Chelsea Drop 'Ladies' in Favour of 'Women'
The Blues will Now be Referred to as Chelsea Football Club Women
The club made the announcement on their website, saying 'Chelsea Ladies will now be known as Chelsea Football Club Women as we continue to work on improving all aspects of the team both on and off the pitch. The new name reflects Chelsea's position as a leading club within the sport. It is representative of a modern view on language and equality, and is in keeping with the way our governing bodies, supporters, squad and management regard the women's game.'
In addition to this small but significant change, Chelsea stated that they would no longer refer to their men's team as the 'first' team, in an effort to acknowledge 'the ever-growing status of women's football, and Chelsea within it'.
Chelsea won the Women's FA Cup and Women's Super League this season, as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals. This week they were named the FA WSL club of the year at the Women's Football Awards and Chelsea FC Women manager Emma Hayes was named FA WSL manager of the year.