Tara Needham of Mayo in action against Aoife Dillane of Kerry during last year's TG4 All-Ireland senior championship semi-final. Mayo return to action on January 22 when they host Cork Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League. Photo: Sportsfile

Mayo to host Cork in 2023 Lidl Ladies National Football League opener

Mayo will host Cork in the opening round of the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 on January 22 next year.

Alongside Mayo and Cork in Division 1 of the competition are 2022 winners Meath, runners-up Donegal, Galway, Dublin, Waterford and newly-promoted Kerry.

Following the opening day clash with Cork, Mayo will be home again the following weekend to Kerry.

It's Munster opposition for the third week running when Michael Moyles' charges travel to Waterford for round three on February 5, while the fourth round sees Mayo take to the road again to face the defending champions, Meath, on February 19.

It's a trip to the capital to take on Dublin in round five on February 26 before the league takes a three-week break.

When it resumes on March 19, Mayo will be at home for a clash with local rivals Galway in round six, while the seventh and final round on March 26 takes the Green and Red north to face Donegal.

Following the seven rounds, the top two teams will progress straight to the Lidl National League final, to be played in Croke Park on Saturday, April 15.

Elsewhere, Divisions 2 and 3 will also contain eight teams each, while Division 4 is split into two groups, with Kilkenny making a welcome return to the competition.

As with Division 1, the top two teams in Divisions 2 and 3 will progress straight to the Lidl National League finals, while there will be semi-finals in Division 4, scheduled for Sunday, March 26.

The Divisions 2 final will be played in Croke Park on the same day as the Division 1 decider (Saturday, April 15), with the Divisions 3 and 4 finals taking place the following day (Sunday, April 16).

Division 2 contains Roscommon (promoted from Division 2), Westmeath (relegated from Division 1), 2022 runners-up Armagh, Cavan, Laois, Monaghan, Tipperary and Tyrone.

Division 3 is made up of Sligo, Offaly (promoted from Division 4), Clare (relegated from Division 2), Down, Kildare, Louth, Longford and Wexford.

Division 4A is comprised of Antrim, Carlow, Fermanagh and London, with Derry, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Limerick and Wicklow set to compete in Division 4B. The top two teams in each of the Division 4 groups will progress to the semi-finals.