With the FIFA Women’s World Cup hardly in the rear view mirror and the London Olympics simply on the horizon, women’s soccer has been delighting in quite a respected year. Sadly the women’s game in back in the headlines today with the end of the Women’s Professional Soccer league. The league revealed on Friday that the league’s five remaining owners had actually formally decided to put an end to the 3 year league.
The professional league had suspended operations this previous January as they underwent legal issues with Dan Borislow, owner of the South Florida team MagicJack. When he was ousted from the league last summer, it appears that the league has actually settled their lengthy legal issues with Borislow after he sued the WPS. It was a dark stain on women’s soccer though there were hopes at the time the league would have the ability to regroup after a one year hiatus. All hopes of the resurrection of the WPS in 2013 have actually now been formally squashed with the announcement from the owners today.
Womens Professional Soccer Conundrum
The most recent American sports league is the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league inaugurated in 2009.
Prior to there was the WPS, there was the WUSA, which likewise concerned an end after just a 3 year run due to the absence of financial backing. The WUSA was formed after the successful 1999 World Cup, which ended up being the springboard for the development of the league.
The United States Women’s National Team failed to record the world cup last summer in Germany, have actually risen and popularity of the sport has actually skyrocketed over the previous several months. Hope Solo ended up being a home name and the smiling faces of the American team might be discovered glossing numerous magazines and television. With this summer’s Olympic video game just a couple of months away, women’s soccer has another fantastic opportunity to bring even more fans into the fold.
It was a far cry from the almost 80,000 people that I experienced crammed into Wembley Stadium last summer to view the U.S. Women’s nationwide team captures a gold medal, Portland is revealing that there is an interest in women’s soccer in the great northwest and that their fans are prepared to come out and support the team.
What happens after the Olympics, however, is unclear. When the WPS suspended play in January, it left a great deal of soccer players searching for new venues in order to keep pursuing their dreams. While the USWNT players are preoccupied with London, those not on the team are bouncing around the semi-pro leagues such as the WPSL Elite League or the W-League. These players are being paid meager salaries and sustaining grueling travel purely from their love and dedication to the video game.
The wages of the players are modest compared with many significant professional sports. The salaries vary from $6,000-30,000 with the national team members receiving a NWSL league wage in addition to their national team wage. As history is actually dictating the only method to possibly achieve success in this league is to keep the wages of players at a minimum.
No doubt it will take a lot of company and financial backing in order to provide a league that can be successful and hold up against comparable difficulties that the previous decade has actually brought to the professional sport. Ideally, those placed in charge of leading the effort will certainly be ready for the challenges that lie ahead and have the interest in the sport to sustain the expected bumps along the way. After the Olympics there will certainly be an international gap in women’s soccer with the world cup not returning around up until 2015. Let’s hope we do not have to wait that long in order to enjoy them play.