The Continental Cup format has changed from the 3 previous seasons. It has been organised with 3 groups of 6 teams to accomodate the 18 FA WSL sides.
Group 1 has 2 WSL 1 team and 4 WSL 2 teams :
Arsenal, Chelsea, London Bees, Millwall, Reading, Watford
Group 2 has 3 WSL 1 team and 3 WSL 2 teams :
Doncaster, Durham, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Sunderland
Group 3 has 3 WSL 1 team and 3 WSL 2 teams :
Aston Villa, Birmingham, Bristol, Notts County, Oxford, Yeovil
In term of strength, Group 2 seems to be the toughest one with 3 WSL 1 teams and 2 of the WSL 2 promotion favorites. Group 1 is in theory the easiest group for the 2 WSL 1 side as they face 4 WSL 2 opponents. Group 3 is quite balanced compared to the other 2 groups.
The group winners and the best runner-up will qualify for the semi-finals.
In order to see how many points are likely to be needed to qualify for the semi-finals, let’s have a look at the FA WSL development cup that was organised in the same format earlier in the season..
In group 1 Arsenal finished top with 12 pts in 4 games, Reading runner-up with 10 points. In group 2 Everton finished top with 11 points and Liverpool runner-up with 11 points and a lower goal difference. In group 3 Aston Villa finished top with 11 pts and Notts County runner-up with 10 pts.
Therefore teams should target tor each 12 pts to qualify. So basically, one defeat is acceptable with 4 wins. There will be a lot of dead rubbers in that tournament because as soon as a team has dropped 5 points, it is likely to be over.
Games to be played between the 30/04 and 15/05 and also between 02/07 and 13/07