WIS PARTNER USL ANNOUNCES THE W LEAGUE
THE W LEAGUE MISSION
The USL has announced their brand new W League which will use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development initiatives for women. The new league will begin play in 2022 and will provide an elite pre-professional pathway for women looking to build their careers both on and off the pitch.
THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S SOCCER
The USL W League will create more opportunities for women to pursue their dreams of playing and working in professional soccer. “The USL W League is a pre-professional league that enhances the women’s soccer pipeline between college and professional soccer and is focused on developing the next wave of elite women’s soccer talent to support the growth of the game at all levels,” said Betsy Haugh, Director of Women’s Soccer Operations at USL. “We’re thrilled by the opportunities this league will provide for women to play, coach, work in, and watch soccer, and we look forward to supporting the passionate girls and women working to achieve their dreams in the sport.”
WIS AND THE W LEAGUE
The USL recognizes our squad as a leading organization invested in the equity of the women’s game. The W League collaboration with WIS will ensure that our network can promote new roles in the industry and fill the pipeline of professional opportunities on and off the field. Both the USL and WIS are committed to using the new league to ensure more women can work in the game and represent diverse voices that will shape the new soccer landscape.
Of the new W League, WIS Founder, Courtney Carroll Levinsohn, said: “A new league means more opportunities to play. A new league means more opportunities to coach. A new league means more opportunities to work in the front office. A new league means new pathways. Women In Soccer will spotlight these pathways and ensure that women, particularly underrepresented women, know these pathways exist and that they will be supported through their entire journey in this community.”
We’re celebrating our partnership by making an investment in YOU! So, what’s your pitch? Women In Soccer and United Soccer League want to see women thrive in and around the game, from leading their own organizations to supporting youth falling in love with soccer, we want women to get the visibility they deserve as experts. And, we know a little can go a long way when it comes to organizations getting the resources they need to excel and achieve their goals.
We will be accepting submissions for the Pitch Contest with the USL W League soon! Stay tuned to the announcement.