FA WSL Summer transfer window 2018

The transfer window opens on the 1st of June and closes on the 9th of August

Last update 19 Jun
This week’s transfers

Confirmed transfers
Extended contracts
Possible deals

Chelsea

In : Ji So-Yun, Beth England ( Liverpool – end of loan), Maren Mjelde, Fran Kirby, Elizabeth Durack ( Everton), Sophie Ingle ( Liverpool), Jess Carter ( Birmingham)

Out : Katie Chapman ( retirement), Claire Rafferty ( West Ham) , Eniola Aluko ( Juventus FC), Rebecca Spencer ( West Ham), Fran Kitching, Gemma Davison, – (-)

Manchester City

In : Marie Hourihan ( Brighton – end of loan), Lauren Hemp (Bristol), Caroline Weir ( Liverpool), Gemma Bonner ( Liverpool), 

Out : Jane Ross, Tessel Middag, Ella Toone,

Arsenal

In : Jordan Nobbs, Viktoria Schnaderbeck ( FC Bayern),Danielle Van De Donk, Dominique Janssen, Sari Van Veenendaal, Louise Quinn, Katie McCabe,

Out : Josephine Henning, Alex Scott ( retirement), Heather O’ Reilly

Reading

In :

Out : Harriet Scott, Melissa Fletcher, Kirsty Linnett, Mary Earps (WFL Wolfsburg)

Birmingham

In : Coral Haines ( Spurs – end of loan), Sophie Baggaley ( Bristol -end of loan), Kerys Harrop, Connie Scofield, Sarah Mayling,

Out : Emily Westwood ( retirement), Coral Haines, Madeleine Cusack, Freda Ayisi, Jess Carter ( Chelsea)

Liverpool

In : Neil Redfearn manager ( Doncaster),

Out : Beth England ( Chelsea – end of loan), Siobhan Chamberlain, Kate Longhurst, Caroline Weir (Man City), Scott Rogers manager, Alex Greenwood, Amy Turner, Martha Harris, Emily Ramsey, Sophie Ingle ( Chelsea), Gemma Bonner ( Manchester City)

Bristol City

In :

Out : Sophie Baggaley ( Birmingham -end of loan), Corinne Yorston, Lauren Hemp ( Man City), Willie Kirk – manager,

Everton Ladies

In : Inessa Kaagman ( Ajax Vrouwen)

Out : Marthe Munsterman ( Ajax Vrouwen), Mollie Green, Elizabeth Durack ( Chelsea)

Yeovil Town

In : Lee Burch manager ( Millwall)

Out : Jamie Sherwood manager, Bow Jackson, Kayleigh Green ( Brighton)

Brighton Women

In : Kayleigh Green ( Yeovil)

Out : Lucy Somes, Amelia Ritchie, Chloe Sansom, Marie Hourihan ( Man City – end of loan)

West Ham

In : Matt Beard Manager, Rosie Kmita, Rebecca Spencer (Chelsea), Claire Rafferty ( Chelsea) , Vyan Sampson, Brianna Visalli ( Chicago Red Stars)

Out : Karen Ray manager (moves back to general manager role), Jasmine Auguste, Amber Stobbs,

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Manchester City goes top of the League

Manchester City went top of the League following their 6-1 away win at Bristol. They overtook Chelsea for the first time in a while and also consolidated their Champions League place as they opened a four points gap on the chasing teams.

Bristol City 1 Manchester City 6

 

The remaining games for the top 6 teams :

 

1 Man City 32 points + 28 ( 4 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

Man City can  finish the season with 44 points and arenow  very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

2 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

Chelsea can also finish the season with 44 points and are very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

3 Reading  28 points +19 ( 2 games to play)

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Reading can finish the season with 34 points. They would need a miracle ( giant collapse from all the other teams) to finish in the top two places

 

4 Arsenal  28 points + 12 ( 3 games to play)

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

Arsenal can finish the season with 37 points. They could finish in third place but unlikely to finish it the top two.

 

5 Birmingham 26 points +10 ( 3 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Birmingham  can finish the season with 35 points. They could finish in third place with their current form.

 

6 Liverpool 25 points +6 ( 3 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool  can finish the season with 34 points. They will have a big say in the Champions League title race.

 

Next games on the 8th and 9th of May will be crucial in the title and Champions League race. Combined wins for Chelsea and City would take out of the equation Liverpool,  Birmingham and Reading and would see the top two teams only needing another two points to clinch the Champions League places.

Liverpool and Birmingham really need to beat City and Chelsea to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Any other result would eliminate them from the Champions League race.

 

Champions League race : Birmingham and Reading keep their hopes alive with crucial wins

Birmingham and Reading won at the week-end against Arsenal and Sunderland. They keep the Champions League hopes alive, but the real winners are Chelsea and Manchester City who have consolidated their two places despite not playing League any games recently.

 

Sunderland 0 Reading 2

Birmingham 3 Arsenal 0

 

The remaining games for the top 6 teams

 

1 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

Chelsea can finish the season with 44 points and are very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

2 Man City 29 points + 23 ( 5 games to play)

Thu 03 May Bristol v Man City

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

Man City can also finish the season with 44 points and are also very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

3 Reading  28 points +19 ( 2 games to play)

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Reading can finish the season with 34 points. They would need a miracle ( giant collapse from all the other teams) to finish in the top two places

 

4 Arsenal  28 points + 12 ( 3 games to play)

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

Arsenal can finish the season with 37 points. They could finish in third place but unlikely to finish it the top two.

 

5 Birmingham 26 points +10 ( 3 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Birmingham  can finish the season with 35 points. They could finish in third place with their current form.

 

6 Liverpool 25 points +6 ( 3 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool  can finish the season with 34 points. They will have a big say in the Champions League title race.

 

 

 

Champions League race : Chelsea and Man City still close to qualify

Arsenal have gone up to third place following their 3-0 win against Liverpool but are still far away from the top two teams who look really good for Champions League qualification.

 

1 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

 

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

 

2 Man City 29 points + 23 ( 5 games to play)

 

Thu 03 May Bristol v Man City

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

tbc Liverpool v Man City

 

3 Arsenal  28 points + 15 ( 4 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Birmingham v Arsenal

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

 

4 Reading  25 points +17 ( 3 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Sunderland v Reading

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

 

5 Liverpool 24 points +6 ( 4 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Liverpool v Everton

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

tbc Liverpool v Man City

 

6 Birmingham 23 points +7 ( 4 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Birmingham v Arsenal

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

 

The chasing pack all need a win this week-end to keep their hopes alive. With the top two teams involved in the Champions League semi-final, the four chasing teams could close the gap. Actually three of them could close the gap as Birmingham and Arsenal will play each other at Solihull Moors.

Any of the four chasing teams that does not win this week-end will be probably out of the Champions League race,  although it won’t be mathematically confirmed until  potentially the 3rd of May for Reading and the 9th of May for Liverpool and Birmingham.

Chelsea and Manchester City have really 90% chances of Champions League qualification. 38 points should seal the deal  imo so Chelsea probably need two wins in four and Manchester City three wins in five.

The Champions League places battle is hotting up

We are now in the final weeks of the 2017/18 season and there are still six teams still competing for the two Champions League places.

 

Chelsea and Manchester City are huge favorites to be once again the two English teams in the top club competition. The chasing pack are hot on their tails but do not seem to be consistent enough to threaten them.

Here are the upcoming fixtures for the six teams. You can note that some teams’ fixtures have not been updated yet by the FA as  the whole season schedule has been a mess as usual. Games in italics are the games with the top six teams going head to head.

 

1 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

 

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

 

2 Man City 29 points + 23 ( 5 games to play)

 

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

 

3 Reading  25 points +17 ( 3 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Sunderland v Reading

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

 

 

4 Arsenal  25 points + 12 ( 5 games to play)

 

Tue 24 Apr Arsenal v Liverpool

Sun 29 Apr Birmingham v Arsenal

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

 

5 Liverpool 24 points +9 ( 5 games to play)

 

Tue 24 Apr Arsenal v Liverpool

Sun 29 Apr Liverpool v Everton

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

 

6 Birmingham 23 points +7 ( 4 games to play)

 

Sun 29 Apr Birmingham v Arsenal

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

 

As previously mentioned, Chelsea and Manchester City are favorite for the top two finish, but they have a very busy schedule. City actually have two games not scheduled yet. If Any one or both teams reach the Champions League final, they will have a tough run-up to the showpiece in Kiev.

There are many head to head games remaining between the top six and those games will probably decide who will be in Europe next season.  Reading and Birmingham are unlikely to make it but mathematically still in. Both could be out of the Champions League race by Sunday though.

Arsenal and Liverpool are the chasing group. They play each other tonight, a draw or a defeat for any of those teams would surely cost them champions league qualification. While the winner would close down the gap to Manchester City.

The title race and the Champions League race might go to final day depending on how the teams will react to playing so many games in such a short time. It is clearly a survival of the fittest kind of situation, rather than the best football teams will make it to the elite club competition.

 

 

 

FA WSL 1 Winter transfer window 2017

The transfer window opens on the 29th of December and closes on the 25th of January

 

This week’s transfers

Confirmed transfers

Extended contracts

Possible deals

 

Manchester City

In : Nadia Nadim ( Portland Thorns), Julia Spetsmark ( KIF Orebro), Ellie Roebuck

Out : Marie Hourihan ( Brighton -loan) 

 

Chelsea

In : Jonna Anderson ( Linkopings), Anita Asante ( Rosengard), Deanna Cooper, Ji So-Yun

Out : Millie Farrow ( Bristol)

 

Arsenal

In : Katie McCabe, Chloe Kelly

Out : Jodie Taylor ( Melbourne City ), Taylor Hinds ( Everton), Chloe Kelly ( Everton), Jemma Rose, Vyan Sampson

 

Liverpool

In : Rinsola Babajide ( Watford), Gemma Bonner, Ashley Hodson, Caroline Weir

Out : Natasha Harding ( Reading), Casey Stoney

 

Birmingham

In : Marisa Ewers, Andrine Hegerberg, Aoife Mannion

Out : Isabella Linden, Chloe Peplow, Andrine Hegerberg ( PSG)

 

Sunderland

In : Abbey Joyce, Rachel Pitman, Stephanie Roche, Victoria Williams,

Out :

 

Reading

In :  Natasha Harding ( Liverpool), Grace Moloney, Molly Bartrip, Rachel Rowe

Out :  Mandy Van Den Berg ( Valencia)

 

Yeovil Town

In :

Out : Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson ( Keynsham)

 

Bristol City

In : Kylie Nolan ( Cardiff City), Poppy Wilson, Millie Farrow

Out : Amy Goddard ( Aston Villa – loan), Caitlin Leach

 

Everton Ladies

In : Taylor Hinds ( Arsenal), Chloe Kelly ( Arsenal), Kirsty Levell, Claudia Walker

Out :

My reaction to the FA WSL 1 going full time professional teams only

So there it is, the FA have announced that the  FA WSL1 has now become the rich boys/girls club and therefore decided demote to FA WSL 2 all the part-time semi-professional teams.

 

Now, this is NOT the fist time that the FA has demoted a side on non sporting merit, they did it back in 2014 when the Doncaster Belles were sent to the newly formed FA WSL2 to make way for Manchester City and its big money investment. It has to be said, Manchester City have been very succesful since and set the standard for many clubs in term of investment and facilities, but it still does not make it right for the Belles to have been sent down.

 

As we all know when sporting merit disappear and a close league appear, something gets lost somewhere although it is hard to define and quantify how to call it. Some would call it the football spirit, others might call it sporting integrity.  With clubs being franchises since the FA WSL inception, you do wonder if the FA  has always wanted the FA WSL1 to become long-term a typical US style league.

 

Back in 2011, when the League started, the clubs were given a three years tenure and protection to start-up the league. Promotion was only introduced with the FA WSL2 creation in 2014. At the time, the promotion was introduced on sporting merit, pending the usual financial and marketing investment possible. Three seasons ago promotion from the FA WPL to the FA WSL was also introduced on sporting merit, also pending the usual financial and marketing criteria and this year will see the first relegation from FA WSL2 to the FA WPL. This is the usual and natural functionality in the football pyramid.

 

So far in the FA WSL history no promotion has been rejected by the FA, be it to the FA WSL1 or the FA WSL2. There were no problems on financial ground and rightly so. But this sudden change will therefore halt all chances of success story like the one from Yeovil Town Ladies. They were a combination team for many years and went up all the way to FA WSL1 on a small budget with important values like their fans bill of rights and success on the pitch based on beautiful quality attacking football.

 

Now for the FA to close the door for that kind of team or any semi-professional team or even amateur, because they are not rich enough and don’t have enough facilities is really a kick in the teeth to the football traditional values. To me this is such a sad news really. Gone is the idea that a team can go up the leagues through hard work and football results. It originally happened when the FA WSL started in 2011 and the closed League system was not well received by many fans as it was a clear break from the way the football pyramid had been built and organized.

 

Let me be clear on one point, I think there is nothing wrong with the FA trying to have a full-time professional FA WSL1, this is what is needed at medium or long-term. But there are multiple ways to achieve this and natural organic natural growth for the teams in WSL1 would have made more sense to me.

 

We are now talking about a minimum investment needed for all the WSL1 teams, fine, it does make sense. Then what happens, if teams run out of cash because they cannot sustain the life style? Will the FA put in place more rigorous controls than the ones that allowed Notts County Ladies to fold?  Introducing the single unique business model to FA WSL1  in which is women’s teams supported by a parent’s men club is a dangerous game, as history can give us countless examples of teams going under as soon as the men’s team money vanished.

 

I mean how many self sustainable women’s teams exist without the men’s team money ? Not many because they simply cannot go in the red every year and accumulate debts like the Sunderland men’s team can do. To close the door to those teams on the basis that they can’t find a rich owner or a rich parent club, is just wrong.

I was talking earlier about copying the close door US League style, but it was also mentioned among fans that the FA would also love the FA WSL to have the same brand recognition as the Premier League. What better way to have the big Premier League clubs in the FA WSL and therefore the constant  lobbying of Manchester United to join the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in the FA WSL1.

 

Now that new FA WSL1 will be launched, the FA can say “sayonara” to the likes of  Yeovil and Sunderland,( unless they come up with a pro team business plan), “you can go to the FA WSL2 as you are not rich enough “and then can promote anyone with bigger pockets from the  FA WSL2 or even below providing  that they can come with the right financial package.

 

You do wonder how many teams will be able to buy-in their way into that new FA WSL1 and how will the left-out teams will be redistributed. At the moment, there are 10 teams per WSL Division. I would be delighted to see  at least 8 full-time teams with sufficient financial means. But as we have known for years,  a league with only 8 teams is rubbish for scheduling, but that’s a problem for another day. I am genuinely curious to see how many teams will be able to sustain the investment level required by the FA. I am quite amazed the FA are looking at up to 14 teams overall to go full time professional.

So as the FA introduces another change to women’s football, we can say bye-bye for sure to the romantic idea of teams going through the leagues on sporting merit and hello to the big money boys and girls teams at the highest level.  Let’s hope no elite team will collapse in the near future and those left behind also suffer no consequences from their demotion.

I put a twitter poll asking about the changes implementing by the FA and although it is an extremely small sample, which means statistically it does not really reflect the fans’ view overall, the results are quite clear

23% approval rate is quite low, 54% rejecting the idea and and 23% thinking it is not even a serious idea to do so.

 

Obviously the FA are looking at what can improve the England team and the overall women’s football level in the country and they know what they are doing with the Gameplan for growth, but sometimes you do wonder if they act on the best interest for the clubs.

FA WSL 1 Matchday 1 table v1.0

Here is the table after matchday 1 on the 22th Sep

Liverpool are the first leaders, Everton are in the relegation zone.

This is likely to change after Sunday’s game unless no one wins their game by more than 2-0.

 

1 Liverpool 3 pts +2

2 Arsenal 0 pt 0


3 Birmingham 0 pt 0

4 Bristol 0 pt 0

5 Chelsea 0 pt 0

6 Man City 0 pt 0

7 Reading 0 pt 0

8 Sunderland 0 pt 0

9 Yeovil 0 pt 0


10 Everton 0 pt -2