Sunderland WFC have revealed that they are one of 33 clubs making a bid to join the FA Womens Super League when it is extended in March 2014.
Preparation has been underway for several months and the documentation was handed to the FA at Wembley on 4th March with successful candidates to be informed by June 2013.
Chairman Maurice Alderson said; It has been tough getting everything in place and meeting deadlines. We are so grateful to our working partners who include Sunderland AFC, Northumbria University, University of Sunderland, Gateshead Sports Academy and Durham FA.
The club has come a long way over recent years and our progress and development has been fantastic. We deserve a chance to move on to the next level, lets hope that the FA agrees and we can take our place with the elite of womens football.