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🏆 OneFootball’s Ultimate WSL season review 2021/22

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Lewis Ambrose

The 2021/22 FA Women’s Super League season has come to an end and Chelsea made it three titles in a row with their 4-2 defeat of Manchester United on Sunday.

Here, after some careful deliberation, are our award winners for a superb campaign.

Player of the Season

Who else but Sam Kerr?

The Australian was sensational all season long for Chelsea, scoring 20 times in as many appearances. She’s quick, strong, unselfish, has superb movement and is excellent in the air. A real centre-forward.

Kerr managed four assists (only seven players created more goals) across the campaign as well as scoring against every team other than Arsenal, who she netted against in the 2021 FA Cup final played in the winter.

A special mention for Beth Mead, who was superb for Arsenal all season long and has cracked the 50 goal mark in the WSL as well as becoming the player with the most assists in the league’s history.

Young Player of the Season

Lauren Hemp is still just 21 but continues to impress as her importance to Manchester City grows. The signing of Chloe Kelly should have taken some pressure off of the winger but Kelly missed almost the entire campaign and Hemp stepped up.

She almost doubled last season’s goal tally, netting 10, and was one of the WSL’s best dribblers and most creative players.

Already a guaranteed starter and City’s top scorer and assister for the season, the future is so, so bright.

Surprise of the Season

Tottenham and West Ham had superb seasons, building from 2020/21 to truly impress. The top four is fairly clear but the two London clubs firmly established themselves as those most likely to break through over the next few years.

At the other end of the table, Everton were tipped to compete for a Champions League spot after a busy summer but never truly recovered from a horrible start to the season and finished 10th in the table.

Manager of the Season

Rehanne Skinner has made Tottenham incredibly hard to beat and led them to fifth despite having no real goalscorers available to her.

Spurs only scored 24 over the course of the season, with 34-year-old Rachel Williams the only player to score more than twice. No Spurs player managed that in 2020/21, so there is some improvement.

And at the back the north London club conceded just 23, only one more than each of the Manchester sides. A successful campaign and a deserved fifth-place finish.

Olli Harder gets a mention for his work at West Ham.

Goal of the Season

Save the best until last, Sam Kerr obviously thought to herself. An outrageous effort against Manchester United clinched the title on Sunday.

Game of the Season

Birmingham have to be involved here. The Blues may have been relegated but they had some thrilling performances, leading Manchester City twice before conceding an 89th minute Ellen White winner and being the only side to inflict defeat upon Arsenal.

The opening and final weekends are huge contenders here too, with Arsenal stunning champions Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium way back in September and Chelsea having to come from behind twice to win 4-2 and seal the title against Manchester United on the final day of the season.

We can’t pick just one and we hope 2022/23 has as many matches that live long in the memory.