Sunderland’s Super League hope

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SUNDERLAND Women may finally get the chance to join the FA Women’s Super League.

Mick Mulhern’s Wearsiders, champions of the Women’s Premier League, were denied a place in the new set-up when it was first set up two years ago.

But a second division will be introduced in 2014, with the FA inviting applications from clubs the length and breadth of England, and Sunderland would be sure to be an asset to the expanded competition.

Eight teams currently take part in the Super League, with the FA planning for up to 20 in their new-look competition, which will feature promotion and relegation, with one up and one down.

All clubs will have to field a reserve team, too. Sunderland already have a second string squad.

FA head of national game Kelly Simmons said: “We are delighted to be able to open the application process to all clubs and we are now looking to build on what has a very successful first two years for the FA WSL.

“A second division will help us raise standards even further and bring more teams into our summer pyramid.”