Sunderland are in dialogue with the Football Association over securing a Women’s Super League licence for the club’s Ladies team.
The FA last week announced the clubs set for the WSL and second-tier Women’s Championship for the 2018/2019 campaign, which did not include Sunderland Ladies.
Last season, Sunderland Ladies finished seventh in WSL 1, winning five of their 18 matches.
Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald said: “The Ladies team is an important part of our Sunderland family.
“When you look at their history, seven of the current England women’s squad were produced by Sunderland, which is something to be very proud of.
“We want to continue the club’s long-standing tradition of developing top-class women’s footballers, as well as giving young girls the opportunity to aspire to play for Sunderland when they grow up.”