The Football Association Women’s Challenge Cup Competition, commonly referred to as the FA Women's Cup, is the top cup competition for women's football clubs in England – designed as an exact equivalent to the FA Cup created 99 years earlier.
Since the Football Association (FA) took over direct control of English women's football in 1993, the semi–professional teams affiliated with male FA Premier League and Football Leaguecounterparts have dominated the re–branded competition. Arsenal won in 2004, beating Charlton Athletic 3–0 in the final on 3 May. On 2 May 2005, Charlton made amends for the disappointment of the two previous years, by beating Everton 1–0. Arsenal regained the trophy on 1 May 2006, beating Leeds United 5–0. Wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 gave Arsenal a record ten titles.
The FA Women's Cup often shared sponsorship with its men's equivalent (for 2006 to 2011, E.ON). The current cup holders are Arsenal. They beat Bristol Academy 3–0 in the final atKeepmoat Stadium on 26 May 2013.
- 2 List of finals
- 3 Media coverage
- 4 Sponsorship
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
As with the men's tournament, clubs from higher leagues do not have to enter the qualifying rounds or first rounds proper.
- entering at Fifth Round Proper (round of 16): FA WSL teams
- entering at Third Round Proper: FA Women's Premier League National Division
- entering at Second Round Proper: FA Women's Premier League North & South Divisions
- entering at Third Round Qualifying: Combination Leagues
All other clubs have to go through the preliminary round, first and second rounds qualifying, which are played on a geographical basis.
The finals so far:
|1971||Southampton||4–1||Stewarton & Thistle (Scottish)||Southampton: Davies (3), Cassell||Crystal Palace National Sports Centre|
|1972||Southampton||3–2||Lee's Ladies (Scottish)||Southampton: Judd (2), Lopez||Eton Park
|1973||Southampton||2–0||Westthorn United (Scottish)||Kenway, Hale||Bedford Town FC
|1974||Fodens||2–1||Southampton||Bedford Town FC|
|1975||Southampton||4–2||Warminster||Dunstable Town FC|
|1976||Southampton||2–1 a.e.t.||QPR||Bedford Town FC
|1978||Southampton||8–2||QPR||Slough Town FC|
|1980||St Helens||1–0||Preston North End|
|1981||Southampton||4–2||St Helens||Knowsley Road|
|1982||Lowestoft||2–0||Cleveland Spartans||Loftus Road|
|1983||Doncaster Belles||3–2||St Helens||Sincil Bank|
|1984||Howbury Grange||4–2||Doncaster Belles||Sincil Bank|
|1985||Friends of Fulham||2–0||Doncaster Belles||Craven Cottage|
|1987||Doncaster Belles||2–0||St Helens||City Ground|
|1988||Doncaster Belles||3–1||Leasowe Pacific|
|1989||Leasowe Pacific||3–2||Friends of Fulham||Old Trafford
|1990||Doncaster Belles||1–0||Friends of Fulham||Coultard 61'||Baseball Ground
|1991||Millwall||1–0||Doncaster Belles||Baldeo 65'||Prenton Park
|1992||Doncaster Belles||4–0||Red Star Southampton||Prenton Park|
|1993||Arsenal||3–0||Doncaster Belles||Curley 45', Ball 45', Bampton 80'||Manor Ground, Oxford
|1994||Doncaster Belles||1–0||Knowsley United||Walker 38'||Glanford Park
|1996||Croydon||1–1 a.e.t. (3–2 pen.)||Liverpool||Liverpool: Burke 22'
Croydon: Powell 38'
|The New Den
|1997||Millwall||1–0||Wembley||Waller 51'||Upton Park
|1998||Arsenal||3–2||Croydon||Arsenal: Spacey 17', Yankey 52', Few 90+3||The Valley|
|1999||Arsenal||2–0||Southampton Saints||Hayes (o.g) 14', Wheatley 41'||The Valley
|2000||Croydon||2–1||Doncaster Belles||Croydon: C.Walker 40', G.Hunt 67'
Doncaster: Exley 40'
|2001||Arsenal||1–0||Fulham||Banks 52'||Selhurst Park
|2002||Fulham||2–1||Doncaster Belles||Fulham: Yankey 55', Chapman 56'
Doncaster: Handley 58'
|2003||Fulham||3–0||Charlton Athletic||Moore 18', Hills (o.g) 36', Williams (o.g) 61'||Selhurst Park
|2004||Arsenal||3–0||Charlton Athletic||Fleeting (3) 23', 25', 83'||Loftus Road
|2005||Charlton Athletic||1–0||Everton||Aluko 58'||Upton Park
|2006||Arsenal||5–0||Leeds United||Ward (o.g) 3', Fleeting 34', Yankey 35', Smith (pen) 73', Sanderson 77'||The New Den
|2007||Arsenal||4–1||Charlton Athletic||Charlton: Holtham 2'||City Ground
|2008||Arsenal||4–1||Leeds United||Arsenal: Smith 54', 83', Ludlow 58', Sanderson 60'
Leeds: Clarke 68'
|2009||Arsenal||2–1||Sunderland||Arsenal: Chapman 32', Little 90'
Sunderland: McDougall 90'
|Pride Park Stadium
|2010||Everton||3–2 a.e.t.||Arsenal||Arsenal: Little (pen) 43', Fleeting 54'||City Ground
|2011||Arsenal||2–0||Bristol Academy||Little 19', Fleeting 32'||Ricoh Arena
|2012||Birmingham City||2–2 a.e.t. (3–2 pen.)||Chelsea||Birmingham City: Williams 90', Carney 111'||Ashton Gate
|2013||Arsenal||3–0||Bristol Academy||Houghton 2' Nobbs 72' White 90'||Keepmoat Stadium
|Arsenal||12||1||1992–93, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13|
|Southampton||8||3||1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81|
|Doncaster Belles||6||7||1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94|
|Friends of Fulham||1||2||1984–85|
|Stewarton & Thistle||-||1||–|
|Preston North End||-||1||–|
|Red Star Southampton||-||1||–|
In recent years the final of the tournament was covered by BBC TV, presented by Celina Hinchcliffe, Rebecca Lowe, Ray Stubbs and Jake Humphrey, the punditry team was usually current players like Sue Scott and commentary usually by Steve Wilson and Lucy Ward or Faye White. The final was also simulcast on BBC Radio Five Live. In 2009 the final was moved to ITV1 with commentary from Jon Champion and Lucy Ward. Sky Sports secured a three year deal for live coverage from 2010 until 2012. The Women's FA Cup Final for 2013 is returning to the BBC as people had discontent that Sky broke away from the penalties last year and only showed it on the red button.
Below is a list of sponsors of the FA competition:
From 2007, Tesco obtained additional branding and advertising rights through their partnership agreement with the FA.