The SSE Womens FA Cup Final is the showpiece event of the women’s domestic football season. The competition, which began life in 1970, has been attracting an ever-growing fan base every year with over 35,000 turning out in 2017 to watch the final.
The match, the third final to be played at Wembley, was won by Manchester City who beat Birmingham City 4–1 on the day. Nick Cushing’s side proved just too good for the Blues with a breathtaking first-half display which resulted in an unassailable 3-0 half time score which effectively put the game beyond the reach of Birmingham after 45 minutes.The result meant that City were able to lift the trophy for the first time at the home of the domestic game.
The competition began life in 1970 as the Mitre Challenge Trophy with 71 teams entering that original competition. In comparison to that, 262 teams entered the 2016 cup. Since the Football Association assumed direct control of the women’s game in 1993, the competition has been dominated by outfits affiliated with male premier league and football league teams. Arsenal currently hold the record for most titles, having won the coveted trophy fourteen times.
The women’s game in Britain has grown dramatically over the last few years with increasing interest in the game at all levels – from grass roots participation in schools and colleges to attendances at league games – more and more women are taking part in the game.
The growth in interest in the domestic game has been reflected at international level with the most recent world cup final, held in Canada and contested between America and Japan watched by 53,341 fans in the stadium with 23 million viewers watching the match in the US alone!
The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final will take place on the 4th of May 2019 at Wembley stadium.
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