2020–21 FA WSL

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Template:Infobox football league season The 2020–21 FA WSL season (also known as the Barclays FA Women's Super League for sponsorship reasons) is the tenth edition of the FA Women's Super League (WSL) since it was formed in 2010.[1] It is the third season after the rebranding of the four highest levels in English women's football.

From the 2020–21 season, the FA WSL is given three Champions League places per season, increased from the previous two.[2]

Teams[edit source | edit]

Twelve teams contest the FA WSL this season. At the end of the previous season, Liverpool were relegated while Aston Villa were promoted.[3]

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Team Location Ground Capacity 2019–20 season
Arsenal Borehamwood Meadow Park 4,502 3rd
Aston Villa Walsall Bescot Stadium 11,000 WC, 1st
Birmingham City Solihull Damson Park 3,050 11th
Brighton & Hove Albion Crawley Broadfield Stadium 6,134 9th
Bristol City Bath Twerton Park 3,528 10th
Chelsea Kingston upon Thames Kingsmeadow 4,850 1st
Everton Liverpool Walton Hall Park 2,200 6th
Manchester City Manchester Academy Stadium 7,000 2nd
Manchester United Manchester Leigh Sports Village 12,000 4th
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161 5th
Tottenham Hotspur Canons Park The Hive Stadium 6,500 7th
West Ham United Dagenham Victoria Road 6,078 8th

Stadium changes[edit source | edit]

Four teams changed home ground prior to the start of the season: Reading relocated from Adams Park in High Wycombe to the Madejski Stadium, home of the team's male affiliate since it was constructed in 1998.[4] Newly-promoted Aston Villa signed a two-year deal with Walsall to play their home games at Bescot Stadium, moving from the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground[5] and West Ham United signed a one-year deal with Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. to play at Victoria Road for the season having previously played at the club's Rush Green training ground stadium.[6] In a bid to enable increased attendances amid COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing measures, Bristol City announced they were moving from the 1,500 capacity Stoke Gifford Stadium in Filton which had been purpose-built by the club in 2011 ahead of the first WSL season, to Twerton Park, an 3,528 capacity stadium home to Bath City.[7][8]

Personnel and kits[edit source | edit]

As of 15 January 2021
Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Template:Country data AUS Joe Montemurro Template:Country data SCO Kim Little Adidas Fly Emirates
Aston Villa England Gemma Davies Germany Marisa Ewers Kappa Cazoo
Birmingham City England Carla Ward Template:Country data SCO Christie Murray Nike Maple from Canada
Brighton & Hove Albion England Hope Powell England Danielle Buet Nike American Express
Bristol City England Matt Beard (interim) England Jasmine Matthews Hummel Yeo Valley
Chelsea England Emma Hayes Template:Country data SWE Magdalena Eriksson Nike Three
Everton Template:Country data SCO Willie Kirk Template:Country data SCO Lucy Graham Hummel MegaFon
Manchester City Wales Gareth Taylor 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 Rehanne Skinner Wales Josie Green Nike AIA
West Ham United New Zealand Olli Harder 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 Template:Country data IRL Alan Mahon (interim) End of interim period 2 February 2020 Pre-season Wales Gareth Taylor 28 May 2020[9]
Birmingham City England Charlie Baxter (interim) End of interim period 3 March 2020 England Carla Ward 13 August 2020[10]
West Ham United England Matt Beard Mutual consent[11] 19 November 2020 9th England Billy Stewart (interim) 19 November 2020
Tottenham Hotspur England Karen Hills
Spain Juan Carlos Amoros
Sacked[12] 19 November 2020 11th England Rehanne Skinner 19 November 2020[13]
West Ham United England Billy Stewart (interim) End of interim period 23 December 2020 10th New Zealand Olli Harder 23 December 2020[14]
Bristol City Template:Country data AUS Tanya Oxtoby Maternity leave 15 January 2021 12th England Matt Beard (interim) 15 January 2021[15]

League table[edit source | edit]

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Results[edit source | edit]

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Season statistics[edit source | edit]

Top scorers[edit source | edit]

As of 17 January 2021
Rank Player Club Goals[16]
1 Template:Country data NED Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 12
2 England Fran Kirby Chelsea 8
3 Template:Country data AUS Sam Kerr Chelsea 7
Template:Country data NED Jill Roord Arsenal
5 Template:Country data AUS Caitlin Foord Arsenal 6
6 England Leah Galton Manchester United 5
England Chloe Kelly Manchester City
England Claudia Walker Birmingham City
England Ellen White Manchester City
10 England Izzy Christiansen Everton 4
Template:Country data SCO Lucy Graham Everton
United States Tobin Heath Manchester United
England Georgia Stanway Manchester City
England Ella Toone Manchester United

Top assists[edit source | edit]

As of 17 January 2021
Rank Player Club Assists[17]
1 Template:Country data IRE Katie McCabe Arsenal 7
2 England Beth Mead Arsenal 6
3 Template:Country data AUS Caitlin Foord Arsenal 5
4 England Lucy Bronze Manchester City 4
England Izzy Christiansen Everton
England Fran Kirby Chelsea
England Jordan Nobbs Arsenal
8 Template:Country data SCO Erin Cuthbert Chelsea 3
England Emma Follis Aston Villa
Template:Country data SCO Lucy Graham Everton
England Chloe Kelly Manchester City
Wales Hayley Ladd Manchester United
Template:Country data SCO Emma Mitchell Reading
Template:Country data DEN Nicoline Sørensen Everton
England Ella Toone Manchester United
Template:Country data SCO Caroline Weir Manchester City
Template:Country data NED Siri Worm Tottenham Hotspur

Clean sheets[edit source | edit]

As of 17 January 2021
Rank Player Club Clean
1 Germany Ann-Katrin Berger Chelsea 5
2 England Mary Earps Manchester United 4
England Hannah Hampton Birmingham City
England Sandy MacIver Everton
5 England Ellie Roebuck Manchester City 3
6 Norway Cecilie Fiskerstrand Brighton & Hove Albion 2
England Megan Walsh Brighton & Hove Albion
Germany Lisa Weiß Aston Villa
Template:Country data AUS Lydia Williams Arsenal
10 Template:Country data AUS Mackenzie Arnold West Ham United 1
England Karen Bardsley Manchester City
Template:Country data IRL Grace Moloney Reading
England Rebecca Spencer Tottenham Hotspur
Template:Country data AUT Manuela Zinsberger Arsenal

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 Hope Powell Brighton & Hove Albion Template:Country data NED Jill Roord Arsenal [18]
October England Carla Ward Birmingham City Template:Country data NED Vivianne Miedema Arsenal [19]
November England Casey Stoney Manchester United United States Tobin Heath Manchester United [20]
December England Casey Stoney Manchester United England Leah Galton Manchester United [21]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "The History of Women's Football". Football Association. The Football Association. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  2. "Women's Super League to get extra Champions League spot from 2021". The Guardian. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  3. Wrack, Suzanne (5 June 2020). "Chelsea handed Women's Super League title on points-per-game basis". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  4. "Reading Women: Top-flight side to move to Madejski Stadium". BBC Sport. 27 May 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  5. "Villa Women to play at Walsall FC from 2020/21 season". Aston Villa. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  6. "West Ham United women's team reveal new matchday home". www.whufc.com. West Ham United. 29 July 2020.
  7. Leighton, Tony (25 April 2010). "Bristol Academy builds Britain's first women's stadium". the Guardian.
  8. "New home for City Women". Bristol City. 5 August 2020. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  9. "Manchester City Women appoint Gareth Taylor as manager". The Guardian. 28 May 2020.
  10. "Carla Ward appointed Women's Head Coach". Birmingham City Football Club.
  11. Wrack, Suzanne (19 November 2020). "West Ham undertake WSL reshuffle as manager Matt Beard leaves". The Guardian.
  12. "Karen Hills and Juan Amoros leave Club". Tottenham Hotspur.
  13. "Rehanne Skinner appointed new Tottenham Hotspur Women Head Coach". Tottenham Hotspur.
  14. "WSL side West Ham appoint Harder as boss". BBC Sport.
  15. "Beard in temporary charge as Oxtoby cover". Bristol City.
  16. "The FA Women's Super League Top Scorers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  17. "The FA Women's Super League Top Scorers - Top Assists". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  18. Stenning, Adam (9 October 2020). "Albion head coach wins manager of the month award". The Argus.
  19. Ambrose, Lewis (9 November 2020). "FA WSL reveal Player and Manager of the Month for October". OneFootball.
  20. Carney, Sam (11 December 2020). "Casey Stoney and Tobin Heath win WSL awards for November". www.manutd.com. Manchester United.
  21. Dunn, Carrie (15 January 2021). "Galton and Stoney pick up December WSL awards". Manchester Evening News.

External links[edit source | edit]

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