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Chelsea Women
Chelsea F.C. crest
Full name Chelsea Football Club Women
Nickname(s) The Blues
Founded 1992; 32 years ago (1992)
Ground Kingsmeadow
Stamford Bridge (select home games)
Ground Capacity 4,850 (Kingsmeadow)
40,173 (Stamford Bridge)
Owner BlueCo
Chairman Adrian Jacob
Manager Emma Hayes
League FA WSL
2019–20 FA WSL, 1st of 12 (champions)
Third colours
Imperial Fields - - 2434693
Imperial Fields, Chelsea's home ground in 2011

Chelsea Football Club Women, formerly known as Chelsea Ladies Football Club, are an English women's football club based in Kingston upon Thames, London. Founded in 1992, they compete in the Women's Super League, the top flight of women's football in England, and plays their home games at the Kingsmeadow with some select games at Stamford Bridge. Since 2004, the club has been affiliated with Chelsea F.C., the men's team in the Premier League. Chelsea Women were a founding member of the Super League in 2010. From 2005 to 2010, the side competed in the Premier League National Division, the top tier of women's football in England at the time.

One of the most successful clubs in English women's football, Chelsea have won a record seven Women's Super League championships, as well as the FA WSL Spring Series in 2017, and have the second-highest number of outright league championships after Arsenal. They have also won five Women's FA Cup titles, two FA Women's League Cup titles, and were Women's FA Community Shield winners in 2020. They reached their first UEFA Women's Champions League final in 2021, where they finished as runners-up.


Establishment and promotion (1992–2005)

Chelsea Ladies Football Club was formed in 1992 after supporters of Chelsea F.C. expressed desire for a women's side. Tony Farmer, a longtime Chelsea supporter who became interested in women's football when his girlfriend Val Lightfoot joined Crystal Palace, wrote a letter to Chelsea F.C. to propose adding a women's side.

Upon approval, Farmer became the club's first manager, lobbied for it to be promoted in men's match programmes, and began recruiting youth players to the club, including Casey Stoney and Fara Williams as 12-year-olds in 1994 and 1996, respectively. The side's first home pitch was Hurlingham Park in Fulham. Farmer managed the club from the third division of the Greater London Women's Football League to the Premier League Southern Division before resigning in 1997.

In June 2004, Chelsea Ladies were taken over and funded by Chelsea's Football in the Community department, and in 2004–05 Chelsea won promotion to the Premier League National Division. The club has participated at the top level ever since.

FA Premier League National Division (2005–2010)

After starting 2005–06 with one point from six games, manager George Michealas was fired in September after four years in charge. They finished bottom of the league that season under Shaun Gore, but won a promotion/relegation play-off against Northern Division runners-up Liverpool 4–1 on aggregate to stay in the Premier League National Division. During the season the club had been linked with a transfer bid for North American star players Tiffeny Milbrett and Christine Sinclair.

After an eighth-place finish in 2006–07, Gore drafted in England players Siobhan Chamberlain, Casey Stoney and Eniola Aluko that summer. American World Cup winner Lorrie Fair, regarded as one of the best midfielders in the women's game, joined in January as Chelsea finished 2007–08 in fifth position.

Chelsea Ladies introduced a new manager for the 2008–09 season, former Arsenal Ladies reserve team coach Steve Jones. On 2 July 2008 Chelsea surprisingly signed Lianne Sanderson and Anita Asante from Arsenal Ladies, in addition to veteran Mary Phillip. Then Arsenal Ladies manager Vic Akers criticised his former players as disrespectful, while pursuing players from other clubs to bolster his own squad.

Chelsea Ladies finished the 2008–09 season third behind Arsenal and Everton. Mary Phillip retired a month into the new season, Aluko and Asante left for the new WPS in March 2009, while Fair missed the whole campaign with a cruciate ligament injury sustained in May 2008. Jones departed as manager in January 2009, leaving Stoney to act as player/manager.

At Stoney's recommendation, Matt Beard became manager for the 2009–10 season. Cuts to the Ladies club's funding were offset by financial assistance from John Terry and other Chelsea F.C. players. A further blow arrived when Sanderson left for the 2010 WPS season.

Women's Super League (2011–present)

The club bid successfully to be one of eight founding teams in the FA Women's Super League (WSL) in March 2011. On 13 April 2011, the first-ever WSL fixture was played — at Imperial Fields, Chelsea's home ground — between them and Arsenal, which they lost 1–0. Beard led the club to the Women's FA Cup final for the first time in 2012, but Chelsea were eventually beaten by Birmingham City on a penalty shootout after twice taking the lead in a 2–2 draw.

In July 2012, Matt Beard resigned as manager after three years in the post.

Former assistant at Arsenal, Emma Hayes, was brought in as manager in 2012, who was one of the first female managers in the WSL. In Hayes' first season in charge, Chelsea, who were still a part-time professional club, finished third-bottom of the League. The following season, they finished second from the bottom.

The 2014 season was successful for Chelsea, as they finished second in the FA Women's Super League behind Liverpool on goal difference, after eight wins, two draws and four losses. A final day win would have clinched them the league title, but they lost 2–1 away to Manchester City. Their second-place finish meant that they qualified for the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time in the club's history. They also reached the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the League Cup, where they lost to both eventual winners, Arsenal and Manchester City, respectively.

In 2015, it was announced that many of Chelsea's players would be becoming full professionals for the first time.

Chelsea FC Women v Arsenal WFC, 29 February 2020 (08)
Chelsea players celebrating their first FA Women's League Cup win in 2020.

On 1 August 2015, Chelsea won their first ever Women's FA Cup. They beat Notts County Ladies at Wembley Stadium. Ji So-yun scored the only goal of the game and Eniola Aluko won the player of the match award. The team then beat Sunderland 4–0 in October 2015 to secure the FA WSL title and a League and Cup double. Chelsea repeated that feat in the 2017–18 season, winning another FA WSL and Women's FA Cup double; in the same season, the team also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time. On 23 May 2018, the club rebranded as Chelsea Football Club Women.

Chelsea were awarded the 2019–20 WSL title on a points-per-game basis after the season had to be abruptly terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chelsea began the 2020–21 season by winning their first ever FA Community Shield, against Manchester City. The season also saw them win their second consecutive League Cup, winning 6–0 against Bristol City. Chelsea and manager Hayes won their fourth WSL title, the most by any WSL team, by two points on the final day of the 2020–21 FA WSL season with a 5–0 victory over Reading. Chelsea broke the record for most points in a season (57) and tied the record for most wins in a season (18). In addition, they became just the third team to defend the League title after Liverpool and Arsenal. Sam Kerr won the WSL Golden Boot for most goals scored by an individual (21), while Fran Kirby was joint top for assists (11) and goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger registered the most clean sheets (12), winning the Golden Glove. Given their remarkable performances over the season, Suzzane Wrack of The Guardian stated that Chelsea was "one of the best women's teams to ever play in England's top flight". On 16 May 2021, Chelsea, on course for a quadruple, lost 4–0 to Barcelona in their first-ever Champions League final appearance. On 5 December 2021, Chelsea won the delayed 2020–21 FA Cup, beating the league leaders Arsenal 3–0 in a dominant display with goals from Kirby and two from Kerr, winning their first domestic treble.


Chelsea Women play at Kingsmeadow in Norbiton, Kingston upon Thames, London. Chelsea F.C. bought Kingsmeadow for their youth and women's teams from AFC Wimbledon in 2016 so that Wimbledon could fund their new ground, Plough Lane. Kingsmeadow has a capacity of 4,850.

Between 2012 and 2017, Chelsea played their home games at Wheatsheaf Park. The stadium is located in Staines-upon-Thames and has a capacity for 3,002 spectators.

The team previously played at Imperial Fields during the 2011–12 season, the home ground of Tooting & Mitcham United.


The current home attendance record of a Chelsea Women's match is 39,398, set on 27 April 2024 during the 2023–24 UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona, played at Stamford Bridge. Their current home attendance record at their primary ground of Kingsmeadow is 4,670, set on 28 April 2019 in a Champion's League semi-final leg against Lyon.


Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Zećira Mušović
2 United States FW Mia Fishel
3 Netherlands DF Aniek Nouwen
4 England DF Millie Bright (captain)
5 Wales MF Sophie Ingle
6 Germany MF Sjoeke Nüsken
7 England DF Jess Carter
8 Germany MF Melanie Leupolz
9 United States FW Catarina Macario
10 England FW Lauren James
11 Norway MF Guro Reiten
12 Canada DF Ashley Lawrence
14 England FW Fran Kirby
15 France DF Ève Périsset
16 Belgium GK Nicky Evrard
No. Position Player
18 Norway DF Maren Mjelde
19 Sweden MF Johanna Rytting Kaneryd
20 Australia FW Sam Kerr
21 England DF Niamh Charles
22 Scotland MF Erin Cuthbert
23 Japan FW Maika Hamano
24 England GK Hannah Hampton
26 Canada DF Kadeisha Buchanan
28 Serbia MF Jelena Čanković
29 England DF Jorja Fox
33 England FW Aggie Beever-Jones
35 Colombia FW Mayra Ramírez
36 England MF Ashanti Akpan
39 Sweden DF Nathalie Björn

Out on loan

No. Position Player
England GK Emily Orman (at Reading until June 2024)
Russia DF Alsu Abdullina (at Paris FC until June 2024)
England DF Brooke Aspin (at Bristol City until June 2024)
Spain DF Alejandra Bernabé (at Real Sociedad until June 2024)
England DF Cerys Brown (at Watford until June 2024)
England MF Reanna Blades (at Lewes until June 2024)
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Wieke Kaptein (at Twente until June 2024)
England MF Lexi Potter (at Crystal Palace until June 2024)
Czech Republic MF Kateřina Svitková (at Slavia Prague until June 2024)
England MF Charlotte Wardlaw (at Glasgow City until June 2024)
England FW Aimee Claypole (at Lewes until June 2024)
England FW Lucy Watson (at Crystal Palace until June 2024)

Former players

For details of former players, see Category:Chelsea F.C. Women players.

Player of the Year

Year Player Position Ref.
2015 England Eniola Aluko Forward
2016 England Katie Chapman Midfielder
2017 England Karen Carney Midfielder
2017–18 England Fran Kirby Forward
2018–19 Scotland Erin Cuthbert Midfielder
2019–20 England Bethany England Forward
2020–21 England Fran Kirby Forward
2021–22 Australia Sam Kerr Forward
2022–23 Australia Sam Kerr Forward
2023–24 England Lauren James Forward

Management team

Position Staff
Manager England Emma Hayes
General manager England Paul Green
Assistant manager United States Denise Reddy
Head of performance Belgium Bart Caubergh
Assistant coach England Stuart Searle
Coach England Gemma Davison
Movement coaches England Harry McCulloch
England Ed Ryan-Moore
Performance analyst Republic of Ireland Ferdia O'Hanrahan
Match analyst England Jamie Cook
Opposition analyst England Cameron Meighan
Lead scout England TJ O'Leary

Source: Chelsea F.C.


2015 FA Womens Cup Winners
Chelsea players celebrating winning the 2014–15 FA Women's Cup.

Chelsea's first major trophy was the Women's FA Cup, won in 2015. In the same year, the club also won its first league title. After winning the 2021–22 FA Women's Super League (FA WSL) season, Chelsea became the first team to win the WSL title for three seasons in a row. Their most recent success came in May 2024, when they won their seventh Women's Super League title.

Domestic competitions

League titles

  • Women's Super League
    • Winners (7): 2015, 2017–18, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22, 2022–23, 2023–24
    • Runners-up (2): 2014, 2016
  • FA WSL Spring Series
    • Winners (1): 2017
  • Premier League Southern Division (second tier)
    • Winners (1): 2004–05
    • Runners-up (1): 2000–01
  • South East Counties League (third tier)
    • Winners (1): 1999–2000
    • Runners-up (1): 1998–99
  • Greater London Women's Football League – Division 3
    • Winners (1): 1993–94


  • Women's FA Cup
    • Winners (5): 2014–15, 2017–18, 2020–21, 2021–22, 2022–23
    • Runners-up (2): 2011–12, 2015–16
  • FA Women's League Cup
    • Winners (2): 2019–20, 2020–21
    • Runners-up (3): 2021–22, 2022–23, 2023–24
  • Women's FA Community Shield
    • Winners (1): 2020
  • Surrey County Cup
    • Winners (9): 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
    • Runners-up (2): 2004–05, 2010–11


International competitions

Runners-up (1): 2020–21
  • International Women's Club Championship
Runners-up (1): 2013



  • 2014−15: League and FA Cup
  • 2017–18: League and FA Cup
  • 2019–20: League and League Cup
  • 2021–22: League and FA Cup
  • 2022–23: League and FA Cup


  • 2020–21: League, FA Cup and League Cup

Season-by-season records

Record in UEFA Women's Champions League

All results (home, away and aggregate) list Chelsea's goal tally first.

Season Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 Round of 32 Scotland Glasgow City 1–0 3–0 4–0
Round of 16 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1–2 0–2 1–4
2016–17 Round of 32 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 0–3 1–1 1–4
2017–18 Round of 32 Germany Bayern Munich 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Round of 16 Sweden Rosengård 3–0 1–0 4–0
Quarter-final France Montpellier 3–1 2–0 5–1
Semi-final Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1–3 0–2 1–5
2018–19 Round of 32 Bosnia and Herzegovina SFK 2000 6–0 5–0 11–0
Round of 16 Italy Fiorentina 1–0 6–0 7–0
Quarter-final France Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 1–2 3–2
Semi-final France Lyon 1–1 1–2 2–3
2020–21 Round of 32 Portugal Benfica 3–0 5–0 8–0
Round of 16 Spain Atlético Madrid 2–0 1–1 3–1
Quarter-final Germany VfL Wolfsburg 2–1 3–0 5–1
Semi-final Germany Bayern Munich 4–1 1–2 5–3
Final Spain Barcelona 0–4
2021–22 Group stage Germany VfL Wolfsburg 3–3 0–4 3rd place
(Group A)
Italy Juventus 0–0 2–1
Switzerland Servette 1–0 7–0
2022–23 Group stage France Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 1–0 1st place
(Group A)
Albania Vllaznia 8–0 4–0
Spain Real Madrid 2–0 1–1
Quarter-final France Lyon 1–2 1–0 2–2 (4–3 p)
Semi-final Spain Barcelona 0–1 1–1 1–2
2023–24 Group stage Spain Real Madrid 2–1 2–2 1st place
(Group D)
France Paris FC 4–1 4–0
Sweden BK Häcken 0–0 3–1
Quarter-final Netherlands Ajax 1–1 3–0 4–1
Semi-final Spain Barcelona 0–2 1–0 1–2

Colour key: Green = Chelsea win; Yellow = draw; Red = opponents win.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

Rank Team Points
1 Spain Barcelona 124.099
2 France Lyon 118.166
3 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 104.333
4 France Paris Saint-Germain 97.166
5 Germany Bayern Munich 96.333
6 England Chelsea 81.366

See also

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