From Wimbledon beating Liverpool to Hereford beating Newcastle to Bradford beating Chelsea, there’s nothing quite like a David versus Goliath. The Women’s FA Cup has had its fair share of romance, too, and this weekend sees fourth-tier Crawley Wasps face 14-time winners Arsenal. An Arsenal that has record-breaking Vivianne Miedema, the world-class Kim Little, the composed young defender Leah Williamson, and a host of internationals and top young talents to boot. The Wasps were formed 27 years ago and have only ever been a women’s football club. It’s a name which the locals hold dear, a brand which has become synonymous with the side, noticeable in their black-and-yellow striped shirts. Last year they were as low as the fifth tier of English football before earning promotion and the side has a good chance of back-to-back promotions, largely thanks to the efforts of committed manager/chairman Paul Walker.
Fourth-tier Actonians look to build off the FA Cup run it made last year. It won't be easy as this look at what life is like for a pay-to-play club trying to make a magical cup run attests.
Matt Beard said he's proud of what his team has managed to create in less than 12 months as a professional football club despite a 3–0 defeat to Manchester Saturday in the 2019 FA Cup final.
Key observations from Chelsea's 3–2 extra-time win over Manchester City in the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. Chelsea captures the Cup for the second straight year along with winning a third straight FA Women's Super League title to complete the double for this season.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced several U.S. Women's National Team stars to seek consistent playing time outside of the United States, with England's FA Women's Super League a prime target. More than 20 years ago, before there was a professional league in the United States, one college standout also looked to England for consistent playing time. Tracy Osborn found it with Millwall, as well as a FA Cup.
Lesley Lloyd, captain of the Southampton side that won the inaugural Women's FA Cup in 1971, reflects on lifting the trophy for the first time.
Manchester City sealed a domestic cup double with a hard-fought 3-0 victory over West Ham United.
Manchester City manager Nick Cushing praised his players for the resilience they have shown all season after his side clinched a domestic cup double with a 3-0 victory over West Ham United at Wembley.