The Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League (ZWSL) is set to kick off on the 24th of next month with only 16 clubs from the previous 24 which played last season according to resolutions of the ZWSL board.
Reports however indicate clubs have criticised the league’s leadership demanding they consult them by holding an annual general meeting first.
Efforts to get comment from the ZWSL boss Rosemary Kanonge were fruitless.
According to the resolutions 14 teams from the 2017 league who meet the given criteria and two promoted from the northern and southern regional leagues, Harare City and Magwegwe will make up the 16 team league.
Following deliberations on the issue the ZWSL board resolved that it was decided that the league kicks off on the 24th March 2018 and the first 14 teams to pay their affiliation fees, arrears, players and technical registration fees in full by the given deadline (10/03/18) shall be considered for the 2018 season.
The breakdown of the affiliation and registration fees was also decided by the board with the affiliation fees pegged at $500, players license $10 per player and technical officials at $50 per head.
All teams were encouraged to submit a full list of team members and passport size photos for the registration together with proof of bank payment and breakdown attached to avoid the chaos that prevailed last season regarding player licences.
Clubs are demanding to know which eight clubs faced the chop which14 clubs will be remaining and will be joined by Magwegwe and Harare City winner of the southern and northern region leagues.
The main sticking point is whether non-competitive clubs and those who were unable to fulfil all their fixtures or pay their affiliation and player registration fees should be dropped from the national league.
There is also an outcry from clubs over the steep affiliation fees of $500 up from $400 last year yet there are no cup or other tournaments organised by the league, technical team of $50 per head while player licence fees of $10 were paid last season but no licences were issued.
It remains to be seen whether the league will be competitive and attract corporate sponsors while fixturing could also pose another headache for the ZWSL.