Season Review 2019/20


Welcome to Stats Perform’s English Women’s Super League season review for the curtailed 2019/20 league season.

Interactive and showcasing a host of detailed performance metrics, this report provides insight into the league’s standout performers, applying innovative frameworks produced by our team of AI scientists.

Within this review, we share a comprehensive breakdown of performance at the key ends of the pitch, as well as sharing detailed insight on team style, both in and out of possession. Detailed player analysis also features, with key metrics ranked across different positions.

Notable additions to our reviews this summer include details on the teams most effective at generating opportunities from high turnovers, together with insights into how each team approached the changes to the goal kick rule. We also apply metrics to highlight the ball carrying players who were effective at generating goalscoring opportunities through running with the ball.

These new features reflect Stats Perform’s ongoing commitment to further explore how performance data can inform a club’s decision-making across performance analysis, recruitment and long-term strategic planning.

We hope you find some interesting insights from this review.


Expected Goals (For)


Key Points:

  • Ranked by league position, this table outlines teams’ performances in front of goal, from both open play and set piece situations.

  • Champions Chelsea’s ability to generate high quality chances from open play was demonstrated by them amassing an xG output of 31.1 from 228 shots, which they outperformed by six clear goals.

  • Emma Hayes’ side also generated the highest xG from set pieces, however they scored three fewer set piece goals than Reading, who generated 33% of their xG from set play situations.

  • At the other end of the table, Bristol City recorded the fewest shots from both open play and set pieces. They were also the league’s lowest scorers from set pieces, scoring just once during the campaign.

  • Aside from Reading, no team outperformed or underperformed on their set piece xG by two clear goals, with teams performing roughly in line with what we would expect based on the quality of their opportunities.

Expected Goals For
Set Play : Total
Open Play
Set Play
Team xG Ratio Shots xG Goals SP Shots SP xG SP Goals
Chelsea Women 0.20 228 31.1 37 83 8.2 9
Manchester City Women 0.21 208 25.7 30 54 7.1 9
Arsenal Women 0.10 183 29.7 36 38 3.5 3
Manchester United Women 0.17 147 17.4 16 46 4.1 2
Reading Women 0.33 145 13.7 7 49 7.8 12