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 is responsible for running the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (and Academy League), the Women’s FA Cup, the FA Women's Continental League Cup, The FA Women’s National League and The FA Women’s National League Cup (and Reserve League and Cup).
About the 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 c260 clubs entered 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 record crowd of 30,710. In the 2016 Final Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 to further consolidate their position as the most successful club in the competition, lifting the trophy for a record 14th time in front of another record crowd of 32,912 and two million views at home on the BBC.
About the Barclays FA Women's Super League (Barclays FA WSL)
The Barclays FA WSL is the top league within English domestic football. There are 12 clubs in the league for 2019-20 with the bottom-placed club relegated to the FA Women's Championship at the end of the season.
Barclays FA WSL clubs:
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham United
About the FA Women's Championship
There are 11 clubs in the 2019-20 version of the FA Women's Championship, with the champions being promoted to the Barclays FA WSL, subject to meeting licence criteria.
The bottom-placed club will be relegated to the FA Women's National League.
FA Women's Championship clubs:
London City Lionesses
About The FA Women's National League (FA WNL)
The FA Women's National League consists of six divisions, with five divisions comprising 12 clubs and one division (Division One South West) comprising 11 clubs.
In addition to the divisional competitions, the league also runs a Cup, Plate and Reserve Cup competition each season. The winners of the Southern and Northern Premier Divisions compete in The FA WNL Championship Play-Off to determine the overall FA WNL champions. The champions earn the right to promotion to the FA Women's Championship, subject to meeting licence criteria.
The teams and divisions for 2019-20 season are:
|West Bromwich Albion
|Division One North
|Division One Midlands
|Division One South East
|Division One South West
|Birmingham & West Midlands
|Doncaster Rovers Belles
|Chester le Street
|Long Eaton United
|Lincoln City (Nettleham)
|Southampton FC Women
|Norton & Stockton
|The New Saints (TNS)