Arsenal W.F.C.

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Arsenal Women
Arsenal FC.svg
Full nameArsenal Women Football Club
Nickname(s)The Gunners
Founded1987; 34 years ago (1987) as Arsenal Ladies
GroundEmirates Stadium
Capacity4,502 (1,700 seated)
OwnerKroenke Sports & Entertainment
Head coachJonas Eidevall
LeagueFA WSL
2020–21FA WSL, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Arsenal Women Football Club is an English professional women's football club based in Islington, London, England that was previously called Arsenal Ladies.[1][2] The club plays in the Women's Super League, the top tier of English women's football.

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 FA Women's Cup, 5 FA WSL Cups, 10 Women's Premier League Cups, 5 FA Women's Community Shield, and are the only English club to win the UEFA Women's Champions League. In the 2006–07 season, the club became the first in the history of women's football to achieve the continental European sextuple. They are also the only English football club either male or female, to win the Continental Treble while going undefeated in all competitions played that same season.

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,[3] 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.[4][5]

Arsenal have played their home games at Meadow Park, Borehamwood since their founding.


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.[6] Due to the status of women's football in England suffering from an overall decline in interest, Arsenal were limited to sparse, nomadic cup appearances for the first four years of their existence, and didn't turn professional until 2002.[7][8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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 2008–09 season, as well as six unbeaten campaigns.[11][12] 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.[13][14] This unique sextuple was recognized with The Committee Award by the Sports Journalists' Association in the 2007 Sports Journalists' Awards.[15]

Akers also led the team to a number of English women's football records, including a six-year league unbeaten run from October 2003[16] 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.[6] 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,[17] who resigned in February 2010 after only eight months in charge, suggesting his position had been undermined by outside interference.[17] In an unusual development, reserve coach Laura Harvey became first-team manager and Gervaise became reserve coach.[18] 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.[19] Arsenal won the inaugural season, marking their eighth consecutive English title, and secured another domestic double by also winning the FA Cup.[20] 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 lose to Reading, Kerr resigned.[21] She was replaced by Pedro Losa.[22] Losa led the team to the 2015 FA WSL Cup[23] and the 2016 FA Women's Cup.[24] Moreover, he helped the squad rebuild, 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, following the season's end, Losa resigned, and was replaced by Joe Montemurro.

In July 2017, the club rebranded as Arsenal Women Football Club,[2][9] in a move described by Arsenal as "clear signal of togetherness and unity", and to retain the progressive ethos of the club.[1] 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.


Arsenal Women play most of their home matches at Meadow Park, home of Vanarama National League side Boreham Wood, in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. It has a capacity of 4,500, although attendances for most league matches are around 1,000. 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.


First-team squad[edit]

Arsenal players lined up for a team photo before a match in September 2014
As of 3 September 2021.[8]

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
4 DF England ENG Anna Patten
5 DF Scotland SCO Jennifer Beattie
6 DF England ENG Leah Williamson
7 DF Australia AUS Steph Catley
8 MF England ENG Jordan Nobbs (vice-captain)
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
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 MF Switzerland  SUI Lia Wälti (3rd captain)
14 FW England ENG Nikita Parris
15 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Katie McCabe
16 DF Switzerland  SUI Noëlle Maritz
18 GK Australia AUS Lydia Williams
19 FW Australia AUS Caitlin Foord
20 DF Denmark DEN Simone Boye Sørensen
21 MF Switzerland  SUI Malin Gut
22 MF Austria AUT Viktoria Schnaderbeck
23 FW Japan JPN Mana Iwabuchi
77 FW United States USA Tobin Heath

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
17 FW Scotland SCO Lisa Evans (at West Ham United until 30 June 2022)
24 GK England ENG Fran Stenson (at Brighton & Hove Albion until 30 June 2022)


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.

Former players[edit]

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


Coaching staff[edit]

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

As of 28 June 2021.[25]

Position Name
Head coach Sweden Jonas Eidevall
Assistant coach Australia Aaron D'Antino
Assistant and personal development coach England Leanne Hall
Goalkeeper coach England Sebastian Barton

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


As of 12 December 2019.[26]



Winners (15) (record): 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
Winners (1): 1991–92


Winners (14) (record): 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
Winners (5) (record): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017–18
Winners (10) (record): 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09
Winners (5) (record): 2000 (shared), 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008


Winners (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

See also[edit]


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