England FA

FA has announced its decision on club licensing applications for Tier 1 and 2

Brighton and Hove Albion has earned a Tier 1 licence and joins the nine other Women’s Super League One clubs whose application to top-flight status was accepted.

Among the successful applications who become a full-time, professional clubs in English women’s football in 2018-19 are Yeovil Town who worked hard to retain top-flight status.

Ten clubs have been awarded a place in WSL 1 as part of the league’s new restructure, but that number may rise to up to 14.

Tier One:
Arsenal,
Birmingham City,
Brighton & Hove Albion,
Bristol City,
Chelsea Ladies,
Everton Ladies,
Liverpool Ladies,
Manchester City,
Reading Women,
Yeovil Town.

Teams wanting to play in the top tier had to meet new professional criteria, some of which is outlined here.

It is reported that 4 top-tier slots still available, clubs from outside the WSL will be invited to bid for the four remaining spots before early March 2018.

There will also be up to five additional spots available in Tier 2, after seven sides successfully retained their WSL 2 status, with a maximum of 12 places in next season’s second division.

Tier Two:
Aston Villa,
Doncaster Rovers Belles,
Durham,
London Bees,
Millwall Lionesses,
Sheffield FC Ladies,
Tottenham Hotspur

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