Royals remain amongst the elite in England's top tier!We’re delighted to confirm that Reading FC Women have secured top flight football until the summer of 2018 today, as rivals Doncaster Rovers Belles have been relegated to Women’s Super League 2 following their 2-1 defeat to Notts County at Keepmoat Stadium.
As an historic first ever WSL1 season for our women’s team draws towards its conclusion, in which they have battled bravely against the eight strongest clubs in the country, the team has secured its WSL1 status until at least the summer of 2018.
This is due to the forthcoming 2017 ‘Spring Series’, which will operate as a closed-league transition season, before the WSL1 moves to a winter league, beginning in September 2017, running alongside the traditional men’s football season. Once again, our side will ply their trade in the highest division in England.
With two games left for the Royal Women – which come away to Chelsea and at home against already-relegated Belles, manager Chambers is keen for the side to stay focused and finish as high up the table as possible.
“The goal was always just to stay up and we have achieved that,” Chambers said.
“The difference between WSL2 and WSL1 is massive with the transition to full time football and for the players and staff learning and adapting on and off the pitch. I think this has been evident seeing us and Doncaster at the bottom of the table for most of the season.
“This season has been a huge success and I couldn’t have asked anymore from staff and players and it’s great to see the club going in the right direction. I would also like to thank the fans for being there supporting us along the way.”
On news of the team’s survival, captain Kirsty McGee added: “It has been a great season for everyone involved this year at Reading FC Women. We knew from the start of our first WSL 1 campaign, it was going to be tough. However we set ourselves realistic goals as a group and it’s fantastic to be able to say that we’ve achieved this by staying in WSL1.
“I’ve always been confident throughout the season that we would stay in this league, especially with the group of players and staff that we have at this club.
“I’m sure the staff can now start to look ahead and build on the foundations that have been laid for next season. We still have two games remaining which we will go out and enjoy, and hopefully be able to gain maximum points from. Thank you to all of our fans that have supported us throughout the year, it has been greatly appreciated by all at the club.”
If you have not yet caught the women in action during this landmark season, you can do so on Sunday 6th November as they draw their season to a close at home to Doncaster, who they emphatically beat 4-1 away after a brace from top goal scorer Emma Follis.
To buy tickets to this game at Adams Park, High Wycombe, available from just £2.50, click here.