Tokyo 2020 - Every Women's Super League player set to feature at the Olympic Games as Manchester City dominate Team GB
44 players across 8 WSL teams will travel to Tokyo for the Olympic women's football event. Team GB's head coach Hege Riise will be hoping to add a gold medal to the one she won as a player with Norway at Sydney 2000. The former midfielder takes charge of a Manchester City-dominated squad, with ten Citizens selected. The Brits find themselves in Group E alongside Canada, Chile and Japan.
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Ordered by number of players featuring per club, here are the 44 WSL players making the trip to Tokyo.
Manchester City – 12
Club captain Steph Houghton leads a ten-strong City cohort into Tokyo for Team GB.
Lioness captain since 2014, Houghton is joined by the Citizen’s joint leading goalscorer from the previous season in Ellen White, who scored 10 in the 2020-21 WSL campaign.
Midfielder Jill Scott, who returned to former club Everton on loan during the season, is back for her second Games after featuring at London 2012 alongside Houghton, Ellen White and Kim Little.
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Goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck accompanies defensive pair Lucy Bronze and Demi Stokes, whilst PFA Young Player of the Year Lauren Hemp adds further City forward representation to White’s inclusion.
Midfielders Keira Walsh, Caroline Weir and Georgia Stanway round up Team GB’s City stars.
Two North Americans, Canadian forward Janine Beckie and United States central defender Abby Dahlkemper round off City’s extensive Games unit.
Chelsea – 11
Emma Hayes will have plenty of her title-winning stars to cast her eye over during the summer, with eleven Blues set for Tokyo.
FWA Footballer and PFA Players’ Player of the Year Fran Kirby will hope to extend her stunning form into the Games with Team GB.
Joined in Tokyo by fellow Blues Sophie Ingle, Carly Telford, Millie Bright and Niamh Charles, Kirby fired 16 in as many starts in the league.
Her tally for Chelsea was second only to team-mate and 21-goal WSL golden boot winner Sam Kerr, who travels to Tokyo as captain of Australia for her third Olympics.
Swedish trio Jonna Andersson, Magdalena Eriksson and Zecira Musovic join Canada’s Jessie Fleming as Chelsea’s final four Tokyo participants.
Blues fans may also wish to cast an eye over Dutch defender Aniek Nouwen. The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a switch from PSV in May and will join the club on a three-year deal for the forthcoming season.