Momentum building for new women’s soccer league

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.

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 for more info.