Arsenal and Chelsea’s road to the 2018 SSE Women’s FA Cup Final.
On Saturday 5 May 2018, Arsenal and Chelsea will walk out in front of an expected large crowd at Wembley Stadium for the showcase event of English domestic football, The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final.
Lets take a quick look back at how these two teams booked their place into the 2018 Final. Will Chelsea get their revenge over Arsenal who beat them in the 2016 Final at Wembley, or will Arsenal achieve a massive 15th title? We are so close to finding out… Make sure you don’t miss it, book your tickets to the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final!
Chelsea and Arsenal’s route to the 2018 Final:
Chelsea and Arsenal entered the 2017/18 SSE Women’s FA Cup in the Fourth round proper, in which sixteen matches were scheduled featuring the 12 match winners of the Third round proper plus the 20 teams from the FA WSL.
Chelsea thrashed London Bees 10-0 in front of 486 fans to advance whilst Arsenal earned a comfortable 3-0 win away to Yeovil Town.
In the Fifth round proper, Arsenal beat Millwall Lionesses 1-0 at home and Chelsea, also the home team, earned a 6-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Chelsea and Arsenal comfortably won their quarter-final fixtures, with the Blues knocking out Liverpool 3-0 and the Gunners ending Charlton Athletic’s Cup dreams with a 5-0 win.
The semi-finals took place on 15 April 2018 and both matches were broadcast live on the BBC for the first time. In the early game, Arsenal just beat Everton 2-1 with a Louise Quinn injury time goal in front of 1,457 spectators!
Chelsea faced fellow UEFA Women’s Champions League participants, Manchester City for their semi-final contest, in which Chelsea took an early lead through Fran Kirby in the 5th minute. Kirby doubled her goal tally in the second half to earn Chelsea a 2-0 win over Man City in front of 3,048 fans!
Rematch of the 2016 SSE Women’s FA Cup Final
Just two years ago, these two sides faced each other at Wembley Stadium in front of (what was at the time) a record breaking crowd of 32,912!! – The 2017 Final between Man City and Birmingham beat this attendance as 35,271 fans came to enjoy the event and hopefully the 2018 Final will be another record-breaker! If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the Final on the 5 May 2018 yet, you can do so here.
I was lucky enough to be in attendance of the 2016 SSE Women’s FA Cup Final and I still get goosebumps when I reminisce about it today.
A combination of the iconic stadium, the wonderful atmosphere and the top quality football on display.
What’s been your favourite #SSEWomensFACup moment, so far?
— Womens Soccer United (@WomensSoccerUtd) March 14, 2018
Previous success at the FA Women’s Cup:
Arsenal are the most successful team in this competition. They have won no less than 14 titles so far! Their most recent title being the 2015/16 edition where they defeated Chelsea in the final.
Chelsea have won on one occasion so far, this was the 2014/15 season when they defeated Notts County 1-0 in the Final at Wembley in front of 30,710. Chelsea knocked out the defending champions Arsenal in the quarter-finals.
Be a part of the 2018 SSE Women’s FA Cup
Next month has another chance of making it into the record books, if we can beat the previous year’s attendance of 35,271 at Wembley Stadium.
As I mentioned earlier, the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final is a truly memorable event, a wonderful experience that I would recommend.
Arsenal are still the most successful club in English women’s football, they boast a fantastic squad of extremely talented players, including Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, and Kim Little to name just a few of the many global stars of the game.
Chelsea, who are having a great season so far, are equally armed with a strong squad of World Class players with the likes of Fran Kirby, Hedvig Lindahl and Ji So-yun.
What a great stage to witness these two teams play live!
Get your SSE Women’s FA Cup tickets now! Hope to see you there.
Former Brighton and Hove Albion and Sussex footballer. Working with Women’s Soccer United to increase awareness and promote the female game to a global audience.