Changes ahead in women’s football: Lotto Super League under the wing of Pro League from next season

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The Pro League now also organizes the Lotto Super League, the highest division in women’s football. The Supreme Court – the regulatory body within the Belgian football association – gave the final green light for this. The Pro League and the RBFA have been preparing the transfer for some time, so that the Lotto Super League can join the professional leagues as early as the 2023-2024 season. The Pro League is also working on a plan to further professionalise women’s football.

Valerie Van Avermaet

Lorin Parys, CEO of the Pro League, sees this transfer as a logical next step for the Lotto Super League. “The RBFA and the Pro League join forces and expertise for the development of women’s football. A logical step in our joint ambitions that we can now finally take. The Pro League is committed to the strongest possible top competition that makes young players dream of a professional career. A quality Lotto Super League with ambitious teams and more visibility will inspire thousands of girls every week to put on the football boots and provide a larger and quality group of talent for the Red Flames. In this way, together with the RBFA and the wings, we strengthen women’s football, from the base to the top.”

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After the Jupiler Pro League, the Challenger Pro League and the Croky Cup, the Lotto Super League thus becomes the fourth football competition within the Pro League. The women’s series will start in the last weekend of August, with ten teams. One less than this season because Eendracht Aalst withdrew.

Together with the Pro League clubs, Dennis Henderickx, sporting director of the Pro League, is working on a strategic plan for the development of the Lotto Super League. “The goal is to systematically grow the highest women’s division into a highly professional league. We work for this in various basic areas, such as strengthening club boards, talent detection, training and infrastructure. The development of a broader fan base, the development of media rights and commercial growth are also important points of action”, explains Henderickx. The Pro League is working out the outlines of this plan together with the clubs and partners.

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