Southampton FC awarded Women and Girls’ FA Professional Game License

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Southampton FC is delighted to announce that the club has been awarded a Professional Game Academy License ahead of the 2023/24 season for their Women and Girls’ player pathway.

Saints are one of 20 clubs in the Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship whose academies will form part of a new look player pathway.

The revised pathway, which was announced in February, intends to identify and develop the very best talent in England, while also making the game more diverse, accessible and inclusive.

The PGAs will replace the 16 current FA WSL Academies and will provide a high-quality training environment to ensure players coming out of the pathway are ready to compete at the highest levels of the domestic and international game.

Southampton FC have been awarded a Category 1 license, which will see the club cater for two age groups, as opposed to the Category 2 license, which caters for one.

The full list of clubs who have been awarded licenses is as follows:

Category 1

Arsenal Women, Aston Villa Women, Birmingham City Women, Brighton & Hove Albion Women, Bristol City WFC, Chelsea FC Women, Durham Women, Everton Women, Leicester City Women, Liverpool FC Women, London City Lionesses, Manchester City Women, Manchester United Women, Sheffield United Women, Southampton FC Women, Tottenham Hotspur Women.

Category 2

Blackburn Rovers Ladies, Charlton Athletic Women, Reading FC Women, Sunderland AFC Women.