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The Sports Direct Women’s Premiership is ready for the big kick-off, players from all nine competing clubs are pictured at Sports Direct’s Belfast store on the Boucher Road

It’s back! Excitement is sky high as the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership kicks-off again this Sunday.

The top-flight of female football in Northern Ireland guarantees to produce more memorable moments of drama, excitement, and passion which have been key in establishing the Women’s Premiership as one of the fastest growing competitions in sport.

Interest and excitement surrounding the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership have never been higher, with a 66% rise in attendances over the past twelve months; over 15,000 fans attended top quality games during the 2023 campaign.

Viewership of online match highlights also reached a record 1.3 million last season, and with more games being broadcast live this year, it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Gerard Lawlor, NIFL Chief Executive said, “The excitement has been building for months, and we’re finally ready to kick off another eagerly anticipated Sports Direct Women’s Premiership season!”

“The league has been constantly growing and has now become one of the biggest sporting competitions for females here, so we are committed to continuing that growth and increasing our audience to provide fans with more access than ever to the abundance of talent on show across all our clubs.”

Leonard Brassel, Managing Director, Sports Direct Ireland said, “After a successful first year sponsoring the Sports Direct NIFL Women’s Premiership, we are excited & looking forward to kicking the new season off this weekend.”

Glentoran Women enjoyed a remarkable 2023 season, going unbeaten throughout the campaign to bring the Sports Direct Premiership trophy back to East Belfast last October.

The Glens start the defence of their title at home to Crusaders this Sunday (5th May) at their new home of Blanchflower Stadium, whilst title-rivals Cliftonville start away to Mid Ulster Ladies at Stangmore Park.

Newly promoted Lisburn Rangers first taste of top-flight football is away to the Brandywell to face Derry City Women, and Larne Women host Lisburn Ladies on the opening day – with Linfield Women starting their league season the following Friday (10 May) against Lisburn Ladies.

Follow all the action and reaction on the NI Football League digital channels through and @OfficialNIFL on social media.

Sports Direct Women’s Premiership Matchday One

Sunday 5 May 2024

Derry City Women v Lisburn Rangers (3pm)
Larne Women v Lisburn Ladies (3pm)
Glentoran Women v Crusaders Strikers (4pm)
Mid Ulster Ladies v Cliftonville Ladies (5pm)

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson