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FA to establish women’s football board to oversee growth of professional club game

The Football Association is set to create a new board specifically to oversee the growth and development of women’s football in England.

The new board will see clubs from the FA Women’s Super League and Championship have representation in the game’s governance for the first time. Representatives from six clubs will sit on the board, along with three FA members and three independent sporting and commercial consultants, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The new board will supplement the existing Women’s Football Board. While the clubs were consulted and asked for their input into recommendations made by the Women’s Football Board, they did not have any voting powers. In addition to the creation of the new board, two club representatives will now also join the Women’s Football Board.

Under the new structure, the Women’s Football Board will continue to oversee the wider strategy for the women’s game, including the Lionesses national team, while the new WSL and WC board will consult with the FA specifically on issues pertaining to club football – including, most notably, any future media-rights deals.

The FA will go to tender on that deal next year, with the current rights cycle ending in 2021. The current deal with the BBC and BT Sport sees no money change hands, in order to boost the visibility of the women’s game, and the FA has said it is “too early to say” whether a new deal would involve a rights fee.