A new era in women’s soccer in Donegal will dawn next Thursday night when the North West Women’s Super League gets underway.

The North West Women’s Super League is a coming together of what had been the Donegal Women’s League and the Inishowen Ladies League.

It is the first amalgamation between the Leagues and is designed at giving women’s soccer a shot in the arm.

The North West Women’s Super League was officially launched on Monday evening at An Grianan Hotel in Burt with players and officials from the nine teams in attendance.

The new League will be governed jointly by the Donegal Women’s League and Inishowen Ladies League committees.

Six teams from Inishowen and three from Donegal will form the new Super League, sponsored by Neal Doherty Jewellers and the Glencar Inn.

New era for women’s soccer as North West Women’s Super League is launched

From the Inishowen Ladies League, Greencastle FC, Moville, Carndonagh, Clonmany Shamrocks, Illies Celtic and Rashenny FC will be on board.

They will be joined by Lagan Harps, Bonagee United and Swilly Rovers from the Donegal Women’s League.

“The leagues will improve from this as it means much more competitive fixtures and it’s exciting for the players to be looking forward to something new like this.”

The first set of fixtures will take place next Thursday, April 27. Games will be played on Thursday evenings. At the end of the season, the League will be split into two sections, while the teams will still compete in Ulster FA and FAI competition.