Sunderland and Durham win place in Super League

Sunderland forwards Beth Mead and Sophie Williams
Sunderland forwards Beth Mead and Sophie Williams
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SUNDERLAND Women have won a place in the second division of the Women’s Super League – and will be joined by surprise team Durham Women.

After a bidding process, the Lady Black Cats – currently chasing a hat-trick of Women’s Premier League titles – and Durham, who play two divisions lower, in the Women’s Combination League, were both handed licences to join the second division of the Super League.

The new league season, which runs through the summer, starts in March next year.

Durham are set to play at Durham City’s New Ferens Park. Sunderland, backed by Sunderland AFC play at Eppleton CW.

Clubs selected for FA WSL1: Arsenal Ladies, Birmingham City Ladies, Bristol Academy Women’s, Chelsea Ladies, Everton Ladies, Notts County Ladies (formerly known as Lincoln Ladies), Liverpool Ladies, Manchester City Ladies

Clubs selected for FA WSL2: Aston Villa Ladies, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Durham Women’s, London Bees Women’s (Barnet), Millwall Lionesses, Oxford United Women’s, Reading Women’ , Sunderland Women’s, Watford Ladies, Yeovil Town Ladies.