The USL W League is a leader in pre-professional soccer in North America, developing the next generation of women's talent both on and off the field. The USL W League strives to use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development. The League and its member clubs are committed to investing in women’s soccer – through not only financial resources but also with time, energy, and attention – and are united in our mission to grow the women’s game.
The USL W League will serve as the nation’s premier pre-professional league developing the next generation of women’s talent both on and off the field, enhancing the women’s soccer pipeline between college and professional soccer. With 44 teams across 20 states in its inaugural season, the USL W League will bring elite women’s soccer to communities across the U.S., creating more opportunities to play, watch and work in the women’s game.
Take a look back at the milestones that helped form the USL women's pathway
Under new ownership, the league continues operations of the Super Y League and W-League, offering playing opportunities for girls and women across the United States.
Further stimulating the USL’s interest in the women’s game, interest from club owners intensifies in summer 2019 as teams across the USL ecosystem share their desire to invest in the women’s game.
USL begins the formation of a sustainable league model by conducting market research into the women’s soccer landscape.
USL begins discovery process with key stakeholders in all levels of women’s soccer to provide insight and assistance in steering the direction of its women’s soccer strategy.
USL continues conversations with its clubs, focusing on level of interest, investment, and vision for a pre-professional women’s league
USL gains initial commitments from clubs to participate in a pre-professional women’s league.
USL announces the appointment of Betsy Haugh as its Director of Women’s Soccer Operations.
As part of the USL’s IMPACT Committee, the USL forms its Gender Equity Subcommittee, a group that would prove to be instrumental in steering the direction of its women’s soccer strategy.
USL hosts its first meeting of the Gender Equity Subcommittee to assist with the direction of the women’s league, including mission, vision and brand.
Mission: To use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development.
In preparation for the League’s announcement and continued team recruitment, USL focuses on policy formation and legal processes to set and uphold the League’s standards.
Reinforcing the W League’s commitment to collaborating with key organizations and stakeholders who authentically represent the values and cultures associated with the women’s game, the USL finalizes a strategic partnership with Women In Soccer.
USL welcomes 16 teams to compete in the U17 Girls Academy Cup in Tampa, FL, a significant step in the development of the USL’s female pathway.
In a defining moment for the USL in the women’s game, the USL W League is publicly announced, including the confirmation of eight initial members.
Following the announcement of a new 5,000-seat stadium in downtown Spokane that would become the home of a USL League One club, the United Soccer League announced its intention to bring a W League team to Spokane that could kick off as early as 2022.
Reaffirming its commitment to holistic player development, the USL W League announces sports mindset agency Soccer Resilience as its Official Sports Mindset Advisor.
Continuing its confirmations of founding clubs for the League’s inaugural season, the USL W League announces six new members – Asheville City, Southern Soccer Academy, Morris Elite SC, Wake FC, Peachtree City MOBA, and Northern Virginia FC.
In a watershed moment for women’s soccer in the United States, the USL publicly announces the formation of a Division II women’s professional league, the USL Super League, set to kick off in 2023.
As membership grows leading up to the league's inaugural season, the USL W League welcomes four new members - FA Euro, NY, Indy Eleven, NC Fusion, and South Carolina United.
An innovative sports executive with more than 20 years of experience across all levels of women’s and men’s soccer, Vandervort brings business acumen, leadership skills and industry relationships to the USL Super League and USL’s burgeoning women’s soccer pathway.
The USL W League announces Chicago City SC, Midwest United, and the St. Louis Lions as its newest members.
Continuing expansion efforts in preparation for its inaugural season, the USL W League welcomes AFC Ann Arbor, Tampa Bay United, Florida Elite, AC Connecticut, Manhattan SC, and Westchester Flames.
The USL W League announces findings of its first-ever fan survey, covering topics such as soccer fandom and viewing habits, general fandom of women's sports and fan opinions about the new pre-professional league.
South Georgia Tormenta FC announces Elise Holcey as the first player signing for the new USL W League.
As expansion continues prior to the turn of the year, the USL welcomes eight new clubs to the W League: Detroit City FC, Chicago Dutch Lions, Green Bay Glory, Patuxent Football Athletics, Tennessee Soccer Club, Miami Athletic Club, and Kings Hammer FC.
The USL W League welcomes its 30th club, reaching its target number as set in June during the league's public announcement.
USL W League clubs attend their first set of in-person meetings as part of the USL's annual Winter Summit in Tampa, FL.
Expansion efforts continue into the New Year with the USL welcoming Flint City AFC, Kalamazoo FC, Cedar Stars, Caledonia SC, FC Miami City, Racing Louisville, Eagle FC, and NC Courage.
Price will lead on-field initiatives for the USL’s youth-to-pro women's pathway and support USL Super League and W League Clubs in structuring their technical departments.
The USL W League’s inaugural clubs are arranged into seven divisions for the 2022 season – the South Central, Great Lakes, Heartland, Metropolitan, Mid Atlantic, South Atlantic and Southeast.
The USL W League announces its 2022 season schedule, noting that over 220 games will be played.
USL W League welcomes McLean Soccer as the 44th team to compete in the 2022 season, completing the Mid Atlantic Division.
The USL W League kicks off its inaugural season with the first of 254 regular-season matches as Indy Eleven hosts Kings Hammer FC.