- Chelsea defeated Manchester United in the Women’s FA Cup final
- Canadian’s Jessie Fleming and Kadeisha Buchanan were part of Chelsea’s winning team
- Jessie Fleming was Canada’s Soccer Player of the Year in 2021
There are some football fans who still believe that there’s not a big market for women’s football in the world.
The Women’s FA Cup final on May 14 between Chelsea and Manchester United will silence all of those doubters as over 77 thousand fans packed Wembley Stadium in London to watch the Women’s FA Cup final.
Chelsea Win Third Consecutive FA Cup Final
Chelsea and Manchester United are two of the top English clubs in men’s football and the same can be said when it comes women’s football as there is a big crossover of fans who are loyal to the club and brand.
Chelsea entered the final with a lot of confidence as they have won the last two Women’s FA Cup championships. They faced a tough opponent in Manchester United and things looked pretty even after the first half as both teams finished on 0-0.
Chelsea worked their magic in the 68th minute when Sam Kerr put in a solid strike to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead which they were able to hold on to till the end and win their third consecutive FA Cup title.
Top Canadian Players Help Chelsea Win FA Cup Final
Jessie Fleming who won the Soccer Player of the Year in 2021 for Canada is one of the core members of Chelsea as Fleming has been with the club for all three of their FA Cup Championship wins. Fleming will continue to play for Chelsea till mid-2025 when her contract will expire.
Fleming was in the starting line-up for the FA Final while fellow Canadian Kadeisha Buchanan came on in the final minute of the game as her fitness was a bit of a concern as she was seen in a walking boot in April. This was the first time that Buchanan has been a part of Chelsea’s FA Cup winning squad.
Female football players in Canada will be encouraged to see Jessie Fleming and Kadeisha Buchanan play a part in helping Chelsea win the FA Cup and also see how big a fan following women’s football has around the world and helps strengthen there argument for better funding.
The sold out Wembley Stadium has now broken the previous stadium record for a women’s domestic football match which was just over 60,700 fans in 2019 when Barcelona played Atlético Madrid.