Women's National League 2021-22 (tiers 3 & 4)

Swindon Addick

Youth Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
Charlton Athletic, Cambridge City
This thread is for tiers 3 & 4 of the women's game in England, which are the levels where some form of ground grading rules apply. Feel free to post any news which you feel will be of interest to the forum, especially mergers, ground-shares, names changes etc.

Here are the division compositions following the FA announcement today. Most divisions will have 13 teams due to promoting 1 and receiving 2 teams from below, the exceptions being the tier 3 Southern Premier, which has an extra club due to relegation from the Championship, and the tier 4 Division 1 South West which had a vacancy after Southampton Saints folded last year.

For avoidance of confusion, the Southampton who have been promoted to tier 3 are the club affiliated to the men's team, while Southampton WFC at tier 4 are the long-established independent team.

The club formerly known as Leyton Orient have been given special dispensation by the FA to submit paperwork late, due to the short notice Orient gave them not to use the previous name. Hence we have the, possibly unique, situation that a club has a place in a tier 4 division but doesn't currently have a name.

Northern Premier

Brighouse Town (from D1 N)
Derby County
Huddersfield Town
Hull City
Loughborough Foxes
Nottingham Forest
Sheffield FC
Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers (from D1 M)

Southern Premier (14 clubs)

Cardiff City
Chichester & Selsey
Crawley Wasps
Ipswich Town (from D1 SE)
Keynsham Town
London Bees (from Championship)
Milton Keynes Dons
Oxford United
Plymouth Argyle
Southampton FC (from D1 SW)
Yeovil United

Division 1 North

Alnwick Town (from tier 5 NE)
Bradford City
Chester le Street Town
Durham Cestria
Leeds United
Liverpool Feds
Newcastle United
Norton & Stockton Ancients
Stockport County
FC United of Manchester (from tier 5 NW)

Division 1 Midlands

Bedworth United
Boldmere St Michaels
Burton Albion FC
Doncaster Rovers Belles
Holwell Sports
Leafield Athletic
Leek Town (from tier 5 WM)
Lincoln City
Long Eaton United
Peterborough United (from tier 5 EM)
Solihull Moors
Sporting Khalsa
Wem Town

Division 1 South East

Billericay Town
Cambridge City
Cambridge United
Enfield Town
Harlow Town (from tier 5 E)
Hashtag United
Kent Football United
Not Leyton Orient
Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers (from tier 5 L&SE)
AFC Wimbledon

Division 1 South West (12 clubs)

AFC Bournemouth (from tier 5 S)
Buckland Athletic
Cheltenham Town
Chesham United
Exeter City
Larkhall Athletic
Maidenhead United
Southampton WFC
Poole Town
Portishead Town (from tier 5 SW)
Swindon Town

Swindon Addick

Youth Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
Charlton Athletic, Cambridge City
The FAWNL have released their official constitution, which includes three changes:

At tier 3, Loughborough Foxes are now Loughborough Lightning. This appears to be just a rebrand of the same team.

Tier 4 South East, the team formerly Leyton Orient are now London Seaward. No change of ground, just a name change to reflect Orient severing relations with them.

Tier 4 South West, Brislington have vanished. Unclear at present if this might be a requested demotion, but since their social media accounts are silent about it, it seems more likely to be a folding. Which sadly is all too common in that division.

Swindon Addick

Youth Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
Charlton Athletic, Cambridge City
I am told Brislington requested to be relegated and we should expect to see them in the South West regional league when the constitutions are finalised. This is just chatter at the moment - the club's social media accounts are still silent and the WNL haven't confirmed it.

Swindon Addick

Youth Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
Charlton Athletic, Cambridge City
WNL has announced that all divisions will start on Sunday 15 August. Fixtures to be released mid-July.

Meanwhile, there's been an expansion in the reserve divisions, which now feature 50 clubs in 5 regional divisions. Several tier 4 clubs have been persuaded to move their development teams across, and there are some Championship sides as well. In fact, I see Leicester City on the list, which is unexpected.

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