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The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced the launch of the country’s first domestic club league, with government-owned bank Caixa Econômica Federal coming on board as its main commercial partner.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced the launch of the country’s first domestic club league, with government-owned bank Caixa Econômica Federal coming on board as its main commercial partner.

Terms of deal between the CBF and Caixa were not disclosed, but the Maquina do Esporte website said that the agreement is worth R$10 million (US$4.4 million). The first edition of the women’s Campeonato Brasileiro will run from September 18 to December 4.

The competition is being viewed as a vehicle to encourage more professionalism in the Brazilian women’s game. The first season will include Brazil’s top-20 ranked clubs.

“Eight years ago the CBF hosted the women’s Copa do Brasil, and the competition was truly nationwide,” Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said. “The tournament featured clubs from 26 states, and this league will be another competition for women’s football in Brazil.”

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