Women’s Football Development in the UK
Women’s football has taken off at an electric pace over the past few years, with attendances increasing throughout the world leagues. The WSL was set up in April 2011 by the Football Association replacing the FA Women’s Premier League. The WSL is the top tier in English football, with various leagues below it. The league consists at present of 11 teams, with confirmation that the 2019-2020 season hosting 12 teams.
In England there is the FA Women’s Super League, which is on a par with the men’s Premier League. The women’s super league itself consists of 11 teams presently, we have listed the teams below. In addition we have listed them in order of the seasons table status, with Arsenal Women, winning the FA WSL.
- Arsenal Women
- Manchester City Women
- Chelsea Women
- Birmingham City Women
- Reading Women
- Bristol City Women
- West Ham United Women
- Liverpool Women
- Brighton & Hove Albion Women
- Everton Ladies
- Yeovil Town Ladies
Since the league started Arsenal have won the trophy three times, with Liverpool and Chelsea winning it twice each. Manchester City have won the WSL Trophy once to date.
The Top Goalscorer for the 2018 – 2019 season was Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal who scored a record breaking 22 goals. This was in addition to providing 10 assists and a shot accuracy of around 73%.
Born in Hoogeveen in the Netherlands, Vivianne was the youngest player to play in the Eredivisie Vrouwen. In the 2013-2014 football season Vivianne scored 39 goals, winning the golden boot award. Vivianne is without doubt one of the best Women’s club players to have graced the pitches in England.
Nikita Parris who plays for Manchester City Women’s team scored 19 goals in the same season as Vivianne, and on any other season would have won the Golden Boot.
A fantastic rate of 62% shot accuracy was attained, along with 7 assists. Nikita also plays for her Country “England” and is without doubt one of the finest footballers in the UK.
The Ballon d’or winner for 2019 was Ada Hegerberg who plays for Lyon earns in the region of £340,000 per year. In fact Lyon hold three out of the top five earning players in there squad, with Amandine Henry and Wendie Renard.
The UK Women’s Leagues consist of:
FA Women’s Super League
(See teams listed above)
FA Women’s Championship
This consists of 11 teams, all listed below:
Manchester United Women
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
Charlton Athletic Women FC
Durham Women’s FC
Sheffield United Women FC
Aston Villa Ladies
Leicester City Women
Crystal Palace Ladies FC
Millwall Lionesses FC
The following Football Competitions are also run during the course of the football season:
SSE Women’s FA Cup
FA Women’s Continental League Cup
FA Girl’s Youth Cup
The current ( June 2019) Women’s Football team for England has been added below:
Steph Houghton (captain)
The Official Women’s Senior team news can be found on the Official FA Website here.
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The Casino Football team have scoured the worlds elite women’s footballers and have added a list of our Top 20 players.
Caroline Graham Hansen
A list of all of the English Women’s football players up to 2011 have been added below for reference:
Lesley Higgs (née Shipp)
Morag Pearce (née Kirkland)
Carol Thomas (née McCune)
Carol Ann Wilson