Women's FA Cup
|Number of teams||293 (2018–19)|
|Current champions||Manchester City (2nd title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Arsenal (14 titles)|
|Website||Women's FA Cup|
|2019–20 FA Women's Cup|
Since the Football Association (FA) began administrating English women's football in 1993, the teams affiliated with FA Premier League and Football League counterparts have dominated the re–branded competition. Arsenal currently holds the record for most titles, having won fourteen times. The Women's FA Cup trophy was one of the first prestigious trophies to be made in the Thomas Lyte silver workshop.
The current entry points as of the 2019–20 season:
- the Second Qualifying round for FA Women's National League Division One teams (47 teams)
- the Second Round Proper for FA Women's National League North & South Premier Division teams (24 teams)
- the Fourth Round Proper for FA WSL and FA Women's Championship teams (33 teams)
All other clubs in the fifth tier or below are drawn to either play in the Extra Preliminary Round or have a bye to the Preliminary Round. After the initial preliminary rounds, there are three qualifying rounds before the First Round Proper. All rounds until the FA WSL and Championship teams enter in the Fourth Round are played on a geographical basis (north and south regions).
List of finalsEdit
The finals so far:
|1971||Southampton||4–1||Stewarton Thistle||Southampton: Davies (3), Cassell||Crystal Palace National Sports Centre|
|1972||Southampton||3–2||Lee's Ladies||Southampton: Judd (2), Lopez||Eton Park|
|1973||Southampton||2–0||Westthorn United||Kenway, Hale||Bedford Town FC|
|1974||Fodens||2–1||Southampton||Bedford Town FC|
|1975||Southampton||4–2||Warminster||Dunstable Town FC|
|1976||Southampton||2–1 a.e.t.||QPR||QPR: Margaret “Paddy” McGroarty||Bedford Town FC|
|1978||Southampton||8–2||QPR||Southampton: Pat Chapman (6)||Slough Town FC|
|1979||Southampton||1–0||Lowestoft||Pat Chapman||Waterlooville FC|
|1980||St Helens||1–0||Preston North End|
|1981||Southampton||4–2||St Helens||Knowsley Road|
|1982||Lowestoft||2–0||Cleveland Spartans||Linda Curl, Angela Poppy||Loftus Road|
|1983||Doncaster Belles||3–2||St Helens||Sincil Bank|
|1984||Howbury Grange||4–2||Doncaster Belles||Sincil Bank|
|1985||Friends of Fulham||2–0||Doncaster Belles||Craven Cottage|
|1986||Norwich||4–3||Doncaster Belles||Norwich: Linda Curl, Miranda Colk, Sallie Jackson, Marianne Lawrence||Carrow Road|
|1987||Doncaster Belles||2–0||St Helens||City Ground|
|1988||Doncaster Belles||3–1||Leasowe Pacific|
|1989||Leasowe Pacific||3–2||Friends of Fulham||Old Trafford|
|1990||Doncaster Belles||1–0||Friends of Fulham||Coultard 61'||Baseball Ground|
|1991||Millwall||1–0||Doncaster Belles||Baldeo 65'||Prenton Park|
|1992||Doncaster Belles||4–0||Red Star Southampton||Prenton Park|
|1993||Arsenal||3–0||Doncaster Belles||Curley 45', Ball 45', Bampton 80'||Manor Ground, Oxford|
|1994||Doncaster Belles||1–0||Knowsley United||Walker 38'||Glanford Park|
|1996||Croydon||1–1 a.e.t. (3–2 pen.)||Liverpool||Liverpool: Burke 22'
Croydon: Powell 38'
|The New Den|
|1997||Millwall||1–0||Wembley||Waller 51'||Upton Park|
|1998||Arsenal||3–2||Croydon||Arsenal: Spacey 17', Yankey 52', Few 90+3
Croydon: Broadhurst (pen) 10', Powell 55'
|The New Den|
|1999||Arsenal||2–0||Southampton Saints||Hayes (o.g) 14', Wheatley 41'||The Valley|
|2000||Croydon||2–1||Doncaster Belles||Croydon: C.Walker 40', G.Hunt 67'
Doncaster: Exley 40'
|2001||Arsenal||1–0||Fulham||Banks 52'||Selhurst Park|
|2002||Fulham||2–1||Doncaster Belles||Fulham: Yankey 55', Chapman 56'
Doncaster: Handley 58'
|2003||Fulham||3–0||Charlton Athletic||Moore 18', Hills (o.g) 36', Williams (o.g) 61'||Selhurst Park|
|2004||Arsenal||3–0||Charlton Athletic||Fleeting (3) 23', 25', 83'||Loftus Road|
|2005||Charlton Athletic||1–0||Everton||Aluko 58'||Upton Park|
|2006||Arsenal||5–0||Leeds United||Ward (o.g) 3', Fleeting 34', Yankey 35', Smith (pen) 73', Sanderson 77'||The New Den|
|2007||Arsenal||4–1||Charlton Athletic||Charlton: Holtham 2'
Arsenal: Smith 7', 80', Ludlow 15', 45'
|2008||Arsenal||4–1||Leeds United||Arsenal: Smith 54', 83', Ludlow 59', Sanderson 60'
Leeds: Clarke 69'
|2009||Arsenal||2–1||Sunderland||Arsenal: Chapman 32', Little 90'
Sunderland: McDougall 90'
|Pride Park Stadium|
|2010||Everton||3–2 a.e.t.||Arsenal||Arsenal: Little (pen) 43', Fleeting 54'
Everton: Dowie 16', 119', White (o.g.) 45'+2'
|2011||Arsenal||2–0||Bristol Academy||Little 19', Fleeting 32'||Ricoh Arena|
|2012||Birmingham City||2–2 a.e.t. (3–2 pen.)||Chelsea||Birmingham City: Williams 90', Carney 111'
Chelsea: Lander 69' Longhurst 101'
|2013||Arsenal||3–0||Bristol Academy||Houghton 2' Nobbs 72' White 90'||Keepmoat Stadium|
|2014||Arsenal||2–0||Everton||Smith 15' Kinga 61'||Stadium MK|
|2015||Chelsea||1–0||Notts County||Ji 39'||Wembley Stadium|
|2016||Arsenal||1–0||Chelsea||Carter 18'||Wembley Stadium|
|2017||Manchester City||4–1||Birmingham City||Manchester City: Bronze 18' Christiansen 25' Lloyd 32' Scott 80'
Birmingham City: Wellings 73'
|2018||Chelsea||3–1||Arsenal||Chelsea: Bachmann 48', 60' Kirby 76'
Arsenal: Miedema 73'
|2019||Manchester City||3–0||West Ham United||Walsh 52' Stanway 81' Hemp 88'||Wembley Stadium|
Performance by clubEdit
|Arsenal||1992–93, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16|
|Southampton||1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81|
|Doncaster Belles||1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94|
|Manchester City||2016–17, 2018–19|
|Friends of Fulham||1984–85|
|Stewarton & Thistle||—|
|Preston North End||—|
|West Ham United||—|
Between 2001–2008 the final of the tournament was covered by BBC TV, presented by Celina Hinchcliffe, Rebecca Lowe, Ray Stubbs and Jake Humphrey, the punditry team was usually current players like Sue Scott and commentary usually by Steve Wilson and Lucy Ward or Faye White and always played on May Day Bank Holiday. The final was also simulcast on BBC Radio Five Live. In 2009 the final was moved to ITV1 with commentary from Jon Champion and Lucy Ward. Sky Sports secured a three-year deal for live coverage from 2010 until 2012.
Below is a list of sponsors of the FA competition:
From 2007, Tesco obtained additional branding and advertising rights through their partnership agreement with the FA. Despite sponsorship by these major companies, entering the tournament actually costs clubs more than they get in prize money. In 2015 it was reported that even if Notts County had won the tournament outright the paltry £8,600 winnings would leave them out of pocket. The winners of the men's FA Cup in the same year received £1.8 million, with teams not even reaching the first round proper getting more than the women's winners.
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