LFC Women academy team win league title

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Liverpool FC Women’s academy team have clinched the inaugural FA WSL Academy League title.

After a run of 17 games, the academy team definitively secured first place with three games left to play.

This came after Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Chelsea, who currently sit in second place.

The title is Liverpool’s fourth of its kind – the club previously won three Northern Division titles in the FA WSL Development League.

The Development League transitioned into the Academy League for the 2018/19 season. The focus is now on building a duel careers program for academy players.

“With the development league, it was more about the football and players had to fit their education around their on-field commitments. But now we are trying to bring those two aspects together,” Academy manager Tony Fretwell said in an interview with SheKicks.net.

Liverpool FC Women Development squad (2017)

Whatever the future holds for LFC Women’s academy players off the field, it certainly looks bright on it.

Both Academy captain Annabel Blanchard and forward Missy Bo Kearns have now made their debuts with the first team. The league title just adds to that prestige.

“We are all delighted to win the league after such a hard season,” Blanchard said. “It’s a fantastic achievement for all the players and staff after all the time and effort they have invested into the team.”

The team now shifts its attention to Sunday’s FA WSL Plate final against Bristol City at Loughborough Stadium.

Coincidentally, the first team will also square off against Bristol City later that afternoon at Prenton Park.

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