FFT confirms that the proposed composition of the Women’s Super League for 2018 was finalised and the 8-teams notified many weeks ago.
FFT rarely comments on information that has been distributed by others in the public domain. However, it has come to our attention that Olympia FC Warriors has recently disseminated information which incorrectly represents the situation with respect to the WSL and accordingly we feel it is important to set the record straight regarding the current situation for the benefit of players and clubs.
FFT is aware of a recent communication sent to players by Olympia FC Warriors which suggests, among other things, that an FFA Appeal Tribunal is being convened to hear the Club’s complaint. FFT has made enquiries with FFA about this suggestion. FFA confirmed that it received an application from the Club, however FFA has also confirmed that it does not have jurisdiction to hear the matter and, accordingly, it will not be convening an Appeal Tribunal to hear the application. FFT understands that this position has been communicated to the Club’s representative.
On the basis of avoiding any uncertainties and providing clarity to clubs and players; stakeholders are advised once again that there is no ambiguity in this matter. The Women’s Super League will go ahead as planned in 2018 and the participating clubs will be Clarence United, Hobart Zebras, Kingborough Lions, Launceston City, South Hobart, Taroona, Ulverstone and University.
Every year federations such as FFT make decisions regarding the make-up of their leagues. This happens annually in Tasmania across various grades. It is entirely within the jurisdiction of each state body to determine which teams play in which competitions and there are very many examples and precedents on a national and local basis of this being the case.
FFT remains committed to growing the women’s game in Tasmania and as we have done with the men’s NPL, will do so in a structured and planned fashion, with the aim of achieving a sustainable and premier level competition.