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10 Most-Fielded WSL Players Of All Time

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Who has the most appearances under her belt in the history of the FA Women’s Super League?

The Women’s Super League was born in 2011 and since the first game was played in the league, we’ve seen four different teams crowned as champions.

While the statement above is an unarguable fact about the Women’s Super League, question is who are those consistent players who have been able appeared in more games in WSL history.

Jordan Nobbs – (161 appearances)

England midfielder Nobbs is an Arsenal’s legend whom spent 12 years with the Gunners women’s team, before she left for Aston Villa in an 18-month deal with the option to extend.

The 30-year-old joined Arsenal ahead of the inaugural Women’s Super League in 2011 and left the North London outfit as a champions, winning 12 trophies including three WSL titles.

Throughout her stay at Arsenal she scored a total of 81 goals during her 270 appearances in all competitions which 161 of those games are in the WSL for the North London club.

Steph Houghton – (164 appearances)

Former Arsenal legend and current Manchester City captain, Step Houghton, has enjoyed an unparalleled success in the Women’s Super League since it’s inception in 2011.

Houghton helped the Gunners women win a hat-trick of titles before joining the Cityzens in 2014 in a revolution project, that got City their first-ever trophy that season and another in 2016.

Being one of the most-fielded players in the Women’s Super League, she featured in 164 games in the league and at 35-year-old and till now she’s still delivering impeccable performance for Manchester City.

Natasha Harding – (166 appearances)

Welsh veteran and Aston Villa’s star Harding is one of the few most versatile players in the Women’s Super League, due to her ability to play as a full-back, midfielder and a forward.

She became one of the big girls to play in the WSL in 2012 when she moved to Bristol Academy, and she has since played for Manchester City, Liverpool, Reading and currently Aston Villa.

Harding being one of the most consistent and experienced players in the league, she’s been able to amassed a total of 166 appearances in the Women’s Super League.

Victoria Williams – (166 appearances)

Williams amassed all her WSL appearances haul across spells with Chelsea, Doncaster, Sunderland and Brighton in 2018 where she went on to captain the Seagulls.

She has been a linchpin in the Seagulls defence since she joined from Sunderland in 2018 for the club’s first season in the Women’s Super League as a captain.

Over the course of her professional career in the Women’s Super League, Victoria Williams has been able to amassed 166 appearances ranking as the seventh in the history of WSL.

Sophie Ingle – (168 appearances)

If there’s any player who has been quite successful in the Women’s Super League, it is absolutely Sophie Ingle having donned the shirt of Bristol Academy, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Ingle who rejoined the Blues in 2018 has been one of the important player for the Stamford Bridge side in their dominance of WSL, winning three successive titles a commendable feat that stands her out amongst the rest.

The Walsh incredible spell in her second spell at Chelsea has been quite phenomenal, which led the club to  rewarding her with a new contract until the summer of 2025.

Millie Bright – (169 appearances)

Bright has been able to amassed her haul of appearances in the Women’s Super League with just two teams, Doncaster and Chelsea.

The lanky centre-back joined the Blues in 2015 and she has since gone on to establish herself as one of the finest defenders in the league and at the international level.

Aside being one of the biggest names in the Lionesses squad ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this year, she’s also an important player for Chelsea due to her experience, form, and consistency on the biggest of stages.

Jill Scott – (175 appearances)

Scott had the honour of amassing 175 appearances in the FA Women’s Super League across spells with Everton, Manchester City and Aston Villa prior to her retirement in 2022.

The legendary midfielder began her playing career with her home-town club before moving to Everton in 2006 at the age of 19, where she spent seven years with the Toffees winning the title in 2008 and the FA Cup in 2010.

The England centurion was a key-cog in the Cityzens squad that won their first WSL championship in 2016, before winning a record European Championship double in 2022 for the Lionesses.

Kate Longhurst – (177 appearances)

Kate Longhurst is a versatile player who began her career at Chelsea in 2011, before moving to Liverpool in 2013 where she won two consecutive Women’s Super League titles with the Reds.

Lifelong Hammers fans while growing up moves to the club after a five-year stint at Merseyside, linking up with her former manager Matt Beard who she played under at Liverpool and Chelsea.

Aside the fact that she’s an experienced battler in midfield who has claimed two FA Women’s Super League in her career, she’s also one of the most-fielded players in the league

Gilly Flaherty – (177 appearances)

Gilly Flaherty had the honour of been the second most-fielded players in the Women’s Super League and the first player to score the league first goal in 2011, when she netted Arsenal’s winner against Chelsea.

Aside her standing record as one of the most-capped players in the WSL, she’s also a proud winner of two successive titles with the Gunners and a further two with Chelsea before she left for West Ham in 2018.

Before Flaherty bid farewell to the beautiful game in 2022, she also played for Liverpool but she couldn’t maintain her appearances record which was broken by Tottenham Hotspur’s Harrop.

Kerys Harrop – (178 appearances

Harrop broke the record for most Women’s Super League appearances by playing in her 178th games in the competition for Tottenham Hotspur.

She overtook Gilly Flaherty and Kate Longhurst as Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 to Everton in the Women’s Super League, having made her WSL debut in 2011 for Birmingham City where she played 135 league games.

In her nine years spell at Birmingham City, the former England U-20 defender helped them to two second-placed league finishes and FA Cup success in 2012.

This article was updated 5 months ago


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