Women's FA Cup: Holders Chelsea to face Arsenal and West Ham host Man City in semi-finals

Holders Chelsea face Arsenal in a repeat of the 2021 final; West Ham host Manchester City in the other tie; semi-final ties are set to take place on Sunday April 17, while the final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday May 15

Chelsea lift the most recent FA Cup
Image: Chelsea lift the FA Cup after beating Arsenal in December

Holders Chelsea will face Arsenal in the semi-finals of the Women's FA Cup in a repeat of the 2021 final.

Back in December, Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr starred as Chelsea completed a belated domestic treble with a 3-0 win over Arsenal in what was a landmark FA Cup final at Wembley. The game was played in front of more than 40,000 fans - a century to the day after the FA banned women from playing football - as Chelsea cruised to a first FA Cup success since 2018.

Can Arsenal get FA Cup revenge over Chelsea?

Women's Super League leaders Arsenal are one of just two teams to beat Chelsea in the league this year, with a 3-2 win on the season's opening weekend.

Arsenal also held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Kingsmeadow on Friday, February 11.

Arsenal, who currently lead the Women's Super League table, will be looking for FA Cup revenge when Chelsea travel to Meadow Park, as the two sides renew a rivalry that also sees them going head-to-head for the WSL title.

The Gunners lead Chelsea by two points but the Blues have the chance to go to the top of the table when they play their game in hand against Tottenham on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports.

How follow the WSL on Sky Sports...

Follow live coverage of Chelsea vs Tottenham and Man City vs Everton on Sky Sports digital platforms on Wednesday.

Also, You can watch Chelsea Women vs Tottenham Women live on Sky Sports Premier League on Wednesday from 7pm; kick-off at 7.45pm.

Wednesday 23rd March 7:00pm Kick off 7:45pm

In the other semi-final tie, Manchester City face a trip to the Chigwell Construction Stadium to face West Ham.

This tie is a repeat of the 2019 final when goals from Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp helped City, who have reached the semi-final stage of the competition for an eighth successive season, to a 3-0 win.

The semi-final ties are set to take place on Sunday April 17, while the final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday May 15.

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How Chelsea, Man City, West Ham and Arsenal reached the semi-finals...

Chelsea Women and Manchester City Women powered into the Women's FA Cup semi-finals with comfortable victories over Birmingham Women and Everton Women respectively on Sunday.

West Ham Women were also victorious at third-tier Ipswich Ladies as the line-up for the last four was completed.

The three sides joined Arsenal Women, who saw off Coventry United Ladies on Friday.

Women's FA Cup semi-final draw

West Ham vs Manchester City

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Semi-final ties are set to take place on Sunday April 17.

Women's FA Cup - Key dates...

Semi-finals: Sunday April 17

Final: Sunday May 15 at Wembley Stadium

Women's FA Cup prize fund to go up by £3m from next season

The prize fund for the Women's FA Cup is to increase to £3m per year from next season, the Football Association has announced.

The figure goes up from around £400,000, with details of how it is to be allocated across the competition yet to be confirmed. The FA has said that a "disproportionate amount of this new fund will be invested into the early rounds of the competition".

It had been announced in January that a "significant" increase in prize money from next season had been agreed, amid criticism of the disparity between the current figures and those for the men's competition.

In a statement, the FA's director of women's football Baroness Sue Campbell said: "I'm delighted to be able to make this announcement of increased funding for the Vitality Women's FA Cup because it's going to benefit so many clubs across the women's football pyramid.

"The FA Cup, whether men's or women's, is the biggest and best domestic cup competition in the world, and this increased investment from the FA highlights that we want clubs competing in it to be rewarded, while also highlighting our ongoing commitment to the women's game.

"Women's football continues to be in a growth phase and we are always looking to make improvements and investment to drive it forward and break new boundaries. This is certainly one of the most pleasing during my time with the organisation, because I know it means so much to so many."

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