The Football Association has today confirmed that Crystal Palace Ladies have been awarded a position in The FA Women’s Championship for the 2018/19 season.
In addition, Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC has requested to withdraw from The FA Women’s Championship and will join Sheffield FC Ladies in Tier 3, The FA Women’s National League, for the 2018/19 season. A Special General Meeting of The FA Women’s National League will finalise the transition of both clubs in the coming weeks.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Director of Women’s Football for The FA said: “We are delighted to welcome Crystal Palace Ladies into The FA Women’s Championship. They very narrowly missed out in the open application phase earlier in the year and will be an exciting addition to the league.
“We’re very sad to lose both Sheffield FC Ladies and Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC from the second tier but we understand and respect their decisions. We are pleased to confirm that we have secured positions for them both in Tier 3 and we wish them successful seasons in The FA Women’s National League.
“We will shortly be able to finalise the 2018/19 fixtures across all divisions and look forward to a very exciting season in women’s football.”
Eagles manager, Dean Davenport, told crystalpalaceladiesfc.co.uk: “We have been adamant in our intention to create a stronger, more versatile squad, as we prepare for the new season; irrespective as to which league we are in. Additions such as former Millwall captain Ashlee Hincks and ex-Spurs centre-back Hannah Mackenzie are an indication of what is still to come as we complement the talent that we have retained at the club. Pre-season is going well, and has suddenly taken a new twist!”