Double-winners become Chelsea FC Women

Photo: Eddie Keough for FA

FA WSL champions and SSE WFA Cup winners, Chelsea Ladies, will now be known as Chelsea FC Women.

The club says the new name is representative of a modern view on language and equality, and is in keeping with the way their governing bodies, supporters, squad and management regard the women’s game.

The change will see the Blues move away from consistently referring to their men’s side as the ‘first’ team, acknowledging the ever-growing status of women’s football, and Chelsea within it.

Chelsea Chairman, Bruce Buck, told chelseafc.com: ‘We believe this is an important step for the evolution of our women’s team. We are incredibly proud of their achievements to date and are fully committed to being a force for good in women and girls’ sport.’

Chelsea FC Women manager, Emma Hayes, added: ‘This name change demonstrates the club’s desire to put women’s football at the front and centre of everything we do.

‘Chelsea’s continued commitment to the women’s game is unwavering and this decision is something I fully support.’