Oxford United will explore every option following the news that the Oxford United Women’s team have not been offered a place in the restructured WSL leagues.
United have enjoyed their time in WSL2 and submitted an application to continue at that level. However we were informed by the FA last night that we had been unsuccessful and would be offered a place in a different league, outside the WSL, instead.
Niall McWilliams, United’s Managing Director, explained:
“It is a major commitment to run a competitive team in the WSL but both Tiger and Darryl Eales have been brilliantly supportive and continue to support a women’s side at the club.
“It is disappointing not to be in the WSL but at the same time it gives us a great opportunity to take stock, find our place at a level where we can truly compete, and work hard to build a successful women’s team.
“The model we believe works best is a team that allows the best women players in the county to play at the highest level and work with the best coaches to develop their game. That then helps to continue the development of the women’s game all across Oxfordshire."
Oxford United remain fully committed to the development of the women's game and we will keep you updated of our plans.