Sheffield Ladies withdraw from Championship for financial reasons

Sheffield Ladies have had to withdraw from the FA Women’s Championship after coming into financial difficulties.

The club issued a statement on Sunday to inform supporters of the action and the reasons why.

“Following a meeting of the directors, the club has taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from The FA Women’s Championship. The financial commitments necessary to compete at this level are proving now too onerous.

“Sheffield FC has been a pioneer of women’s football in Sheffield over the past 15 years, and has competed with honour, pride and considerable success against clubs with much greater resources.

“Sheffield FC will continue to participate in girls’ and women’s football.

“The structure of the women’s game at elite level is moving towards a full-time operation which is now no longer consistent with where Sheffield FC is positioned as a club.”