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2019–20 FA WSL

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Template:Infobox football league season The 2019–20 FA WSL season (also known as the Barclays FA Women's Super League for sponsorship reasons) is the ninth edition of the FA Women's Super League (WSL) since it was formed in 2010.[1] It is the second season after the rebranding of the four highest levels in English women's football and the twelve teams contesting the season will be the greatest number in the league's history thus far, following its steady increase from its original eight.[2] It is the first under the new Barclays title sponsorship following a landmark multi-million pound investment.[3]

On 13 March 2020, in line with the FA's response to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced the season was temporarily suspended until at least 3 April 2020.[4]

Broadcasting[edit source | edit]

Ahead of the 2019–20 season, the FA launched a new comprehensive streaming service available on desktop or mobile app that would broadcast every FA WSL game live internationally for free,[5] except in Australia where Optus Sport holds exclusive rights,[6] Central America where Sky México holds exclusive rights, and Scandinavia where NENT holds exclusive rights.[7] The FA Player also streams the majority of WSL games in the United Kingdom alongside the one game per weekend televised by BBC Sport digitally on their red button service and website[8] while subscription channel BT Sport holds the rights to televise a select number of matches which are geo-blocked from the FA Player in the UK.[7][9]

Teams[edit source | edit]

After the WSL's restructure going into the 2018–19 season, membership of the league returned solely to performance in the previous season, though the league expanded from eleven teams to twelve as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were both promoted after finishing first and second respectively in the Championship during the 2018–19 season[10] while only Yeovil Town were relegated.[11][12]

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Team Location Ground Capacity 2018–19 season
Arsenal Borehamwood Meadow Park 4,502 1st
Birmingham City Solihull Damson Park 3,050 4th
Brighton & Hove Albion Crawley Broadfield Stadium[lower-alpha 1] 6,134 9th
Bristol City Filton Stoke Gifford Stadium[lower-alpha 2] 1,500 6th
Chelsea Kingston upon Thames Kingsmeadow[lower-alpha 3] 4,850 3rd
Everton Liverpool Walton Hall Park[lower-alpha 4][lower-alpha 5] 10th
Liverpool Birkenhead Prenton Park[lower-alpha 6] 16,587 8th
Manchester City Manchester Academy Stadium[lower-alpha 7] 7,000 2nd
Manchester United Manchester Leigh Sports Village 12,000 WC, 1st
Reading High Wycombe Adams Park[lower-alpha 8] 9,617 5th
Tottenham Hotspur Canons Park The Hive Stadium[lower-alpha 9] 6,500 WC, 2nd
West Ham United Romford Rush Green Stadium[lower-alpha 10] 3,000 7th

Stadium changes[edit source | edit]

In response to the record viewing figures during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, three select fixtures were initially moved to Premier League grounds: The Manchester derby at the City of Manchester Stadium, Chelsea v Tottenham at Stamford Bridge and the North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.[13][14] In total, eight of the twelve teams have moved FA WSL fixtures to the larger grounds of their men's affiliate teams: Bristol City later announced their opening game would be played at Ashton Gate,[15] Reading moved one of their league fixtures (as well as all three League Cup games) to the Madjeski Stadium[16] and West Ham announced they would host Spurs at the London Stadium.[17] Brighton & Hove Albion moved their match against Birmingham to the Falmer Stadium to coincide with the FA's Women's Football Weekend, held during a men's international break.[18] Liverpool later moved their Merseyside derby, held on the same weekend, to Anfield and Everton moved the reverse fixture in February to Goodison Park.[19][20]

After originally planning to permanently relocate to their new Walton Hall Park stadium in October 2019 following their opening two home games, delays meant Everton had to postpone the move until February 2020 and eventually scheduled six of their 11 home league games at Haig Avenue in Southport.[21][22][23]

Personnel and kits[edit source | edit]

As of 23 February 2020
Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Template:Country data AUS Joe Montemurro Template:Country data SCO Kim Little Adidas Fly Emirates
Birmingham City England Charlie Baxter (interim) England Kerys Harrop Adidas Maple from Canada
Brighton & Hove Albion England Hope Powell England Danielle Buet Nike American Express
Bristol City Template:Country data AUS Tanya Oxtoby Wales Loren Dykes Bristol Sport Yeo Valley
Chelsea England Emma Hayes Template:Country data SWE Magdalena Eriksson Nike Yokohama Tyres
Everton Template:Country data SCO Willie Kirk Template:Country data SCO Lucy Graham Umbro SportPesa
Liverpool England Vicky Jepson England Sophie Bradley-Auckland New Balance BetVictor
Manchester City Template:Country data IRL Alan Mahon (interim) England Steph Houghton Puma Etihad Airways
Manchester United England Casey Stoney England Katie Zelem Adidas Chevrolet
Reading England Kelly Chambers Wales Natasha Harding Macron YLD
Tottenham Hotspur England Karen Hills
Spain Juan Amoros
England Jenna Schillaci Nike AIA
West Ham United England Matt Beard England Gilly Flaherty Umbro Betway

Managerial changes[edit source | edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Manchester City England Nick Cushing Signed with New York City FC[24] 2 February 2020 1st Template:Country data IRL Alan Mahon (interim) 3 February 2020
Birmingham City Spain Marta Tejedor Mutual separation[25] 3 March 2020 11th England Charlie Baxter (interim) 3 March 2020

League table[edit source | edit]

Template:2019–20 FA WSL table

Results[edit source | edit]

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Season statistics[edit source | edit]

As of 23 February 2020

Top scorers[edit source | edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Template:Country data NED Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 16
2 England Bethany England Chelsea 14
3 Germany Pauline Bremer Manchester City 10
4 England Chloe Kelly Everton 9
5 England Lauren James Manchester United 6
South Korea Ji So-Yun Chelsea
England Ellen White Manchester City
8 Template:Country data NED Daniëlle van de Donk Arsenal 5
Northern Ireland Rachel Furness Liverpool
England Lauren Hemp Manchester City
Canada Adriana Leon West Ham United
Template:Country data SCO Kim Little Arsenal
England Jordan Nobbs Arsenal
Norway Guro Reiten Chelsea
England Ebony Salmon Bristol City
England Aileen Whelan Brighton & Hove Albion
England Fara Williams Reading
England Katie Zelem Manchester United

Top assists[edit source | edit]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Template:Country data NED Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 8
2 Canada Janine Beckie Manchester City 7
3 England Fara Williams Reading 6
Norway Guro Reiten Chelsea
5 Template:Country data SWE Jonna Andersson Chelsea 5
6 Template:Country data NED Daniëlle van de Donk Arsenal 4
Template:Country data SCO Lisa Evans Arsenal
England Lauren Hemp Manchester City
England Keira Walsh Manchester City
10 Template:Country data SCO Erin Cuthbert Chelsea 3
England Bethany England Chelsea
England Leah Galton Manchester United
England Fran Kirby Chelsea
England Beth Mead Arsenal
England Jill Scott Manchester City
England Lucy Staniforth Birmingham City
England Ellen White Manchester City

Clean sheets[edit source | edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 England Ellie Roebuck Manchester City 10
2 Template:Country data AUT Manuela Zinsberger Arsenal 6
3 England Mary Earps Manchester United 5
4 Germany Ann-Katrin Berger Chelsea 4
Template:Country data FIN Tinja-Riikka Korpela Everton
England Becky Spencer Tottenham Hotspur
England Megan Walsh Brighton & Hove Albion
8 England Sophie Baggaley Bristol City 3
9 England Hannah Hampton Birmingham City 2
England Rachael Laws Reading
France Pauline Peyraud-Magnin Arsenal
England Carly Telford Chelsea

Awards[edit source | edit]

Monthly awards[edit source | edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
September England Karen Hills
Spain Juan Amorós
Tottenham Hotspur England Chloe Kelly Everton [26][27][28][29]
October England Emma Hayes Chelsea Template:Country data SCO Kirsty Hanson Manchester United [30][31]
November Template:Country data SCO Willie Kirk Everton England Millie Bright Chelsea [32][33]
December Template:Country data AUS Joe Montemurro Arsenal Template:Country data NED Vivianne Miedema Arsenal [34][35]
January England Emma Hayes Chelsea England Bethany England Chelsea [36][37]
February England Emma Hayes Chelsea England Bethany England Chelsea [38][39]

Prize money[edit source | edit]

An FA WSL prize fund will be in place for the first time, following the new Barclay's sponsorship deal, with the entire pot totaling £500,000. The money will be awarded in decreasing increments with the champions winning £100,000 and the last placed team being awarded £6,000.[40][41]

Finish Prize money
1st £100,000
2nd £67,000
3rd £60,000
4th £55,000
5th £49,000
6th £43,000
7th £36,000
8th £30,000
9th £24,000
10th £18,000
11th £12,000
12th £6,000

See also[edit source | edit]

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External links[edit source | edit]

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