After the coronavirus pandemic ended the 2019-20 FA WSL season, with Chelsea winning the league, manager Emma Hayes and star player Beth England were named the Barclays FA WSL Manager and Player of the Year respectively.
The winners were announced via a virtual award show presented by Barclays Football Ambassadors and football legends/hosts, Kelly Smith and Ian Wright.
Although Chelsea were behind Manchester City by one point, they were able to win the league based on points-per-game. In 15 games this season, The Blues went undefeated with a record of 12-3-0.
Along with winning the league, their glorious campaign included winning the Continental Tyres League Cup in February against cross-city rivals Arsenal.
Hayes, who has been at the helm for the South-London side since 2012, defeated Manchester City’s Nick Cushing, Everton’s Willie Kirk, Karen Hill and Juan Amoros from Tottenham Hotspur, and Casey Stoney from Manchester United. The vote was decided by her fellow WSL managers, a panel of women’s football experts, and a public vote on social media.
England, meanwhile, had a season to remember. In 15 matches, she had found the back of the net 14 times. This led her to finish second in the league in scoring, only behind Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, who won her second consecutive Golden Boot after notching 16 goals this season.
Among the other candidates The Blues’ No. 9 and Lionesses star had to edge out were Arsenal’s Miedema, Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp, Everton’s Chloe Kelly (now at Manchester City), and teammate Guro Reiten.
It was a dominant season for The Blues, and they were honored for their hard work on the pitch, individually and as a unit.