The Football Association have confirmed Liverpool FC Ladies will be one of eight teams to compete in a new FA Women's Super League, launching in March 2011.
The Reds will join Birmingham City Ladies, Arsenal Ladies, Bristol Academy Women's FC, Chelsea Ladies, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton and Lincoln Ladies in the new division, which aims to increase the profile of women's football in England.
Two-year licences for the 2011 and 2012 seasons have been offered to the clubs.
The FA believe the creation of the Super League will drive the women's game forward in England and enable players to earn a good living from the game, while allowing clubs to develop new revenue streams and support for women's football.
Participation levels of women's football are currently at an all time high, with around 1.1 million girls playing football in England.
The Super League will play a pivotal role in ensuring the player pathway leads to a competitive, elite structure at the very top of the women's game.
In creating the Super League, the FA invited applications for a position in the competition from all interested parties, and received a total of 16 bids by the application deadline on December 18, 2009.
Interested clubs were asked to apply by completing a Club Development Plan in accordance with specific criteria and guidelines, which covered four key areas - financial and business management, commercial and marketing, facilities and players and support staff.
All submitted bids were meticulously reviewed by a panel consisting of independent experts in the related business and football fields.
Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe, said: "It's fantastic that the Women's Super League is a step closer to getting off the ground.
"Women's football is one of the fastest growing sports in the country but there is still room for further growth.
"The Super League will shine the spotlight even brighter on the women's game, encourage more young women to take up the sport and help develop stars that will represent the ever-improving women's national team."
The FA will meet with all Super League clubs in April to discuss the next steps in the preparation process for the 2011 Super League launch.