From this date, professional players in the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League will be subject to the same Standard Player Contract and minimum wage regulations as men’s players in the League of Ireland.
Clubs competing in the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League will be under no obligation to offer professional contracts to players and, similar to the Men’s game, Clubs will have the option to have full-time or part-time professional players or amateur players depending on the circumstances of each club.
Corbet was named as the Player of the Year and Hewitt as Manager of the Year following a sensational season for the Midlanders, who finished second in the League and runners-up in the EVOKE.ie FAI Women's Cup.
Galway United and Shamrock Rovers have been invited to join the top tier of the women's game at senior level to bring the total to 11 teams.
Galway United will take over the slot vacated by Galway WFC to ensure the continued development of Women’s football in the region, while Shamrock Rovers will re-enter a team having previously been involved for three seasons when the League first began in 2011.
In the EA SPORTS Women's Under-19 National League, Cobh Ramblers, Finn Harps, Galway United and Treaty United will enter teams for the new season.
Athlone Town striker Emily Corbet, Peamount United veteran Áine O'Gorman and Wexford Youths midfielder Ellen Molloy are all in the running for the Player of the Year.
O'Gorman previously won this award, in the 2014/15 season, while Corbet is a first-time nominee and Molloy makes the list having won the Young Player of the Year in 2020.
For this year's Young Player of the Year, Athlone Town's Muireann Devaney, Shelbourne's Jessie Stapleton and Sligo Rovers's Emma Doherty are all in contention following fine seasons.
Wexford Youths 0-4 Shelbourne
It's a second league title in a row for Shelbourne as they overcame Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park to be crowned champions.
It was a close contest with understandably an intense atmosphere at Ferrycarrig. Wexford had chances to go ahead in the first half, one being from Ciara Rossiter but her shot just went over the bar.
The broadcaster has selected the clash between Peamount United and Wexford Youths at PRL Park on Saturday, October 22nd as their next live showing. The kick-off for this game has been switched to 17:20.
However, the final game of the season has yet to be selected due to the title race currently consisting of four different teams - Wexford Youths, Shelbourne, Peamount United and Athlone Town.
The TG4 cameras will be in place to capture that trophy lift and it is already expected to be a thrilling conclusion to a fantastic season, in the same way it was last year.
It is why she has been selected as the SSE Airtricity Women's National League Player of the Month for August / September after helping her team jump to the top of the table.
Rossiter, arguably, is playing the best football of her career to date. And the stats tell the story of her recent form: Joint top in assists, second in progressive runs, fourth in key passes made and top 10 in crosses delivered.
Oh, and she has scored seven League goals - four of which came in the last two months. So it's fair to assess that she is worthy of this monthly award.
It is also why she has been selected as the SSE Airtricity WNL Player of the Month for June / July 2022. She has been exceptional all season, but particularly effective in the last two months.
In TG4's first live broadcast this year, it was the Donegal native who seized the opportunity to shine as she scored twice for Sligo in the 3-2 victory over champions Shelbourne.
The 18-year-old has scored nine League goals so far, while her overall play has helped Sligo reached the quarter-finals of the EVOKE.ie FAI Women's Cup and become a force to be reckoned with.
The Football Association of Ireland has teamed up with the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) to provide a Programme for WNL players that promotes mental health and well-being, a first of its kind initiative for the SSE Airtricity Women's National League, using the promotional slogan of #FlagYourFeelings
Sligo Rovers come onboard to make it a 10-team format and excitement is building with every game available to watch for FREE via LOITV.
League of Ireland Director Mark Scanlon said: "I'm looking forward to the 2022 SSE Airtricity Women's National League getting underway with five great games to kick things off on Saturday.