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Category: Women’s Super League

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Chelsea and Manchester City could be victims of their own success | Suzanne Wrack

The clubs head into their Champions League semis hampered by the demands moving from a summer to winter seasonChelsea’s manager, Emma Hayes, is no stranger to pressure. She led the club to the WSL1 and FA Cup double in 2015 and won the 2017 Spring Seri…

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Phil Neville says Champions League success can inspire England’s women

• Chelsea and Manchester City face semi-finals in April• Lionesses need to beat Bosnia in World Cup qualifierPhil Neville wants England’s Lionesses to dominate Europe during his reign and is keen for Chelsea Ladies and Manchester City to start by showi…

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FA’s Gameplan for Growth showing progress after fruitful first year | Suzanne Wrack

The female teams and WSL viewing figures are on the increase, but falling attendances are a cause for concernOne year ago the Football Association gathered the media at Wembley with little detail on what would be discussed beyond “women’s football”. Th…

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Chelsea held at Arsenal but stay top of WSL after Reading down City

• Beth Mead solo goal cancels out Fran Kirby strike • Manchester City fail to capitalise and lose at ReadingChelsea retained their hold on top spot in the Women’s Super League despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.The defending champions ended up…

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Manchester United to launch women’s team at last and apply to join WSL

• Ed Woodward announces application to join second tier of WSL• ‘Women’s team must be built with the same principles as the men’s’Manchester United are finally to have a women’s football team after the club applied to the Football Association to join t…

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Karen Bardsley: ‘You have to stand up and fight for what you believe’ | Suzanne Wrack

The Manchester City and England goalkeeper has her eye on a tight title race but is also keen to encourage girls to pursue their dreams of becoming footballersIn 2014 the Women’s Super League expanded into two tiers comprising 18 teams and Manchester C…

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Stanway’s stunner earns Manchester City a point against WSL leaders Chelsea

Chelsea let two-goal lead slip but remain a point ahead of CityTeenager Stanaway rescues point for City with thumping strikeGeorgia Stanway struck a stunning equaliser for Manchester City as Chelsea let a commanding lead slip to draw 2-2 in an entertai…

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Nikita Parris hits double to put Manchester City back on top

• City overtake Chelsea with thumping 4-0 win over Liverpool• Arsenal also score four in thrashing bottom club YeovilManchester City were grateful for a stroke of luck to get them started on the way back to the top of Super League One with a 4-0 win ag…

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Holders Manchester City and 10-goal Chelsea progress in FA Women’s Cup

• City sink Brighton thanks to goals by Christiansen and Emslie• Cuthbert grabs Chelsea treble while Sunderland record 13-0 winThe FA Women’s Cup holders, Manchester City, won 2-0 at Brighton to reach the fifth round on an afternoon when none of the le…

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Manchester City survive Chelsea onslaught to stay top of WSL

• Chelsea 0-0 Manchester CityManchester City survived a late Chelsea onslaught and the loss of their first-choice goalkeeper, Karen Bardsley, to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.It was only the second minute of the match when Bardsley hurtle…

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Jonna Andersson hits winner late on as Chelsea avoid Everton scare

• Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Women’s Super League this season• England manager Phil Neville attends Liverpool and Reading gamesChelsea retained their unbeaten start to the Women’s Super League season by dispatching Everton thanks to Jonna Andersson…

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Ex-Leeds manager Neil Redfearn named Doncaster Rovers Belles head coach

• Redfearn left Rotherham United in February 2016 after four months in charge• ‘The women’s game is on a steep upward curve,’ says former Leeds managerDoncaster Rovers Belles have appointed the former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn as the Women’s S…

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Brighton at forefront of FA plans to revolutionise English women’s football

• Club have application to join new professional Super League accepted• Sunderland’s have decided not to remain at vanguard of domestic gameBrighton will be at the forefront of the Football Association’s bold plans to revolutionise women’s club footbal…

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Nicola Hobbs: ‘It was really hard at first to have both, football and the fire service’ | Suzanne Wrack

London Bees goalkeeper navigates two male-dominated lines of work with aplomb but may soon have to choose between her abiding passion and her workThe London Bees goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs was between the sticks at the Hive on Saturday as the Bees recorde…

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England subplots add spice to Chelsea’s big clash with Manchester City

Top-of-the-table match pits Eni Aluko against her estranged team-mates and brings together two managers who have opted for club over countryEmma Hayes and Nick Cushing could have spent Sunday on tenterhooks, each waiting to learn if they had impressed …

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The speed of change in women’s football is leaving some clubs behind | Suzanne Wrack

The deadline for teams to stay in the revamped top two tiers has passed with Watford and Sunderland announcing that they are not even applyingThe deadline for Women’s Super League clubs to apply to stay in the top two tiers next season closed last Frid…

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Liverpool hold off Birmingham as Niamh Charles’ delightful lob earns win

• Niamh Charles got the only goal of the game as Liverpool beat Birmingham 1-0• Everton got first win of the season, beating Yeovil 2-0 at Huish ParkLiverpool moved up to third in WSL 1 with a 1-0 win over Birmingham that came courtesy of Niamh Charles…

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Fara Williams scores direct from kick-off for Reading – video

Fara Williams scores directly from kick-off in Reading’s meeting with Arsenal at Meadow Park on Sunday. The goal sealed a 2-1 win for Reading in the Women’s Super League Cup and was Williams’s second of gameReading’s Fara Williams scores goal from half…

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Reading’s Fara Williams scores goal from halfway line to beat former club Arsenal

• Midfielder strikes twice in Women’s Super League Cup win• Williams has now scored five goals in six matchesFara Williams scored twice, including a sensational winner from the halfway line, against her former club Arsenal to earn Reading a hard-fought…

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Eni Aluko double helps Chelsea Women to 6-0 thrashing of Yeovil

• Dunn and Carney also score twice as league leaders extend 100% start• Manchester City keep pace with Chelsea after dramatic win over BirminghamEni Aluko scored twice as the Women’s Super League leaders Chelsea cruised to a 6-0 home victory over botto…