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The Arsenal Ladies Season Preview

by Andrew Crawshaw

Unlike the men, the Ladies season starts on Sunday 20 March and runs through summer to early November.  There are thee competitions, the WSL (Womens Super League), the FA Women’s Cup,and the FA WSL Continental Cup.

Our first game of the season is in the FA Women’s Cup where we are away to Birmingham City Ladies on Sunday 20 March in the last 16 round.  The Quarter final is scheduled for Sun 3 April, Semi-Finals on Sun 17 April and the final on Sat 14 May.  The Competition is a straightforward knockout format.

The Continental Cup starts on Sunday 3 July – this is “OUR” Cup we have been in every final winning all but one.

The WSL is a League competition with two divisions.  We are in the top division.  Last Season Chelsea won the league (with 32 points from 14 games) from Manchester City (30) and we were third with 27 points.  Sunderland were fourth on 20 points.  It is probable that the same three teams will be fighting for the honours again this year.

The other teams are :- Birmingham City, Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers, Liverpool, Manchester City, Notts County, Reading and Sunderland.  The second division has 10 clubs.  Both last season and this year will see two teams being promoted to the first division and one relegated bring the first division to 10 clubs for the start of the 2016-17 season.

Our fixture list in the WSL this year is

Date and time


Home / Away

Wed 23 March @ 19:47 Reading H
Mon 28 March @ 15:00 Man City A
Thu 21 Apr @ 19:45 Chelsea H
Wed 27 Apr @ 19:45 Reading A
Sun 1 May @ 14:00 Birmingham City H
Sat 21 May @ 18:30 Doncaster Rovers A
Sun 26 June @ 14:00 Sunderland H
Wed 29 June @ 19:45 Birmingham City A
Sun 10 July @ 14:00 Notts County H
Sun 17 July @ 14:00 Chelsea A
Sat 23 July @ 18:00 Sunderland A
Sun 31 July @ 14:00 Liverpool H
Sun 28 Aug @ 17:00 Notts County A
Sun 11 Sept @ 14:00 Man City H
Sun 30 Oct @ 14:00 Doncaster Rovers H
Sun 6 Nov @ 18:00 Liverpool A

Home games are at Manor Park, Borehamwood.  It is well served by public transport and about 20 minutes walk from Elstree and Borehamwood station.  Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for concessions or £15 for a family ticket (two adults and two children under 16).  Season tickets are available which offer a better price if you are intending to go to all home games.  You can pay on the gate (but be prepared for a longish wait there aren’t enough gates for a large crowd), on-line or by phone.

The crowd atmosphere is friendly and there are always activities for younger children.  It is a great way of introducing youngsters to the game without any of the language and attitudes that can be associated with the senior men’s game.  If you can manage a game or two please do so, I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed (and it won’t break the bank either).  There are plenty of places to get something before or after the game along Borehamwood High Street which is only a few minutes walk and snacks etc are available from the Lunch Box inside the ground but queues can be quite long.

Who is in the Arsenal Squad


Squad No DoB
1 Emma Byrne 14/6/1979 Emma is a Northern Ireland international with more than 90 caps.  This will be her 13th season with the Club
13 Sari van Veenendaal 03/04/1990 A Dutch International, Sari joined Arsenal from FC Twente last season


Squad No DoB
2 Alex Scott 14/10/1984 Alex is an attacking right back and a product of our youth academy.  Now back with the club for a third spell.  Was captain last year and is an England International
3 Emma Mitchell 13/9/1992 Emma is a Scottish international and a product of Glasgow City’s academy
5 Casey Stoney 13/05/1982 An England International with more than 100 caps, Casey began her career with Arsenal in 1999.  She rejoined the club in 2014.
12 Vyan Simpson 02/07/1996 Vyan joined us in 2011 from Charlton and progressed throigh the Arsenal Ladies Centre of Excellence programme.  She is an England youth international
19 Jemma Rose 19/01/1992 Jemma has been capped for England at U23 level and has been part of the sesior squad.  She joined Arsenal in 2014 from Bristol City
22 Josephine Henning 08/09/1989 An experienced German international and four times ladies Bundesliga title holder.  This is her first season with the club


Squad No DoB
4 Fara Williams MBE 25/1/1984 Farah is the most capped English Footballer on 150 and counting.  She is probably our major signing this year joining us from Liverpool.  A real star player
6 Vicky Losada 05/03/1991 One of a trio of Spanish Internationals Vicky is a former Barça captain.  This will be her second year with the club
8 Jordan Nobbs 08/12/1992 Captain of England at U17 level, Jordan is an exciting attacking midfielder.  She missed much of last season through injury but returned towards the end of the season
14 Leah Williamson 29/3/1997 Leah has been with Arsenal from age 9.  She is an England U19 international.  This will be her first year as part of the full first team squad.
17 Marta Corredera 08/08/1991 The Second of the Spanish internationals (and, with Alex Scott, one of my favourite players on the team)  Another ex Barça player.
20 Dominique Janssen 17/01/1995 Our second Dutch player and another full international.  Dominique joined last season.
21 Danielle Van de Donk 05/08/1991 Our third Dutch international player, Danielle joins us this year from Swedish club Göteborg


Squad No DoB
7 Natalia Pablos Sanchon 15/10/1985 Our third Spanish international Natalia is in her second year.  She joined from Bristol where she had one year.  prior to that she had 13 seasons with Rayo Vallecano scoring over 300 goals.
9 Danielle Carter 18/5/1993 A powerful driving centre forward, Danielle joined us in 2009 from Leyton Orient.  An England Youth International, her first full cap can’t be far away.
10 Kelly Smith MBE 29/10/1978 A highly experienced England International with well over 100 caps, Kelly has played football all over the world.  Awarded an MBE in 2008.  Kelly is both player and assistant coach
11 Rachel Yankey MBE 01/11/1979 Rachel is in her 8th season of her second stint with the club.  Another member of the England 100 plus club she was awarded her MBE in 2005.  Could still teach Theo a thing or two about  playing on the wing
15 Katie McCabe 01/09/1995 An Ireland international Katie joined us this year  from Irish side Shelbourne Ladies.
18 Chloe Kelly 05/01/1998 Another product of our youth team set-up, Chloe made an impact on her first start scoring in 22 minutes against Watford.  England captain at U17 level.

I can’t think of any other football squad with three MBEs in it.  We have what looks to be a great combination of experience and youthful endeavour and a season that I am really looking forward to.

Manager Pedro Martinez Losa

Pedro was appointed manager in August 2014 from Western New York Flash in the US National Women’s League.  A firm believer in playing football from back to front, this will be his second full season in charge.  He has a stronger squad than last year and will be looking to improve on third place in the league and winning the Continental Cup this year.


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4 comments to The Arsenal Ladies Season Preview

  • Gord

    Thanks Andrew.

    A little while ago, had a story about the Ladies team getting a building of their own (at Colney I believe).

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Gord, that’s right they now have a dedicated building and facilities. This means that they can now train in the mornings rather than having to wait till evening when the men’s facilities became free. Should be a big help in their preparations.

    The next step will be a dedicated stadium for the ladies and youth teams along the lines of that enjoyed BT Man City.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    There was in interesting interview on with Pedro Losa on the changes he has managed to achieve so far. He was saying that the principal change has been in the greater integration of the ladies within the club.

  • Hisham

    All the best Ladies for the new season. The Triple Crown awaits !!

    Years ago I had the opportunity to take my kids to watch our Ladies play at Craven Cottage. Thoroughly enjoyed the game as we came out as comfortable winners that day 🙂