2019–20 FA Women's Championship

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FA Women's Championship
Season2019–20
Matches played39
Goals scored142 (3.64 per match)
Top goalscorer10 goals
Melissa Johnson, Aston Villa
Biggest home winSheffield United 7–1 Leicester City
(25 August 2019)
Biggest away winCrystal Palace 0–6 Aston Villa
(15 September 2019)
London City Lionesses 0–6 Durham
(29 September 2019)
Highest scoringSheffield United 7–1 Leicester City
(25 August 2019)
All statistics correct as of 17 November 2019.

The 2019–20 FA Women's Championship is the second season of the rebranded FA Women's Championship, the second tier of women's football in England. It was renamed from the FA WSL 2 which was founded in 2014. The season began on 18 August 2019.[1]

Teams[edit]

Twelve teams were originally scheduled to compete in the Championship for the 2019–20 season, an increase of one team from the previous season. This was a planned progression of the restructuring of the English women's game, a move prompted to provide for a fully professional Women's Super League (WSL) starting with the 2018–19 season. Membership of both the first and second tier is subject to a license, based on a series of off-the-field criteria.[2]

However, at the end of the 2018–19 Championship the top two teams, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, gained promotion to the WSL.[3] They were scheduled to be replaced by Yeovil Town, who were relegated from the WSL after finishing 11th in the 2018–19 season[4] but the team was denied a license in May 2019 and instead granted third tier status.[5] The two promoted teams were Blackburn Rovers, the winners of the 2018–19 FA Women's National League Northern Division,[6] and Coventry United, the winners of Southern Division.[7] As a result, the competition shall run with only 11 teams for the second consecutive season.

No teams were relegated from the Championship following 2018–19 season to facilitate the expansion from 11 to 12 teams.[8] However, because 11 teams only contested the 2019–20 season, the winners of the National League North and South divisions will both once again be promoted while one Championship team will be relegated.

On 13 May 2019, a Millwall FC statement[9] announced the Lionesses team was no longer affiliating itself with the men's team, instead forming an independent and fully-professional breakaway team called London City Lionesses for the start of the 2019–20 season with the aim of transferring the operating license of the old Lionesses team. Millwall also announced their intention to retain its own women's team with the support of the Community Trust, eventually contesting the season in the fifth tier Eastern Region Women's Football League.[10][11][12]

Team Location Ground Capacity 2018–19 season
Aston Villa Boldmere Trevor Brown Memorial Ground 2,500 6th
Blackburn Rovers Bamber Bridge Irongate 3,000 WNL North, 1st
Charlton Athletic Bexley The Oakwood 1,180 3rd
Coventry United Coventry Butts Park Arena 4,000 WNL South, 1st
Crystal Palace Bromley Hayes Lane 5,000 10th
Durham Durham New Ferens Park 3,000 4th
Leicester City Quorn Farley Way Stadium 1,400 7th
Lewes Lewes The Dripping Pan 3,000 9th
London Bees Canons Park The Hive Stadium 5,176 8th
London City Lionesses Dartford Princes Park 4,100 N/A
Sheffield United Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park 2,000 5th

Table[edit]

In a change from the previous season, there will now be a one up one down system between the WSL and Championship meaning only the first placed team will be automatically promoted subject to obtaining a licence instead of two, with one WSL team getting relegated to take their place. Still with a view to expanding the top two tiers to twelve teams each by the start of the 2020–21 season, one Championship team with be relegated and will be replaced by the winners of both the National League North and South divisions regardless of the result of the Championship play-off but again subject to obtaining a licence.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Aston Villa 7 6 1 0 22 8 +14 19 Promotion to the WSL[a]
2 London City Lionesses 8 6 0 2 16 12 +4 18
3 Sheffield United 7 5 1 1 26 11 +15 16
4 Durham 7 5 1 1 19 5 +14 16
5 London Bees 7 3 1 3 11 13 −2 10
6 Lewes 8 2 2 4 10 13 −3 8
7 Crystal Palace 8 2 2 4 9 19 −10 8
8 Leicester City 7 1 2 4 11 21 −10 5
9 Blackburn Rovers 6 1 1 4 7 13 −6 4
10 Charlton Athletic 6 0 3 3 3 11 −8 3
11 Coventry United 7 0 2 5 8 16 −8 2 Relegation to the National League
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
Notes:
  1. ^ Dependent on obtaining a licence.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AST BLB CHA COV CRY DUR LCW LEW LON LCL SHU
Aston Villa 2–1 1–1 3–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–2 0–1 2–3
Charlton Athletic 0–4 1–1 0–0 0–2
Coventry United 2–3 1–2 1–2
Crystal Palace 0–6 0–0 1–2 1–5
Durham 0–1 2–0 2–1 3–1
Leicester City 1–2 1–5 3–3
Lewes 5–1 1–1 0–3 1–2
London Bees 2–1 2–3 2–1 0–2
London City Lionesses 2–3 0–6 3–1 3–0
Sheffield United 2–2 5–1 7–1
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2019. Source: FA WSL
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 17 November 2019
Rank Player Team Goals
1 England Melissa Johnson Aston Villa 10
2 England Jade Pennock Sheffield United 6
England Katie Wilkinson Sheffield United
4 England Olivia Fergusson Sheffield United 5
5 Albania Liz Ejupi London City Lionesses 4
England Lauren Pickett London Bees
Scotland Lisa Robertson Durham
England Molly Sharpe Durham
9 11 players 3

Awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Results of Player of the Month voting as polled by FA Women's Championship. Number of nominations in brackets.

Month Winner Nominated
Player Club Player Club
August[13] England Melissa Johnson Aston Villa Northern Ireland Sarah Robson Durham
Greece Veatriki Sarri Sheffield United
England Katie Wilkinson Sheffield United
September[14] England Molly Sharpe Durham England Katie Wilkinson (2) Sheffield United
England Melissa Johnson (2) Aston Villa
England Lauren Pickett London Bees
October[15] England Jade Pennock Sheffield United England Melissa Johnson (3) Aston Villa
England Ellie Mason London City Lionesses
England Saffron Jordan Blackburn Rovers

LMA Manager of the Month[edit]

Results of Manager of the Month as awarded by the League Managers Association. Number of awards in brackets.

Month Manager Club Ref.
August England Gemma Davies Aston Villa [16]
September England Lee Burch London Bees [17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women Competition the FA". womenscompetitions.thefa.com. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "WSL fixtures release". BBC. August 1, 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Yeovil Town Ladies hope for 'new chapter', after avoiding administration". BBC Sport. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Yeovil Town Ladies: Championship licence denied and club to go down two tiers". BBC. 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Donnelly: A fitting way to end". Blackburn Rovers FC. April 2, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Champions". Coventry United LFC Twitter. April 14, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Explained: WSL, Champions League and Promotion-Relegation rules". Daily Cannon. January 21, 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Club Statement: Millwall Lionesses". www.millwallfc.co.uk.
  10. ^ Cawley, Richard. "Millwall confirm that Lionesses will break away from their affiliation – and play under a new name next season". South London News.
  11. ^ "Row as Millwall Lionesses split with club to form breakaway side". Evening Standard. 14 May 2019.
  12. ^ "London City Lionesses: Millwall Supporters Club "saddened" by women's team breakaway". BBC. 13 May 2019.
  13. ^ "August Player of the Month". Aston Villa Twitter. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  14. ^ "September Player of the Month". FA Women's Championship. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  15. ^ "October Player of the Month". FA Women's Championship. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  16. ^ "LMA Manager of the Month Awards – August 2019". League Managers Association. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  17. ^ "LMA Manager of the Month Awards – September 2019". League Managers Association. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.

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