Women’s Super League side Yeovil Town may revert to part-time status by the end of the growing season amid concerns over their finances, BBC Sport understands.
Even the Somerset team are making cuts to their own team, serving three key off-field personnel with their own finds.
The Football Association is understood to have provided a scheduled payment on Yeovil sooner than planned, helping the team complete the existing campaign.
Yeovil, who won the second-tier name in 2016, are underside of their WSL.
The Glovers changed to full-time, professional status past summer after receiving a licence from the FA, that runs on the WSL.
A Yeovil Town Ladies spokesperson said:”The FA has been extremely supportive and we are working closely together with them to produce a good resolution to these problems.
“We remain focused on delivering girls and women’s football for the community in the west”
Following a restructuring of those Language women’s branches in 201718, all clubs competing in the top airport needed to be fulltime.
Yeovil’s community-focused application had been powerful, but turnover in 2013 have not been as large as expected or anticipated, and most of fulltime off-field staff were made redundant, for instance, general manager, assistant general manager and communications manager.
Consequently, the team may drop to grade two even if they avert WSL relegation on the area.
We are not ready to comment further during this period.”
Familiar worries in the women’s match
Should this happen, Yeovil would be the very first top flight women’s side in recent years to view financial issues subscribe for them dropping out of their WSL.
In 2017, top-tier Notts County Ladies folded over the eve of the Spring Series, two weeks before their first scheduled match of the campaign, leaving many of the”gobsmacked” players”jobless and homeless”.
Then last summer, Sunderland dropped down two branches, from the WSL to the Women’s National League North, after they were unsuccessful in their bid to get a permit to play with in one of the top two branches.
Meanwhile, Sheffield FC and past season’s second-tier champions Doncaster Rovers Belles both withdrew from the Championship last summer for financial factors.
Yeovil were on the list of sides to join WSL 2, upon the breakaway league’s expansion to incorporate another tier in 2014, after finishing third in the 2012 13 Women’s Premier League Southern Division.
Fifth and fourth-placed finishes then followed in the next grade, until they pipped Bristol City to the WSL 2 name under manager Jamie Sherwood in 2016.
Promotion capped a remarkable rise for the Somerset side, four years after “playing in a park”.
The team then found life difficult in the top tier, shooting a point from eight matches in 20 17’s transitional Spring Series, while the top women’s leagues transferred out of the summer to a winter schedule.
While rival as a part-time side in what was once a predominantly fulltime division, they then finished base of their 10-team high tier last word, together with just two draws from their 18 games.
Former Millwall Lionesses boss Lee Burch was appointed as head coach last summer – since former first team boss Sher-Wood became manager of football – and the team moved to play with their home games at Dorchester Town’s Avenue Stadium, approximately 20 miles from Yeovil.
After fulltime criteria was implemented for several top-tier clubs this term, the Glovers have won one and drawn one of the 15 league matches thus far, to sit four points behind 10th-placed Everton.
During the 201718 season, the team had voiced concerns about the speed with which the FA was introducing fulltime criteria, plus they attempted to improve £350,000 to encourage their bidding to get fulltime status.
Only £1,941 was pledged via the public Crowdfunding page but the team was able to compile a powerful application, before unveiling a brand new board in August, with assistance from multiple regional companies, accompanied by Gary Dawkins’ appointment as chairman in October.