GCWFL 2022/23 constitution confirmed: Gloucester City Devs in Div Two, Abbeymead withdraw from league & Montpellier to join?

The Gloucestershire County Women’s Football League have confirmed their constitution for the 2022/23 season, with the main news being the confirmation that Abbeymead Rovers had withdrawn from the league.

Back at the start of June we confirmed that an initial decision had been delayed until the end of June in order for the league to take on board any outstanding issues from the AGM on the 6th June.

During the AGM it had been raised that there was a concern by the number of postponed or “walkover” fixtures involving Abbeymead, then with their absence from the AGM the unfortunate news of their withdrawal became expected.

In the original AGM it was then discussed that there was a chance the three divisions could be 9 teams in Division One and 10 teams a-piece in Divisions Two and Three.

This format is set to be carried out into the 2022/23 season after the GCWFL confirmed that they had received and provisionally passed an application to join the league from Montpellier FC’s newly-formed Women’s side.

Montpellier Women’s will join Division Three subject to a vote from the other member clubs within the league.

Another outstanding issue was the appeal from Gloucester City for their Development side to be placed in Division Two and not the initial Division Three spot they were given.

The league have confirmed in the constitution that Gloucester City Devs will be place in Division Two, setting up local derbies with Longlevens, City of Gloucester and Cheltenham Civil Service amongst others.

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Here is how the GCWFL Divisions will look for the 2022/23 season:

Division One

Longwell Green Sports LFC
Bristol & West Ladies
Bishops Cleeve Ladies
Gloucester City Women
Bristol Rovers Women’s Development
Dursley Town Ladies
Tuffley Rovers Ladies
Bitton Ladies

Cheltenham Saracens Women

Division Two

Longlevens Ladies
Cheltenham Civil Service Ladies
Red Falcons LFC
City of Gloucester WFC
Cirencester Town Ladies
Bradley Stoke LFC
Whitchurch & Bristol
Downend Flyers Reserves
AEK Boco Reserves
Gloucester City Women’s Development

Division Three

Bristol Ladies Union Development
Olveston United Reserves
Kingswood Women
Southmead CS Ladies
Winchcombe Town Ladies
Mitcheldean SC Ladies
Stoke Lane Athletic Women
Ellwood Ladies
Downend Flyers Thirds
Montpellier WFC

The opening round of matches in the Gloucestershire County Women’s Football League is set to take place on Sunday 4th September.

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