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Crystal Palace Achieve Promotion to the WSL!

Crystal Palace Women clinched the Women's Championship title, earning promotion to the top-tier of English women's football on the final day of the season.

As of next season, all 12 Women's Super League clubs will have a counterpart team in the Premier League, with Crystal Palace women and Leicester City men both achieving promotion.

The Eagles will enter the Women's Super League for the first time next season, having emerged victorious in the race for the Championship trophy.

This Championship season provided a captivating title race, with five teams fighting for the title with five games remaining.

Crystal Palace were three points ahead of Charlton Athletic heading into the final weekend. But there were no worries for Palace going into the last game, as they were also 22 goals ahead on goal difference, meaning anything but a huge goal swing would confirm Crystal Palace as champions.

A goalless draw on the final day saw Palace secure a point against Sunderland, mathematically securing them a spot in the WSL, despite Charlton taking all three points against Southampton.

Crystal Palace scored an incredible 55 goals in their 22 league games, 16 more than the next closest side, Southampton.

Palace's star striker Elise Hughes also took home the golden boot, having scored 16 league goals. However, she suffered an ACL injury in the Eagles' penultimate game of the Championship season, meaning she will miss at least half, if not more, of their first ever WSL season.

Player of the Season Elise Hughes could be a huge loss for Crystal Palace in their inaugural WSL campaign, having been such a key part of their Championship success. They will likely have to look elsewhere for a replacement should they wish to continue their goalscoring ways in the top division.

At the start of this season, no one expected Palace to be in contention for promotion, so for them to have kept their nerves and lifted the silverware is remarkable. Last season, the Eagles had finished a respectable fifth in the Championship table.

Crystal Palace ended their title-winning campaign with 14 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses.

Next season's WSL relegation battle looks set to be one of the most competitive that the league has ever seen.

In the last four WSL seasons, the team that has been relegated has not had an equivalent men's counterpart in the Premier League.

Former Reading manager Kelly Chambers explained that the lack of spending power for clubs not attached to Premier League sides meant they are often unable to put up any kind of fight against teams who could fall back on financial resources.

However, newly promoted Crystal Palace do have the financial backing of a long-term Premier League side, giving them the hope that they can make the signings and put in the commitment to stay in the Women's Super League.

Crystal Palace have come a long way in the last six years, having gone from being a struggling amateur club to WSL worthy.

In 2018, men's legend Wilfred Zaha stepped in to help the women's side with a substantial financial contribution, after controversy surrounding Crystal Palace's girls having to pay an annual subscription fee in order to play for their development sides.

However, Kaminski's side have progressed massively since then, playing attractive football that has attracted more and more fans.

In March, Palace welcomed 5,566 fans to the VBS Community Stadium, their highest attendance at that time.

This was broken again on the final day of the season when their trophy lift at Selhurst Park saw 6,796 spectators attend.

The Eagles will be hoping to continue breaking these records next season as they compete in their first ever season in the top-flight. But with an average age of 22-years-old, Crystal Palace could do with some more experienced players to boost their WSL survival aspirations.

Even if Palace do have a quiet summer transfer window, their current squad have proved they are capable of competing to the level of a WSL club.

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