Arsenal W.F.C.

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Full nameArsenal Women Football Club
Nickname(s)The Gunners
Founded1987; 36 years ago (1987) as Arsenal Ladies
GroundMeadow Park
Emirates Stadium (Select home games)
Capacity4,500 (1,700 seated)
Meadow Park
60,704 (All seated)
Emirates Stadium[1]
OwnerKroenke Sports & Entertainment
Head coachJonas Eidevall
LeagueWomen's Super League
2022–23WSL, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Arsenal Women Football Club, commonly referred to as Arsenal unless distinguishing themselves from the men's team,[2][3] is an English professional women's football club based in Islington, London, England. The club plays in the Women's Super League, the top tier of English women's football. Arsenal were founded in 1987 following an initiative by Vic Akers, who became the club's first, longest-serving, and most successful manager. He guided Arsenal to continued success until his departure in 2009, winning the most top-flight matches in English football history. The club have sustained this record,[4] and have won the most doubles and trebles in English football history. Arsenal have also completed a record seven unbeaten league seasons, setting a number of English records for longest top-flight unbeaten run, for goals scored, and points won.[5][6]

Arsenal are statistically the most successful club in English women's football, holding the records for most titles won in each domestic competition they have played in. The club have won 15 league titles, 14 Women's FA Cups, 6 Women's League Cups, 10 Women's National League Cups, 5 Women's FA Community Shields, and are the only English club to win the UEFA Women's Champions League. They are also the only English club to win the continental treble while going undefeated in all competitions played that same season. In the 2006–07 season, the club became the first in the history of women's football to achieve the continental European sextuple.[7]

Arsenal play their home games at Meadow Park in Borehamwood, and select games at the Emirates Stadium, with all group games and knockout games in the Champions League being played there. Long term plans for the club are for all matches to be played at the Emirates Stadium, beginning with all league matches, and then qualifying rounds of the champions league, with domestic cup games to follow.[8]


1987–2009: Founding and early success[edit]

Arsenal celebrate a Cup double in 1998

In 1987, long-term Arsenal men's team kit manager Vic Akers helped found a women's football club, and was appointed as their initial manager. The club began operating as Arsenal Ladies Football Club.[9] Due to the status of women's football in England suffering from an overall decline in interest, Arsenal were limited cup appearances for the first fourteen years of their existence. In 2002 the club became semi-professional.[10][11] They won their first major honour, the Women's League Cup, in the 1991–92 season. Also in 1992, they won promotion to the FA Women's Premier League from the FA Women's National League South, and a season later, won the top division title at the first time of asking.[12]

This began a period of sustained dominance for the club, who soon permanently moved into Meadow Park in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, in a groundshare agreement with non-league side Boreham Wood. Following the storied successes of the men's team, Arsenal made a conscious effort to brand women's football as equitable. Over the next twenty years, Arsenal approached all facets of the game, such as training, tactics, scouting, and finance, with the goal to maximize the growth of the club and attain trophies. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Arsenal lavished atop the Premier League for many seasons, boasting academy graduates like Marieanne Spacey and Faye White, as well as utilizing the club's income on stars like Emma Byrne, to allow the club to win a slew of trophies.[13]

Under Akers' stewardship, Arsenal enjoyed unilateral domestic success, as the club claimed 11 league titles, nine FA Women's Cup titles, ten FA Women's Premier League Cup titles, and five FA Women's Community Shield wins. This included seven straight league wins from the 2003–04 season to 2009–10 season, as well as six unbeaten campaigns.[14][15] Moreover, Akers lead the team to the most successful club season in English women's football in the 2006–07 season, as the team won every single competition available to them, including the ever elusive UEFA Women's Cup. The win marked Arsenal's only trophy won from European competition, and the first time an English club won the competition.[16][17] This unique sextuple was recognized with The Committee Award by the Sports Journalists' Association in the 2007 Sports Journalists' Awards.[18]

Akers also led the team to a number of English women's football records, including a six-year league unbeaten run from October 2003[19] to March 2009, marking 108 games without defeat. During that spell, Arsenal won a record 51 league games in a row, between November 2005 and April 2008.[9] Akers retired from management following a domestic treble in the 2008–09 season.

2009–present: Post-Akers and the WSL[edit]

Arsenal players celebrate winning the 2018–19 FA WSL title

Akers was succeeded by Tony Gervaise,[20] who resigned in February 2010 after only eight months in charge, suggesting his position had been undermined by outside interference.[20] In an unusual development, reserve coach Laura Harvey became first-team manager and Gervaise became reserve coach.[21] This appointment marked the club's first female coach in any capacity.

After a year break in play in preparation for a reformatted league, Arsenal were named as founder members of the FA Women's Super League, which commenced in the spring of 2011.[22] Arsenal won the inaugural season, marking their eighth consecutive English title, and secured another domestic double by also winning the FA Cup.[23] After a two-year period without a league triumph, Shelley Kerr was announced as Harvey's successor in 2013. Under her management, the club won two FA Women's Cups, including a win in 2014 two weeks after the men's team won the 2014 FA Cup, completing a rare FA Cup double for the club. But after a poor run of form which saw Arsenal gain only one point from the opening four league matches of the 2014 season, including exits from the Champions League to minnows Birmingham and a shock loss to Reading, Kerr resigned.[24] She was replaced by Pedro Losa.[25] Losa led the team to the 2015 FA WSL Cup[26] and the 2016 FA Women's Cup.[27] Moreover, he helped to rebuild the squad, notably recruiting younger stars like Daniëlle van de Donk, Kim Little, Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema. Losa also brought through youngsters like Leah Williamson. However, Losa resigned following the season's end and was replaced by Joe Montemurro.

In July 2017, the club rebranded as Arsenal Women Football Club,[3][12] in a move described by Arsenal as "clear signal of togetherness and unity", and to retain the progressive ethos of the club.[2] Utilizing the core Losa helped build, Montemurro led Arsenal to the 2018–19 Women's Super League title with a game to spare. The win marked their first title in seven years, and marked the club's return to the Champions League for the first time in five years. Montemurro left the club at the end of the 2020–21 season.[28]

Following the resignation of Montemurro, the club appointed Jonas Eidevall as head coach of Arsenal.[28] On 24 September 2022, the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium recorded an attendance figure of 47,367, the highest ever for a WSL match. Arsenal won the match 4-0.[29][30] On 5 March 2023, Arsenal defeated Chelsea 3–1 in the Women's League Cup final to win their first trophy since 2019.[31]


Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest) Shirt sponsor (sleeve)
1987–1994 Adidas JVC None
1994–1999 Nike
1999–2002 Dreamcast
2002–2006 O2
2006–2014 Fly Emirates[32]
2014–2018 Puma[33]
2018–2019 Visit Rwanda[34]
2019– Adidas[35]


Arsenal Women formerly played the majority of their home matches at Meadow Park, home of National League side Boreham Wood, in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. The ground has a capacity of 4,500.

However, where they are treated as a women's senior team for Arsenal F.C., they are permitted to play in the Emirates Stadium.[8]

In the 22/23 season the club had the highest home attendance of all clubs in the Women's Super League- with an average of 17,501 fans in attendance per match.[36] The average was taken from matches hosted at both Meadow Park and The Emirates across the season.

For the 23/24 season Arsenal will play 5 of their WSL matches at the Emirates[37]- as well as their Champions League fixtures at the North London ground.


First-team squad[edit]

Arsenal players lining up for a team photo in February 2020
As of 15 September 2023[38]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Austria AUT Manuela Zinsberger
3 DF England ENG Lotte Wubben-Moy
5 DF Scotland SCO Jen Beattie
6 DF England ENG Leah Williamson (vice-captain)
7 DF Australia AUS Steph Catley
9 FW England ENG Beth Mead
10 MF Scotland SCO Kim Little (captain)
11 FW Netherlands NED Vivianne Miedema
12 MF Norway NOR Frida Maanum
13 MF Switzerland SUI Lia Wälti
14 GK Canada CAN Sabrina D'Angelo
15 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Katie McCabe (3rd captain)
16 DF Switzerland SUI Noelle Maritz
17 FW Sweden SWE Lina Hurtig
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Australia AUS Caitlin Foord
20 FW Brazil BRA Giovana Queiroz
21 MF Netherlands NED Victoria Pelova
22 MF Denmark DEN Kathrine Møller Kühl
23 FW England ENG Alessia Russo
24 FW Canada CAN Cloé Lacasse
25 FW Sweden SWE Stina Blackstenius
26 DF Austria AUT Laura Wienroither
27 DF Spain ESP Laia Codina
28 DF Sweden SWE Amanda Ilestedt
29 DF England ENG Teyah Goldie
32 MF Australia AUS Kyra Cooney-Cross
40 GK England ENG Naomi Williams


Arsenal 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.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
53 FW England ENG Vivienne Lia
58 MF England ENG Isabella Fisher
No. Pos. Nation Player
61 FW England ENG Madison Earl
62 DF England ENG Katie Reid

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. Pos. Nation Player
18 GK United States USA Kaylan Marckese (at Bristol City until 30 June 2024)
56 MF England ENG Freya Godfrey (at Charlton Athletic until 30 June 2024)
59 MF England ENG Michelle Agyemang (at Watford until 30 June 2024)

Former players[edit]

For notable current and former players, see Category:Arsenal W.F.C. players.

Management and staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Joe Montemurro, who was the head coach from 2017 to 2021

As of 21 September 2023

Position Name
Head of women's football England Clare Wheatley
Head coach Sweden Jonas Eidevall
Assistant coaches Australia Aaron D'Antino
Sweden Patrick Winqvist
England Kelly Smith
Netherlands Renée Slegers
Goalkeeper coach England Sebastian Barton
Lead strength and conditioning coach Republic of Ireland Eoin Clarkin
Head of sports medicine and sports science England Gary Lewin
Doctor England Dionisio Izquierdo
Lead physiotherapist England Rose Glendinning
Sports psychologist England Matt Domville
Analyst England Jonny Dixon
Team operations manager England Holly Skinner
Academy manager England James Honeyman

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name
1987–2009 England Vic Akers
2009–2010 Scotland Tony Gervaise
2010–2013 England Laura Harvey
2013–2014 Scotland Shelley Kerr
2014–2017 Spain Pedro Martínez Losa
2017–2021 Australia Joe Montemurro
2021– Sweden Jonas Eidevall


English Football Hall of Fame[edit]

The following Arsenal players have been inducted into the English Hall of Fame.

Arsenal W.F.C. players inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame
Ind. Name Nationality Pos. Years Ref.
2005 Debbie Bampton  England MF 1987–1997 [39]
2008 Pauline Cope  England GK 1982–2006 [40]
2009 Marieanne Spacey  England FW 1984–1996 [41]
2015 Faye White  England DF 1996–2013 [42]
2016 Rachel Brown-Finnis  England GK 1995–2014 [43]
2017 Kelly Smith  England FW 1994–2017 [44]
Rachel Yankey  England MF 1996–2016 [45]
2019 Alex Scott  England DF 2002–2018 [46]
2021 Karen Carney  England MF 2001–2019 [47]

Women's Super League Hall of Fame[edit]

The following Arsenal players have been inducted into the Women's Super League Hall of Fame.

Ind. Player Nationality Pos. Years
2021 Kelly Smith  England FW 2012–2017
Fara Williams  England MF 2016–2017
Rachel Yankey  England FW 2011–2016
2022 Katie Chapman  England MF 2011–2013

Last updated: 28 October 2022.
Source: List of Women's Super League Hall of Fame Inductees


Arsenal are statistically the most successful club in English women's football, holding the records for most titles won in each top-tier domestic competition they have played in.[7]

As of 5 March 2023[48]
  – Indicates that Arsenal are the most successful club in the competition
 †  – Indicates the title was shared with another club
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic English Football Championship[a] 15 1992–93, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011, 2012, 2018–19
FA Women's Premier League South[b] 1 1991−92
Women's FA Cup 14 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, 2015–16
FA Women's League Cup[c] 6 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017–18, 2022–23
FA Women's National League Cup[d] 10 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09
Women's FA Community Shield[e] 5 2000†, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008
Continental UEFA Women's Champions League[f] 1 2006–07


Winners (10) (record): 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

In European football, the UEFA coefficients are statistics used for ranking and seeding teams in club and international competitions. Club coefficients are used to rank individual clubs for seeding in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

As of 29 June 2023[49]
Rank Team Points
5 Germany Bayern Munich 96.333
6 England Chelsea 81.366
7 England Arsenal 56.366
8 England Manchester City 45.366
9 Italy Juventus 43.000

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Including:
  2. ^ Arsenal played in the competition when it was a part of the country's joint second division, in conjunction with the northern section. Today the competition is a part of the country's third division and is called the FA Women's National League South.
  3. ^ Previously called the FA WSL Cup (2010−2018)
  4. ^ Previously called the FA Women's Premier League Cup (1994−2018)
  5. ^ Previously called the FA Charity Shield (2000−2002)
  6. ^ Previously called the UEFA Women's Cup (2001–2009)


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