Three former WPS clubs — the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC — are among the clubs set for the launch of a new yet-to-be-named professional women’s soccer league that will start play in the spring of 2013. A newly formed team in Seattle is also among the founding members. Four other teams, including another team that will be located on the West Coast, are finalizing plans to join the league.

“All these teams are committed to playing with and against each other starting in 2013 and to working out the final details to allow a sustainable professional league for women’s soccer in the U.S.,” Michael Stoller, the Breakers’ managing partner, said in a statement released early Thursday morning. “We want to emphasize this is not a competitor to any of the existing leagues, but rather this is a significant step up in the competitive level and professional standards and we expect to establish a natural relationship to allow teams to enter this new league and perhaps to fall back (self-relegate) to their prior league if they need a break from the higher spending and competitive requirements.”

The Breakers, whose roots date back to the WUSA, played in WPS until it folded in 2012, and they played this summer in the WPSL Elite along with the Red Stars.

The Seattle team’s ownership group is led by Bill Predmore, president of Seattle-based digital marketing agency POP.

“We are excited to bring the highest level of women’s soccer to Seattle,” said Predmore. “Seattle has a long history of enthusiastic support for professional soccer, which we hope will provide us with a strong base of fans for the new women’s club.”

The W-League’s Seattle Sounders Women — not owned by the MLS club of the same name — featured such U.S. stars as Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

A new league will have to be approved from U.S. Soccer.

 

4 Comments
  1. Women's Soccer United 7 years ago

    It’s worrying how the attendances are declining, yet the coverage and promotion of the Final is increasing?

  2. Julia Bic 8 years ago

    The southern cities hockey teams on the Sun Belt which is where about half the fans being Canadian travel down and live in the Winter and go to games which make the majority of their fan base. The economy in the USA is not doing well right now. They should consider putting team in suburbs of large cities where having a team of their own could increase fan base. More kids play sports in suburbs, and going to games will create something for them to do.

  3. gromit 8 years ago

    France is the same than Sweden, Lars. If you go from Perpignan to Lille, for instance, it’s 883 kms. I let you imagine how many hours by bus (much more than 8 hours !)… It’s a real problem in D1. In D2, there are three regional zones and groups and teh best in each group play a final tournament in order to know who can access to D1.

  4. Julia Bic 8 years ago

    The WHL players are between 16-22, so 8 hour drives are not as felt on the body as a 25-30 year old would. I would say at 28- you see a lot of players in their late 20’s on national teams. What do they do past 28 when they quit, I always wondered that as salaries are very low.

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