Wikipedia - WE League

The Japan Women's Empowerment Professional Football League (日本女子プロサッカーリーグ), or simply WE League (WEリーグ[うぃーりーぐ]), also known as the Yogibo WE League (Japanese: Yogibo WEリーグ, Hepburn: Yogibo WE Rīgu) for sponsorship reasons, is the top flight of women's association football in Japan, starting from the 2021–22 season. It is the first fully-professional women's soccer league in Japan.


On 3 June 2020, the Japan Football Association (JFA) announced the formation of the WE League to become Japan's new top-flight, professional women's football league. The semi-professional Nadeshiko League would become the second level on the women's football pyramid in Japan once the WE League begins play in the autumn of 2021. United States-based business executive and former Japan international footballer Kikuko Okajima was announced as the WE League's inaugural chair.

17 clubs applied to join the WE League; eight to ten of them would be admitted and the results to be announced in October 2020. On 15 October 2020, 11 clubs were announced as founding members of the WE League, including seven with J. League affiliations.