FA Women's Championship
|Number of teams||11|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||FA Women's Super League|
|Relegation to||National League North|
National League South
|League cup(s)||FA WSL Cup|
|Current champions||Manchester United (1st title) |
Doncaster Rovers Belles
(1 title each)
|2019–20 FA Women's Championship|
The Football Association Women's Championship is the second-highest division of women's football in England. The division was established in 2014 as FA Women's Super League 2 (WSL 2), before being renamed in 2018.
For the 2014 season the FA Women's Super League was expanded to create a second division with nine new teams added and one team being relegated from the WSL 1. WSL 1 remained as eight teams, with one new team inserted, with the WSL 2 having ten teams. The new WSL 1 licence was awarded to Manchester City. Doncaster Rovers Belles were relegated to the WSL 2, with nine new licences awarded to London Bees, Durham, Aston Villa, Millwall Lionesses, Yeovil Town, Reading, Sunderland, Watford, and Oxford United. Doncaster Belles appealed against their demotion, but were unsuccessful.
In December 2014, the FA WSL announced a two-year plan to expand WSL 1 from an eight to ten-team league. Two teams will be promoted from WSL 2, while one team will be relegated to WSL 2. Also, for the first time, a team from the FA Women's Premier League earned promotion to WSL 2, effectively connecting the WSL to the rest of the English women's football pyramid.
This left WSL 1 with nine teams and WSL 2 with ten teams for the 2016 season, and with the process repeated the following year, both WSL 1 and WSL 2 consisted of ten teams each for the 2017–18 season. In addition to being able to prove their financial solvency, clubs applying for entry to the WSL must show they will attract an average of 350 spectators in 2016, increasing to at least 400 in 2017.
The following eleven clubs are competing in the 2019–20 season.
|Aston Villa||Tamworth||The Lamb Ground||4,000||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|
|2014||Sunderland||Doncaster Rovers Belles a||Reading||Fran Kirby (Reading)||24|
|2015||Reading||Doncaster Rovers Belles||Everton||Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Doncaster Rovers Belles)||20|
|2016||Yeovil Town||Bristol City||Everton||Iniabasi Umotong (Oxford United)
Jo Wilson (London Bees)
|2017[a]||Everton||Doncaster Rovers Belles b||Millwall Lionesses||Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Doncaster Rovers Belles)||9|
|2017–18||Doncaster Rovers Belles c||Brighton & Hove Albion||Millwall Lionesses||Jessica Sigsworth (Doncaster Rovers Belles)||15|
|2018–19||Manchester United||Tottenham Hotspur||Charlton Athletic||Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United)||17|
Unless noted, teams in first and second were promoted to the FA WSL.
In the 2014 season there were 251 fans at a WSL 2 match on average. In 2015 it increased to 341 with thirteen matches reaching attendances of more than 500 spectators.
- The 2017 edition was known as the Spring Series and ran from February to May 2017.
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