manchester United 0–1 4–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–0
Reading 0–3 1–0 3–3 3–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0
Tottenham Hotspur 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–4 0–3 2–1
West Ham United 1–0 2–1 1–3 4–2 3–2 2–3 0–2
Source: The FA
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

As of 23 February 2020

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Netherlands Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 16
2 England Bethany England Chelsea 14
3 Germany Pauline Bremer Manchester City 10
4 England Chloe Kelly Everton 9
5 England Lauren James Manchester United 6
South Korea Ji So-Yun Chelsea
England Ellen White Manchester City
8 Netherlands Daniëlle van de Donk Arsenal 5
Northern Ireland Rachel Furness Liverpool
England Lauren Hemp Manchester City
Canada Adriana Leon West Ham United
Scotland Kim Little Arsenal
England Jordan Nobbs Arsenal
Norway Guro Reiten Chelsea
England Ebony Salmon Bristol City
England Aileen Whelan Brighton & Hove Albion
England Fara Williams Reading
England Katie Zelem Manchester United

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Netherlands Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 8
2 Canada Janine Beckie Manchester City 7
3 England Fara Williams Reading 6
Norway Guro Reiten Chelsea
5 Sweden Jonna Andersson Chelsea 5
6 Netherlands Daniëlle van de Donk Arsenal 4
Scotland Lisa Evans Arsenal
England Lauren Hemp Manchester City
England Keira Walsh Manchester City
10 Scotland Erin Cuthbert Chelsea 3
England Bethany England Chelsea
England Leah Galton Manchester United
England Fran Kirby Chelsea
England Beth Mead Arsenal
England Jill Scott Manchester City
England Lucy Staniforth Birmingham City
England Ellen White Manchester City

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 England Ellie Roebuck Manchester City 10
2 Austria Manuela Zinsberger Arsenal 6
3 England Mary Earps Manchester United 5
4 Germany Ann-Katrin Berger Chelsea 4
Finland Tinja-Riikka Korpela Everton
England Becky Spencer Tottenham Hotspur
England Megan Walsh Brighton & Hove Albion
8 England Sophie Baggaley Bristol City 3
9 England Hannah Hampton Birmingham City 2
England Rachael Laws Reading
France Pauline Peyraud-Magnin Arsenal
England Carly Telford Chelsea

Records[edit]

The match between Arsenal and Bristol City on 1 December 2019 ended 11–1, setting a new WSL record scoreline, surpassing the 9–0 win of Liverpool Ladies over Doncaster Rovers Belles in 2013.[25]

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 Amorós
Tottenham Hotspur England Chloe Kelly Everton [26][27][28][29]
October England Emma Hayes Chelsea Scotland Kirsty Hanson Manchester United [30][31]
November Scotland Willie Kirk Everton England Millie Bright Chelsea [32][33]
December Australia Joe Montemurro Arsenal Netherlands Vivianne Miedema Arsenal [34][35]
January England Emma Hayes Chelsea England Bethany England Chelsea [36][37]
February England Emma Hayes Chelsea England Bethany England Chelsea [38][39]

Annual awards[edit]

Award Winner Club
Barclays FA WSL Player of the Season England Bethany England[40] Chelsea
Barclays FA WSL Manager of the Season England Emma Hayes[40] Chelsea
PFA Players' Player of the Year England Bethany England[41] Chelsea
PFA Young Player of the Year England Lauren Hemp[42] Manchester City
FWA Footballer of the Year Netherlands Vivianne Miedema[43] Arsenal
PFA Team of the Year[44]
Goalkeeper Germany Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea)
Defenders Norway Maren Mjelde (Chelsea) England Leah Williamson (Arsenal) England Millie Bright (Chelsea) Sweden Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea)
Midfielders Scotland Caroline Weir (Manchester City) Scotland Kim Little (Arsenal) South Korea Ji So-yun (Chelsea)
Forwards England Bethany England (Chelsea) Netherlands Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) England Chloe Kelly (Everton)

Prize money[edit]

An FA WSL prize fund was put in place for the first time, following the new Barclay's sponsorship deal, with the entire pot totaling £500,000. The money was awarded in decreasing increments with the champions winning £100,000 and the last placed team being awarded £6,000.[45][46]

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]

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