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The 2018–19 FA WSL was the eighth edition of the FA Women's Super League (WSL) since it was formed in 2010. It was the first season after a rebranding of the four highest levels in English women's football. The previous FA WSL 2 is now the Championship – eleven clubs are competing in the 2018–19 FA Women's Championship.

FA WSL
Arsenal WFC v Manchester City WFC, 11 May 2019 (01).jpg
FA WSL trophy
Season2018–19
ChampionsArsenal
RelegatedYeovil Town
Champions LeagueArsenal
Manchester City
Matches played104
Goals scored315 (3.03 per match)
Top goalscorerVivianne Miedema
(22 goals)
Biggest home winMan City 7–1 West Ham
(14 October 2018)
Arsenal 6–0 Reading
(21 October 2018)
Chelsea 6–0 Bristol City
(20 February 2019)
Biggest away winArsenal 7–0 Yeovil Town
(19 September 2018)
Highest scoringMan City 7–1 West Ham
(14 October 2018)
Average attendance833[1]

Arsenal won their first WSL since 2012 with a 4–0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.[2]

Contents

TeamsEdit

Following restructuring of the women's game in order to provide for a fully professional Women's Super League (WSL), membership of both the first and second tier is subject to a licence, based on a series of off-the-field criteria. Yeovil Town estimated the budget needed for a WSL season at about £350,000.[3] Existing WSL teams were first offered the opportunity to bid for licences,[4] with all applying FA WSL clubs retaining their place in the first tier, with Brighton & Hove Albion from the WSL2 also offered a place in the WSL.[5] From the first tier, Sunderland were unsuccessful in their license application.[5]

This left up to two places in the WSL and up to five places in the Championship for applying clubs.[4] Fifteen applications were received for both the top two tiers,[5] and West Ham was given a licence in the second stage, so that the league is made up of 11 teams.[6]

Team Location Ground Capacity 2017–18 season
Arsenal Borehamwood Meadow Park 4,502 3rd
Birmingham City Solihull Damson Park 3,050 5th
Brighton & Hove Albion Crawley Broadfield Stadium 6,134 2nd, WSL 2
Bristol City Filton Stoke Gifford Stadium 1,500 8th
Chelsea Kingston upon Thames Kingsmeadow 4,850 1st
Everton Southport Haig Avenue 6,008 9th
Liverpool Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,587 6th
Manchester City Manchester Academy Stadium 7,000 2nd
Reading High Wycombe Adams Park 9,617 4th
West Ham United Romford West Ham United F.C. Rush Green Training Ground 3,000 7th, WPL South
Yeovil Town Dorchester The Avenue Stadium 5,229 10th

League tableEdit

 
Arsenal celebrates winning the 2018–19 FA WSL season.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Arsenal (C) 20 18 0 2 70 13 +57 54 Qualification for the Champions League
2 Manchester City 20 14 5 1 53 17 +36 47
3 Chelsea 20 12 6 2 46 14 +32 42
4 Birmingham City 20 13 1 6 29 17 +12 40
5 Reading 20 8 3 9 33 30 +3 27
6 Bristol City 20 7 4 9 17 34 −17 25
7 West Ham United 20 7 2 11 25 37 −12 23
8 Liverpool 20 7 1 12 21 38 −17 22
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 4 4 12 16 38 −22 16
10 Everton 20 3 3 14 18 44 −26 12
11 Yeovil Town (R) 20 2 1 17 11 60 −49 −3[a] Relegation to the Championship
Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Yeovil Town deducted 10 points for entering administration.[7]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARS BIR BRH BRI CHE EVE LIV MCI REA WHU YEO
Arsenal 3–1 4–1 4–0 1–2 2–1 5–0 1–0 6–0 4–3 3–0
Birmingham City 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 2–1 3–0 2–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–4 2–1 0–1 0–4 0–0 0–1 0–6 1–4 0–1 2–1
Bristol City 0–4 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–1
Chelsea 0–5 2–3 2–0 6–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 5–0
Everton 0–4 1–3 3–3 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–4 3–2 1–2 0–1
Liverpool 1–5 0–2 0–2 5–2 0–4 3–1 0–3 0–1 1–0 2–1
Manchester City 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 7–1 2–1
Reading 0–3 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–3 2–1 2–2 3–4 1–2 4–0
West Ham United 2–4 1–2 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–3 0–0 2–1
Yeovil Town 0–7 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–8 1–0 1–2 0–4 0–5 0–5
Updated to match(es) played on 11 May 2019. Source: FA WSL
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season StatisticsEdit