The FA took over the running of the women’s game in 1993 and with almost three million registered players, football is now the top participation sport for women and girls in England.
The FA run a number of women’s competitions at the elite level, from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) to the Women’s FA Cup and all the latest news can be found on a new, dedicated leagues and competitions website.
Barclays FA WSL
The FA Women’s Super League was restructured and re-branded ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Now fully professional, it is a 12-team competition for the top teams in the country.
The season has moved to a more traditional football calendar with matches taking place from September.
In March 2019, Barclays was unveiled as the league’s title sponsor with effect from the 2019-20 season.
Barclays FA WSL in 2020-21:
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham United
FA Women’s Championship
The FA Women’s Championship, launched in 2018, comprises 11 semi-professional teams, with promotion open to the team that finishes top of the division at the end of the season.
FA Women’s Championship in 2019-20:
London City Lionesses
Women’s FA Cup
The Football Association Women's Challenge Cup Competition, now known as the Women’s FA Cup, began in 1970 and is the largest and most prestigious domestic knockout competition within the women’s game.
Clubs are eligible to enter the competition provided they compete in the top division of a women’s county league or higher and more than 260 clubs regularly enter annually.
In 2015, The Final was played at Wembley Stadium for the first time reflecting the incredible growth in interest in the women’s game, attracting a then record crowd of 30,710.
The Final attendance has grown year-on-year since, with the 2019 Final between Manchester City and West Ham United attracting a new record crowd of 43,264.
FA Women’s National League
The third and fourth tiers of the women’s pyramid, the FA Women’s National League, comprises six divisions: Northern Premier Division, Southern Premier Division, Division 1 North, Division 1 Midlands, Division 1 South East, Division 1 South West.
Northern Premier in 2019-20:
West Bromwich Albion
Southern Premier in 2019-20:
Division One Midlands in 2019-20:
Birmingham & West Mids
Doncaster Rovers Belles
Long Eaton United
Lincoln City (Nettleham)
The New Saints
Division One North in 2019-20:
Chester le Street
Norton & Stockton
Division One South East in 2019-20:
Division One South West in 2019-20:
Southampton FC Women