The eagerly anticipated Sports Direct NIFL Women’s Premiership season kicks off this Sunday and it means more than ever!
Under the NI Football League umbrella, the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership is now bigger than ever having expanded to ten clubs with two new teams meaning more games, more drama and the advent of professional contracts for female players.
Gerard Lawlor, NIFL Chief Executive said; “We’re delighted to see the return of the Women’s Premiership and for the first time with our new title sponsor Sports Direct.
“We welcome two new clubs to the top-flight of female football in Northern Ireland and it with so much excitement about the new season it really does now mean more than ever, and we can’t wait to get started!”
As part of the Means more than Ever campaign, NIFL consulted with the key players in the league to understand what drives them to play football, after lengthy conversations the players felt that winning and leaving a legacy were the most important features of their role in the game.
This concept has been applied to a new marketing campaign that fans will see through PR, social media and a billboard campaign across all of Northern Ireland to celebrate the launch of the new season!
In the opening round of the Women’s Premiership sees reigning champions Cliftonville start the defence of their title at home to Linfield at Solitude.
The newly-promoted clubs are both on the road as Larne make the trip to Sion Swifts for their first top-flight match and Ballymena United travel to Seaview to take on Crusaders.
Last season’s runners-up Glentoran host Derry City at Ashfield and finally last season’s two promoted clubs Lisburn and Mid Ulster meet at the Bluebell Stadium.
The games come thick and fast as the second round of games reconvenes three days later on Wednesday 26 April, with Derry City hosting Cliftonville at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in the pick of the games.
Opening Fixtures – Sunday 23 April 2023
Cliftonville v Linfield (4pm)
Crusaders Strikers v Ballymena United (2pm)
Glentoran v Derry City (2pm)
Lisburn v Mid Ulster (4pm)
Sion Swifts v Larne (2pm)