The FA WSL transfer window will open on the June 1, so let’s have a look at what the 11 teams could do in the next couple of months.
Finished third, one point away from Champions League qualification.
The squad was thin at the end of the season, so quantity and quality need to be added to be able to compete at the top. There is a clear indication that Arsenal are shopping abroad, with at least four or five new players set to be added.
Finished fifth as the end-of-season team in form.
Birmingham will surely consolidate their squad and add quality to try to push even higher in the league. Stability from their core players is expected unless a big offer comes in, like in January when PSG came in for Hegerberg.
Promoted from FA WSL 2.
I would expect Brighton to change about 10 players. They certainly have proven FA WSL 1 quality in their ranks, plus players with interesting potential. They have already released three players and more could follow. It will all depend on the signings they can attract.
A turnover of players is expected with the manager already gone and important players on their way out. The best transfer window for them would be to keep hold of their core players and improve working conditions at the club.
Should they need to dip in the transfer market, they will compete with Everton, Yeovil and all the teams that cannot access the premium signings market. Unless of course, they get a cash injection from their parent club.
Chelsea had a big squad and used it superbly with full credit to Emma Hayes. Fringe players, and those with less playing time, are on their way out. They just need to add two or three quality signings to provide competition for places.
Finished second from bottom.
Everton have a core of British players in their early twenties that are developing well. Another team with no money for big transfer and wages, which means recruiting niche players with high potential. Adding experience could see them finish in the top six next season.
Finished sixth with inconsistent performances last season.
Everything points towards a change of guard with core players leaving for pasture new. Expect a busy transfer window for Liverpool and they will need quality signings if they want to avoid a relegation battle and finish higher than mid-table. With a fair budget in previous seasons, their signings have been hot and cold.
Qualified for the Champions League but lost the three titles they held.
City paid for their lack of squad rotation as fringe players did not see much game time and starters ended up tiring and not performing as well as in previous seasons. Those fringe players could be on their way out to be replaced by better players. Young English players may also leave.
Finished fourth, their best ranking ever.
Reading just need to add extra quality in every line to compete for the Champions League places. They have already released fringe players, including two long serving ones, so their replacements should be real quality to make that a worthwhile exercise.
Promoted from the FA WPL Southern Division, the third tier in the women’s football pyramid.
West Ham almost need a full squad overhaul. If they keep more than five players from their current team that would be a surprise as they seem ambitious and are shopping for top, experienced FA WSL 1 and foreign players.
Finished bottom of the table.
Geography and a lack of money means they need clever recruiting. Next season will be about survival first and avoiding relegation. They need to keep their talented goalkeeper and add at least one experienced head per line to help their youngsters grow.