Forgive me if I’m a bit behind on this news, but a new women’s professional soccer league has plans to kick off in the spring of 2013 and feature a team from Seattle, according to a press release from some of the teams involved.
The league doesn’t have an official name yet (at least publicly) and hasn’t received sanctioning from U.S. Soccer, but would include teams like the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC — three participants in the last pro league, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), which folded in May after three years.
Seattle’s newly formed team would be owned by Bill Predmore, president and founder of POP, a digital marketing agency.
“We are excited to bring the highest level of women’s soccer to Seattle,” Predmore said in the release. “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.”
Four other teams are finalizing their participation in the league, according to the release, including another West Coast team. More teams are expected to join in the coming months.
The league would be separate but hope to work in conjunction with the two current women’s leagues — the W-League of the United Soccer Leagues, which features the Sounders Women, and the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
Predmore, in an interview with Equalizer Soccer, said he has had discussions with the Sounders Women about working together. The Sounders Women, which featured national team stars like Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, did not pay their players this past season.
The first women’s pro league, the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), was founded in 2000, played the following year and folded in 2003. It was succeeded by the short-lived WPS.
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I’ll have more to come on these developments in the coming days. Any thoughts?