The 2019–20 FA WSL season (also known as the Barclays FA Women's Super League for sponsorship reasons) is the ninth edition of the FA Women's Super League (WSL) since it was formed in 2010.[1] It is the second season after the rebranding of the four highest levels in English women's football and the twelve teams contesting the season will be the greatest number in the league's history thus far, following its steady increase from its original eight.[2] It is the first under the new Barclays title sponsorship following a landmark multi-million pound investment.[3]

FA WSL
Arsenal WFC v Manchester City WFC, 11 May 2019 (01).jpg
FA WSL trophy
Season2019–20
Matches played52
Goals scored146 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorerVivianne Miedema (12 goals)
Biggest home winArsenal 11–1 Bristol City
(1 December 2019)
Biggest away winBirmingham City 0–6 Chelsea
(24 November 2019)
Highest scoringArsenal 11–1 Bristol City
(1 December 2019)
Highest attendance38,262 - Tottenham 0–2 Arsenal
(17 November 2019)
All statistics correct as of 8 December 2019.

BroadcastingEdit

Ahead of the 2019–20 season, the FA launched a new comprehensive streaming service available on desktop or mobile app that would broadcast every FA WSL game live internationally for free,[4] except in Australia where Optus Sport holds exclusive rights,[5] Central America where Sky México holds exclusive rights, and Scandinavia where NENT holds exclusive rights.[6] The FA Player also streams the majority of WSL games in the United Kingdom alongside the one game per weekend televised by BBC Sport digitally on their red button service and website[7] while subscription channel BT Sport holds the rights to televise a select number of matches which are geo-blocked from the FA Player in the UK.[6][8]

TeamsEdit

After the WSL's restructure going into the 2018–19 season, membership of the league returned solely to performance in the previous season, though the league expanded from eleven teams to twelve as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were both promoted after finishing first and second respectively in the Championship during the 2018–19 season[9] while only Yeovil Town were relegated.[10][11]

Team Location Ground Capacity 2018–19 season
Arsenal Borehamwood Meadow Park 4,502 1st
Birmingham City Solihull Damson Park 3,050 4th
Brighton & Hove Albion Crawley Broadfield Stadium[a] 6,134 9th
Bristol City Filton Stoke Gifford Stadium[b] 1,500 6th
Chelsea Kingston upon Thames Kingsmeadow[c] 4,850 3rd
Everton Liverpool Walton Hall Park[d][e] 10th
Liverpool Birkenhead Prenton Park[f] 16,587 8th
Manchester City Manchester Academy Stadium[g] 7,000 2nd
Manchester United Manchester Leigh Sports Village 12,000 WC, 1st
Reading High Wycombe Adams Park[h] 9,617 5th
Tottenham Hotspur Canons Park The Hive Stadium[i] 6,500 WC, 2nd
West Ham United Romford Rush Green Stadium[j] 3,000 7th

Stadium changesEdit

In response to the record viewing figures during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, three select fixtures were initially moved to Premier League grounds: The Manchester derby at the City of Manchester Stadium, Chelsea v Tottenham at Stamford Bridge and the North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.[12][13] In total, eight of the twelve teams have moved FA WSL fixtures to the larger grounds of their men's affiliate teams: Bristol City later announced their opening game would be played at Ashton Gate,[14] Reading moved one of their league fixtures (as well as all three League Cup games) to the Madjeski Stadium[15] and West Ham announced they would host Spurs at the London Stadium.[16] Brighton & Hove Albion moved their match against Birmingham to the Falmer Stadium to coincide with the FA’s Women’s Football Weekend, held during a men's international break.[17] Liverpool later moved their Merseyside derby, held on the same weekend, to Anfield and Everton moved the reverse fixture in February to Goodison Park.[18][19]

After originally planning to permanently relocate to their new Walton Hall Park stadium in October 2019 following their opening two home games, delays meant Everton had to postpone the move until February 2020 and eventually scheduled six of their 11 home league games at Haig Avenue in Southport.[20][21][22]

Personnel and kitsEdit

As of 21 January 2020
Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal   Joe Montemurro   Kim Little Adidas Fly Emirates
Birmingham City   Marta Tejedor   Kerys Harrop Adidas Maple from Canada
Brighton & Hove Albion   Hope Powell   Danielle Buet Nike American Express
Bristol City   Tanya Oxtoby   Loren Dykes Bristol Sport Yeo Valley
Chelsea   Emma Hayes   Magdalena Eriksson Nike Yokohama Tyres
Everton   Willie Kirk   Lucy Graham Umbro SportPesa
Liverpool   Vicky Jepson   Sophie Bradley-Auckland New Balance BetVictor
Manchester City Vacant   Steph Houghton Puma Etihad Airways
Manchester United   Casey Stoney   Katie Zelem Adidas Chevrolet
Reading   Kelly Chambers   Natasha Harding Macron YLD
Tottenham Hotspur   Karen Hills   Jenna Schillaci Nike AIA
West Ham United   Matt Beard   Gilly Flaherty Umbro Betway

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Manchester City   Nick Cushing[23] Signed with New York City FC 2 February 2020

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Manchester City 13 11 0 2 33 5 +28 33 Qualification for the Champions League
2 Arsenal 13 11 0 2 36 9 +27 33
3 Chelsea 12 10 2 0 34 8 +26 32
4 Manchester United 11 6 0 5 19 8 +11 18
5 Everton 11 6 0 5 17 15 +2 18
6 Reading 12 5 2 5 18 23 −5 17
7 Tottenham Hotspur 13 5 1 7 12 22 −10 16
8 West Ham United 11 4 1 6 15 22 −7 13
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 2 3 8 9 28 −19 9
10 Birmingham City 11 2 1 8 5 20 −15 7
11 Liverpool 12 1 3 8 4 13 −9 6
12 Bristol City 12 1 3 8 8 37 −29 6 Relegation to the Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 19 January 2020. Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARS BIR BHA BRI CHE EVE LIV MCI MNU REA TOT WHU
Arsenal 2–0 4–0 11–1 1–4 16 May 1–0 1–0 5 Apr 23 Feb 9 Feb 2–1
Birmingham City 26 Apr 9 Feb 23 Feb 0–6 0–1 2–0 0–2 P–P 6 May 1–1 5 Apr
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–4 3–0 29 Mar 1–1 2 Feb 1–0 16 May 12 Feb 2–2 23 Feb 1–3
Bristol City 22 Mar 0–2 0–0 0–4 5 Apr 0–1 0–5 26 Apr 9 Feb 1–2 P–P
Chelsea 2–1 12 Feb 5 Apr 6–1 22 Mar 16 May 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2 Feb
Everton 1–3 29 Mar 2–0 2–0 3 May 9 Feb 0–1 23 Feb 3–1 3–1 26 Apr
Liverpool 13 Feb 2 Feb 26 Apr 1–1 1–1 0–1 22 Mar P–P 0–1 5 Apr 1–1
Manchester City 2 Feb 3–0 5–0 12 Feb 23 Feb 3–1 1–0 1–0 5 Apr 26 Apr 5–0
Manchester United 0–1 16 May 4–0 0–1 9 Feb 3–1 2–0 29 Mar 2–0 3–0 22 Mar
Reading 0–3 1–0 22 Mar 3–3 26 Apr 3–2 29 Mar 0–2 2 Feb 3–1 12 Feb
Tottenham Hotspur 0–2 22 Mar 1–0 2 Feb 29 Mar 12 Feb 1–0 1–4 0–3 16 May 2–1
West Ham United 29 Mar 1–0 2–1 16 May 1–3 P–P 23 Feb 9 Feb 3–2 2–3 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 19 January 2020. Source: The FA
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

As of 13 January 2020

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 14
2   Pauline Bremer Manchester City 9
  Bethany England Chelsea
4   Lauren James Manchester United 5
  Chloe Kelly Everton
  Kim Little Arsenal
  Ji So-Yun Chelsea
8   Daniëlle van de Donk Arsenal 4
  Jordan Nobbs Arsenal
  Ebony Salmon Bristol City
  Ellen White Manchester City

Top assistsEdit

Rank Player Club Assists
1   Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 8
2   Janine Beckie Manchester City 6
3   Fara Williams Reading 5
4   Daniëlle van de Donk Arsenal 4
  Guro Reiten Chelsea
  Keira Walsh Manchester City
  Caroline Weir Manchester City
8   Jonna Andersson Chelsea 3
  Bethany England Chelsea
  Lisa Evans Arsenal
  Leah Galton Manchester United
  Lauren Hemp Manchester City
  Ji So-Yun Chelsea
  Fran Kirby Chelsea
  Beth Mead Arsenal
  Molly Pike Everton
  Lucy Staniforth Birmingham City
  Ellen White Manchester City

Clean sheetsEdit

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1   Ellie Roebuck Manchester City 8
2   Manuela Zinsberger Arsenal 6
3   Ann-Katrin Berger Chelsea 4
  Mary Earps Manchester United
  Tinja-Riikka Korpela Everton
6   Becky Spencer Tottenham Hotspur 3
  Megan Walsh Brighton & Hove Albion
8   Sophie Baggaley Bristol City 2
  Hannah Hampton Birmingham City
  Pauline Peyraud-Magnin Arsenal
11   Courtney Brosnan West Ham United 1
  Rachael Laws Reading
  Grace Moloney Reading

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
September   Karen Hills
  Juan Amorós
Tottenham Hotspur   Chloe Kelly Everton [24][25][26][27]
October   Emma Hayes Chelsea   Kirsty Hanson Manchester United [28][29]
November   Willie Kirk Everton   Millie Bright Chelsea [30][31]
December   Joe Montemurro Arsenal   Vivianne Miedema Arsenal [32][33]

Prize moneyEdit

An FA WSL prize fund will be in place for the first time, following the new Barclay's sponsorship deal, with the entire pot totaling £500,000. The money will be awarded in decreasing increments with the champions winning £100,000 and the last placed team being awarded £6,000.[34][35]

Finish Prize money
1st £100,000
2nd £67,000
3rd £60,000
4th £55,000
5th £49,000
6th £43,000
7th £36,000
8th £30,000
9th £24,000
10th £18,000
11th £12,000
12th £6,000

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  32. ^ "December Manager of the Month". Barclays football. 4 January 2020.
  33. ^ "December Player of the Month". Barclays football. 4 January 2020.
  34. ^ "Prize fund". womenscompetitions.thefa.com.
  35. ^ "Women's Super League: Barclays agree multi-million sponsorship deal". 20 March 2019.

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