NIFL Women's Premiership to return in August

Tue, Jul 28 2020

The Danske Bank Women's Premiership is set to start on Wednesday, August 26th, the Northern Ireland Football League announced on Tuesday afternoon. 

The league was originally set to kick off in April but due to the Coronavirus pandemic it was postponed. 

However, following a decision from the NIFL Women’s Premiership Management Committee on Monday evening the league will kick off next month. 

NI Football League Managing Director Andrew Johnston stated, “We are delighted to support the desire of our women’s clubs in a return to competitive football despite the challenges of Covid-19.

“With the recent return of football, clubs have considered the current protocols and government guidance and are committed to exhausting all avenues to ensure a safe 2020 season can be maintained. By working together and with the support of other key stakeholders we are delighted to be planning another exciting campaign.”

Linfield are the current holders of the title and will be gunning for their fifth title in a row when the new campaign gets underway.

Last season's title race was one of the most thrilling in recent years as it went all the way to the wire with the Blues defeating Derry City on the final day to pip Sion Swifts to the trophy. 

The 2020 season will operate under a shortened schedule with six teams battling it out home and away to become champions. 

A full fixture list will be released this Friday July 31. 

NIFL have also confirmed that the Electric Ireland Women’s Academy League will also continue this Autumn.