February 12 – The NWSL, the US’s top tier women’s professional league has a new rival with the U.S. Soccer Federation’s sanctioning of the start up USL Super League as a Division One League.
The USL Super League’s 2024/25 inaugural season will kick off in August with clubs in eight markets across the United States, including a newly announced team in Brooklyn, New York.
The decision to license a second top tier women’s league will expand the women’s professional league system in the US to different markets than the US. Widening the professional game’s footprint and increasing player opportunities.
“This is a tremendous moment for the USL Super League and for women’s sports,” said USL Super League president Amanda Vandervort.
“Receiving Division One sanctioning further showcases the work that our ownership groups, our clubs, and the league are doing to create a professional environment for top-level talent to compete. This is a crucial step toward realizing our vision to be a global leader in women’s soccer on and off the field. We cannot wait to see our clubs take the field when we kick off in August 2024.”
The USL Super League will follow the August to May international calendar. The USL said “the youth-to-pro pathway creates development and advancement opportunities for players, coaches, referees, and front office employees while uniting communities and growing the sport at all levels across the United States.”
The USL, which operates second and third tier US men’s leagues, emphasised the strength of its current ownership groups and their expansion into the women’s profession game saying there were “at least eight additional markets excited to join the league in future seasons: Chattanooga, Tenn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Madison, Wisc.; Oakland, Calif.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz., and Tucson, Ariz.
“These teams will take the field upon completion of stadium projects and other important club…
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Author : Paul Nicholson
Publish date : 2024-02-12 10:30:04
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