Miedema, England and the Women's Super League team of the season

Beth England Vivianne Miedema Chelsea Arsenal Women 2019 splitGetty/Goal

The Women's Super League 2019-20 was finally put to rest on Friday, after the coronavirus pandemic forced the Football Association to decide one of the most exciting title races of recent times on points-per-game.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal were locked in a three-way battle for the trophy, which ended with Chelsea being crowned champions, while City settled for second and the Gunners fell short of qualification for the UEFA Women's Champions League. Bottom of the table Liverpool were relegated.

With a 13-point gap between third-placed Arsenal and fourth-placed Manchester United when football was suspended, it's no surprise to see the top three teams dominate Goal's WSL team of the year.

  • Ellie Roebuck Manchester City 2019

    GK | Ellie Roebuck

    There have been plenty of impressive goalkeepers in the Women's Super League this season, but Ellie Roebuck has proven herself as the best goalkeeper in the country.

    The 20-year-old has been a key reason why Manchester City have the best defensive record in the division, with her 10 clean sheets four better than any other goalkeeper in the league.

    However, it's not just because of the defenders in front of her that Roebuck racks up these stats. Her save percentage of 84 per cent is also the best in the WSL by some distance of goalkeepers playing more than two games.

    Time and time again, the Sheffield-born shot-stopper has come up with some sensational saves for City and has firmly established herself as their No.1 choice in between the sticks. 

  • Maren Mjelde Chelsea Women 2020Getty

    RB | Maren Mjelde

    One of the unsung heroes of Chelsea's title triumph, Maren Mjelde has played her part in several positions this season.

    The majority of her contributions have come in a right-back role, where she has bombed forward with intent while also defending with all the discipline learned from her extensive experience in a centre-back role.

    A natural central midfielder, the 30-year-old has been required in the middle at times, and even out wide on the odd occasion. Wherever she has played though, she has provided Emma Hayes with a reliable and consistent presence who also has the ability to chip in with crucial goals.

    Mjelde has found the back of the net an impressive four times in the WSL this year, created more chances than any other defensive player in the division and also completed 62.5% of tackles, impressing in all areas on her way to becoming a league champion once more.

  • Kit Graham Leah Williamson Spurs Arsenal 17112019

    CB | Leah Williamson

    Leah Williamson is quietly becoming one of the best defenders in the game.

    This season was yet another under her belt and arguably her best yet, with her trusted to step into midfield when needed by Joe Montemurro as Arsenal endured injury after injury.

    When she was moved further forward, it only highlighted how much any team would benefit from two of her - one to mop up in defence and one to control the play in midfield. Such is her class, she excels in both roles.

    No one completed more passes in the WSL than Williamson, whose ability on the ball is one of her stand-out strengths. At the other end of the pitch though, the 23-year-old also won 66% of her tackles and 63% of aerial duels.

    An all-round excellent defender, Williamson is finally getting the recognition she deserves at international level too, with her certain to be a key player for England for years to come.

  • Gemma Bonner Manchester City Women 2020Getty

    CB | Gemma Bonner

    The stand-out member of Manchester City's impressive defence this season has been Gemma Bonner.

    As well as posting a tackle success rate of 68% and winning 61% of her aerial battles, the 28-year-old has also scored three goals from the centre of defence. Two of those goals were worth three points on their own, coming in 1-0 wins over Liverpool and Bristol City.

    With only Williamson having completed more passes than her in the WSL, the former Liverpool captain has shone as a ball-playing defender who is just as effective in possession as she is out of it.

    The only disappointment of Bonner's season has been the lack of real recognition at international level, albeit in a very competitive position in the England team. However, if she continues to perform at this level for her club, she will get her chances soon.

  • Magdalena Eriksson Chelsea WomenGetty Images

    LB | Magdalena Eriksson

    Since arriving in England three years ago, Magdalena Eriksson has proven herself as one of the most commanding defenders in the WSL.

    The Sweden international has taken that to a new level this season after taking the captain's armband at Chelsea, and it has been a memorable season indeed, with the Blues crowned champions.

    As well as being solid in defence, with 64% of her tackles and aerial duels won, the 26-year-old is also a dangerous presence in attack.

    She may have only scored one league goal this year, but as a second-half equaliser away to league leaders Manchester City, it was one of the most crucial in Chelsea's season.

    Had that result, eventually a 3-3 draw, gone in City's favour, it would've seen the WSL title go somewhere else this summer.

  • Sophie Ingle Chelsea Women 2020Getty

    CM | Sophie Ingle

    There have been a number of stand-out holding midfielders in the WSL this season, but Sophie Ingle just edges the rest in this XI.

    Without the 28-year-old, Chelsea's explosive, attacking style simply would not work. The fact that Ingle is so reliable in protecting the defence as a sole holding midfielder allows the Blues to operate with what is effectively a front five; a front five that has fired them to glory.

    Ironically, for all the incredible forwards in front of her, Ingle probably scored the goal of the season though. Her rocket of a volley in the 4-1 win over Arsenal in January was truly spectacular and one of the most memorable moments of Chelsea's winning campaign.

    "She's so clever, such a great leader," Emma Hayes said after that game. "I've said it before - Team GB should be building a team around her."

  • Caroline Weir Manchester City Women 2020Getty

    CM | Caroline Weir

    Naturally a winger, Caroline Weir has found herself in a new, central position this season for Manchester City - and she’s been absolutely faultless.

    Only Chelsea's Guro Reiten has created more chances than the Scot in the WSL, with her third overall in the assist charts.

    She's also continued to find the back of the net despite dropping further back on the pitch, with her screamer against Manchester United at the Etihad on the opening weekend sure to be remembered for some time.

    But added to those attacking qualities have been the gritty ones. Weir is tied fifth for interceptions made in the WSL this season, has won 62% of her tackles and won possession back in the final third more than any other player.

    Had the Olympics been going ahead this summer, she was sure to be one of few non-English players guaranteed a place on the plane.

  • Beth England Guro Reiten Chelsea 2019

    CM | Guro Reiten

    Few would argue that Guro Reiten has been the WSL's signing of the season - and few would argue that she has also been one of the league's best players this season either.

    Naturally a more central player, the 25-year-old has been operating out wide for Chelsea given the world-class presence of Ji So-yun in the middle, but that has hardly stopped her from shining. 

    No player has created more chances in the WSL than the Norwegian, who has often been an unsung hero in a team absolutely stacked with talent.

    Top of the assist charts, alongside Vivianne Miedema, with eight, and second in Chelsea's ranks for goals scored, behind only Beth England, with five, to think that there is only more to come from Reiten is particularly exciting.

    A WSL title-winner and a Continental Cup champion, it's been a fantastic first season in England.

  • Beth England Chelsea 2020Getty

    RW | Beth England

    Beth England's talent has always been evident, but she's described how she struggled with her confidence in the past, even admitting that she thought her Chelsea career was over when she was loaned out to Liverpool in 2017.

    This season, she's scored 14 goals in 15 WSL games - and the variety has been spectacular. From fierce, long range efforts to delicate, technical strikes; from simple tap-ins to powerful headers - there is seemingly nothing that England cannot do.

    The importance of some of those goals takes them to another level. The 26-year-old never shies away from the big games, with her double in the Continental Cup final win over Arsenal a prime example.

    A sublime footballer with a supreme eye for goal, and the ability to provide assists too, England has been an absolute joy to watch throughout 2019-20.

  • Vivianne Miedema Arsenal 2019-20Getty Images

    ST | Vivianne Miedema

    The leading goalscorer and joint-top of the assist charts in the WSL this season. What more can be said about Vivianne Miedema?

    The most incredible thing about this season is that it doesn't even feel like we've seen the 23-year-old anywhere near her best, particularly with Arsenal having struggled with injuries so much this year. That alone says everything about just how good she is.

    Yet, even without the Gunners' best players around her every week, Miedema netted 16 goals in 14 games, with a superb conversion rate of 37%.

    The highlight of her season, her performance in Arsenal's 11-1 win over Bristol City in December, will go down as one of the greatest individual performances in WSL history.

    With six goals and four assists, this was Miedema in a nutshell: wonderfully creative and unselfish, but devastatingly clinical at the same time.

  • Lauren Hemp Manchester City Women 2020Getty

    LW | Lauren Hemp

    There are few who would argue with Lauren Hemp claiming this season's Young Player of the Year accolade.

    The Manchester City winger has shown such maturity in her performances that it's incredible to think that she's still just 19 years old. With pace, power and positivity, she has often made the difference for her team this year, chipping in with five goals and four assists in 14 games.

    Hemp has proven that she can shine on the international stage, too. Called up for England's SheBelieves Cup campaign in March, she made her first start for her country against the United States and was undoubtedly the Lionesses' best player at the tournament.

    "She’s a fantastic player, but she’s also a fantastic person,” Alan Mahon, City’s interim boss, told Goal in May. “She’s only going to get better because of her attitude.”

  • Lauren James Manchester United 2019Getty

    Honourable mentions

    With the 13-point gap from the top three to the rest of the league, it's no surprise that most of the best players in the 2019-20 WSL season are dominated by Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

    There are a number of players who were unfortunate to miss out though, including some in that top three, with Ji So-yun of Chelsea and Keira Walsh of Man City particularly unlucky.

    The most-fouled player in the WSL and the player with the most successful dribbles, Chloe Kelly, has been Everton's star player in another exciting season, scoring nine goals in 12 games.

    Another promising young English forward, Manchester United's Lauren James' debut season in the top-flight showcased all she has to offer, with her incredible technical ability complemented by her confidence in possession to help her to score six goals in just nine starts.

    Both Reading's Fara Williams and Liverpool's Rachel Furness have continued to do what they do best too: providing a balance of steel and creativity in midfield, invaluable experience and the ability to score wonder goals with such ease.

    There have been a number of brilliant goalkeeper showings in the league this season too, with Reading's Grace Moloney, Brighton's Megan Walsh, Bristol's Sophie Baggaley and Birmingham's Hannah Hampton all worthy of a mention.