Belgian FA expands the Women’s top tier league to Ten clubs
Belgian FA (KBVB) are to expand the domestic Women’s Super League to ten clubs, in a move to hopefully develop and highlight the women’s game in Belgian after some years of not pushing the Women’s League.
For the new season: Eendracht Aalst Ladies, Zulte Waregem, White Star Woluwe and Charleroi will join the expanded Super League in Belgium. Woluwe won the second division 3 times and Aalst topped the table before the global health crisis forced a suspension of the game in Belgium.
The KBVB received 11 requests for a top flight license, but unfortunately DVC EVA’s Tienen could not meet the requirement for promotion. The four new clubs to enter the Super League will play against OH Leuven, RSC Anderlecht, Club Brugge YLA, AA Gent, KRC Genk Ladies and Standard Fémina in the newly formed ten team league.
The teams will not play the normal 25 match games in the season, because the move to a ten team league means the number of match days will be reduced to 18 games, and instead of old 25 match games where the champions was announced, we will now see a playoffs after the 18 match games have taken place. this new format will hopefully see the Super League develop into a better European women’s league.
The league will also receive an €100,000 commercial boost from the newly negotiated TV rights deal in Belgium, which included rights for the Super League and a promise by rights holder Eleven Sports to offer the women’s game more exposure. The Pro League allots €50,000 a season to the women’s game.
There has been some doubts over the sustainability of a ten team top flight league. As Aalst and Woluwe are not linked to any men’s clubs, who often budget €150,000 for the women’s game. In the top flight, KRC Genk Ladies are an exception. They barely receive support from the men’s club.
WSU wish the new league and all teams best off luck in the new season.
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