Replaced Premier League National as level 2 division
|Number of teams||11|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||FA Women's Super League|
|Relegation to||None (2014-2017)|
National League North
National League South
|League cup(s)||FA Women's League Cup|
|Current champions||Aston Villa (1st title) |
|Most championships||Aston Villa, Sunderland, Reading, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Manchester United (1 title each)|
|Current: 2020-21 FA Women's Championship|
The Football Association Women's Championship is the second-highest division of women's football in England. The division was established in 2014 as FA Women's Super League 2 (WSL 2).
WSL 2 replaced the previous level 2 division, the FA Women's Premier League (WPL) National Division, which ended after its 2012-13 season. The WPL's last national division champions, Sunderland A.F.C. Women, were not promoted and also became the first winners of WSL 2 in the 2014 season.
From 2014-2016, WSL 2 ran a summer-based season calendar before reverting to winter seasons in 2017-18, as WSL 1 did.
FA WSL 2 was renamed the Women's Championship prior to the 2018-19 season.
For the 2014 season, the FA Women's Super League was expanded to create a second division with nine new teams added and one team being relegated from the WSL 1. WSL 1 remained as eight teams, with one new team inserted, with the WSL 2 having ten teams.
The new WSL 1 licence was awarded to Manchester City in 2014. Doncaster Rovers Belles were relegated to WSL 2, with nine new licences awarded to London Bees, Durham, Aston Villa, Millwall Lionesses, Yeovil Town, Reading, Sunderland, Watford, and Oxford United. Doncaster Belles appealed against their demotion, but were unsuccessful.
In December 2014, the FA WSL announced a two-year plan to expand WSL 1 from an eight to ten-team league. Two teams would be promoted from WSL 2, while one team would be relegated to WSL 2. Also, for the first time, a team from the FA Women's National League would earn promotion to WSL 2, effectively connecting the WSL to the rest of the English women's football pyramid.
This left WSL 1 with nine teams and WSL 2 with ten teams for the 2016 season, and with the process repeated the following year, both WSL 1 and WSL 2 consisted of ten teams each for the 2017-18 season. In addition to being able to prove their financial solvency, clubs applying for entry to the WSL had to show they would attract an average of 350 spectators in 2016, increasing to at least 400 in 2017.
The following eleven clubs are competing in the 2020-21 season.
|2014||Sunderland||Doncaster Rovers Belles a||Reading||Fran Kirby (Reading)||24|
|2015||Reading||Doncaster Rovers Belles||Everton||Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Doncaster Rovers Belles)||20|
|2016||Yeovil Town||Bristol City||Everton||Iniabasi Umotong (Oxford United)
Jo Wilson (London Bees)
|2017[a]||Everton||Doncaster Rovers Belles a||Millwall Lionesses||Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Doncaster Rovers Belles)||9|
|2017-18||Doncaster Rovers Belles b||Brighton & Hove Albion||Millwall Lionesses||Jessica Sigsworth (Doncaster Rovers Belles)||15|
|2018-19||Manchester United||Tottenham Hotspur||Charlton Athletic||Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United)||17|
|2019-20||Aston Villa||Sheffield United||Durham||Katie Wilkinson (Sheffield United)||15|
Unless noted, teams in first and second were promoted to the FA WSL.
In the 2014 season there were 251 fans at a WSL 2 match on average. In 2015 it increased to 341 with thirteen matches reaching attendances of more than 500 spectators.