Women’s Team

High amongst the positives during a season of change on the pitch was the sizeable increase in the average attendances for all women’s games at the Joie Stadium.

The figure of 3,555 was up 84% compared to the 2021-22 season and reflected the continued rise in popularity in the women’s game with City in the vanguard.

The derby against neighbours Manchester United in December 2022 saw 44,259 attend the Etihad Stadium, a rise in excess of 13,000 from the previous meeting between the two local rivals at the venue. The crowd figure represented a new Club record.

City also set a new best for the Club with a total of 1,400 season tickets sold for the campaign.

There were some outstanding individual milestones recorded over the season, with fans witnessing a number of sterling performances. Ultimately, though, they resulted in a fourth place finish in what was probably the most competitive Barclay’s Women’s Super League on record.

City reached the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup semi-finals and the Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals. Sadly, they lost out in the UEFA Women’s Champions League first qualifying round to Real Madrid.

After a slow start to the season, City were unbeaten in the Women’s Super League from the end of September through to April, spanning 14 games with 12 wins and two draws. During that spell, the team scored 31 goals and conceded just eight.

2022-23 At a glance: Women

The women’s team reached the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup semi-finals and the Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals.

Source: Manchester City Share

Fourth Place

FA WSL - Fourth Place

FA WSL

Semi-Finalists

Continental Tyres League Cup - Semi-Finalists

Continental Tyres League Cup

Quarter-Finalists

FA Cup - Quarter-Finalists

FA Cup

First Qualifying Round

Champions League - First Qualifying Round

Champions League

Source: Manchester City Share

Leading the way on the pitch was Jamaican star striker Bunny Shaw who became the record goal scorer in a single season for the women’s team with a prolific 31 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions.

Shaw was one of no fewer than 14 City players called up to represent their homelands at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

Six of those players – more than any other Women’s Super League team – were in the England squad that reached the final. Alex Greenwood, Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly all featured in the World Cup final that England narrowly lost 1-0 to winners Spain.

Back home there were some notable milestones with City’s 100th win at the Joie Stadium recorded in the 2-0 victory over eventual league champions Chelsea.

Manager Gareth Taylor, who signed a new one-year deal at the end of the campaign, also reached a century of matches in charge of the team and celebrated the landmark in style with a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Taylor’s team played an attractive possession-based passing style, showing composure with the ball, averaging 61.6% possession throughout the season – the second highest in the league.

In terms of individuals, Greenwood completed the most passes of any player in the Women’s Super League in 2022-23, finding a teammate 1,441 times from 1,676 total pass attempts. She also progressed the ball a total of 2,102 metres with her carries, the most of any central defender.

Greenwood made it into the PFA Women’s Super League Team of the Year alongside City teammates Yui Hasegawa and Shaw.

In addition, Shaw pocketed three individual awards, with two Women’s Super League Player of the Month trophies and one PFA Player of the Month award. Laura Coombs, Hemp and Kelly bagged one award each, with Coombs and Hemp winning PFA Player of the Month and Kelly winning Women’s Super League Player of the Month.

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Player accolades

31 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions in a single season A new Club record

Barclays WSL Player of the Month for October and March

PFA Player of the Month for January

PFA WSL Team of the Year

Bunny Shaw

Completed the most passes of any player finding a teammate 1,441 times

PFA WSL Team of the Year

Alex Greenwood

Completed 89% of passes From 1126 attempts

PFA WSL Team of the Year

Yui Hasegawa

Source: Manchester City, Premier League, PFA

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