And, The Name Is… “National Women’s Soccer League” (NWSL)

During halftime of Saturday night’s friendly between the United States Women’s National Team and China, the name of the new women’s professional league, along with its logo, was unveiled on NBC Sports Network. The name, “National Women’s Soccer League,” is not the one (“Women’s Professional Soccer Association”) mentioned earlier in the week by New Jersey Star-Ledger reporter, Frank Giase. Which is not to say that Giase’s information was wrong at the time, as the domain registrations for the new league’s primary web address, NWSLsoccer.com, was registered (Whois) a day after the article was published.

The Details…
Name: National Women’s Soccer League
Logo: (included after the jump)
Website: NWSLsoccer.com (which currently redirects to the league’s Facebook page)
Twitter: @NWSLsoccer
Facebook: facebook.com/NWSLsoccer

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News of Note: December 13, 2012 – Wambach Nets Number 150, Red Stars Announce Coaching Staff

News of Note: Abby Wambach scores her 150th international goal… Chicago Red Stars announce coaching staff… Norway’s Hegerberg sisters to Turbine Potsdam?… City of São Paulo Tournament continues today. Continue reading “News of Note: December 13, 2012 – Wambach Nets Number 150, Red Stars Announce Coaching Staff”

New League: Updates on Possible League Name, Plus Team Names, and Some Miscellany

According to a New Jersey Star-Ledger article published Tuesday, the name for the new women’s professional league in the United States may be the “Women’s Professional Soccer Association.” The article, written by veteran reporter Frank Giase, has multiple quotes from Sky Blue FC owner Thomas Hofstetter, who is likely the source for this possible confirmation. Also on Tuesday, the Washington, D.C. franchise unveiled its name – “Washington Spirit” – and logo. Additionally, the Portland franchise will unveil its name and logo on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PT (Twitter). Continue reading “New League: Updates on Possible League Name, Plus Team Names, and Some Miscellany”

News of Note: December 8, 2012 – D.C. and Portland Franchises Expected to Reveal Names Next Week, Breakers Retain Lisa Cole as Head Coach

News of Note: Today’s USWNT match will not be televised or streamed… D.C. franchise expected to announce team’s name next week… Portland’s franchise also plans to announce team’s name and logo next week… Boston Breakers retain Lisa Cole as head coach… Vancouver Whitecaps will not field a W-League Team in 2013. Continue reading “News of Note: December 8, 2012 – D.C. and Portland Franchises Expected to Reveal Names Next Week, Breakers Retain Lisa Cole as Head Coach”

News of Note: December 6, 2012 – Christen Press May Not Re-Sign with Göteborg, FC Kansas City Names Head Coach, FA WSL To Add a Lower Division in 2014

News of Note: Christen Press may not re-sign with K/Göteborg FC… FC Kansas City names head coach and assistant… FA WSL will add a lower division in 2014… The City of São Paulo International Tournament Begins on Sunday… FIFA Women’s Rankings, December Update due on Friday. Continue reading “News of Note: December 6, 2012 – Christen Press May Not Re-Sign with Göteborg, FC Kansas City Names Head Coach, FA WSL To Add a Lower Division in 2014”

FIFA Women’s International Match Calendars For 2013 and 2014

Last week, FIFA posted a circular (#1330) online detailing its official calendars for women’s matches in 2013 and 2014. These calendars list the reserved date windows when club teams are required to release their players for international friendlies, official qualifying matches, and finals tournaments. Continue reading “FIFA Women’s International Match Calendars For 2013 and 2014”

New Professional Women’s Soccer League: Wednesday Recap

On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer hosted a conference call (quote sheet, audio) with representatives from Canada Soccer, the Mexican Football Federation, where they officially, but not formally, announced a new professional women’s soccer league with eight teams in Boston, New Jersey, Western New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, Seattle, and Portland (Oregon), which will launch in Spring 2013.The 2013 season will run from March/April to September/October. U.S. Soccer will fund, as in fully pay the salaries of up to 24 USWNT players, while Canada Soccer and the Mexican Football Federation will similarly fund up to 16 players each. U.S. Soccer will also absorb all front office related costs such as scheduling, promotion, and website.

In addition to the conference call, several teams in the new league expanded on the conference call through press releases, interviews, social media, etc. However, specific details, most notably regarding the league’s name and some of the team names, have apparently yet to be specified.  More information will come out in the next several weeks, as the purpose of the conference call was “to get this news out there,” according to Gulati.

The rest of this post, as noted earlier, will be in a question-and-answer format. Continue reading “New Professional Women’s Soccer League: Wednesday Recap”

New Professional Women’s Soccer League Conference Call: Live Updates

With all the likely breaking news that should come out of today’s conference call, which is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET, and from other sources, this post will be used for running updates about the new league and its teams. After the dust settles, there will be a more formal post on today’s news, probably in a question-and-answer format. Continue reading “New Professional Women’s Soccer League Conference Call: Live Updates”

Official Announcement on New Women’s Professional Soccer League Scheduled For Wednesday

Multiple professional soccer journalists have confirmed via Twitter (e.g. Grant Wahl, Jack Bell, Jeffrey Carlisle, Jeff Kassouf) that a conference call on a new women’s professional soccer league has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 21st. The call is apparently scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET (per @liviubird). Representatives from U.S. Soccer, Canada Soccer (CSA), and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) will all be on the call. The nature of Canada’s and Mexico’s federations involvement in this new league remains unclear.

A brief round-up of other notes regarding this proposed new league is included after the jump. Continue reading “Official Announcement on New Women’s Professional Soccer League Scheduled For Wednesday”

New Details Emerge Regarding the Proposed New League

According to an article by Charles Boehm of SoccerWire.com, U.S. Soccer has recently set out an email to members of the United States Women’s National Team regarding a possible new professional women’s league that will begin play in 2013.  The email mentions eight potential teams, including four former WPS squads — Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Western New York Flash, and New Jersey’s Sky Blue FC — plus franchises in Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and the Kansas City area. Regarding when the new proposed league will officially announced, no specific date has been given, although it is expected to be no later than the end of November or early December.

Additionally, Andy Crossley has posted an article at Fun While It Lasted with some specific details regarding the financial structure of the league and its teams Continue reading “New Details Emerge Regarding the Proposed New League”