PREVIEW: Women’s FA Cup Final: The history, where to watch, and who to look out for.

Wembley is a venue desired by many players and clubs, very few get to step out onto the iconic pitch and stadium. Sunday, December 5, 2021 promises to be a day full of celebration for both teams, taking home the trophy will be the cherry on top. 

When the Women’s FA Cup final comes around each year it is a day full of many ‘pinch me’ moments for fans of women’s football. For us at Ida Sports it is a day to reminisce on how far women’s football has come, especially in recent years. It is also a day where we can see and recognise the potential of women’s football. 

We cannot wait to watch the game unfold. 

chelsea and arsensal women battle in the Women's Super League

The history:

Chelsea will aim for revenge against fourteen-time winners Arsenal. So, expect a handful of world-class goals in a final that will go down in history. 

The top six Women’s Super League (WSL) goalscorers come from the two London sides, so anticipate a plethora of action. 

Arsenal currently sit at the top of the league, with Chelsea just one point behind. In September this year, the sides came together where the north London club prevailed 3-2 in a thrilling game. 

In a clash full of history, the game may also make history with a record-breaking attendance figure. Tens of thousands will head into Wembley, the home of English football, but will they surpass the record set over a century ago of 53,000 in attendance at Goodison Park?

Arsenal hasn't lifted the trophy since 2016, despite winning the competition more than anyone else. In 2016 the Gunners won against their opponents, but in 2018 Chelsea earned their revenge as they left Arsenal in tears. 

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Players to watch:

The Ida player to watch for Arsenal is Beth Mead, having scored two hat-tricks recently on international duty (including England’s stunning win over Latvia LINK TO THAT WRITE UP), the forward will definitely be looking to add more goals to her name. 

Having joined Arsenal from Sunderland in 2017, Mead is a proven versatile winger and undeniably one of the brightest talents in football.

Mead holds the record for the most assists in a single-season (12), and more chances created than any other Arsenal player (54).

For Chelsea, our player to watch is Fran Kirby. The forward has played a huge role in Chelsea’s success since joining in 2015, she is also the blue’s all-time leading scorer!

Kirby has had some trouble with injury in previous years, in 2017 it ruled her out of their Women’s FA Cup campaign. But, if anything it has given her inspiration to power through and become the world class player that we all love. 

Being a true Chelsea player having achieved over 100 caps, she will wear that shirt with pride and joy as she steps out to a huge crowd at Wembley. 

Neither player has won a Women’s FA Cup, so who will achieve it first? It really is the dream of a footballer. 

Here is everything you need to know about the game:

  • Sunday 5th December, KO at 2 pm (GMT), Wembley Stadium. 
  • Live on BT Sport 1 from 1:30pm (GMT).
  • BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website will also be streaming the game.
  • And of course, the Ida team will be there - so come and say hello!

  • Follow our instagram and twitter for live updates on the game, and a behind the scenes tour on Saturday the 4th! 

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