The Herald Women’s Premier League will remain at seven clubs next year but Northern NSW Football intend to expand the top-flight competition to eight teams in 2018.
Gary Fisher, Northern NSW Football senior officer of premier club development and compliance, said the league’s governing body felt the competition needed to consolidate after arguably its most even season.
“I think this has been one of the most tightly fought seasons of the WPL, so it was important to keep that,” Fisher said.
“But we still need to grow it because ultimately we’d still like to this to be a women’s NPL competition.”
Fisher said New Lambton Football Club and Cooks Hill United Football Club had been mooted for future inclusion and NNSWF would soon ask for expressions of interest for the 2018 season.
Fisher also said Northern was planning to hold a women’s state cup, which would be a mini version of the men’s FFA Cup, at Speers Point next year.