The FAI Women’s National League has confirmed that the 2020 season will see nine teams competing, a rise on last year despite two sides dropping out of the competition.
Limerick FC and Kilkenny United won only four games between them last season and finished the campaign some way adrift of the other six.
There will be strong new blood coming into the League though with Bohemian adding to their overall community reach by entering a team for the first time, alongside Treaty United replacing Limerick and Athlone FC becoming the ninth team to go into the mix for tomorrow’s announcement of the fixture schedule.
Bohs are the fourth Dublin team to become part of the league with a spread around the coast added to by Athlone this season.
“Women’s football is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and it will be no different in Ireland,” said Bohemian FC President Chris Brien.
“We aspire to have a thriving Women’s National League with big crowds attending games in the not-too-distant future and Bohemians want to play our part in that.”
“We are all looking forward to the historic day when we play our first senior WNL game. I must commend the girls/women section of the club, who have put in place a wonderful set-up for girls to become involved in football.”
“As a result of those efforts, girls coming through at our club now have a clear pathway to national league football.”
The League is currently without a title sponsor after Pat McDonagh’s Só Hotels one year stint replacing the original sponsors of the League Continental Tyres.
The new era for football following the emergence of a rescue package and new blood after last year’s trials and tribulations mean that an active search is already underway with a number of positive discussions taking place already.
An opportunity to capture much of the goodwill surrounding the Women’s National team who are back in action next month seeking to secure a place at the Euro 2021 Finals in England will be an added bonus for a sponsor.
Aviva, Boots, Nissan and Three have all been active supporters of the Women’s game in recent times.
Sport for Business will shortly have news of a special football breakfast event for members in the coming weeks.
We will also be carrying an update on the sponsorship arrangements in place around each of the teams in the SSE Airtricity First division tomorrow and in the Women’s National League ahead of the first games in this tournament.