By Chris Harris
Laura Harvey believes the FA Super League can take women's football to "another level".
The Arsenal Ladies manager concluded her first season in charge with the Premier League title - but it's a trophy she will never win again. That's because the women's game will undergo a major overhaul next season with an eight-team elite division replacing the current top flight of 12 clubs.
Most strikingly the new Super League will be played from March to August, giving Arsenal Ladies and their peers a chance to emerge from the shadow of men's football during the summer months.
Harvey will keep an open mind as she waits for the inaugural competition to begin but she believes it could be a force for good.
"We'll wait and see," she told Arsenal.com. "I think it's something new, and we can't judge it until it happens.
"We've got to go with it because it could be the best thing that ever happens for women's football, and hopefully it is. It can push us forward, it can take the game to another level.
"We are glad we are being a part of that. Anything that is new we're going to give it a chance and we're going to try our damndest to make sure no matter what the league is, summer or winter, we can still be champions at the end of it."
The Ladies secured their seventh consecutive Premier League crown - and their ninth in ten years - when they beat Everton at the start of the month, but the squad will have a rather lighter workload before the Super League gets underway.
"The Champions League is still in the winter so we have a bit of a later start pre-season potentially but we have to be ready for September because the Champions League starts," explained Harvey.
"Then we can hopefully progress through the Champions League and have a break towards Christmas time and then start back again in the middle of January to push on for the Super League."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source