As set out in the ‘Game Changer’ launch at Wembley in October, The FA today opened the application process for all women’s football clubs to apply to enter The FA Women’s Super League from 2014 onwards.
As part of its continued commitment to women’s football, The FA is seeking to open and expand The FA WSL in 2014 with the launch of a second division. Up to 20 clubs will be selected to participate in FA WSL1 and FAWSL2 once applications have been submitted. All interested parties are invited to apply to become part the future of women’s football in this country.
Applications packs are now available online and should be presented in the form of a Club Development Plan, identifying how an individual club will meet the minimum license criteria.
Full guidance on the minimum requirements and application templates are provided in the application pack. All applying clubs must use these templates as the basis of their application but clubs will marked against the following four areas:
1) Financial and business management
2) Commercial sustainability and marketing
4) Players, support staff and youth development
The FA Head of National Game, Kelly Simmons, commented on the news: “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.”
Promotion and relegation will be introduced between the FA WSL1 and FAWSL2 at the end of the 2014 season, with one club being promoted and one being relegated. The current eight licensed FA WSL clubs will be required to re-apply for a 2014 license and all applications will be reviewed as part of the same process against the same criteria.
All clubs will also be required to have a reserves team, which will play in The FA WSL reserve league from 2014. 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 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.
The deadline for applications to be received is 4pm Monday 4 March 2013 and all application information for clubs is available at: www.thefa.com/fawsl2014
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