Sunderland AFC to appeal SAFC Ladies decision

Written by on 2nd June 2018

Sunderland AFC have confirmed the club will be appealing the decision by the FA not to grant Sunderland Ladies a place in the top divisions of the women’s game.

New chairman Stewart Donald confirmed that the club is now speaking with the FA in relation to securing a Women’s Super League licence for the SAFC Ladies team.

Last week, The FA announced the clubs which will participate in The FA Women’s Super League [Tier 1] and The FA Women’s Championship [Tier 2] for the 2018-19 season.

Sunderland AFC Ladies were not included in these plans leaving the future of the team and it’s staff in jeopardy.

Speaking about the process, Stewart Donald has now made a statement.

“The ladies team is an important part of our Sunderland family. When you look at their history, seven of the current England women’s squad was produced by Sunderland, which is something to be very proud of.” – Stewart Donald, SAFC Chairman

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

But the team has turned part-time and just this week revealed losses of over £400,000.

While on Monday, the news came in that SAFC Ladies were not part of the Women’s Super League meaning they don’t have a place in the top two divisions of women’s football.

Chairman Stewart Donald also said in a statement last night, that he wants the foundations of the ladies team to continue.

“We want to continue the club’s long-standing tradition of developing top-class women’s footballers, as well as giving young girls the opportunity to aspire to play for Sunderland when they grow up.” – Stewart Donald, SAFC Chairman

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

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