Considering that the FA WSL 2016 season has now started, the FA has not published the FA WSL rules and probably will not put them on their website. I am pleased to be able to share them with all the fans that would like to have a look at them.
There is nothing more frustrating for a fan not be able to know what is happening and what the regulations are for a competition you are following.
When you consider that every FIFA/UEFA tournaments rules and regulations are available and easy to find, you wonder why the FA does not do the same for the FA WSL ?
There are certainly some very questionable points in those rules that I have already mentioned in previous blogs. So I hope you will all enjoy reading them.
FA WSL Rules 2016 Season
The title race is still very much open in the Northern Division due to the huge backlog of games, while Brighton have nearly sealed it in the Southern.
SC Albion 3 Derby County 0
Nottingham Forest 2 PNE 2
Guiseley Vixens 0 SC Albion 2
Bradford 2 Huddersfield 0
PNE dropping big points and likely to get overtaken once teams will catch up all their games on hand. SC Albion and Bradford catching up. The chasing pack still has a lot of game to play before the end of the season.
- Preston 43 pts pl 20 +49 (maximum points 51)
- Stoke 35 pts pl 15 +30 ( mp 56)
- Blackburn 32 pts pl 15 +19 (mp 53)
- Forest 30 pts pl 14 +16 ( mp 56)
- Bradford 30 pts pl 15 +15 ( mp 51)
- SC Albion 27 pts pl 12 +15 ( mp 57)
C&K Basildon 1 Brighton 6
Forest Green 0 Portsmouth 3
Brighton are nearly there now, they just need to win their remaining two games. The play-off game is getting closer for the Seagulls. They have Portsmouth away and Spurs away to win. Should they slip-up once, the four chasing teams will be back in business.
- Brighton 48 plts pl 20 +37 ( mp 54)
- Charlton 40 pts pl 18 +34 (mp52)
- Portsmouth 38 pl 18 +33 (mp 50)
- Cardiff* 38 pts pl 17 +33 ( mp 53)
- Coventry 35 pts pl 17 +40 ( mp50)
Here is the draw for the preliminary round and first round of the 2016 tournament.
If you wonder how the draw was made and the bizzare selection process everything is explained here
Preliminary Round draw
Sheffield* v Durham*
Oxford United* v Millwall Lionesses*
Watford* v London Bees*
First Round draw
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Sunderland
Yeovil Town* v Notts County
Oxford United* or Millwall Lionesses* v Birmingham City
Everton* v Liverpool
Aston Villa* v Manchester City
Reading v Arsenal
Watford* or London Bees* v Chelsea
Sheffield* or Durham* v Bristol City
*denotes FA WSL 2 sides
Preliminary round week-end of the 7th of May, first round week-end of the 2nd of July.
Here are today’s results and table
Chelsea – Liverpool P-P
Man City 2 Arsenal 0
1 Man City 6 pts +3 pl 2
2. Chelsea 3 pts + 3 pl 1
3. Liverpool 3 pts +1
4. Arsenal 3 pts 0
5.Sunderland 1 pt 0 pl 1
6. Reading 1 pt -2 pl 2
7. Birmingham 0 pt -1 pl 1
8. Notts County 0 pt -1 pl 1
9. Doncaster Belles 0 pt -3 pl 1
Here are the results and table from the 27th of March games :
Aston Villa 2 Oxford United 1
Watford Ladies – Yeovil Town P-P
Millwall Lionesses 2 Everton Ladies 2
1.Millwall 4 pts +2 pl 2
2.Everton 4 pts +1 pl 2
3.Bristol 4 pts +1 pl 2
4.Durham 3 pts +1 pl1
5.Aston Villa 3 pts 0 pl 2
6.London Bees 1 pt 0 pl 1
7.Watford 1 pt 0 pl 1
8.Sheffield 1 pt -1 pl2
9.Yeovil 0 pt -1 pl 1
10.Oxford 0 pt -3 pl 2
Here is the table after the first Matchday 2 game played
Sunderland 1 Reading 1
Both teams get their first point on board and Reading climbs up the table
- Chelsea 3 pts +3
- Arsenal 3 pts +2
- Liverpool 3 pts +1
- Manchester City 3 pts +1
- Sunderland 1 pt 0
- Reading 1 pt -2
- Birmingham 0 pt -1
- Notts County 0 pt -1
- Doncaster Belles 0 pt -3
Here is the Matchday 2 preview for the FA WSL 1 games.
Sunderland (5) v Reading (8)
Current form Sunderland : W Reading LW
Mid table Sunderland will begin their season at home to a Reading side that showed some resilience against a strong Arsenal side but some weaknesses in certain areas on the pitch. Two of the best strikers in the League will be on show with Mead and Boho-Sayo and it would be surprising to see both score in the game.
Chelsea (1) v Liverpool (3)
Current form Chelsea WW Liverpool WL
Top of the table clash with a Chelsea team in strong form with a an average of four goals scored per game but also one conceded per game which is a bit high. Can Liverpool stop that strong attacking potential from scoring and get a goal with their new improved team ?
Manchester City ( 4) v Arsenal (2)
Current form City WW Arsenal WW
The title contender clash comes way too early in the season and it will be fascinating to see if City with so many first team players injured or unavailable due to international duty will cope against an Arsenal side that can rotate their squad at will. We know that City have 12 outfield fit players to choose from and did not make any sub against Notts County. It should be a physical and intense encounter and both side will try to gain a psycholgical advantage early into the season.
Not playing :
Notts, County, Birmingham, Doncaster
Note Matchday 3 will be played from the 21st of April in one month.
Doncaster Belles v Chelsea Ladies
Goals : Carney, England, Chapman, Aluko ; Rafferty og
Assists : Bright, Carney x2, Davison; Sweetman-Kirk
Yellow cards : Fahey
Red cards :