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West Ham to join Women’s Super League as Manchester United get Championship spot

West Ham United Ladies will play in the FA Women’s Super League next season after being awarded a licence by the FA. 

The Hammers, who won two trophies in 2018, will enter the restructured top tier for the start of the 2018/19 season.

Next season’s Women’s Super League will be extended to 10 teams, with Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham  replacing Sunderland Ladies in the competition.

West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan said: “Earning Women’s Super League status is an incredible achievement for everyone involved in our Ladies team, and I would like to say congratulations and well done to the side for their hard work in reaching the WSL

Meanwhile,Manchester united’s application to enter a women’s team in next season’s FA Women’s Championship has been approved by the Football Association.

The FA have placed United in the second tier of the competitions along with the likes of Doncaster Rovers Belles and Millwall Lionesses.

Until announcing the intention to form a team in March, United were the only current Premier League club not to have a professional women’s equivalent.

United chairman Ed Woodward said: “The board is delighted that the FA has approved the application.

“Starting a professional team from scratch is challenging for rewarding and we will make every effort to provide the support and experience for the new women’s team to be successful and to uphold the fine traditions of our great club.”


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