Football Tasmania has announced licenses for the next three Women's Super league seasons, with the league expanding from six to seven teams.
Devonport has been successful in securing their first license in the league, however the North-West's first representative team, Ulverstone, has been cut from the state-wide competition.
Clarence Zebras Football Club, Devonport City Football Club, Kingborough Lions Football Club, Launceston United Soccer Club, Olympia Football Club Warriors, South Hobart Football Club and Taroona Football Club were offered licenses for upcoming three seasons.
The expansion to include Launceston this year will see the competition become a truly state-wide league - only the second in the state for women.
Preparing for 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
Football Tasmania president Bob Gordon expected participation rates among girls and women to grow across the state as preparations ramp up for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
"Women and girls now make up 27 per cent of Tasmania's registered players, the highest proportion of any state or territory in Australia, and our goal is to continue to build this percentage," Gordon said.
"In a competition review conducted in 2019, the FT Board accepted the recommendation to consult with WSL clubs to develop a minimum set of criteria for the WSL competition.
"These criteria were developed to reflect the ambition for a Tasmanian NPLW team in the future."
More additions to come?
The possibility of adding an eighth team to the WSL is one Gordon said remained a possibility, before the license period expired in 2023.
"While we have made the decision to proceed with a seven-team competition in 2021, we believe an important strategic priority will be to work towards an eight-team competition as we lead into the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023," he said.
"This may well see an additional team added in either the North-West or North - subject of course to the club being able to meet the criteria.
"This will help ensure we are providing important pathway opportunities for girls and young women throughout the state and build on the participation growth we have experienced."