Formerly known as Manchester City Ladies FC, the Club was founded in 1988 by City in the Community.

In the 30 years since then, their affiliation with the men’s team has taken various forms, culminating in the statement of a formal partnership with Manchester City in August 2012. The Club was granted entry to the FA Women’s Super League in April 2013 and subsequently re-launched as Manchester City Women’s Football Club in January 2014.

The Club mirrors and benefits from its association with its male counterpart and is structured in all aspects of its operations to take advantage of the resources of the wider organisation – from community programmes to youth development, scouting, coaching, sports science, digital coverage and first team football operations.

In their inaugural season under Head Coach Nick Cushing, City made history when they clinched their first ever trophy, the FA WSL Continental Cup. In 2016, Manchester City Women won the FA WSL Continental Cup, the FA WSL and played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, having qualified in the previous season. In 2017 they won the Women's FA Cup Final, and in 2019 they celebrated their third FA WSL Continental Cup win.

The team play their home games in the 7,000 - capacity Academy Stadium at City Football Academy, the facility which they share alongside the men’s and academy teams.