A private equity firm reportedly offered FA £150 million to form the Women’s Super League next season, but FA reportedly rejected the offer. Top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester City, were said to be considering adopting an organizational structure similar to the English Premier League under consideration, according to the Daily Mail.
The FA, on the other hand, was adamant about maintaining ownership of the league. The 12 WSL teams would have shared the £150 million if it had been spent on three crucial areas: new management structures, facilities, and player development.
In comparison to private equity investment, the FA’s financing or that generated by the clubs in the division is much less than WSL’s TV deal valued at roughly £8 million every season, as a case study.
In a time when interest in women’s sports is at an all-time high, accepting the funding offer could have completely transformed the sport’s financial landscape. Investors also believe that the WSL has commercial growth potential and would have contributed the funding necessary to increase the quality of the competition.
Other WSL clubs, such as Manchester City and Manchester United, have invested in the league, but others have not. If the financing had been granted, it could have had a significant impact on the financial health of women’s sports at a time when enthusiasm is undoubtedly at its highest.
WSL investors also believe that the organization can grow commercially, and they would have contributed the funds needed to raise competition quality. Other WSL clubs, such as Manchester City and Manchester United, have invested in the league, but others have not.
The top-flight clubs, aside from Manchester United and Arsenal, have not made significant investments, and the majority of them lack committed management teams. With an open mind, FA negotiators came to the conclusion that nurturing a slower rate of growth would be preferable. Since its inception in 2011, the WSL has been governed by the regulatory body.
However, some teams want the Premier League to take charge. This is part of our long-term plan,’ a representative for the FA stated. In the past, we’ve received a number of inquiries. However, we’re looking into the best ownership structure and investment strategy.’
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