2018–19 FA WSL

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 became the Championship – eleven clubs competed 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 played110
Goals scored315 (2.86 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 attendance1,010[1]

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

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
 
Arsenal celebrates winning the 2018–19 FA WSL season.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Bristol City   Willie Kirk[7] Signed with Manchester United 29 May 2018 End of season (8th)   Tanya Oxtoby[8] 4 July 2018
West Ham United   Karen Ray[9] End of interim period 7 June 2018 Pre-season   Matt Beard[10] 7 June 2018
Liverpool   Scott Rodgers[11] Sacked 8 June 2018   Neil Redfearn[12] 12 June 2018
Yeovil Town   Jamie Sherwood[13] Appointed Director of Football 14 June 2018   Lee Burch[13] 14 June 2018
Liverpool   Neil Redfearn[14] Resigned 14 September 2018 11th   Vicky Jepson[15] 26 October 2018
Everton   Andy Spence[16] Sacked 7 November 2018 11th   Willie Kirk[17] 1 December 2018
Birmingham City   Marc Skinner[18] Signed with Orlando Pride 11 January 2019 4th   Marta Tejedor[19] 21 January 2019

League tableEdit

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 15 38 −23 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.[20]

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 1–0 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 0–1 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
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Position by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Arsenal1111111111111222221111
Birmingham City3222233343344444444434
Brighton & Hove Albion9810101010999910109999999999
Bristol City4546756766777555555666
Chelsea5665564435433333333343
Everton1099999101111119910101010101010101010
Liverpool71078645678888888888888
Manchester City6333322222222111112222
Reading2454475554555666776555
West Ham United11787888887666777667777
Yeovil Town8111111111111101010111111111111111111111111
Qualification to Champions League
Relegation to Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 11 May 2019. Source: FA WSL

Season statisticsEdit