LONDON – The Premier League has moved a step closer to taking control of the Women's Super League (WSL) from the English FA after clubs agreed to conduct a feasibility study to explore the idea.
The Premier League and FA have been in talks over the potential move for the past six months and, although no timeframe has been proposed, clubs unanimously agreed to support the study at a shareholders meeting last month.
The FA said it supported the idea of the Premier League eventually running the 12-team WSL, which was won by Arsenal who finished ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea last season.
"The FA can confirm that it is supporting the Premier League in a project to explore the long term feasibility of the Premier League running the Women's Super League (WSL)," an FA spokesperson told Reuters via email.
"This is a purely exploratory project and based on a long term timescale. The FA is proud that it set up the first European women's professional league... as part of its commitment to growing the women's game.