Liverpool F.C. Women
|Full name||Liverpool Football Club Women|
|Nickname(s)||The Reds' Ladies|
|Founded||1989, as Newton Ladies F.C.|
|Owner||Fenway Sports Group|
|League||Women's Super League|
|2021–22||FA Women's Championship, 1st of 12 (promoted)|
Liverpool Football Club Women is an English women's football club, founded in 1989 as Newton LFC and subsequently renamed Knowsley United WFC and Liverpool Ladies. A founding member of the top-tier FA Women's Super League, Liverpool currently play in the second-tier FA Women's Championship, after being relegated from the 2019–20 FA WSL. The club was promoted back to the FA Women's Super League having won the 2021–22 FA Women's Championship.
Liverpool became the first English women's football club to offer all players full-time professional contracts prior to the 2013 FA WSL season. This decision pioneered the professionalisation of women's football in England and led to Liverpool's first FA WSL title in 2013; they then retained the title in 2014.
The club was founded in 1989 as Newton LFC, by former England international, Liz Deighan. The club rechristined as Knowsley United WFC two years later; becoming the founding members of the National Premier Division organised by the WFA. Knowsley United reached the final of the Premier League Cup in 1993, but lost to Arsenal at Wembley. The local MP, Eddie O'Hara, tabled an Early Day Motion congratulating the club on extending the annual sequence of Merseyside clubs playing in Cup finals at Wembley. In 1994, the club reached the final of the FA Women's Cup, but lost 1–0 to Doncaster Belles at Glanford Park.
The club finished runners-up in the following two FA Women's Cups. They lost the 1995 final 3–2 to Arsenal at Prenton Park; after twice being ahead through Karen Burke goals, Marieanne Spacey scored a late winner for Arsenal. In the 1996 final, Liverpool and their 15-year-old goalkeeper Rachel Brown, drew 1–1 with Croydon at The Den, but ultimately lost on penalties after extra time.
For most of the 1990s Liverpool were National Premier League mainstays but a lack of support and investment saw them relegated to the Northern Division in 2003. In 2004, they won the Northern Division and earned promotion, but did not stay long as they were relegated again at the end of the season, having won only two games.
As in the men's game, their biggest rivalry is with Everton, but their recent spells in the second tier have led them to develop rivalry with counterparts of lower-level male rivals, such as Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln Ladies. The Merseyside derby was rekindled in the 2007–08 season, after Liverpool won back promotion as 2006–07 Northern Division champions.
Surviving their first season back in the FA Women's Premier League National Division, finishing third bottom, they sacked manager David Bradley at the end of the season. The club were relegated into the Northern Division for 2009–10, but won the league losing just one game all season. Liverpool also won the FA Fair Play Award after playing for the whole season without having a single player booked or sent-off.
In June 2012, the manager for four seasons Robbie Johnson stepped down from his position. Under Johnson, the team won just two of their 20 games in his last two seasons in charge, having finished bottom in 2011, and with a similar record in 2012. Johnson's assistant Andy Williams was subsequently promoted to the manager's role.
In August 2012, Matt Beard, who had left Chelsea the previous month, was appointed manager on a full-time contract until 2014. When the club finished bottom of the WSL for the second successive season, Beard overhauled his squad by releasing ten players and making high-profile signings including United States national team defender Whitney Engen. The club then announced a move from the West Lancashire College Stadium in Skelmersdale, to the Halton Stadium in Widnes for 2013. On 29 September 2013, Liverpool Ladies clinched their first Women's Super League title by beating Bristol in the end-of-season decider, ending Arsenal's nine-year dominance of women's football in England. They retained the title on 12 October 2014 by beating Bristol 3–0 despite entering the final day in third behind Chelsea and Birmingham City.
In September 2015, it was announced that Matt Beard was leaving the club at the conclusion of the 2015 season to take charge of Boston Breakers in the United States. Liverpool had a difficult season, plagued by players' injuries and managing a 7th-place finish in the FA WSL, semifinals of the FA WSL Cup, fifth round of the FA Women's Cup and round of 32 of the Women's Champions League. In October 2015, Scott Rogers, who was Matt Beard's assistant coach, was officially appointed as manager.
On 19 April 2017, the club announced a landmark shirt sponsorship deal with beauty and cosmetics company Avon Products. This three-year agreement will see Avon become the first independent shirt sponsor for the club, replacing Standard Chartered from the men's side. As part of the agreement, Avon will also become Liverpool Ladies FC's principal partner and ladies beauty partner.
In July 2018, the club rebranded as Liverpool Football Club Women.
In the 2019–20 FA WSL season, Liverpool Women finished last, and as a result, were relegated to the FA Women's Championship, after being in the WSL since its inception. In the 2020–21 FA Women's Championship season, Liverpool Women finished 3rd, after a 1–1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers ended their promotion hopes. In May 2021, Matt Beard was announced as Liverpool Women's manager. Under Matt's second stint with the club, Liverpool Women won the 2021–22 FA Women's Championship with two games in hand, and earned their promotion back to the FA Women's Super League.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For details of current and former players, see Category:Liverpool F.C. Women players.
Players' Player of the Year
Awarded at the Liverpool FC end-of-season Players' Awards Dinner.
|2019–20||Missy Bo Kearns||England||Midfielder|||
|Assistant Manager||Amber Whiteley|
|Assistant Manager||Paul McHugh|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Joe Potts|
|Strength and Conditioning Coach||Colm Smith|
|Sports Therapist||Chris Underwood|
|Performance Psychologist||Francesca Champ|
|Club Doctor||Amelia Woodhouse|
Last updated: 12 January 2021
|1989–1993||Elizabeth "Liz" Deighan|||
- As of 1 May 2022
|Season||League||Women's FA Cup||FA Women's League Cup||UWCL||League Top Scorer|
|2004–05||1||18||3||2||13||21||49||11||9th||Fifth Round||Semi-finals||Louise Hastie||9|
|2005–06||2||22||15||3||4||39||17||48||2nd||First Round||Jade Thomas||12|
|2006–07||2||22||16||2||4||56||17||50||1st (Champions)||Gillian Hart||13|
|2009–10||2||22||19||2||1||59||19||59||1st (Champions)||Fourth Round||First Round||16|
|2011–12||1||14||1||2||11||15||35||5||8th||Fifth Round||Group Stage||Hannah Keryakoplis
|2012–13||1||14||12||0||2||46||19||36||1st (Champions)||Semi-finals||Semi-finals||Natasha Dowie||13|
|2013–14||1||14||7||5||2||19||10||26||1st (Champions)||Sixth Round||Group Stage||Round of 32||Fara Williams
|2014–15||1||14||4||1||9||15||24||13||7th||Fifth Round||Semi-finals||Round of 32||Natasha Dowie||4|
|2015–16||1||16||7||4||5||27||23||25||5th||Fifth Round||Quarter-finals||DNQ||Caroline Weir||7|
|2018–19||1||20||7||1||12||21||38||22||8th||Quarter-finals||Group Stage||Courtney Sweetman-Kirk||10|
|2019–20||1||14||1||3||10||8||20||6||12th||Fifth Round||Rachel Furness||5|
|2020–21||2||20||11||6||3||37||15||39||3rd||Fourth Round||Rinsola Babajide
|2021–22||2||22||16||4||2||49||11||52||1st (Champions)||Fifth Round||Quarter-finals||Leanne Kiernan||13|
Record in UEFA Women's Champions League
All results (away, home and aggregate) list Liverpool FC Women's goal tally first.
|2014–15||Round of 32||Linköpings||2–1||0–3||
|Gemma Davison, Natasha Dowie|
|2015–16||Round of 32||Brescia||0–1||0–1||
- FA Women's Premier League National Division / FA Women's Super League (Level 1)
- FA Women's Premier League Northern Division / FA Women's Championship (Level 2)
- FA Women's Cup
- Runners-up (3): 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96
- FA Women's National League Cup
- Runners-up (1): 1992–93
- Keele Classic
- Winners (1): 2010
- Preston Tournament
- Winners (1): 2010
- FA Club of the Year
- Winners (1): 2014
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