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Japanese FA to launch new elite women’s league in 2021

Getty ImagesThe Japan Football Association (JFA) has announced plans for the country’s first professional women’s soccer league, with its inaugural 2021/22 season due to take place between the autumn of 2021 and May 2022. The new-look competition, which will be called the Women Empowerment League (WE League), will be positioned above the existing top-flight Nadeshiko League as part of a domestic restructure of the female game. The final composition of the WE League will be confirmed next year, with between six and ten teams selected to take part.  It has also been confirmed that more than 50 per cent of the club’s executives and staff must be female in order for them to able to join the league. The traditional home and away league format competition will begin with no relegation ‘for several years’ according to the JFA, though promotion from the body’s lower tiers will be implemented. J.

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