The FA has confirmed that it is “supporting” the Premier League as the latter weighs up whether to assume control of the Women’s Super League (WSL).
The BBC reported that the Premier League has moved a “step closer” to taking over the WSL from the FA after clubs last month agreed to conduct a feasibility study into the matter.
Any agreement is unlikely to be reached in the near future, with the FA stating that the project is based on a long-term timescale.
An FA spokesperson told the BBC: “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. 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 and the relevant player pathways as part of its commitment to growing the women's game. We have recently established a joint WSL/Women's Championship Board with the clubs to oversee the future strategy and policy of the professional game.
“It is this Board that will recommend the best way forward to the FA as it determines what is in the best interests of the leagues. However, the FA has always been clear that it is open to an external body running the WSL in the long term, as the FA's remit is to support the game from grassroots to elite teams.”
The WSL will feature 12 teams, including newly-promoted Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, in the 2019/20 season. The competition’s title sponsor will be Barclays after the banking group signed a three-season, multi-million-pound agreement with the FA earlier this year.
The BBC also reported that talks are being held over the possibility of multiple WSL matches being played at Premier League grounds in September. The matches would be held on the opening weekend of the WSL season, which gets underway on 7th September – an international break on the men’s calendar.