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Arsenal Ladies
Arsenal FC.svg
Full name Arsenal Ladies Football Club
Nickname(s) The Gunners
Founded 1987
Ground Meadow Park
Ground Capacity 4,502 (600 seated)
Chairman Ivan Gazidis
General Manager Clare Wheatley
Manager Pedro Martínez Losa
League FA WSL
2014 4th
Website Club home page

Arsenal Ladies Football Club are an English women's association football club affiliated with Arsenal F.C.. Founded in 1987, they are the most successful club in English women's football having won 40 major trophies to date; which are 2 FA WSL titles, 12 FA Women's Premier League titles, 13 FA Women's Cups, ten Women's Premier League Cups, 3 FA WSL Continental Cup and one UEFA Women's Champions League (formerly the UEFA Women's Cup).


The club was founded in 1987 by Vic Akers,[1] the kit manager for the Arsenal men's team, who remained the club's manager until his retirement in 2009. They won their first major honour, the Women's League Cup in 1991–92. Later in 1992 they won promotion to the FA Women's Premier League and won the title at the first time of asking. As of 2010 they have won 12 of the 17 League titles, finishing as runners–up three times[2] and won a record seven titles in a row between 2004 and 2010.[3]

As of 2011 Arsenal have won the FA Women's Cup eleven times, and the Women's League Cup ten times.[2] This includes eight League and FA Women's Cup Doubles; in 1992–93, 1994–95, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09, and four domestic Trebles, in 1992–93, 2000–01 and 2006–07, 2008–09. Arsenal have represented England a total of seven times in the UEFA Women's Champions League (formerly the UEFA Women's Cup), and had previously reached the semi-finals twice (in 2002–03 and 2004–05).

The 2006–07 season was Arsenal's most successful ever, having won not just all three domestic trophies but also the 2006–07 UEFA Women's Champions League (then called the UEFA Women's Cup), beating Umeå IK in the final 1–0 on aggregate; this was the first time any British club won the competition. On top of that Arsenal won the FA Women's Community Shield as well as the local London County FA Women's Cup. The end result was that the team won every single competition available to them, earning a unique sextuple. The wins that year came against full-time professional players, whereas most of the Arsenal team had full-time jobs.[4] Additionally, Arsenal won all 22 games they played in the Premier League that season, scoring 119 goals and conceding just ten.[5] In recognition of the achievement, the team were honoured with The Committee Award by the Sports Journalists' Association in the 2007 Sports Journalists' Awards.[6]

Arsenal were unable to retain their European crown in 2007–08, after being knocked out by Olympique Lyonnais in the quarter-finals. The Premier League Cup final was lost to Everton. They ended the season on a high, winning the league for the fifth season in a row with 20 wins and two draws from their 22 games, and another FA Women's Cup, beating Leeds 4–1 in the final. Season 2008–09 saw the end of a record five year unbeaten run in the League; between 16 October 2003 (a defeat against Charlton Athletic)[7] and 29 March 2009 (a 0–3 defeat at home to Everton) Arsenal went 108 games without defeat. During that spell, Arsenal won a record 51 league games in a row, between November 2005 and April 2008.[1] Despite the defeat to Everton, Arsenal went on to complete a domestic treble in 2008–09, beating Everton 1–0 away on the final day of the league season and giving Vic Akers his eleventh title and fourth Treble. Akers retired in the 2009 close season, being succeeded by Tony Gervaise.[8] In February 2010, after eight months in charge, Gervaise resigned, suggesting his position had been undermined by outside interference.[8] In an unusual development, reserve coach Laura Harvey became first-team manager and Gervaise became reserve coach.[9]

The following month Arsenal were named as founder members of the FA WSL which commenced in the spring of 2011.[10] Arsenal won the inaugural season, the eighth consecutive English title, qualifying again to the UEFA Women's Champions League.[11]

Arsenal completed another domestic treble by becoming inaugural WSL champions, winning the FA Cup, and lifting the Continental Cup in 2011.

On 1 February 2013 Shelley Kerr was announced as Laura Harvey's successor as manager of Arsenal Ladies. The club under her management won the FA Women's Cup twice and Continental Cup and finish third in the league during the 2013 season.[12] After a poor run of form which saw the club gain only one point from the opening four league matches of the 2014 season, exit the Champions League to Birmingham and suffer a shock lose to Reading, Kerr decided to resign.

On 1 June 2014, Arsenal Ladies won the 2014 FA Women's Cup 2 weeks after Arsenal won the 2014 FA Cup, completing a rare FA Cup double for the club.


Arsenal Ladies in 2009.

Founded as an amateur side, Arsenal Ladies turned semi-professional in 2002.[13] Three of the current first team were in the England squad for the 2005 European Championship. Former players Kelly Smith, Karen Carney and Alex Scott transferred to play for teams in the Women's Professional Soccer League in the USA. Smith and Scott moved to the Boston Breakers; Carney to Chicago Red Stars. The club contains internationals from Wales, Scotland and Republic of Ireland, with a total of fourteen members of the current squad having represented their country.

Arsenal Ladies also operate a reserve team, which is mainly formed from Academy players. The reserves have won four FA Women's Premier Reserve League titles and five FA Women's Premier Reserve League Cups in their history.


As of 28 July 2015.[14]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Emma Byrne
2 England DF Alex Scott (c)
3 Scotland DF Emma Mitchell
4 England DF Vyan Sampson
5 England DF Casey Stoney
6 Spain MF Vicky Losada
7 Spain FW Natalia Pablos
8 England MF Jordan Nobbs
9 England FW Danielle Carter
10 England FW Kelly Smith
No. Position Player
11 England FW Rachel Yankey
12 United States FW Chioma Ubogagu
13 Netherlands GK Sari van Veenendaal
14 England MF Leah Williamson
16 England MF Carla Humphrey
17 Spain MF Marta Corredera
18 England FW Chloe Kelly
19 England DF Jemma Rose
20 Netherlands DF Dominique Janssen
25 England MF Jade Bailey

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Siobhan Chamberlain (on loan to Notts County)[15]

Former players[edit]

For details of current and former players, see Category:Arsenal L.F.C. players.

Current technical staff[edit]

As of May 2015.[16]

Position Name
General Manager England Clare Wheatley
Honorary President England Vic Akers
Manager Spain Pedro Martinez Losa
Technical Director England John Bayer
Assistant Player-Coach England Kelly Smith
Lead physiotherapist Scotland Mary Shiels
Conditioning Coach Zimbabwe Irvin Mukandi
Goalkeeping Coach Wales Jason Brown
Development Officer England Ciara Allan
Marketing Officer England Faye White
Administrator and Under-17s head coach England Angela Cuerden


Arsenal Ladies play most of their home matches at Meadow Park, home of Conference Premier side Boreham Wood, in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. It has a capacity of just over 4,000, although attendances for most league matches are in the hundreds. Arsenal's home UEFA Women's Champions League matches are also played here. However, due to the connection with Arsenal F.C., they are permitted to play in the Emirates Stadium on occasion.

Arsenal Ladies celebrate a Cup double in 1998.

Link with Arsenal F.C.[edit]

The Ladies side have the full backing and support of Arsenal Football Club. David Dein, former vice-chairman of Arsenal F.C., held the position of club President until he left the club on 18 April 2007, and was replaced by Keith Edelman, Arsenal's managing director, until his departure from the club on 1 May 2008. Ivan Gazidis, the chief executive of English Premier League club Arsenal Football Club, is currently the Chairman of Arsenal Ladies.

A number of the playing staff are employed by Arsenal to develop and co-ordinate the women's teams and club Academy. Ties between the two are close; sponsorship by Emirates and Puma (and Nike before that) is shared, and the Ladies club have been entitled to play at Arsenal's home stadium (Highbury until 2005–06, Emirates Stadium since then).

Over the years, the women's team has been lauded by and done promotional work with counterparts from the men's team such as Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira. Ahead of a 2008 North London men's derby against Tottenham Hotspur, Cesc Fàbregas (then Arsenal's men's captain) told Loaded that he didn't believe that Arsenal Ladies would lose to the Tottenham men, saying, "They would do really well. I'm sure they would get a point!"[17]


2011, 2012
1992–93, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
1992–93, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012-13, 2013-14
2011, 2012, 2013
1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09
2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Reebok Cup: 2
1991–92, 1995–96
  • AXA Challenge Cup: 1

UEFA Competition Record[edit]

Season Competition Stage Result Opponent Scorers
2001–02 UEFA Women's Cup Group Stage 4–0 Switzerland Bern Banks 2, Grant, Ludlow
7–0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv Ludlow 3, Coss, Grant, Moore, Ogawa
2–1 Poland Wroclaw Banks, Spacey
Quarter-finals 1–1 1–2 France Toulouse Grant, Maggs
2002–03 UEFA Women's Cup Group Stage 6–0 Azerbaijan Gömrükçü Baku Banks 2, Wheatley 2, Grant, Ludlow
2–1 Spain Levante Maggs, F. White
7–0 Belgium Eendracht Aalst Ludlow 3, Maggs 2, Grant, Scott
Quarter-finals 2–0 1–1 Russia CSK VVS Samara MacDonald, Maggs + 1 o.g.
Semifinals 1–3 1–5 Denmark Fortuna Hjørring Banks 2
2004–05 UEFA Women's Cup Group Stage 2–2 Spain Athletic Bilbao Grant, F. White
7–1 Greece Aegina Fleeting 2, Banks, Grant, Ludlow, Wheatley, F. White
1–0 Sweden Djurgården Kemp
Quarter-finals 0–2 4–1 Italy Torres Banks, Fleeting, Ludlow + 1 o.g.
Semifinals 1–1 0–1 Sweden Djurgården Fleeting
2005–06 UEFA Women's Cup Group Stage 3–1 Poland Wroclaw Ludlow, McArthur, Sanderson
1–0 Russia Lada Togliatti Ludlow
0–1 Denmark Brøndby
Quarter-finals 1–1 1–3 Germany Frankfurt Grant, Sanderson
2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup Group Stage 5–4 Russia Rossiyanka Fleeting 5
6–0 Hungary Femina Budapest Ludlow 2, Chapman, Davison, Yankey + 1 o.g.
1–0 Denmark Brøndby Sanderson
Quarter-finals 5–0 4–1 Iceland Breiðablik Fleeting 3, Smith 3, Carney, Sanderson, Yankey
Semifinals 2–2 3–0 Denmark Brøndby Smith 2, Carney, Fleeting, Yankey
Final 1–0 0–0 Sweden Umeå IK Scott
2007–08 UEFA Women's Cup Group Stage 4–0 Kazakhstan Alma KTZh Carney 2, Chapman, Sanderson
7–0 Austria Neulengbach Fleeting 2, Ludlow 2, Carney, Chapman, Grant
3–3 Italy Bardolino Fleeting, Grant, Smith
Quarter-finals 0–0 2–3 France Olympique Lyonnais Smith, Yankey
2008–09 UEFA Women's Cup Group Stage 7–2 Switzerland Zürich Little 3, Ludlow 2, Davison, Smith
6–0 Austria Neulengbach Carney 2, Davison, Fleeting, Little, Tracy
0–3 France Olympique Lyonnais
Quarter-finals 3–2 0–6 Sweden Umeå Fleeting, Little, Ludlow
2009–10 Champions League Round of 32 9–0 9–0 Greece PAOK Little 7, Lander 2, Yankey 2, Beattie, Bruton, Chapman, Coombs, Davison, Ludlow + 1 o.g.
Round of 16 3–0 2–0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague Little 2, Flaherty, Grant + 1 o.g.
Quarter-finals 1–2 0–2 Germany Duisburg 1 o.g.
2010–11 Champions League Round of 32 3–1 9–0 Serbia Mašinac Niš Carter 2, Little 2, Davison, Flaherty, Ludlow, Nobbs, F. White, Yankey + 1 o.g.
Round of 16 0–2 4–1 Spain Rayo Vallecano Chapman, Fleeting, Grant, Yankey
Quarter-finals 1–1 2–2 Sweden Linköping Chapman, E. White, Yankey
Semifinals 0–2 2–3 France Olympique Lyonnais Fleeting, E. White
2011–12 Champions League Round of 32 4–0 6–0 Belarus Bobruichanka Beattie 3, Carter 2, Chapman 2, Nobbs 2, E. White
Round of 16 1–1 5–1 Spain Rayo Vallecano Little 2, Danielle Carter, Ludlow, Nobbs, Yankey
Quarter-finals 3–1 0–1 Sweden Göteborg Little, Nobbs, Yankey
Semifinals 1–2 0–2 Germany Frankfurt Grant
2012–13 Champions League Round of 32 3–0 4–0 Spain Barcelona Beattie 4, Chapman, Little, Nobbs
Round of 16 2–1 4–3 Germany Turbine Potsdam Smith 3, E. White 2, Chapman
Quarter-finals 3–1 1–0 Italy Torres Smith, Little, Nobbs, Fahey
Semi-finals 0–2 2–1 Germany Wolfsburg Little
2013–14 Champions League Round of 32 7–1 11–1 Kazakhstan CSHVSM Kairat Little 5,Carter 5, Nobbs 3, Chapman, Yankey, Ayisi, Weir, White
Round of 16 3–0 3–2 Scotland Glasgow City Houghton, 3 Carter, Yankey, Nobbs
Quarter-finals 0–1 0–2 England Birmingham City

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Arsenal Ladies Honours". Retrieved 21 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Arsenal Ladies 4–1 Chelsea". 28 April 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Tony Leighton (29 April 2007). "Arsenal boss hails Uefa Cup win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "FA Women's Premier League : Table 2006-07". 
  6. ^ "Sports Journalists' Awards 2007". Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Ladies complete unbeaten League century". 
  8. ^ a b Tony Leighton (20 February 2010). "Arsenal Ladies boss Tony Gervaise reveals reasons behind shock exit". BBC. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Laura Harvey becomes Arsenal Ladies manager". 11 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Lincoln Ladies FA Women's Super League bid success". BBC. 22 March 2010. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Arsenal take English WSL title". UEFA. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Arsenal miss Champions League next season 18-09-2013. Retrieved 19-10-2013.
  13. ^ Tony Leighton (15 May 2002). "Banks stays with semi-pro Gunners". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ladies Players". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Chamberlain joins Notts County on loan". Arsenal FC. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Staff". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  17. ^ [1] Daily Mail October 29th, 2008 - "Fabregas claims Spurs would struggle to beat Arsenal's ladies side!"

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