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The new Continental Tyres Women's National League season will kick off on Saturday, August 6 in a one-off format to prepare for the move to a structure in 2017.

The first game of the truncated season sees champions Wexford Youths WFC entertain UCD Waves in Ferrycarrig Park at 19:30 and that promises to be a thrilling opener.

The 2015/16 season went all the way to a play-off, which Wexford edged against Shelbourne Ladies, and that hints at another campaign that will be just as unpredictable and pulsating.

"This is an exciting time for women's football in Ireland as we continue to move forward with the development of all aspects of the game and the Continental Tyres Women's National League acts as the foundation for that," said Fran Gavin, FAI Director of Competitions.

"Continental Tyres have been fantastic sponsors for the League and they remain committed to the development of women's football we enter into a new season which provides a competitive platform for the clubs ahead of a move to a new set-up in 2017.

"The FAI remains in talks with an entity in the north west to join the League in 2017 and it points to a positive future as we have more international players than ever before competing in domestic fixtures. Last season showcased just how much quality there is in the League, so hopefully this new campaign is a repeat of that."

Full fixtures can be seen here

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