It finally happened.
Frankly, around three thirty my time this afternoon I received some news [via Twitter of course] that the Boston Breakers and Western New York Flash will be partaking in part of the newly created ‘Elite‘ Division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
For the moment we’re going to disclose this ‘tier’ as semi-professional.
Am I the only one suffering from deja-vue?
Just making sure.
Along with Boston and WNY, the Chicago Red Stars [formerly of WPS], and FC Indiana [WPSL] will be joining this league. As Jeff Kassouf also noted in his post along Equalizer Soccer; the following are also options:
The Equalizer can confirm that one of those teams will be the ASA Chesapeake Charge, according to Zanelli. Two other New England teams are expected to join the Breakers. There are quite a few WPSLteams in New England. The New England Mutiny would seem to be a front runner to make the jump to the Elite League as a longtime WPSL member.
With talks of a possible program in Phoenix, the OC Waves and Bayside Breeze in California, and possibly Maryland Capitols FC; that would make…one…two…three…possibly four time zones for squads?
Anyone else see where this is going [think requirements for a nationally recognized league].
Not to mention, selfishly, I would finally get to catch a game in Chicago.
As For KC:
For those curious with our own development in Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas.
Obviously with a 200-300k budget, there is no strong desire to hop on board for the ‘Elite’…yet.
We need to see if we can create the team first, throw it down in the bottom level of play, and just like a raspberry bush; let it grow over time.
Myself, along with the other individuals interested in this process will be gathering at the end of this month, in person, to go over the original outline for WPSL Kansas City.
Currently, that’s the best I can tell you.
Oh, and a story as well:
As one may recall, the biggest concern of mine is to properly fund this program; I’m tired of seeing teams fold because the money isn’t there. In a previous post I had discussed the notion of selling ‘shares’ at $500 a piece for the team.
While at ‘work’ today, I was sharing about this opportunity to the individual I was working with. They looked at me [I’m not making this up], and say, “I just got my tax return back. I’d love to get a share of this team, when would you like the $500?”
She wasn’t speaking for a business or group; she was speaking for her daughter. This spring her daughter will be playing soccer for the first time, and this movement, this idea; it’s the future that her and her daughter are looking for.
Why are we to deny that?