Leanne ChampWomen's Opposition Analyst & Coach
Leanne moved over to Chelsea Women ahead of the 2019/20 season having been the head coach of our Under-16s since 2017. In her time there, the team won the Under-16 league in both the 2017/18 & 2018/19 seasons and were FA Youth Cup final runners up in 2018/19.
The UEFA A-Licence coach was the Women’s Super League Academy assistant coach for the 2017/18 campaign, before being promoted to head coach for the following season. She also coached in the USA for five years in different academy programmes, which includes being the head coach of the Boston Breakers Academy college team in 2016.
Leanne played for England in the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship and reached the quarter-final. She had previously won seven caps at Under-16 level, and by 2001/02 was an established member of the senior squad. In February 2003 Champ made her senior debut in a 1–0 friendly defeat to Italy.
The ex-England international also had a fantastic club career and played for a number of clubs, including Millwall Lionesses, Arsenal and Chelsea. She began her career at Millwall and spent nine years there before moving to our London rivals Arsenal in 2001. Leanne went on to win five league titles, 2 FA cups, and 1 league cup, and spent six years at Arsenal before returning to Millwall to help them clinch the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division title in the 2008/2009 season.
Leanne also spent some time in North America and played for Pali Blues, Philadelphia Fever and North Jersey Valkyries.