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Women’s football Top two tiers of women’s football poised to break away from FA

THE Women’s Super League (WSL) and Championship are preparing to break away from the FA after the top two tiers unanimously agreed to be governed by a new, independent body from next season.

Former Nike and Citigroup executive Nikki Doucet has been appointed to lead the organisation, NewCo, effective immediately, and will oversee plans for all 24 clubs to move into the new governance structure ahead of the 2024-25 campaign.

Each club who participates in the WSL and Championship will act as shareholders under the NewCo model, which has long been in the works and is seen as an important step in growing what an independent review concluded this summer has potential to become a billion-pound domestic women’s football industry within 10 years.

FA director of women’s football Baroness Sue Campbell said: “Each of our 24 clubs and the league itself wants the Barclays Women’s Super League and [Women’s Championship] to be setting the standards for women’s football around the world, and this venture into a new governing body is the next step in us achieving that ambition.”

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