Stakes higher than ever as Premier League clubs invest in chance of glory

Chichester City celebrate winning promotion/Lewes promotional pic (Photos: caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Cbichester City join the Premier League elite where they will be competing against a Lewes side now paying their women the same as their men (Photos: Caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Love it or fear its consequences, the Super League has ignited a change in women’s domestic football, forcing standards among the genuine challengers in the Premier League to rise inexorably. Continue reading

Sent Her Forward honours 2016/17 – part three: the Dream Teams

Sent Her Forward’s end-of-season awards conclude with those long-awaited dream teams – and there’s a twist this year.

Collage of Roseanne Fine, Danni Cutler and Laura Rafferty (Photos: Crawley Wasps LFC/Beckie Kirkham/Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Roseanne Fine, Danni Cutler and Laura Rafferty make their respective Dream Team starting XIs (Photos: Crawley Wasps LFC/Beckie Kirkham/Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Welcome to the third and final part of this year’s honours – surely the most comprehensive in women’s football. Continue reading

Focus on Brighton as Premier League returns

Coventry City players celebrate winning the Premier League at Furze Lane, Portsmouth

Coventry City will be unable to defend their Premier League Southern title after moving into the Northern league

Competitive winter football gets under way again this weekend with the return of the slightly new-look FA Women’s Premier League.

No longer just two divisions with little to play for other than the satisfaction of being top of your region, there is a real extra bite this season that could make 2014/15 the finest for women’s football outside the Super League. Continue reading

Super League place up for grabs this season

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Action from Portsmouth v Notts County  April 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Several of the South’s FAWPL sides have already met Super League teams in the FAW Cup (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

The 12 clubs competing in the coming season’s Premier League Southern are playing for a potential place in the 2016 Super League.

The FA’s women’s boss, Kelly Simmons, has confirmed that the winners of this season’s Southern and Northern Premier Leagues will play off for a place in FAWSL2 for the 2016 summer season. Continue reading

Super League concessions ‘rekindle ambition’

Action from Arsenal's FAW Cup tie against Gillingham, April 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

The likes of Gillingham could now play the likes of Arsenal in the Super League within a few years (Photo: Julian Hart)

The South could have its first Super League club as soon as two seasons’ time following the latest concessions by the FA.

The governing body has agreed to accelerate the linking of its élite summer Super League and the pre-existing Premier League, which runs from autumn to spring. Continue reading

Gillingham join men in bid to achieve Super League goal

Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham will be playing their home games at the Priestfield Stadium next season (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham have become the latest Premier League club to position themselves for Super League football after agreeing to a takeover by the town’s men’s club.

The women’s side – currently without a manager – will move from their base at Chatham Town FC to the League One side’s Priestfield Stadium, and – along with their reserves – will enjoy equal use of the professional club’s training, physiotherapy and other facilities. Continue reading

Gillingham go for third leg of trophy treble

Gillingham team after winning the Ryman Cup v Haverhill Rovers May 8 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham won their second trophy of the season on Thursday night (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham head for Brighton on Sunday in pursuit of an impressive treble after retaining the Ryman Cup last night to add to the Kent Women’s Cup they won last month.

They are four points clear at the top of the FAW Premier League, with just one match to come after Sunday’s visit to the Withdean Stadium.

Victory would put them within two points of the title – and depending on other results, could even seal it for them right there. Continue reading