Sheffield United submit Women’s Championship bid

Sheffield United submitted an application for FA Women’s Championship status, potentially elevating them to the equivalent level as the current men’s team.

The opportunity became available after the FA announced its restructuring of the women’s league pyramid.

If the bid is successful, United, who currently play in tier four and are unbeaten in 15 games in that league, could be elevated to tier two, which will be renamed the ‘FA Women’s Championship’. It is currently the ‘FA Women’s Super League 2’.

Carl Shieber, head of football administration, said: “We have tabled our application, a bid we believe to be very good, a bid that shows that all at Sheffield United are serious about competing at the highest level of the women’s game.”

The criteria for Women’s Championship status include more coaching time with players, more qualified and experienced coaching staff, better game programmes, and improved facilities for players, coaches and supporters.

The women’s team currently has a development team and Regional Talent Club attached to it, which it is hoped will soon feed players into the senior team.

The development programme has already produced a number of England internationals, including Millie Bright, who was born in Killamarsh just a few miles outside Sheffield and now has 21 caps for the England women’s team.