Brighton and West Ham will apply to have their women's teams join the restructured Women's Super League (WSL) in 2018-19, according to ESPN sources.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that there will be a female manager in the Premier League sooner rather than later.
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn is confident that Manchester United will eventually launch a women's team.
Liverpool Ladies extended their lead at the top of the Women's Super League Spring Series despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Bristol City.
Carli Lloyd delivered again on the big stage as Manchester City Women swept aside Birmingham City Ladies 4-1 in the Women's FA Cup final.
"My deepest thanks to everyone at Arsenal Football Club for making it possible for me to pursue my childhood dream," Smith said.