·5 September 2022
·5 September 2022
The new Women’s Super League season is just around the corner.
Meanwhile, Birmingham were relegated from the division for the first time, having been a founding member of the WSL.
This will be the 12th edition of the league since its inception in 2010 and will feature Liverpool for the first time since the 2019/20 season.
Ahead of the new campaign, GiveMeSport Women have previewed each of the 12 teams competing and predicted the final league table.
Manager: Jonas Eidevall
Last season’s finish: 2nd
WSL titles: Three
After captaining England to Euro 2022 glory, Williamson will attempt to inspire the Gunners to a first league triumph since 2019.
Mead was named the Euro 2022 Player of the Tournament last month, while Miedema is the WSL’s all-time leading goalscorer.
The two formed a formidable partnership last season –– scoring 25 goals between them.
Transfers: In – Kaylan Marckese (Køge), Lina Hurtig (Juventus) Out – Anna Pattern (Aston Villa), Fran Stenson (Birmingham), Simone Boye Sørensen (Hammarby), Hermione Cull (London City Lionesses), Nikita Parris (Man United), Kim Little (OL Reign on loan), Lydia Williams (PSG), Tobin Heath (free), Viktoria Schnaderback (free), Halle Houssein (West Ham), Lisa Evans (West Ham), Alex Hennessy (West Ham), Keira Flannery (West Ham)
Predicted finish: 2nd
Arsenal were top of the league for the majority of the season but a draw against relegated side Birmingham proved to be costly, and Eidevall’s side finished one point behind Chelsea.
The addition of Hurtig up front looks to be an astute bit of business, and the Swedish star could link up well with compatriot Stina Blackstenius, who arrived last year.
However, the Gunners don’t appear to have strengthened in other areas and will be relying on the likes of Mead and Miedema to deliver again.
They’ll certainly be up there come the end of the season, but we feel the end result may prove to be the same as before.
Manager: Emma Hayes
Last season’s finish: 1st
WSL titles: Six
Star players: Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder, Millie Bright
Kerr has won the WSL’s Golden Boot for the past two seasons and is deservedly in contention to win this year’s Women’s Ballon d’Or.
Similarly, England hero Bright is also nominated for the Ballon d’Or and is a commanding presence in the centre of defence.
Harder remains the most expensive player ever in women’s football and is a two-time UEFA Women’s Player of the Year.
Transfers: In – Eve Perisset (Bordeaux), Kadeisha Buchanan (Lyon), Katerina Svitkova (West Ham), Lucy Watson (Sheffield United), Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (BK Hacken) Out – Jorja Fox (Brighton), Poppy Soper (Charlton), Lucy Watson (Charlton), Aggie Beever-Jones (Everton), Jonna Anderson (Hammarby), Grace Palmer (Lewes), Emma Thompson (Lewes), Ji So-yun (Suwon FC), Drew Spence (Spurs)
Predicted finish: 1st
Chelsea have won the WSL three times in a row and we’re predicting them to win a fourth successive title.
Hayes has strengthened her squad massively with the addition of Buchanan in defence, while the core of last season’s team also remains.
If Kerr stays fit and the likes of Harder and Kirby fire on all cylinders then the Blues will be nearly impossible to stop.
Throw in the likes of Lauren James, who is a future star in waiting and Chelsea have a plethora of forward options to pick from.
Manager: Carla Ward
Last season’s finish: 9th
WSL titles: None
Star players: Rachel Daly, Hannah Hampton
Hampton’s performances for Villa in goal last season were good enough to earn her a spot in Sarina Wiegman’s England squad for Euro 2022.
The 21-year-old still has bags of potential and is only going to get better.
Hampton’s England teammate Rachel Daly has also joined the side from the Houston Dash. She has plenty of international experience and can play in a variety of positions.
Transfers: In – Simone Magill (Everton), Danielle Turner (Everton), Natasha Harding (Reading), Anna Leat (West Ham), Kenza Dali (Everton), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Anna Pattern (Arsenal on loan) Out – Jodie Hutton (Bristol City), Shania Hayles (Bristol City), Sian Rogers (Charlton), Elisha N’Dow (Charlton), Chloe Arthur (Crystal Palace), Marisa Ewers (retired), Anita Asante (retired), Sophie Haywood (Sheffield United), Natalie Haigh (free)
Predicted finish: 7th
Having finished ninth last year, Villa have brought in plenty of experienced WSL faces, including Dali, Harding and Magill.
The team struggled somewhat for goals last year and may not be able to crack the top half just yet, but we expect them to build on last season’s showing.
Manager: Hope Powell
Last season’s finish: 7th
WSL titles: None
Star players: Kayleigh Green, Elizabeth Terland
Green finished as Brighton’s joint top scorer last season and the Seagulls will hope she can provide even more goals this year, with Inessa Kaagman now gone.
Powell will also be hoping youngster Elizabeth Terland can find her feet early on. The striker has six goals in 17 appearances for the Norwegian national team and has plenty of talent.
Transfers: In – Veatriki Sarri – (Birmingham), Elizabeth Terland (Brann), Poppy Pattinson (Everton), Park Ye-eun (Gyeongju KHNP), Rebekah Stott (Melbourne City), Jorja Fox (Chelsea on loan), Out – Inessa Kaagman (PSV), Danique Kerkdijk (Twente), Danielle Bowman (retired), Emma Koivisto (Liverpool), Ellie Brazil (Spurs), Aileen Whelan (Leicester), Emily Simpkins (Charlton), Maya Le Tissier (Man United), Felicity Gibbons (Crystal Palace), Faith Nokulthula (Blackburn), Frankie Angel (Lewes)
Predicted finish: 6th
Brighton enjoyed another solid campaign last year –– finishing seventh and just one point off the top half.
While Powell’s side have lost crucial first-team players in Kaagman, Whelan, Koivisto and Le Tissier, there is still plenty of quality in their side.
We expect the side to end up around the mid-table mark again and possibly even better their finish from last season.
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