FA Women's Premier League

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The FA Women's Premier League, is a football league run by The Football Association. It sits at level 3 and 4 of women's football in England and consists, as of 2014-15, of a Northern and Southern division and four Division 1 leagues. In the 2014–15 season, 72 teams competed in the two divisions of the Women's Premier League.

From its foundation in 1992-93 through until 2012–13, the league was run in a pyramid format, with the FA Women's Premier League National Division at the top, and the Northern and Southern divisions running on an equal basis underneath the National Division. The winners of these leagues each season were promoted to the National Division. The terms Women's Premiership and Ladies Premiership were generally used for the National Division only. The National division had been the top tier of women's football on its foundation, but was demoted after the creation of the FA Women's Super League in 2011.[1] Following the 2012–13 season, the National Division was scrapped due to the FA's decision to add a second division to the WSL for the 2014 season (note that the WSL is a summer league, as opposed to the Premier League's winter format).

For the 2014/15 season the Premier League was restructured to have a second level, for this the Combination Women's Football Leagues were incorporated to the new Division 1. At level 3 in the pyramid now is the Northern and Southern division, a level below are four groups of Division 1 leagues, Northern, Midlands, South-East and South-West.


Below is a list of National Division champions and Premier League Cup winners, alongside the winners of the other major competitions for which FA Women's Premier League clubs are eligible, counted from the time the Women's Premier League was formed; the FA Cup dates from 1970 and the Community Shield (formerly the Charity Match and the Charity Shield) from 2000. The FA Cup was run by the Women's Football Association from 1970–71 to 1992–93 inclusive, and was taken over by the FA from the 1993–94 season. Likewise, the Premier League was run by the Women's FA for its first two seasons before being taken over by the FA.

Season Premier League FA Cup League Cup Community Shield
1991–92 Doncaster Belles Doncaster Belles Arsenal
1992–93 Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal
1993–94 Doncaster Belles Doncaster Belles Arsenal
1994–95 Arsenal Arsenal Wimbledon
1995–96 Croydon WFC Croydon WFC Wembley
1996–97 Arsenal Millwall Millwall
1997–98 Everton Arsenal Arsenal
1998–99 Croydon WFC Arsenal Arsenal
1999–00 Croydon WFC Croydon WFC Arsenal Arsenal
2000–01 Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal
2001–02 Arsenal Fulham Fulham Fulham
2002–03 Fulham Fulham Fulham Fulham
2003–04 Arsenal Arsenal Charlton Athletic Charlton Athletic
2004–05 Arsenal Charlton Athletic Arsenal Arsenal
2005–06 Arsenal Arsenal Charlton Athletic Arsenal
2006–07 Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal
2007–08 Arsenal Arsenal Everton
2008–09 Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal
2009–10 Arsenal Everton Leeds Carnegie not held
FA WSL became top tier of women's football
2010–11 Sunderland Arsenal Barnet not held
2011–12 Sunderland Birmingham City Sunderland not held
2012–13 Sunderland Arsenal Aston Villa not held

Croydon W.F.C. changed their name to Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2000, and competed as Charlton Athletic for 2000–01 and subsequent seasons. Leeds United L.F.C. changed their name to Leeds Carnegie in 2008–09 but returned to Leeds United Ladies for the 2010–11 season.[2]

Regional Division Champions[edit]

Season Northern Division Southern Division
1991–92 Bronte Arsenal
1992–93 Aston Villa District Line
1993–94 Wolverhampton Wanderers Bromley Borough
1994–95 Aston Villa Maidstone Tigresses
1995–96 Tranmere Rovers Southampton Saints
1996–97 Bradford City Berkhamsted
1997–98 Ilkeston Town Southampton Saints
1998–99 Aston Villa Reading Royals
1999–2000 Sunderland Barry Town
2000–01 Leeds United Brighton & Hove Albion
2001–02 Birmingham City Fulham
2002–03 Aston Villa Bristol Academy
2003–04 Liverpool Bristol City W.F.C.
2004–05 Sunderland Chelsea
2005–06 Blackburn Rovers Cardiff City
2006–07 Liverpool Watford
2007–08 Nottingham Forest Fulham
2008–09 Sunderland Millwall
2009–10 Liverpool Barnet
2010–11* Aston Villa Charlton Athletic
2011–12 Manchester City Portsmouth
2012–13 Sheffield Reading
FA WSL adds second division
2013–14 Sheffield Coventry City

*Due to the formation of the WSL, Cardiff City and Coventry City were also promoted to the National Division after finishing runners-up in the Southern and Northern Divisions respectively.


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