About Chelsea Ladies
Chelsea Ladies has existed in various forms for decades, but became officially affiliated with Chelsea Football Club in 2004. In the 2004/05 season they won the Southern Premier League title, which was then the second tier of women’s football in England. They were promoted to the first division for the next year and have been ever-present since.
In 2011 the FA restructured the women’s football pyramid, introducing the new top tier – the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL), to be played as a spring/summer league. Chelsea were one of the founding eight teams, although the league has now grown to two divisions of ten teams each.
In 2015 the team became fully professional, and their first national title came the same year – although they had come runners-up in both the 2012 FA Cup and 2014 FAWSL. They won the first ever women’s cup final to be staged at Wembley, Ji So-yun scoring the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Notts County.
They followed up the FA Cup win by winning the league that same season. 2015 also saw the team make their Champions League debut.
In 2017 the FA chose to revert the WSL back to the traditional winter season. They filled the gap with a ‘mini-league’ called the Spring Series – which Chelsea won, making it their third trophy in as many years.
For the 2017/18 season, matches will be played between September and May (click “matches” in the menu for more details), and the team will compete for four trophies: the WSL, FA Cup, Continental Cup (WSL Cup), and the Champions League.
Chelsea Ladies’ captain is Katie Chapman, and Gilly Flaherty is the team’s vice-captain. The longest serving player is Claire Rafferty, who has been with the team since 2007. Emma Hayes is the manager, and has been since 2013. She is one of only three female head coaches in WSL1.
About Chelsea Ladies Fans
Chelsea Ladies Fans is the resource that I wish existed when I first started following Chelsea Ladies.
At the beginning of the 2015 season, I was so frustrated at the lack of coverage on the team’s preseason that I decided to take it upon myself to find out everything there was to know about the team, and put it all in one place for the ease of the fans.
Between the Twitter account and this blog, I keep fans up to date with fixtures, results, livetweets of matches, match previews and reports, transfers, statistics and any other news. I cover the first team extensively and I am also trying to improve coverage of the Elite Development Squad.
Personally, I have been a Chelsea fan for my whole life and have supported Chelsea Ladies since 2013, but started following the team home and away in 2014.
If you need to contact me, my DMs are always open on Twitter, or you can contact me on my personal account. I love meeting fellow fans at games, so come and say hi if you see me!