Arsenal W.F.C.

Arsenal Women
Full name Arsenal Women Football Club
Nickname(s) The Gunners
Founded 1987 (1987) as Arsenal Ladies F.C.
Ground Meadow Park
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
Capacity 4,502 (1,700 seated)
Chairman Ivan Gazidis
General Manager Clare Wheatley
Manager Joe Montemurro
League FA WSL
2017–18 FA WSL 1, 3rd of 10
Website Club website

Arsenal Women Football Club, formerly known as Arsenal Ladies Football Club, is an English women's association football club affiliated with Arsenal Football Club.[1][2] Founded in 1987, they are the most successful club in English women's football having won 49 national honours to date; 2 FA WSL titles, 12 FA Women's Premier League titles, 14 FA Women's Cups, ten Women's Premier League Cups, 5 FA WSL Cups and one UEFA Women's Champions League (formerly the UEFA Women's Cup).

History

The club was founded in 1987 as Arsenal Ladies Football Club by Vic Akers,[3] the kit manager for the Arsenal men's team, who remained the club's manager until his retirement in 2009.[4] They won their first major honour, the Women's League Cup in 1991–92. Later in 1992 they won promotion to the FA Women's Premier League and won the title at the first time of asking. As of 2010 they have won 12 of the 17 League titles, finishing as runners–up three times[5] and won a record seven titles in a row between 2004 and 2010.[6]

As of 2016 Arsenal have won the FA Women's Cup fourteen times, and the Women's League Cup ten times.[5] This includes eight League and FA Women's Cup Doubles; in 1992–93, 1994–95, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09, and four domestic Trebles, in 1992–93, 2000–01 and 2006–07, 2008–09. Arsenal have represented England a total of seven times in the UEFA Women's Champions League (formerly the UEFA Women's Cup), and had previously reached the semi-finals twice (in 2002–03 and 2004–05).

The 2006–07 season was Arsenal's most successful ever, having won not just all three domestic trophies but also the 2006–07 UEFA Women's Champions League (then called the UEFA Women's Cup), beating Umeå IK in the final 1–0 on aggregate; this was the first time any British club won the competition. On top of that Arsenal won the FA Women's Community Shield as well as the local London County FA Women's Cup. The end result was that the team won every single competition available to them, earning a unique sextuple. The wins that year came against full-time professional players, whereas most of the Arsenal team had full-time jobs.[7] Additionally, Arsenal won all 22 games they played in the Premier League that season, scoring 119 goals and conceding just ten.[8] In recognition of the achievement, the team were honoured with The Committee Award by the Sports Journalists' Association in the 2007 Sports Journalists' Awards.[9]

Arsenal were unable to retain their European crown in 2007–08, after being knocked out by Olympique Lyonnais in the quarter-finals. The Premier League Cup final was lost to Everton. They ended the season on a high, winning the league for the fifth season in a row with 20 wins and two draws from their 22 games, and another FA Women's Cup, beating Leeds 4–1 in the final. Season 2008–09 saw the end of a record five year unbeaten run in the League; between 16 October 2003 (a defeat against Charlton Athletic)[10] and 29 March 2009 (a 0–3 defeat at home to Everton) Arsenal went 108 games without defeat. During that spell, Arsenal won a record 51 league games in a row, between November 2005 and April 2008.[3] Despite the defeat to Everton, Arsenal went on to complete a domestic treble in 2008–09, beating Everton 1–0 away on the final day of the league season and giving Vic Akers his eleventh title and fourth Treble. Akers retired in the 2009 close season, being succeeded by Tony Gervaise.[11] In February 2010, after eight months in charge, Gervaise resigned, suggesting his position had been undermined by outside interference.[11] In an unusual development, reserve coach Laura Harvey became first-team manager and Gervaise became reserve coach.[12]

The following month Arsenal were named as founder members of the FA WSL which commenced in the spring of 2011.[13] Arsenal won the inaugural season, the eighth consecutive English title, qualifying again to the UEFA Women's Champions League.[14]

Arsenal completed another domestic treble by becoming inaugural WSL champions, winning the FA Cup, and lifting the Continental Cup in 2011.

On 1 February 2013 Shelley Kerr was announced as Laura Harvey's successor as manager of Arsenal Women. The club under her management won the FA Women's Cup twice and Continental Cup and finish third in the league during the 2013 season.[15] After a poor run of form which saw the club gain only one point from the opening four league matches of the 2014 season, exit the Champions League to Birmingham and suffer a shock lose to Reading, Kerr decided to resign.

On 1 June 2014, Arsenal Women won the 2014 FA Women's Cup 2 weeks after Arsenal won the 2014 FA Cup, completing a rare FA Cup double for the club.

In July 2017, the club rebranded as Arsenal Women Football Club.[4][1][2]

Players

Founded as an amateur side, Arsenal Ladies turned semi-professional in 2002.[16] Three of the current first team were in the England squad for the 2005 European Championship. Former players Kelly Smith, Karen Carney and Alex Scott transferred to play for teams in the Women's Professional Soccer League in the USA. Smith and Scott moved to the Boston Breakers; Carney to Chicago Red Stars. The club contains internationals from England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Holland, with a total of fourteen members of the current squad having represented their country.[17]

Arsenal Women also operate a reserve team, which is mainly formed from Academy players. The reserves have won four FA Women's Premier Reserve League titles and five FA Women's Premier Reserve League Cups in their history.

Current squad

As of 9 August 2018.[17]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Sari van Veenendaal
3 DF Emma Mitchell
6 MF Leah Williamson
7 MF Daniëlle van de Donk
8 MF Jordan Nobbs
9 FW Danielle Carter
10 MF Kim Little
11 FW Vivianne Miedema
12 DF Jessica Samuelsson
No. Position Player
15 FW Katie McCabe
16 DF Louise Quinn
17 FW Lisa Evans
18 GK Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (fr)
19 MF Lia Walti
20 MF Dominique Bloodworth
21 DF Tabea Kemme
22 MF Viktoria Schnaderbeck
23 FW Beth Mead
MF Ava Kuyken

Former players

For notable current and former players, see Category:Arsenal Women F.C. players.

Current technical staff

As of July 2018.[18]

Position Name
General Manager Clare Wheatley
Honorary President Vic Akers
Manager Joe Montemurro
Assistant Coach Ismael Garcia Gomez
Development Officer Tom Hartley
Development Team Manager Kelly Smith
Lead physiotherapist Sam Blanchard
Team Doctor Jo Price
Goalkeeping Coach Steve Smith
Technical Director Tessa Payne
Marketing Officer Faye White
Administrator and Coach Angela Cuerden

Stadium

Arsenal Women play most of their home matches at Meadow Park, home of Conference Premier side Boreham Wood, in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. It has a capacity of just over 4,000, although attendances for most league matches are around 1,000. Arsenal's home UEFA Women's Champions League matches are also played here. However, due to the connection with Arsenal F.C., they are permitted to play in the Emirates Stadium on occasion.

The women's side has the full backing and support of Arsenal Football Club. David Dein, former vice-chairman of Arsenal F.C., held the position of club President until he left the club on 18 April 2007, and was replaced by Keith Edelman, Arsenal's managing director, until his departure from the club on 1 May 2008. Ivan Gazidis, the chief executive of English Premier League club Arsenal Football Club, is currently the Chairman of Arsenal Women.

A number of the playing staff are employed by Arsenal to develop and co-ordinate the women's teams and club Academy. Ties between the two are close; sponsorship by Emirates and Puma (and Nike before that) is shared, and the women's club played on occasion at Arsenal's home stadium (Highbury until 2005–06 and Emirates Stadium since then).

Over the years, the women's team has been lauded by and done promotional work with counterparts from the men's team such as Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira. Ahead of a 2008 North London men's derby against Tottenham Hotspur, Cesc Fàbregas (then Arsenal's men's captain) told Loaded that he didn't believe that Arsenal Women would lose to the Tottenham men, saying, "They would do really well. I'm sure they would get a point!"[19]

Honours

Domestic

2011, 2012[20]
1992–93, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10[20]
1992–93, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16[20]
2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018[20]
1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09[20]
2000 (shared), 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008[20]

European

County

  • London County FA Women's Cup: (10) (record)
1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11[20]

Seasons

Key

Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Division shown in bold when it changes due to promotion or relegation. Top scorer shown in bold when they set or equalled a club record.

All club honour's confirmed by official club website[21]

Season League Cup Top scorer
Division P W D L F A GD Pts Pos FA Cup[22] London Cup[23] WPL Cup WSL Cup[24] Community Shield UWCL[25]
1987–88 no data
1988–89 no data
1989–90 no data
1990–91 no data
1991–92 PL S 1st CH N/a N/a
1992–93 PL Na[26] 18 17 0 1 66 8 58 52 1st CH CH N/a N/a
1993–94 PL Na[26] 18 14 3 1 85 15 70 45 2nd CH N/a N/a
1994–95 PL Na[26] 18 17 1 0 60 8 52 52 1st CH CH N/a N/a
1995–96 PL Na[26] 18 11 4 3 54 12 42 37 3rd CH N/a N/a
1996–97 PL Na[26] 18 16 1 1 65 9 56 49 1st CH N/a N/a
1997–98 PL Na 18 2nd CH CH N/a N/a
1998–99 PL Na[26] 18 13 4 1 59 15 44 43 2nd CH CH N/a N/a
1999–2000 PL Na[27] 18 13 2 3 73 13 60 41 3rd CH CH N/a CH N/a
2000–01 PL Na[28] 18 17 1 0 88 9 79 52 1st CH CH N/a N/a
2001–02 PL Na[29] 18 16 1 1 60 15 45 49 1st N/a CH QF
2002–03 PL Na[30] 18 13 1 4 53 21 32 40 3rd N/a SF
2003–04 PL Na[31] 18 15 2 1 65 11 54 47 1st CH CH N/a
2004–05 PL Na[32] 18 15 3 0 57 13 44 48 1st CH N/a SF
2005–06 PL Na[33] 18 16 2 0 83 20 63 50 1st CH N/a CH QF
2006–07 PL Na[34] 22 22 0 0 119 10 109 66 1st CH CH CH N/a CH CH Julie Fleeting 17[35]
2007–08 PL Na[36] 22 20 2 0 85 15 70 62 1st CH CH N/a CH QF Lianne Sanderson 26[35]
2008–09 PL Na[37] 22 20 1 1 89 14 75 61 1st CH CH CH N/a QF Kim Little 14[35]
2009–10 PL Na[38] 22 20 1 1 79 19 60 61 1st RU CH N/a N/a QF Kim Little 24[35]
2010–11 N/a* CH RU N/a N/a N/a SF Ellen White 11[35]
2011 WSL[39] 14 10 2 2 29 9 20 32 1st SF QF N/a CH N/a SF Kim Little 17[35]
2012 WSL[39] 14 10 4 0 39 18 21 34 1st CH RU N/a CH N/a SF Kim Little 23[35]
2013 WSL[39] 14 10 3 1 31 11 20 30 3rd CH N/a N/a CH N/a QF Danielle Carter 14 [35]
2014 WSL 1[39] 14 6 3 5 24 21 3 21 4th QF N/a N/a RU N/a N/a Danielle Carter
Kelly Smith
7 [35]
2015 WSL 1[39] 14 8 3 3 21 8 13 27 3rd CH N/a N/a CH N/a N/a Natalia Pablos 10 [35]
2016 WSL 1[39] 16 10 2 4 33 14 19 32 3rd N/a Danielle Carter 6
2017 WSL 1[39] 8 5 3 0 22 9 13 18 3rd QF SF Danielle Carter 4
2017–18 WSL 1[39] 18 11 4 3 38 18 20 37 3rd RU CH Beth Mead 14
2018–19 WSL 1[39]
Season Division P W D L F A GD Pts Pos FA Cup[22] London Cup[23] WPL Cup WSL Cup[24] Community Shield UWCL[25] Top scorer
League Cup

*The WSL was due to start in 2010 but was deferred for a year due to the global economic downturn.[40]

UEFA Competition Record

SeasonCompetitionStageResultOpponentScorers
2001–02UEFA Women's CupGroup Stage4–0 BernBanks 2, Grant, Ludlow
7–0 Hapoel Tel AvivLudlow 3, Coss, Grant, Moore, Ogawa
2–1 WroclawBanks, Spacey
Quarter-finals1–1 1–2 ToulouseGrant, Maggs
2002–03UEFA Women's CupGroup Stage6–0 Gömrükçü BakuBanks 2, Wheatley 2, Grant, Ludlow
2–1 LevanteMaggs, F. White
7–0 Eendracht AalstLudlow 3, Maggs 2, Grant, Scott
Quarter-finals2–0 1–1 CSK VVS SamaraMacDonald, Maggs + 1 o.g.
Semifinals1–3 1–5 Fortuna HjørringBanks 2
2004–05UEFA Women's CupGroup Stage2–2 Athletic BilbaoGrant, F. White
7–1 AeginaFleeting 2, Banks, Grant, Ludlow, Wheatley, F. White
1–0 DjurgårdenKemp
Quarter-finals0–2 4–1 TorresBanks, Fleeting, Ludlow + 1 o.g.
Semifinals1–1 0–1 DjurgårdenFleeting
2005–06UEFA Women's CupGroup Stage3–1 WroclawLudlow, McArthur, Sanderson
1–0 Lada TogliattiLudlow
0–1 Brøndby
Quarter-finals1–1 1–3 FrankfurtGrant, Sanderson
2006–07UEFA Women's CupGroup Stage5–4 RossiyankaFleeting 5
6–0 Femina BudapestLudlow 2, Chapman, Davison, Yankey + 1 o.g.
1–0 BrøndbySanderson
Quarter-finals5–0 4–1 BreiðablikFleeting 3, Smith 3, Carney, Sanderson, Yankey
Semifinals2–2 3–0 BrøndbySmith 2, Carney, Fleeting, Yankey
Final1–0 0–0 Umeå IKScott
2007–08UEFA Women's CupGroup Stage4–0 Alma KTZhCarney 2, Chapman, Sanderson
7–0 NeulengbachFleeting 2, Ludlow 2, Carney, Chapman, Grant
3–3 BardolinoFleeting, Grant, Smith
Quarter-finals0–0 2–3 Olympique LyonnaisSmith, Yankey
2008–09UEFA Women's CupGroup Stage7–2 ZürichLittle 3, Ludlow 2, Davison, Smith
6–0 NeulengbachCarney 2, Davison, Fleeting, Little, Tracy
0–3 Olympique Lyonnais
Quarter-finals3–2 0–6 UmeåFleeting, Little, Ludlow
2009–10Champions LeagueRound of 329–0 9–0 PAOKLittle 7, Lander 2, Yankey 2, Beattie, Bruton, Chapman, Coombs, Davison, Ludlow + 1 o.g.
Round of 163–0 2–0 Sparta PragueLittle 2, Flaherty, Grant + 1 o.g.
Quarter-finals1–2 0–2 Duisburg1 o.g.
2010–11Champions LeagueRound of 323–1 9–0 Mašinac NišCarter 2, Little 2, Davison, Flaherty, Ludlow, Nobbs, F. White, Yankey + 1 o.g.
Round of 160–2 4–1 Rayo VallecanoChapman, Fleeting, Grant, Yankey
Quarter-finals1–1 2–2 LinköpingChapman, E. White, Yankey
Semifinals0–2 2–3 Olympique LyonnaisFleeting, E. White
2011–12Champions LeagueRound of 324–0 6–0 BobruichankaBeattie 3, Carter 2, Chapman 2, Nobbs 2, E. White
Round of 161–1 5–1 Rayo VallecanoLittle 2, Danielle Carter, Ludlow, Nobbs, Yankey
Quarter-finals3–1 0–1 GöteborgLittle, Nobbs, Yankey
Semifinals1–2 0–2 FrankfurtGrant
2012–13Champions LeagueRound of 323–0 4–0 BarcelonaBeattie 4, Chapman, Little, Nobbs
Round of 162–1 4–3 Turbine PotsdamSmith 3, E. White 2, Chapman
Quarter-finals3–1 1–0 TorresSmith, Little, Nobbs, Fahey
Semi-finals0–2 1–2 WolfsburgLittle
2013–14Champions LeagueRound of 327–1 11–1 CSHVSM KairatLittle 5,Carter 5, Nobbs 3, Chapman, Yankey, Ayisi, Weir, White
Round of 163–0 3–2 Glasgow CityHoughton, 3 Carter, Yankey, Nobbs
Quarter-finals0–1 0–2 Birmingham City

See also

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