Indian Football

Mumbai Football Association to start women's leagues in 2 divisions this season

Arjun Singh Devgan
Aaditya Thackeray is the President of the  Mumbai Football Association
Aaditya Thackeray is the President of the Mumbai Football Association / SOPA Images/GettyImages

The Mumbai Football Association (MFA) has taken the decision to organise two separate women football leagues in two divisions from the 2021-2022 season in order to encourage and promote football among the girls and women in the state.

For upcoming teams/clubs from the city, the MFA will conduct the MFA Mumbai Women’s Super League, which basically is a second tier competition. The association will conduct a MFA Mumbai Women’s Premier League, for Mumbai’s established teams/clubs that are already participating/trying to participate in the AIFF IWL (Indian Women League).

"Development of Women’s football is a top priority for Mumbai Football Association. MFA is investing on developing programmes to bring women’s football into the mainstream, where it belongs," Aaditya Thackeray, President of the Mumbai Football Association said on the recent development.

"Other than the Mumbai Women’s Premier League and Mumbai Women’s Super League the MFA is introducing multiple age group leagues for girls in the Yuva President League and grassroots leagues," he added.

The MWPL and MWSL are scheduled to start on May 1, with the MWSL set to played at the Bombay Gymkhana ground. The games will take place from Monday to Friday during the duration of the competition and total of 16 teams will participate in the MWSL in order to win the competition.

The MWPL for it's part will see eight clubs battle it out among themselves, and will take place ver the weekends on Saturday and Sunday at the Neville D’Souza ground in Bandra.