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On Thursday 6th September, the National Assembly for Wales' Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler and Football Association of Wales Chief Executive, Jonathan Ford officially launched the Welsh Premier Women's Football League for season 2012-13 at the Senedd.
The league trophy arrived in Cardiff Bay by speedboat, accompanied by representatives of the twelve participating clubs.
For the past three seasons, Welsh women's football has been contested on a regional basis but the new season will be truly national. This is a significant development for women's football in ther country and for women's sport in general according to Rosemary Butler AM:
"There is no doubt that women's sport was a winner in the magnificent Olympic Games held in London this summer with so many of our female athletes occupying the same prime time television spots as their male counterparts.
"Whether it was Jessica Ennis capturing the nation's heart by winning gold in the heptathlon, or Wales' very own Jade Jones taking her Taekwondo event by storm, we were seeing these magnificent young female athletes become role models for a generation of young women.
"So it is with pleasure that I welcome the Football Association of Wales to the Senedd to launch the new all-Wales women's football league, a move that puts women's football on an equal footing with men's.
"The National Assembly is committed to equality of opportunity, whether it be in the boardroom or the sports field, and we are currently holding a series of seminars around Wales encouraging more women to get involved in public life.
"But sport is a unifying force in Wales, so if we can imbue a culture of equality in this field, then it will have a far reaching impact into other walks of life, and for this step forward I congratulate the Football Association of Wales."
Jonathan Ford added that this significant development was "…testimony to the hard work and vision of everyone involved in women's football in Wales. Becoming a truly National League is a natural and necessary progression which will ultimately further improve the standards of our game domestically and on the international stage."
The first league fixtures of the new season will be played on Sunday 16th of September, the day after the Wales women's national side take on Scotland at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli, making it an important weekend for women's football in Wales.
The Welsh Women's Premier League has run for three seasons with Swansea City winning the league on the first two occasions, followed by UWIC last time around. In each of the three seasons, the title was decided by a one-off Play-off Final between the winners of the respective Northern and Southern Conferences.
The 12 competing teams in the league are - Aberystwyth Town, Caernarfon Town, Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff City FC, Cardiff Metropolitan Ladies (formerly UWIC), Llandudno Junction, Llanidloes Ladies, Newcastle Emlyn, Northop Hall, Port Talbot Town (formlerly Trefelin), Swansea City, Wrexham.
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