Revealed! When Sunderland Ladies will find out their FA WSL fate

Sunderland Ladies will find out their long-term future in the FA Women's Super League next week.

Thursday, 24th May 2018, 3:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th May 2018, 3:51 pm
Picture: Frank Reid

The Lady Black Cats' players and staff remain in limbo, with the club unsure on whether they will be accepted into the new-look structure.

Melanie Copeland's side finished seventh in the top tier this season, but may lose their place in the FA WSL following an application process.

Restructuring means that a maximum of 14 teams will be allowed in the top tier - and 10 of those places have already been taken.

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Teams such as West Ham and Manchester United have already announced their intention to lodge bid meaning that Sunderland will face plenty of competition.

The club have applied for a top tier place, and will find out their future on Sunday, May 27 after the FA WPL Play-Off Final. The news will then be made public at 11am on Monday, May 28.

It has also been confirmed that a rule in the initial FA WSL application pack - which suggested that had Sunderland been unsuccessful they could be demoted two divisions - has now been re-worded.

The ruling now states that: "Clubs who have played in FA WSL 1 & 2 during the 2017/18 season and have not been awarded a Tier 1 or Tier 2 licence for 2018/19 will be accommodated and offered a position at the highest level available within the women's football pyramid."