Chelsea F.C. Women

Chelsea Football Club Women, formerly known as Chelsea Ladies Football Club, are an English women's football club based in Norbiton, 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 FC Women
Chelsea F.C. crest
Full nameChelsea Football Club Women
Nickname(s)The Blues
Founded1992; 30 years ago (1992)
GroundKingsmeadow, Kingston upon Thames, London
Capacity4,850
Presidents
ChairmanAdrian Jacob[2]
ManagerEmma Hayes
LeagueFA WSL
2021–22FA WSL, 1st of 12 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Imperial Fields, Chelsea's home ground in 2011

HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

Chelsea Ladies Football Club was formed in 1992 after supporters of Chelsea F.C. expressed desire for a women's side.[3] In June 2004, Chelsea Ladies voted to be taken over and funded by Chelsea's Football in the Community department.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] During the season the club had been linked with a transfer bid for North American star players Tiffeny Milbrett and Christine Sinclair.[7]

After an eighth-place finish in 2006–07, Gore drafted in England players Siobhan Chamberlain, Casey Stoney and Eniola Aluko that summer.[8] 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.[9]

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,[10] in addition to veteran Mary Phillip. Then Arsenal Ladies manager Vic Akers criticised his former players as disrespectful,[10] 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,[11] Aluko and Asante left for the new WPS in March 2009, while Fair missed the whole campaign with a cruciate ligament injury sustained in May 2008.[12] Jones departed as manager in January 2009, leaving Stoney to act as player/manager.[13]

At Stoney's recommendation, Matt Beard became manager for 2009–10.[1] Cuts to the Ladies club's funding were offset by financial assistance from John Terry and other Chelsea F.C. players.[1] A further blow arrived when Sanderson left for the 2010 WPS season.[14]

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.[15] On 13 April 2011, the first-ever WSL fixture was played — at Imperial Fields, Chelsea's home ground — between them and Arsenal, which they lost 1–0.[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]

Former assistant at Arsenal, Emma Hayes, was brought in as manager in 2012, who was one of the first female managers in the WSL.[2] In Hayes' first season in charge, Chelsea, who were still a part-time professional club,[2] finished third-bottom of the League.[19] The following season, they finished second from the bottom.[20] The club subsequently went full-time.[2]

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.[21] 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 Cup and the League Cup, 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.[22]

 
Chelsea players celebrating their first FA Women's League Cup win in 2020.

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 of the game and Eniola Aluko won the player of the match award.[23] The team then beat Sunderland 4–0 in October 2015 to secure the FA WSL title and a League and Cup double.[24] 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.[25] On 23 May 2018, the club rebranded as Chelsea Football Club Women.[26]

Chelsea were awarded the 2019–20 WSL title on a points-per-game basis after the season had to be abruptly terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[27][28]

Chelsea began the 2020–21 season by winning their first ever FA Community Shield, against Manchester City.[29] The season also saw them win their second consecutive League Cup, winning 6–0 against Bristol City.[30] Chelsea and manager Hayes won their fourth WSL title, the most by any WSL team, by two points on the final day of the 2020–21 FA WSL season with a 5–0 victory over Reading.[31] Chelsea broke the records for most wins (18) and most points (57) in a season, and became just the third team to defend the League title after Liverpool and Arsenal. Sam Kerr won the WSL Golden Boot for most goals scored by an individual (21), while Fran Kirby was joint top for assists (11) and goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger registered the most clean sheets (12), winning the Golden Glove.[27] Given their remarkable performances over the season, Suzzane Wrack of The Guardian stated that Chelsea was "one of the best women's teams to ever play in England's top flight".[32] On 16 May 2021, Chelsea, on course for a quadruple, lost 4–0 to Barcelona[33] in their first-ever Champions League final appearance.[34] On 5 December 2021, Chelsea won the delayed 2020–21 FA Cup, beating the league leaders Arsenal 3–0 in a dominant display, with goals from Kirby and two from Kerr, helping clinch the trophy and their first domestic treble.[35]

StadiumEdit

Chelsea Women play at Kingsmeadow in Norbiton, Kingston upon Thames, London. Chelsea F.C. purchased Kingsmeadow for the Women from its former occupant AFC Wimbledon, so that Wimbledon could finance their new ground, Plough Lane.[36] Kingsmeadow has a capacity of 4,850.[37]

Until 2017, the team played their home games at Wheatsheaf Park, the home of the Staines Town.[38] The stadium is located in Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex and features capacity for 3,002 spectators.[39]

The team previously played at Imperial Fields during the 2011–12 season, the home ground of Tooting & Mitcham United.[40]

AttendanceEdit

The current home attendance record of a Chelsea Women's match is 24,564, set on 8 September 2019 during their first fixture of the 2018–19 FA WSL season, against Tottenham Hotspur, in their first (and only) match played at Stamford Bridge.[41] Their current home attendance record at their primary ground of Kingsmeadow is 4,670, set on 28 April 2019 in a Champion's League semi-final leg against Lyon.[42]

PlayersEdit

 
Chelsea in November 2019 before a match against Lewes

Current squadEdit

As of 24 January 2022.[43]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SWE Zećira Mušović
3 DF   NED Aniek Nouwen
4 DF   ENG Millie Bright (vice-captain)
5 MF   WAL Sophie Ingle
7 DF   ENG Jessica Carter
8 MF   GER Melanie Leupolz
9 FW   ENG Bethany England
10 MF   KOR Ji So-yun
11 MF   NOR Guro Reiten
14 FW   ENG Fran Kirby
16 DF   SWE Magdalena Eriksson (captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   CAN Jessie Fleming
18 DF   NOR Maren Mjelde
19 FW   ENG Lauren James
20 FW   AUS Sam Kerr
21 DF   ENG Niamh Charles
22 MF   SCO Erin Cuthbert
23 FW   DEN Pernille Harder
24 MF   JAM Drew Spence
25 DF   SWE Jonna Andersson
27 DF   RUS Alsu Abdullina
30 GK   GER Ann-Katrin Berger

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
29 DF   ENG Jorja Fox (to Charlton Athletic until 30 June 2022)
32 GK   ENG Emily Orman (to Crystal Palace until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 FW   ENG Aggie Beever-Jones (to Bristol City until 30 June 2022)
34 DF   ENG Charlotte Wardlaw (to Liverpool until 30 June 2022)

Former playersEdit

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

Management teamEdit

As of 19 May 2022[44]
Position Staff
Manager   Emma Hayes
Assistant manager   Paul Green
Head of technical/Goalkeeping coach   Stuart Searle
Assistant coach   Denise Reddy
Opposition analyst & coach   Leanne Champ

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season FA Women's Super League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Top scorer
Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name(s) Goals
2011 14 4 3 7 14 19 15 6th Fifth round Quarter-finals Did not qualify Not held   Danielle Bowman 3
2012 14 5 2 7 20 23 17 6th Runners-up Group Stage Did not qualify   Helen Lander 8
2013 14 3 1 10 20 27 10 7th Fifth round Group Stage Did not qualify   Eniola Aluko 8
2014 14 8 2 4 23 16 26 2nd Semi-finals Semi-finals Did not qualify   Ji So-yun 9
2015 14 10 2 2 30 10 32 Champions Winners Quarter-finals Round of 16   Ji So-yun 10
2016 16 12 1 3 42 17 37 2nd Runners-up First round Round of 32   Ji So-yun 10
2017[a] 8 6 1 1 32 3 19 Champions[a] Semi-finals   Ji So-yun 6
2017–18 18 13 5 0 44 13 44 Champions Winners Semi-finals Semi-finals   Fran Kirby 23
2018–19 20 12 6 2 46 14 42 3rd Semi-finals Semi-finals Semi-finals   Bethany England 22
2019–20 15 12 3 0 47 11 39 Champions Quarter-finals Winners Did not qualify   Bethany England 21
2020–21 22 18 3 1 69 10 57 Champions Winners Winners Runners-up Winners   Sam Kerr 31
2021–22 22 18 2 2 62 11 56 Champions Winners Runners-up Group stage Not held   Sam Kerr 29
  1. ^ a b FA WSL Spring Series was an interim edition of the FA WSL between the sixth and seventh full seasons.

Record in UEFA Women's Champions LeagueEdit

All results (home, away and aggregate) list Chelsea's goal tally first.

Season Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 Round of 32   Glasgow City 1–0f 3–0 4–0
Round of 16   VfL Wolfsburg 1–2f 0–2 1–4
2016–17 Round of 32   VfL Wolfsburg 0–3f 1–1 1–4
2017–18 Round of 32   Bayern Munich 1–0f 1–2 2–2 (a)
Round of 16   Rosengård 3–0f 1–0 4–0
Quarter-final   Montpellier 3–1 2–0f 5–1
Semi-final   VfL Wolfsburg 1–3f 0–2 1–5
2018–19 Round of 32   SFK 2000 6–0 5–0f 11–0
Round of 16   Fiorentina 1–0f 6–0 7–0
Quarter-final   Paris Saint-Germain 2–0f 1–2 3–2
Semi-final   Lyon 1–1 1–2f 2–3
2020–21 Round of 32   Benfica 3–0 5–0f 8–0
Round of 16   Atlético Madrid 2–0f 1–1 3–1
Quarter-final   VfL Wolfsburg 2–1f 3–0 5–1
Semi-final   Bayern Munich 4–1 1–2f 5–3
Final   Barcelona 0–4
2021–22 Group stage   VfL Wolfsburg 3–3f 0–4 3rd place
(Group A)
  Juventus 0–0 2–1f
  Servette 1–0 7–0f
  • f First leg

HonoursEdit

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

Chelsea's first major trophy was the Women's FA Cup, won in 2015. In the same year, the club also won its first League title. After winning the 2021–22 FA Women's Super League (FA WSL) season, Chelsea became the first team to win the WSL title for three seasons in a row.[45] Their most recent success came in May 2022, when they won their fourth FA Cup title.

Domestic competitionsEdit

League titlesEdit

  1. ^ The 2017 Spring Series was a shortened competition, played in a single round-robin format.[46]

CupsEdit

  • Surrey County Cup[47]
    • Winners (9): 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
    • Runners-up (2): 2004–05, 2010–11

European competitionsEdit

Runners-up (1): 2020–21

OtherEdit

Doubles

Trebles

AwardsEdit

Chelsea Women's Player of the YearEdit

Year Player Position Ref.
2015   Eniola Aluko Forward [48]
2016   Katie Chapman Midfielder [48]
2017   Karen Carney Midfielder [48]
2017–18   Fran Kirby Forward [48]
2018–19   Erin Cuthbert Midfielder [48]
2019–20   Bethany England Forward [49]
2020–21   Fran Kirby Forward [50]

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