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Liverpool FC Women
Liverpool FC.svg
Full nameLiverpool Football Club Women
Nickname(s)The Reds' Ladies
Founded1989; 33 years ago (1989), as Newton Ladies F.C.
GroundPrenton Park
Capacity16,587
OwnerFenway Sports Group
CEOBilly Hogan
ManagerMatt Beard
LeagueWomen's Super League
2021–22FA Women's Championship, 1st of 12 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.[1] 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.[2] This decision pioneered the professionalisation of women's football in England and led to Liverpool's first FA WSL title in 2013;[3] they then retained the title in 2014.[4]

History[edit]

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.[5] Knowsley United reached the final of the Premier League Cup in 1993, but lost to Arsenal at Wembley.[6] 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.[7] In 1994, the club reached the final of the FA Women's Cup, but lost 1–0 to Doncaster Belles at Glanford Park.[8]

In mid-1994, the club linked with Liverpool F.C. and took on the name Liverpool Ladies F.C.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16]

Liverpool was one of eight founding teams in the FA WSL in April 2011.[17]

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.[18] Johnson's assistant Andy Williams was subsequently promoted to the manager's role.[19]

In August 2012, Matt Beard, who had left Chelsea the previous month, was appointed manager on a full-time contract until 2014.[20] 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.[21] The club then announced a move from the West Lancashire College Stadium in Skelmersdale, to the Halton Stadium in Widnes for 2013.[22] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[23] 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.[24][25] In October 2015, Scott Rogers, who was Matt Beard's assistant coach, was officially appointed as manager.[26]

On 19 April 2017, the club announced a landmark shirt sponsorship deal with beauty and cosmetics company Avon Products.[27] 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.[28]

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.

Players[edit]

Liverpool team in September 2019 prior to a match against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Women

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 May 2022[29][30]

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 England ENG Rachael Laws
3 DF England ENG Leighanne Robe
4 MF Wales WAL Rhiannon Roberts
5 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Niamh Fahey (captain)
6 DF England ENG Jasmine Matthews
7 MF England ENG Missy Bo Kearns
9 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Leanne Kiernan
10 MF Northern Ireland NIR Rachel Furness
11 FW England ENG Melissa Lawley
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 DF England ENG Taylor Hinds
13 GK Canada CAN Rylee Foster
14 FW England ENG Ashley Hodson
17 MF England ENG Carla Humphrey
18 MF Wales WAL Ceri Holland
20 FW Belgium BEL Yana Daniels
24 FW United States USA Katie Stengel
27 GK England ENG Charlotte Clarke
28 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Megan Campbell

Former players[edit]

For details of current and former players, see Category:Liverpool F.C. Women players.

Players' Player of the Year[edit]

Awarded at the Liverpool FC end-of-season Players' Awards Dinner.

Season Name Nationality Position Ref
2013 Nicole Rolser  Germany Midfielder [31]
2014 Fara Williams  England Midfielder [32]
2015 Martha Harris  England Defender [33]
2016 Sophie Ingle  Wales Midfielder [34]
2017[35] Sophie Ingle  Wales Midfielder [36]
2017–18 Sophie Ingle  Wales Midfielder [37]
2018–19 Sophie Bradley-Auckland  England Defender [38]
2019–20 Rinsola Babajide  England Forward [39]
2019–20 Missy Bo Kearns  England Midfielder [40]
2021–22 Rachael Laws  England Goalkeeper [41]

Staff[edit]

Manager Matt Beard
Position Staff
Manager Matt Beard
Assistant Manager Amber Whiteley
Assistant Manager Paul McHugh
Goalkeeping Coach Joe Potts
Analyst Jordan Kevan
Physiotherapist Hina Chauhan
Strength and Conditioning Coach Colm Smith
Sports Therapist Chris Underwood
Performance Psychologist Francesca Champ
Club Doctor Amelia Woodhouse

Last updated: 12 January 2021
Source: https://www.liverpoolfc.com/team/women

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name Notes Ref
1989–1993 Elizabeth "Liz" Deighan [42][43]
1993–95 Angie Gallimore Player-manager [42][43]
1996–97 Paul Ashley
1997–2001 Barbara Nodwell [44][45]
2001 Craig Boyd [45]
2001–05 John Williams [46][47]
2005–07 Keith Cliffe [47][48]
2007–08 David Bradley [49][50]
2008–2012 Robbie Johnson [51][18]
2012–15 Matt Beard [20][23]
2015–18 Scott Rogers [26][52]
2018 Neil Redfearn [53]
2018 Chris Kirkland Caretaker [54]
2018–2021 Vicky Jepson [55]
2021 Amber Whiteley Caretaker [56]
2021– Matt Beard [57]

Seasons[edit]

As of 1 May 2022
Season League Women's FA Cup FA Women's League Cup UWCL League Top Scorer
Tier Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name(s) Goals
1991–92 1 14 6 5 3 31 30 17 4th
1992–93 1 18 11 1 6 37 33 23 3rd Runners-Up
1993–94 1 18 13 2 3 63 30 41 3rd Runners-Up
1994–95 1 18 12 3 3 58 17 39 2nd Runners-Up
1995–96 1 18 9 2 7 36 27 29 5th Runners-Up
1996–97 1 18 9 3 6 30 16 30 4th Karen Burke
Shirley Oakford
8
1997–98 1 18 8 3 7 33 25 27 6th Third Round
1998–99 1 18 6 2 10 28 27 20 6th
1999–00 1 18 4 4 10 15 38 16 8th
2000–01 1 18 0 0 18 13 89 0 10th
2001–02 2 20 8 6 6 41 27 30 5th DNQ
2002–03 2 22 7 8 7 37 32 29 6th
2003–04 2 20 15 5 0 51 12 50 1st (Champions)
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
2007–08 1 22 6 4 12 31 51 22 10th Semi-finals Joanne Traynor 5
2008–09 1 22 4 4 14 28 63 16 11th Cheryl Foster 12
2009–10 2 22 19 2 1 59 19 59 1st (Champions) Fourth Round First Round 16
2010–11 1 14 1 4 9 10 26 7 8th Semi-finals Quarter-finals Katie Brusell
Nicola Harding
2
2011–12 1 14 1 2 11 15 35 5 8th Fifth Round Group Stage Hannah Keryakoplis
Kelly Jones
3
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
Gemma Davison
4
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
2016–17 1 8 4 2 2 20 18 14 4th Semi-finals 5
2017–18 1 18 9 1 8 30 27 28 6th Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Bethany England 10
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
Rachel Furness
5
2021–22 2 22 16 4 2 49 11 52 1st (Champions) Fifth Round Quarter-finals Leanne Kiernan 13
2022–23 1 TBD

Record in UEFA Women's Champions League[edit]

All results (away, home and aggregate) list Liverpool FC Women's goal tally first.

Season Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate Scorers
2014–15 Round of 32 Sweden Linköpings 2–1 0–3
2–4
Gemma Davison, Natasha Dowie
2015–16 Round of 32 Italy Brescia 0–1 0–1
0–2

Honours[edit]

Leagues[edit]

2013 FA WSL Championship celebration

Cups[edit]

Recognitions[edit]

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