Plans to create a new adult women’s soccer league for Sligo-Leitrim clubs appear to be gathering momentum.
Former Northern Ireland soccer international and ATU Sligo graduate Catherine Hyndman, who lives and works in Sligo, is spearheading a proposal to bring junior soccer for females to the local soccer scene.
As it stands, female soccer players over-18 have no local club football available to them.
To date, six clubs have committed to joining any new women’s league – with other clubs also being consulted at present.
Clubs who have reportedly expressed an interest in forming an adult women’s team include: Manor Rangers, Glenview Stars, Calry Bohs, Yeats United, Ballymote Celtic and Valley Rovers.
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This is not the first attempt to start a women’s adult soccer league.
A league was created in the 1990s which involved half-a-dozen teams, predominantly from from firms and workplaces in the Sligo area.
It gradually petered out after a couple of successful seasons.
The current proposal is still in its very early stages and will require official sanctioning from regional governing bodies as well as the FAI – but, as of now, the aspiration is to try and have a league structure in place to begin for next season.
Interested parties in the creation of a new women’s junior soccer league for Sligo-Leitrim can email [email protected] for more info.