Chelsea F.C. Women

Women's association football club based in Kingston upon Thames, England

Football club
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
  • John Terry[1]
  • Peter Steward
ChairmanAdrian Jacob[2]
ManagerEmma Hayes
LeagueWomen's Super League
2021–22FA WSL, 1st of 12 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season
Departments of Chelsea
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Men's Football Women's Football Academy
Imperial Fields, Chelsea's home ground in 2011

Chelsea Football Club Women, formerly known as Chelsea Ladies Football Club, are an English women's football club based in Norbiton that competes in the Women's Super League, the top flight of women's football in 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 Super League in 2010. 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.

The club has won a record five Women's Super League championships, as well as the FA WSL Spring Series in 2017, and has the second-highest number of outright league championships after Arsenal. They have also won four Women's FA Cup titles, two FA Women's League Cup titles, and were Women's FA Community Shield winners in 2020. They reached their first UEFA Women's Champions League final in 2021, where they were defeated by Barcelona Femení.

History

Establishment

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, 2005–2010

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]

Women's Super League (WSL), 2011–present

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]

Stadium

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]

Between 2012 and 2017, the team played their home games at Wheatsheaf Park.[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]

Attendance

The current home attendance record of a Chelsea Women's match is 38,350, set on 20 November 2022 during the 2022–23 Women's Super League season match against Tottenham Hotspur, 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]

Players

Chelsea in November 2019 before a match against Lewes

Current squad

As of 9 September 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 Sweden SWE Zećira Mušović
3 DF Netherlands NED Aniek Nouwen
4 DF England ENG Millie Bright (vice-captain)
5 MF Wales WAL Sophie Ingle
7 DF England ENG Jessica Carter
8 MF Germany GER Melanie Leupolz
9 FW England ENG Bethany England
10 FW England ENG Lauren James
11 MF Norway NOR Guro Reiten
13 MF Czech Republic CZE Kateřina Svitková
14 FW England ENG Fran Kirby
15 DF France FRA Ève Périsset
16 DF Sweden SWE Magdalena Eriksson (captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Canada CAN Jessie Fleming
18 DF Norway NOR Maren Mjelde
19 MF Sweden SWE Johanna Rytting Kaneryd
20 FW Australia AUS Sam Kerr
21 DF England ENG Niamh Charles
22 MF Scotland SCO Erin Cuthbert
23 MF Denmark DEN Pernille Harder
26 DF Canada CAN Kadeisha Buchanan
27 DF Russia RUS Alsu Abdullina
28 MF Serbia SRB Jelena Čanković
30 GK Germany GER Ann-Katrin Berger
32 GK England ENG Emily Orman

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF England ENG Jorja Fox (at Brighton & Hove Albion until June 2023)
MF England ENG Charlotte Wardlaw (at Liverpool until June 2023)
FW England ENG Aggie Beever-Jones (at Everton until June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW England ENG Emma Thompson (at Lewes until June 2023)
FW England ENG Lucy Watson (at Charlton Athletic until June 2023)

Former players

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

Player of the Year

Year Player Position Ref.
2015 England Eniola Aluko Forward [44]
2016 England Katie Chapman Midfielder [44]
2017 England Karen Carney Midfielder [44]
2017–18 England Fran Kirby Forward [44]
2018–19 Scotland Erin Cuthbert Midfielder [44]
2019–20 England Bethany England Forward [45]
2020–21 England Fran Kirby Forward [46]
2021–22 Australia Sam Kerr Forward [47]

Management team

As of 7 July 2022[48]
Position Staff
Manager England Emma Hayes
Assistant manager England Paul Green
Head of technical/Goalkeeping coach England Stuart Searle
Assistant coach United States Denise Reddy
Opposition analyst & coach England Leanne Champ

Season-by-season records

Seasons of Chelsea F.C. Women
Season Women's Super League FA Cup League Cup Community Shield Champions League
Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos
2011 14 4 3 7 14 19 15 6th Fifth round Quarter-finals Not held Did not qualify
2012 14 5 2 7 20 23 17 6th Runners-up Group Stage Did not qualify
2013 14 3 1 10 20 27 10 7th Fifth round Group Stage Did not qualify
2014 14 8 2 4 23 16 26 2nd Semi-finals Semi-finals Did not qualify
2015 14 10 2 2 30 10 32 Champions Winners Quarter-finals Round of 16
2016 16 12 1 3 42 17 37 2nd Runners-up First round Round of 32
2017[a] 8 6 1 1 32 3 19 Champions[a] Semi-finals
2017–18 18 13 5 0 44 13 44 Champions Winners Semi-finals Semi-finals
2018–19 20 12 6 2 46 14 42 3rd Semi-finals Semi-finals Semi-finals
2019–20 15 12 3 0 47 11 39 Champions Quarter-finals Winners Did not qualify
2020–21 22 18 3 1 69 10 57 Champions Winners Winners Winners Runners-up
2021–22 22 18 2 2 62 11 56 Champions Winners Runners-up Not held Group stage
  1. ^ a b The 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 League

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

Season Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 Round of 32 Scotland Glasgow City 1–0 3–0 4–0
Round of 16 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1–2 0–2 1–4
2016–17 Round of 32 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 0–3 1–1 1–4
2017–18 Round of 32 Germany Bayern Munich 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Round of 16 Sweden Rosengård 3–0 1–0 4–0
Quarter-final France Montpellier 3–1 2–0 5–1
Semi-final Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1–3 0–2 1–5
2018–19 Round of 32 Bosnia and Herzegovina SFK 2000 6–0 5–0 11–0
Round of 16 Italy Fiorentina 1–0 6–0 7–0
Quarter-final France Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 1–2 3–2
Semi-final France Lyon 1–1 1–2 2–3
2020–21 Round of 32 Portugal Benfica 3–0 5–0 8–0
Round of 16 Spain Atlético Madrid 2–0 1–1 3–1
Quarter-final Germany VfL Wolfsburg 2–1 3–0 5–1
Semi-final Germany Bayern Munich 4–1 1–2 5–3
Final Spain Barcelona 0–4
2021–22 Group stage Germany VfL Wolfsburg 3–3 0–4 3rd place
(Group A)
Italy Juventus 0–0 2–1
Switzerland Servette 1–0 7–0
2022–23 Group stage France Paris Saint-Germain 1–0
Albania Vllaznia 8–0
Spain Real Madrid 2–0

Honours

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.[49] Their most recent success came in May 2022, when they won their fourth FA Cup title.

Domestic competitions

League titles

  • FA WSL Spring Series

Cups

  • Surrey County Cup[52]
    • 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

Notes

  1. ^ The 2017 Spring Series was a shortened competition played in a single round-robin format,[50] and is not considered an official WSL title by the FA.[51]

European competitions

Runners-up (1): 2020–21

Other

Doubles

Trebles

UEFA club coefficient ranking

Rank Team Points
1 France Lyon 128.666
2 Spain Barcelona 112.233
3 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 102.133
4 France Paris Saint-Germain 85.666
5 Germany Bayern Munich 84.133
6 England Chelsea 78.200
As of 12 August 2022[53]

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