Milton Keynes Dons Ladies will not been included in the new two-tier Women’s Super League.
The Dons Ladies, who currently play in the South East Combination League, submitted an application to be part of an expanded FA Women’s Super League (WSL) earlier in the year. The MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET) remains committed to creating a pathway to the Ladies game for the local community through its Girls Centre of Excellence and the MK Dons Ladies first team.
John Cove, Chief Executive of MK Dons SET, said: “On hearing the news from the FA regarding the selected teams for the 2014 FAWSL, we are very disappointed that our bid to enter a team has proved to be unsuccessful. A vast amount of work and effort was put into making our bid as strong as possible and every endeavour was made to ensure our potential as a club within the female game was highlighted.
“We will however not be deterred by this decision and will continue to develop our female football programme from our Girls Centre of Excellence squads to our Ladies team. We will continue to invest in the women’s game and we are confident that the development of the female game will grow stronger with each season.”
The FA have today selected 18 clubs for the WSL licence, and the adjudication process for the 2014 WSL is in its final stage. The process is now subject to The FA WSL project team working with clubs to finalise the terms and conditions of the agreements.
The following clubs have been selected for FA WSL1:
Arsenal Ladies FC, Birmingham City Ladies FC, Bristol Academy Women’s FC, Chelsea Ladies FC, Everton Ladies FC, Notts County Ladies FC (formerly known as Lincoln Ladies FC), Liverpool Ladies FC, Manchester City Ladies FC
The following clubs have been selected for FA WSL2:
Aston Villa Ladies FC, Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies FC, Durham Women's FC, London Bees Women's FC (Barnet FC), Millwall Lionesses FC, Oxford United Women's FC, Reading Women’s FC, Sunderland Women's FC, Watford Ladies FC, Yeovil Town Ladies FC