The Football Association is on the brink of announcing ground-breaking changes to the way women’s football is run in
An FA board meeting this week is set to rubber-stamp the introduction of £16,000-a-year central contracts for top England players, the launch of a new 'Superleague' of eight teams, kicking off in March 2010, and the appointment of a “performance director.”
Intriguingly, the FA are also understood to be considering a trial run of a ground-breaking draft system, like the one used in American Football, to ensure the best players are shared out between clubs to ensure a genuinely competitive league.
Whether or not they’d ever contemplate such a system in the men’s Premier League remains to be seen – but with Arsenal and
The planned changes, the most sweeping since the FA took over the running of women’s football fifteen years ago, will cost an initial £1m-£2m - and follow lengthy consultations with strategic management consultancy Genesis, whose previous work in the sports field has included the regeneration of Rugby League