With elite football in England having been suspended until at least 3 April, fans have been filling in their time finding new ways to entertain themselves to fill the void left by the absence of the beautiful game.
From football-related noughts and crosses to mini golf and from playing football computer games to simulating cancelled matches with Twitter updates, football fans seem to have gone completely bonkers in the last few hours.
We have opted to use our imagination in a unique way by analysing the 12 current sides in the FA Women’s Super League and we have rated them in-line with how we feel they would appear on FIFA 20.
Arsenal (Five stars)
As the current FA Women’s Super League champions, Arsenal would surely be given a five-star seal of approval if they were to appear on FIFA 20. They would be that team who are difficult to defend against and when you think you have recorded a result, they’d pop up with a typical 90th-minute goal. Playing against The Gunners on ‘legendary’ or ‘ultimate’ difficulty would be a near-impossible task.
Top rated player: Vivianne Miedema (93)
Birmingham City (Three stars)
With the development of FIFA 20 having taken place well before the start of the season, the summer 2019 player exodus at Birmingham City would make them the joint-lowest rated team in the FA Women’s Super League. They would be in a constant relegation battle on the game while they would struggle in-front of goal. Take on the Blues as an ‘amateur’ player and you could deal them a hammering but they could well tighten things up at the back at ‘world class’ difficulty and above.
Top rated player: Lucy Staniforth (78)
Brighton & Hove Albion (Three-and-a-half stars)
Brighton & Hove Albion are one of a handful of clubs who would have been expected to be in the bottom half of the table before the season kicked-off. Albion have no real big time players, it is very much a team effort. With the absence of a world-class player in their squad, we have rated Brighton & Hove Albion as three-and-a-half stars. They are certainly a side on your fixture list that you’d want to beat but they could also spring a surprise of their own.
Top rated player: Ini Umotong (75)
Bristol City (Three-and-a-half stars)
Bristol City are one of those clubs who before the season kicked-off, you wondered just how they would perform. With The Robins having the potential to do well but could equally struggle, we have given Tanya Oxtoby’s side a three-and-a-half star FIFA 20 rating. Goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley could save you a few points with some big saves.
Top rated player: Sophie Baggaley (80)
Chelsea (Four-and-a-half stars)
If FIFA 20 was developed now, Chelsea would surely be a five-star side but based on the start of the season, we have given Emma Hayes’ side a four-and-a-half star rating. The Blues would have a squad full of highly-rated talent and it is difficult to select who the club’s top player would be on the game. Like Arsenal, Chelsea would be deadly when playing against the South West Londoners on a high difficulty level.
Top rated player: Beth England (91)
Everton (Three-and-a-half stars)
The real life story of Everton is a fascinating one. The Blue Girls have exceeded expectation on the pitch this season and they are likely to be under-valued if they were to appear on FIFA 20 based on last season’s second-bottom finish in the FA Women’s Super League. The club were not the favourites for relegation when the season kicked-off but they will not have been expected to have 19 points on the board after 14 games neither. On this basis, we are giving them a three-and-a-half star rating.
Top rated player: Chloe Kelly (83)
Liverpool (Three-and-a-half stars)
Many will have not expected The Reds to have been propping up the division at this point, particularly due to the form of striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk last season. As it has turned out, the forward has found it harder to find the goals and Liverpool are now possibly facing relegation. Based on the fact that Liverpool improved under Vicky Jepson during the second half of last season, we believe that they would have started the current campaign with three-and-a-half stars if they had been on FIFA 20.
Top rated player: Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (82)
Manchester City (Five stars)
There was little to separate Arsenal and Manchester City last season and with City’s excellent business last summer, we must class them as a five-star FIFA 20 side. With Ellen White up top and Steph Houghton at the back, Manchester City are not a side who you would want to face on the game. The City squad would be packed with players rated 80 and above and they would be incredibly hard to defend against. Striker White would be a danger at set pieces.
Top rated player: Ellen White (93)
Manchester United (Four stars)
With Manchester United having eased to promotion from the FA Women’s Championship last season, The Red Devils were expected to hold their own in the FA Women’s Super League before the season kicked-off. Casey Stoney’s side looked strong ahead of the start of their debut top flight season and that would be reflected in a number of highly-rated players on FIFA 20. We have no doubt that on the game, Earps would pull off saves which could only be produced on FIFA while the likes of Jane Ross, Ella Toone and Jess Sigsworth would be threats to your side’s virtual dreams of glory.
Top rated player: Lauren James (87)
Reading (Four Stars)
With Reading being a household name in the FA Women’s Super League these days, it is only right that we put them in the four-star category. Midfielder Fara Williams is very much a classic FIFA player who would have a top attributes such as free-kicks, curve and long distance shots. A FIFA 20 FA Women’s Super League could see Reading spring a few shocks but they would largely find themselves steady in mid-table.
Top rated player: Fara Williams (85)
Tottenham Hotspur (Three stars)
As a newly-promoted side who finished runners-up in the FA Women’s Championship last season, FIFA 20 would surely rate Tottenham Hotspur at the bottom of the pile as one of the weaker sides on the game. In reality, Spurs have exceeded expectations in the FA Women’s Super League this season and cannot be put in the same category as those fighting for relegation. Based on where Spurs were before they kicked a ball, very much unknown to this level, we are giving them a three-star rating.
Top rated player: Rianna Dean (78)
West Ham United (Four stars)
West Ham United are in their second season in the FA Women’s Super League and after a solid first campaign, they were very much expected to do well this term. On that basis, we have given them a four-star FIFA rating. We think that Matt Beard’s side could pack a punch on the game and are a side that could be troublesome in attack. West Ham United have been one of the most injury-plagued sides in the FA Women’s Super League in the last 18 months and that could be demonstrated on the game with players regularly picking up knocks.
Top rated player: Alisha Lehmann (86)