The FA WPL is back on Sunday the 21st of August and the season will end with the now traditional promotion to FA WSL 2 play-off game.
Promotion/relegation rules :
For the 2016/2017 season only, the club crowned champion of The FA Women’s Premier
League at the end of The FA Women’s Premier League season will be promoted to The FA
WSL 2 (Step S2). Any such promotion will be in accordance with the league rules of The
FA Women’s Premier League and The FA Women’s Super League and the competition
structure in place following the relevant club’s promotion*.
*The current structure of The FA WSL and women’s summer football pyramid is under
review and promotion to The FA WSL will be promotion to the competition structure
agreed in respect of The FA WSL by The Women’s Football Board and The FA WSL
The Clubs in the bottom two places in each of the two divisions at Step W1 (FAWPL Northern and Southern Divisions) will be relegated to Step W2 (FAWPL Division Ones). They will be replaced by the Clubs finishing in 1st position in each of the Leagues at Step W2 subject to the ground grading criteria for Step W1.
The Clubs in the bottom two places in each of the four divisions at Step W2 will be relegated
to Step W3 (Regional League Premier Divisions). They will be replaced by the Clubs
finishing in 1st position in each of the Leagues at Step W3. Should a Club finishing in 1st
position not wish to be considered for promotion, then the Club finishing in 2nd or 3rd place may take its place. Clubs finishing lower than 3rd place will not be considered for promotion.
Note 1: as the FA WSL will move to winter football, the FA WPL should become the Step W3 f0r the season 2017/18.
Note 2 : Cardiff City cannot win promotion to the FA WSL as per the FA WSL rules.
Looking at the players registered in the FA WPL side, there are many quality players who used to play in the FAWSL 1&2 and also many who used to be in the FA WPL before the FA WSL was formed.
The quality of the Division is also good because you see many players who came from the centre of excellences and FA WSL development teams playing senior football at that level. They bring what the skills that have learnt through the years to the game and it is a big positive.