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Chelsea Football Club Women, formerly known as Chelsea Ladies Football Club, are an English women's football club based in Fulham, England. Since 2004, the club has been affiliated with Chelsea F.C., a men's team in the Premier League. Chelsea Women were a founding member of the FA WSL in 2010, the top level of women's football in England since 2011. From 2005 to 2010, the side competed in the Premier League National Division, the top tier of women's football in England at the time.

Chelsea
Chelsea F.C. Crest
Full nameChelsea Football Club Women
Nickname(s)The Blues
Founded1992; 27 years ago (1992)
GroundKingsmeadow, Kingston upon Thames
Capacity4,850 (2,265 seated)
PresidentsJohn Terry[1]
Peter Steward
ChairmanBruce Buck
ManagerEmma Hayes
LeagueFA WSL
2018–19FA WSL, 3rd of 11
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Imperial Fields, Chelsea's home ground in 2011

Contents

HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

Chelsea Ladies Football Club was formed in 1992 after supporters of Chelsea F.C. expressed desire for a women's side.[2] In June 2004, Chelsea Ladies voted to be taken over and funded by Chelsea's Football in the Community department.[3] The club then won promotion as champions from the Southern Division in 2004–05 to the Premier League National Division and have participated at the top level ever since.

FA Premier League National Division, 2005–2010Edit

After starting 2005–06 with one point from six games, manager George Michealas was fired in September after four years in charge.[4] They finished bottom of the league that season under Shaun Gore, but won a promotion/relegation play-off against Northern Division runners-up Liverpool 4–1 on aggregate to stay in the Premier League National Division.[5] During the season the club had been linked with a transfer bid for North American star players Tiffeny Milbrett and Christine Sinclair.[6]

After an eighth-placed finish in 2006–07, Gore drafted in England players Siobhan Chamberlain, Casey Stoney and Eniola Aluko that summer.[7] American World Cup winner Lorrie Fair, regarded as one of the best midfielders in the women's game, joined in January as Chelsea finished 2007–08 in fifth position.[8]

Chelsea Ladies introduced a new manager for the 2008–09 season, former Arsenal Ladies reserve team coach Steve Jones. On 2 July 2008 Chelsea surprisingly signed Lianne Sanderson and Anita Asante from Arsenal Ladies,[9] in addition to veteran Mary Phillip. Then Arsenal Ladies manager Vic Akers criticised his former players as disrespectful,[9] while pursuing players from other clubs to bolster his own squad.

Chelsea Ladies finished the 2008–09 season third behind Arsenal and Everton. Mary Phillip retired a month into the new season,[10] Eniola Aluko and Anita Asante left for the new WPS in March 2009,[11] while Lorrie Fair missed the whole campaign with a cruciate ligament injury sustained in May 2008.[12] Jones departed as manager in January 2009, leaving Casey Stoney to act as player/manager.[13]

At Casey Stoney's recommendation, Matt Beard became manager for 2009–10.[14] Cuts to the Ladies club's funding were offset by financial assistance from John Terry and other Chelsea FC players.[14] A further blow arrived when Lianne Sanderson left for the 2010 WPS season.[15]

FA Women's Super League (FA WSL), 2011–presentEdit

The club bid successfully to be one of eight founding teams in the FA Women's Super League in March 2011.[16] Beard led the club to the Women's FA Cup final for the first time in 2012, but Chelsea were eventually beaten by Birmingham City on a penalty shootout after twice taking the lead in a 2–2 draw.[17] In July 2012 Matt Beard resigned as manager after three years in the post,[18] to be replaced by Emma Hayes.

In May 2013, Edda Garðarsdóttir revealed that club rules prevent Chelsea Ladies players from talking to their male clubmates, unless the male player initiates the conversation.[19]

The 2014 season was successful for Chelsea, as they finished second in the FA Women's Super League behind Liverpool on goal difference, after eight wins, two draws and four losses. A final day win would have clinched them the league title, but they lost 2–1 away to Manchester City. Their second-place finish meant that they qualified for the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time in the club's history. They also reached the semi finals of both the FA and Continental Cups, where they lost to both eventual winners, Arsenal and Manchester City respectively.

In 2015, it was announced that many of Chelsea's players would be becoming full professionals for the first time.[20]

On 1 August 2015, Chelsea won their first ever Women's FA Cup. They beat Notts County Ladies at Wembley Stadium. Ji So-yun scored the only goal at the 39th-minute while Eniola Aluko won the player of the match award.[21] The team then beat Sunderland 4–0 in October 2015 to secure the FA WSL title and a League and Cup "double".[22] Chelsea repeated that feat in the 2017–18 season, winning another FA WSL and Women's FA Cup double; in the same season, the team also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time.[23] On 23 May 2018, the club rebranded as Chelsea Football Club Women.[24]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 15 July 2019.[25]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2   DF Maria Thorisdottir
3   DF Hannah Blundell
4   DF Millie Bright (vice-captain)
5   MF Sophie Ingle
6   MF Anita Asante
7   DF Jessica Carter
10   MF Ji So-yun
11   DF Ali Riley
14   FW Fran Kirby
15   FW Bethany England
16   DF Magdalena Eriksson
No. Position Player
17   FW Adelina Engman
18   MF Maren Mjelde
20   DF Jonna Andersson
21   DF Deanna Cooper
22   FW Erin Cuthbert
23   FW Ramona Bachmann
24   MF Drew Spence
28   GK Carly Telford
30   GK Ann-Katrin Berger
  MF Guro Reiten

Former playersEdit

For details of former players, see Category:Chelsea F.C. Women players.

Management teamEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Emma Hayes
Assistant manager   Paul Green
First-team coach   TJ O'Leary
Goalkeeping coach   Stuart Searle

Source: Chelsea F.C.

StadiumEdit

As of the 2017–18 season, Chelsea Women plays at Kingsmeadow in Norbiton, Kingston upon Thames, London, which the Chelsea organisation has agreed to purchase from current occupant AFC Wimbledon in order for them to finance a new stadium for their own use.[26] Kingsmeadow has a capacity of 4,850 (2,265 of which is seated).

Until 2017, the team played their home games at Wheatsheaf Park, the home of the Staines Town F.C..[27] The stadium is located in Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex and features capacity for 3,002 spectators.[28]

The team previously played at Imperial Fields during the 2011–12 season, the home ground of Isthmian League club Tooting & Mitcham United.[29]

HonoursEdit

 
Chelsea players celebrating winning the 2014–15 FA Women's Cup win.

Domestic competitionsEdit

Record in UEFA Women's Champions LeagueEdit

Main article: English women's football clubs in international competitions
All results (home, away and aggregate) list Chelsea's goal tally first.

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 Round of 32   Glasgow City 1–0 [f] 3–0 4–0
Round of 16   Wolfsburg 1–2 [f] 0–2 1–4
2016–17 Round of 32   Wolfsburg 0–3 [f] 1–1 1–4
2017–18 Round of 32   Bayern Munich 1–0 [f] 1–2 2–2 (a)
Round of 16   Rosengård 3–0 [f] 1–0 4–0
Quarter-final   Montpellier 3–1 2–0 [f] 5–1
Semi-final   Wolfsburg 1–3 [f] 0–2 1–5
2018–19 Round of 32   SFK 2000 6–0 5–0 [f] 11–0
Round of 16   Fiorentina 1–0 [f] 6–0 7–0
Quarter-final   Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 [f] 1–2 3–2
Semi-final   Lyon 1–1 1–2 [f] 2–3
  • f First leg.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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