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FA Women's Super League application deadline for existing clubs passes

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Some clubs are struggling to meet the criteria for the new structure of the Women's Super League.

The deadline has passed for Women’s Super League clubs to submit their tier one and tier two applications to the Football Association.

Clubs had until 12.30pm on Friday to apply for new licences, which come into effect from next season.

The FA will not yet disclose the number of clubs to have applied but Sky sources understand the vast majority of clubs across both tiers have applied.

Sunderland Ladies confirmed in a statement on Thursday they will not be applying for a tier one or tier two licence in the first wave of applications.

Manchester City celebrate after being presented with the Super League 1 trophy
Image: Manchester City Women are the current FA WSL 1 champions

Watford Ladies announced on Tuesday they will not be applying for either tier, choosing to "re-energise a more community-focused approach to its ladies' football offering at all ages".

Initial applicants will be reviewed by panel and a final decision will be made by the FA Women's Football Board next month.

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Applications from outside the Women's Super League will be considered from March.

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