Tokyo: The WE League – Japan’s professional women’s league – has approved the membership of 11 founding clubs ahead of the inaugural 2021-22 season, it was announced on Thursday.
The 11 successful teams - seven of which are linked to professional men’s clubs - came from an initial list of 17 applicants, with the final number of members exceeding initial expectations of between six and 10 teams in the league’s first season.
The most successful club from the existing Nadeshiko League, 17-time national champions Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza, are among the approved WE League members, as are three-time title winners INAC Kobe Leonessa and Urawa Red Diamonds. .....
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