ONE million pounds will be invested for the next three seasons to improve the third and fourth tiers of women’s football in England.

The money is set to benefit Oxford United Women, who finished second in National League Southern Premier, the third level of the women’s game.

The financial backing, announced by the FA Women’s National League (FA WNL), will come each season from the Premier League.

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A strategy, coined Empowering For Success, will focus on eight key areas, including improving training for players, developing coaches, and improving the standard of refereeing.

By 2025, it is hoped there will be a decrease in weather-related postponements, and increase in the average attendance of league fixtures.

Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football, said: “The launch of this strategy is game-changing for the women’s football pyramid.

“It will ensure the FA WNL can maintain pace with the wider growth of the women’s game, and the clubs and their players can thrive both on and off the pitch.

“The money they [Premier League] are investing will transform the experience of everyone who plays in the third and fourth tiers of women’s football.”