|Full name||Southampton Football Club Women|
|Ground||St Mary's Stadium|
|Manager||Marieanne Spacey-Cale, MBE|
|2022–23||Women's Championship, 6th of 12|
Southampton Football Club Women is an English women's football club affiliated with Southampton FC. Based in Southampton, the club plays in the FA Women's Championship in the 2023–24 season after winning promotion from the FA Women's National League South in 2022.
In 1970, Southampton Women's F.C. was formed by female fans of the men's Southampton F.C., but the two clubs were unaffiliated. Southampton Women's F.C. went on to great success in England, winning the WFA Cup (Women's FA Cup) eight times.
Another team, Southampton Saints Girls & Ladies F.C. were formed in 1979 as Red Star FC, who were founder members of the WFA Women's National League in 1991. The club adopted the name Southampton Saints Girls & Ladies on affiliating to Southampton F.C. in 1995, and was absorbed by Southampton F.C. in 2001. The club had financial difficulties in 2005; the men's senior side were relegated from the Premier League after 27 years of top-flight football, and Southampton F.C. withdrew support for the female side. Southampton Saints Girls & Ladies continued without major club support for another 14 years, before announcing their demise due to financial difficulties in July 2019.
By 2016 Southampton FC, under new ownership, saw the need for a competitive senior women's team as the profile of women's football in the UK grew. With the club's Regional Talent Centre, a Southampton Under-16 team was formed, and an Under-21 side in May 2017. The club formed an adult women's side for the 2017–18 season and were admitted to the Hampshire Women’s League Division 1. In March 2018, Southampton unsuccessfully applied to enter the FA Women's Championship (Tier 2).
In June 2018, after winning the Hampshire Women's League Division 1, the senior team was listed for the following season's Southern Region Women's Football League First Division South. In July 2018, the club appointed former England international Marieanne Spacey-Cale as head of Women's and Girls' Football. Spacey-Cale has 91 senior England caps.
In the 2018–19 season, the club in fact played in the Southern Region Premier Division, and won the title with a perfect record of 18 wins, earning promotion to the FA Women's National League Division One. They also beat Oxford City Women in the League Cup, achieving a domestic Double.
The club applied for, and were granted, upward club movement in the summer of 2021, being placed in the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division for the 2021–22 season.
In the 2021–22 season, the club won the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division to earn a chance to get promoted to the second-tier by beating the FA WNL Northern Premier Division champions in a play-off. On 21 May 2022, Southampton earned a first ever promotion to the FA Women's Championship by defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 in the play-off.
Following promotion to the FA Women's Championship, the club announced they would turn professional and play all of their home games at St Mary's. After a 0–1 defeat to Sheffield United in the final game of the season, the club finished in sixth place in the league.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|First-Team Manager||Marieanne Spacey-Cale|
|First Team Assistant Manager||Lauren Phillips|
Southampton F.C. are well known for their youth development and scouting programmes. The club run a female-specific development programme, spanning talent clubs, summer camps, and the FA-approved Premier League Girls' Football Programme. In May 2017 the club announced the formation of a dedicated U-21 women's squad to complement their coaching programme and provide a feeder route into the women's first team.
- Hampshire Women’s Football League Division 1
- Champions (2017–18)
- Southern Region Women's Football League Cup
- Champions (2018–19)
- Southern Region Women's Football League Premier Division
- Champions (2018–19)
- Hampshire FA Women's Challenge Cup
- Runners up (2021)
- Withdrew from Final due to fixture congestion (2022)
- FA Women's National League South Southern Premier Division
- Champions (2021–22)
- Champions (2021/22)
- FA Women's Championship Playoff
- Champions (2021/22)
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