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Time right for WSL revolution but niche to mainstream is a tough ask | Louise Taylor


A fully professional Women’s Super League could change the game beyond recognition if problems are properly tackled

Women’s football in England takes a great leap forward on Sunday when the WSL kicks off. Advocates of a radically restructured competition, featuring a fully professional 11-team elite division, speak of the project with a sort of evangelism but sceptics fear clubs folding against a backdrop of stubbornly low crowds.

While this bold project remains fragile, its principal architect, the Football Association’s head of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell, is undeterred. She is convinced the potential rewards not only outweigh the risks but have the potential to change the entire English footballing landscape almost beyond recognition.

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