The FA has today opened the application process for all women’s football clubs to apply to enter The FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) from 2014 onwards.
As part of our continued commitment to the women’s game, we are seeking to open and expand The FA WSL in 2014 with the launch of a second division and up to 20 clubs will be selected to participate in FA WSL1 and FA WSL2.
Promotion and relegation will be introduced between the two leagues at the end of the 2014 season, with one club being promoted and one being relegated.
All clubs will also be required to have a reserve team which will play in The FA WSL reserve league. This league will be split into two regional divisions and further details of the structure and fixture programme will be provided in the near future.
The eight current licensed FA WSL clubs will be required to re-apply and all applications will be reviewed against the same criteria. All applying clubs will be marked against the following four areas:
- Financial and business management
- Commercial sustainability and marketing
- Players, support staff and youth development.
The FA Head of National Game, Kelly Simmons, said: “After a very successful 2012, it is vitally important we continue to build on the growing momentum of women’s football in this country.
“We are delighted to be able to open the application process to all clubs and we are now looking to build on what has a very successful first two years for The FA WSL.
“We have always been committed to ensuring we have an elite League at the top of the game that showcases women’s football at its very best and a second division of The FA WSL will help us raise standards even further and bring more teams into our summer pyramid.”
The future of The FA WSL from 2014 forms a key part of the overall objectives of ‘Game Changer’, The FA’s new five-year plan.
This also includes the creation of an Elite Performance Unit, growing player participation and a new individual commercial strategy for the women’s game.