Japan Football Association is discussing the possibility of setting up a women’s professional football league, according to news reported local media.

Kyodo News reports that the JFA, as part of the first steps towards setting up a new league, will first establish a preparatory committee, to research on profitability analysis, participation in standards development, and team selection, targeting a launch in 2021.

Currently the semi-professional top women’s Nadeshiko football league has ten teams, and the new league may begin with a lineup of eight.

Japan is also one of several countries to have submitted bids to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Sports Streaming platform MyCujoo agreed earlier in 2019 on a four-year deal with the Japanese women’s football league to show content from its second and third-tier competitions until 2022, as well as cup matches from the first-tier in 2019.

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