Chelsea Women team manager Emma Hayes during the Premier League match vs Leicester City (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images )
Given how 2021 concluded in the world of the Chelsea Women, it was clear this club had a long way to go to compete at the highest level. 2022 was a historic year, not only because it marked the 30th anniversary of its merger with the men’s team, and Emma Hayes’ 10th season in charge of CFC, but the ambition and drive on and off the pitch has taken a jump. The Blues have seen three legends take their talents elsewhere this year, but in an eventful summer, the club added world-class talents at all levels of the pitch to replace some of the best this club and even the league have ever seen.
From a memorable final day of the WSL season against Manchester United to seal the club’s third consecutive league title to an extra-time triumph over Manchester City at Wembley in the FA Cup final, 2022 was filled with moments that will be in CFC lore forever. Hayes and the Blues secured two trophies and failed to execute in the second half of the Conti Cup to add a third, but at the end of the day, this year was all about taking this club to the next year, especially in Europe.
Hayes made it clear in the summer transfer window that she was targeting versatility, and in the first few months of the season, the coaching staff has utilized it to both give players rest, and demonstrate the amount of depth and little drop-off there is from one player to the next. Whether it was Jess Carter’s breakout season during the 2021/22 campaign or Millie Bright and Sam Kerr earning recognition as one of the 20 Ballon d’Or nominees, there has been a multitude of individuals that have had a historic 2022.
What. A. Year. 🙌
Next up: 2023! 😁 pic.twitter.com/jEYc4ui5OU
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) December 31, 2022
46 wins in all competitions throughout the entire year and only two losses is quite an impressive record for a team that has gone through many trials and tribulations off the pitch. Trying to sum up the entirety of 2022 around CFC is an impossible task. In a year filled with highs, here are the Blues’ top-five moments in no particular order in 2022.