A new women's Super League is to run over the summer months from 2010.
The Football Association will invite clubs to apply for membership of the league, with the lower tiers continuing to play between August to May.
The FA has also given the green light to central contracts for England players to help them financially.
FA chairman Lord Triesman said: "It's good news England's biggest female participation sport will achieve maybe the biggest boost in its history."
To further help the development of the women's game, the FA has backed the proposal to appoint a women's performance manager.
"The new Super League will provide a concentrated, high-quality competition, and during the summer months give the game an exposure when there is no other top-flight football being played," said England women's coach Hope Powell.
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