With The FA WSL expanding to two divisions from 2014, The FA has been reviewing the entire pyramid for women’s football for a number of months.
We recognise the importance of having a thriving winter pyramid structure in place to support the player pathway and ensure there is a League structure that can co-exist with changes at the elite level of the game.
The FA has proposed plans, following a consultation process with all relevant stakeholders including all FA Women’s Premier League (FA WPL) clubs and the Combination League representatives, for The FA Women’s Premier League to operate from 2013-14 season with a Northern Division and Southern Division only.
From the 2014-2015 season onwards, it is proposed that The FA WPL Northern Division and the Midland and Northern Combination Leagues would form the Northern Championship* of three divisions.
Similarly, The FA WPL Southern Division and South East and South West Combination Leagues would form the Southern Championship* of three divisions.
These proposals will be now be put forward to all key stakeholders ahead of the inaugural AGM of the Leagues to constitute this new winter pyramid.
The FA will continue to support the administration of the League and provide League grants to support club development.
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