FA approves new full-time structure for Women's Super League

The start of the 2018-19 season will see a restructure to the women’s game.

The WSL1 will consist of 14 professional teams and all clubs must meet a high standard in their club’s structure such as a compulsory academy. A tier 2 league will contain 12 teams most of which will be semi-professional. Tiers 3 and 4 will be regional leagues however promotion and relegation will be applicable across all 4 tiers. Currently not all teams in the WSL 1 & WSL 2 have a professional setup and with Notts County’s team folding recently due to lack of funds the Football Association decision could affect more clubs in the future.

This season’s Women’s Super League is now fully underway with the second string of fixtures now played.

Chelsea Ladies trashed Sunderland Ladies by six goals away from home and sit top of the table. Goals from Gemma Davison (2), Fran Kirby, Erin Cuthbert and Ji So-Yun highlighted a strong performance mirroring their 6-0 home win last week against Bristol City.

Manchester City Women also thrashed Arsenal Women 5 -2 resulting in City sitting second in the table only due to goal difference. Jane Ross and Steph Houghton had scored either side of Emma Mitchell’s equaliser just before the break. Arsenal’s team talk sparked an instant reply through Heather O’Reilly’ header straight after the half time. They could have taken the lead but for England’s Jordan Nobbs hitting the crossbar. It wasn’t to be Arsenal’s day as Georgia Stanyway, Izzy Christiansen and Jill Scott all got on to the scoresheet for City.

Reading Women beat Liverpool Ladies 3-0 to take them to third in the league. Farah Williams scored a goal of the season contender with a fantastic volley from outside the box. Liverpool defender and former England captain Casey Stoney yesterday stated that the new permanent England manager should be the selected based on them being the right person for the job rather than male or female.

Birmingham City Ladies scored to first half goals which was enough for them to win 2-1 against Everton. Ellen White scored a tap-in as Lizzie Durack the Everton goalkeeper failed to catch a corner. She made up for it by saving a long range effort Norwegian Andrine Hegerberg. However Birmingham got their second goal shortly after as Ellen White crossed a low ball to Charlie Wellings who scored. Chloe Kelly got one back on her debut just after the restart but it wasn’t enough for Everton.

Bristol City Women hosted Yeovil Town Ladies and thanks to a Frankie Brown goal they secured the points switching places and leaving Yeovil Town bottom of the league.