The FA have revealed the eleven clubs who will make up Tier 1 of the Women’s Super League next season, after a detailed review and assessment of all applications.
- Birmingham City Ladies
- Brighton & Hove Albion Women
- Bristol City Women
- Chelsea FC Women
- Everton Ladies FC
- Liverpool Ladies FC
- Manchester City Women
- Reading FC Women
- Yeovil Town Ladies
- West Ham United Ladies*
* approved within the open application phase
Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s Head of Women’s Football said: “Today’s announcement is the result of two years of planning and a milestone within our delivery of The Gameplan for Growth strategy.
“The revised competition structure will positively impact on the delivery of the women’s game across all levels, both on and off the pitch.”
The FA Women’s Super League fixtures will commence on September 8. Chelsea are the defending champions after winning the title with 44 points from 18 games, with Manchester City coming second.
The restructuring is good news for Brighton & Hove Albion, as Hope Powell’s side were plying their trade in the WSL 2 last season, finishing second behind Doncaster Rovers.
West Ham United, who were previously in the Women’s Premier League South, look to now be in the top flight for next season.
They finished seventh with 29 points from 22 games in the third tier but will now play alongside the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. It will be a big ask for Karen Ray’s side to compete, but they’re excited by the challenge and can’t wait to get started.