We are delighted to announce that Sunderland WFC have been granted a license to become part of the FA Women's Super League when it is extended to 18 teams for the beginning of the 2014 season (March 2014).
The current structure consists of 8 teams and we are one of 10 additional clubs invited to join the second tier of the league and it is just reward for the hard work that has gone in to ensuring a successful bid. We have worked tirelessly with our partners, Sunderland AFC, University of Sunderland, Northumbria University, Gateshead Sports Academy and Durham FA to establish firm foundations to build on the success that the team has enjoyed on the field.
We are proud to be part of the evolution of the women's game and can rightfully take our place at the elite level.
The FA WSL Announcement
The adjudication process for The FA Womens Super League from 2014 is in its final stage, with The FA selecting 18 clubs for WSL licences.
The process is now subject to The FA WSL project team working with clubs to finalise the terms and conditions of the agreements.
The FA will make no further comment until this process is complete, when final confirmation will be given on all clubs that will enter FA WSL1 or FA WSL2 in 2014. This is expected to be completed in due course.
The following clubs have been selected for FA WSL1:
Arsenal Ladies FC, Birmingham City Ladies FC, Bristol Academy Womens FC, Chelsea Ladies FC, Everton Ladies FC, Notts County Ladies FC (formerly known as Lincoln Ladies FC), Liverpool Ladies FC, Manchester City Ladies FC
The following clubs have been selected for FA WSL2:
Aston Villa Ladies FC, Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies FC, Durham Women's FC, London Bees Women's FC (Barnet FC), Millwall Lionesses FC, Oxford United Women's FC, Reading Womens FC, Sunderland Women's FC, Watford Ladies FC, Yeovil Town Ladies FC