Sunderland Ladies lose FA Women’s Super League status

Written by on 28th May 2018

The future of Sunderland AFC Ladies looks uncertain after it’s been revealed today that they’ve missed out a place in the top two tiers of women’s football.

The FA announced their decision on club licence applications today after a restructure of the divisions within the women’s game.

Sunderland Ladies currently play in the Women’s Super League 1 – the highest tier of Ladies football.

But their teams future looks bleak after they turned part-time and just this week revealed losses of over £400,000.

While today, they’ve missed out on a place in the new Women’s Championship – meaning Sunderland don’t have a place in either the top or second tier of women’s football.

“Following today’s announcement by the FA, we will take some time to fully consider the options available to us in relation to Sunderland AFC Ladies.” – SAFC Ladies

The Lady Black Cats, finished seventh in the Women’s Super League last season under manager Melanie Copeland.

The initial FA WSL application pack, had already suggested that Sunderland Ladies being unsuccessful would result in a demotion of two divisions but this has now been re-worded.

Along with the changes in Tier 1 and Tier 2, details about the make up of Tier 3 and Tier 4 of the Women’s game are expected to be announced next week.

The decision in respect of which clubs were successful to the top two divisions was made by The FA Women’s Football Board, following a detailed review and assessment, and it remains subject to appeal.

“Such is the strength of women’s football in this country, there have been some difficult decisions to make but they’ve been made with the sport’s best interests at heart. – Baroness Sue Campbell, FA Head of Women’s Football

Sunderland Ladies now have until June 11 to lodge an appeal but it remains uncertain which league the side will be competing in next season.


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