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The players' union will accept applications from prospective female members at the end of the current campaign, meaning all players registered for the Women's Super League can join

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has announced female footballers will be allowed to become members for the first time next season.

Making the announcement on International Women’s Day, PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle confirmed that all players currently registered for the Women's Super League will have the chance to sign up to the players’ union and also attend the traditionally all-male annual PFA awards dinner.

"I think it is fantastic that women players will now be able to join the PFA - it has been a long time in coming,” Carlisle told reporters.

"It's perfect timing that this is announced on International Women's Day.

"It should be good both for female players, who will now have the support of a long-established union, and for the PFA in terms of increased membership."

The WSL was founded in 2010 and commences with the second full season of its Continental Cup later this month, where holders Arsenal face FA Women’s Cup winners Birmingham in one of the standout ties.

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