AFTER what seems like a very long close-season, the action kicks off on Sunday with the SFA in charge of running the Thompson's Premier League for the first time.

Since the inception of the women's game, the SWFA has run the domestic leagues, but the SFA will handle the administration of the top flight, with the lower leagues under their wing next year.

The involvement of the SFA is not the only change to the Premier League for the new campaign.

Arsenal North were taken over by Celtic to form the new Celtic LFC and will be hoping their new status helps the team improve on their third-bottom finish last term.

New to the top league are the Division One champions Queen's Park and runners-up Vale of Clyde.

The Spiders ran away with the title and coach Vinnie Bryson is hoping they can also make an impact on the Premier League.

He said: "We have a number of excellent players, highlighted by the fact that four out of our five under-19s are in the national squad.

"To add to this, we have just signed senior international Amy MacDonald for her second spell and her versatility and quality will be of great benefit to us.

"We have a tough start on Sunday against Edinburgh, but the girls are full of confidence.

"We played two Premier League teams and one First Division side over the close season, winning two and drawing the other one, so the signs are good.

"We will certainly be positive and hopefully we'll get a result."

Premier champions Hibs are not in action as they are in Austria for the first round qualifying campaign of the Uefa Women's Cup.

SUNDAY - Aberdeen v Glasgow City, Raith Rovers v Kilmarnock, Edinburgh v Queen's Park, Celtic v Hamilton, Forfar Farmington v Vale of Clyde.