Statement: 2023-24 promotion and relegation

An update on promotion and relegation between tiers two and three of the Women’s Football Pyramid

The FA Board has this week recommended changes to promotion and relegation between Tiers 2 and 3 of the Women’s Football Pyramid. These changes are subject to ratification by FA Council.

In a significant shake-up of the existing structure which sees one team promoted and relegated, the FA will remove the requirement for the current end of season play-off to determine the side promoted to the Barclays Women’s Championship, which takes place between the respective winners of the FA Women’s National League Northern and Southern Premier Divisions.

Instead, both FA Women’s National League Premier Division title winners will be rewarded for their success with promotion, with two clubs in turn being relegated from the Barclays Women’s Championship.

The changes will come into effect from the 2023-24 season.

The structural change will not impact the Barclays Women’s Super League and the existing system for promotion and relegation to and from the Barclays Women’s Championship.

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