The Premier League is moving in the direction of taking over the English Women’s Super League from the Football Association.
Even as a no timeframe is proposed and the deal might not be closed for a few seasons, Super League clubs at a shareholders’ meeting last month have unanimously agreed to a feasibility study to explore the idea.
The Premier League and the FA have been discussing the idea for the past six months, states a BBC report. “The FA can confirm that it is supporting the Premier League in a project to explore the long-term feasibility of the Premier League running the Women’s Super League (WSL). This is a purely exploratory project and based on a long term timescale,” an FA spokesperson is reported as saying.
“The FA is proud that it set up the first European women’s professional league and the relevant player pathways as part of its commitment to growing the women’s game. We have recently established a joint WSL/Women’s Championship Board with the clubs to oversee the future strategy and policy of the professional game.
“It is this Board that will recommend the best way forward to The FA as it determines what is in the best interests of the leagues. However, The FA has always been clear that it is open to an external body running the WSL in the long term, as The FA’s remit is to support the game from grassroots to elite teams.”
Chelsea women’s boss Emma Hayes has previously called for the Premier League to be involved in the running of women’s football.