EXCLUSIVE: FA flip down £150m provide to kind a rebranded Girls’s Tremendous League subsequent season… with the governing physique reluctant to surrender management regardless of curiosity from Man Metropolis and Chelsea
- A personal fairness agency have had a £150million bid for the WSL rejected by the FA
- The bid proposed to rebrand the league’s format in order that it could be run by golf equipment
- The FA’s rejection of the bid is believed to be in an try and retain management
The FA have rejected a £150million provide from a non-public fairness firm to kind a rebranded Girls’s Tremendous League subsequent season.
Sportsmail has realized that a number of prime golf equipment, together with champions Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis, had been within the plan, which might have created a brand new WSL construction run by golf equipment, just like the Premier League. However the FA didn’t need to hand over management.
The £150m would have been shared among the many 12 WSL golf equipment on the proviso that it was spent on three key areas — new administration constructions, services and participant growth.
WSL facet Chelsea have dominated the competitors profitable 5 of the final six titles
The brand new cash might have reworked the funds for the ladies’s recreation at a key interval, with the FA hoping a profitable England marketing campaign at this summer season’s dwelling Euros will increase participation, attendances and industrial alternatives.
The non-public fairness funding would have dwarfed any funding made out there by the FA, or that generated by the golf equipment. By comparability the WSL TV deal is price round £8m per season.
The buyers consider the WSL has potential for industrial progress and would have offered funds to enhance the standard and depth of the competitors, which has been dominated currently by Chelsea, who’ve gained 5 of the final six titles.
Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea had been amongst these sides reported to have an interest within the plan
Whereas Metropolis, Manchester United and Arsenal have invested, different top-flight golf equipment haven’t and most lack devoted administration groups.
The FA entered into talks with an open thoughts, however concluded they’d be higher off with their strategy of nurturing a slower tempo of progress. The governing physique have run the WSL because it was arrange in 2011, however some golf equipment need the Premier League to take over.
‘Our long-term strategy is for the leagues to be under new ownership,’ an FA spokesperson stated. ‘We’ve been approached quite a few instances. However we’re exploring the optimum possession construction and funding plan.’
The funding from sides like Chelsea has seen them get pleasure from unprecedented dominance