Indiana Eleven pledges to field women’s team for new league

Indy Eleven announced on Friday that they will field a women’s soccer team in a new league launched by the United Soccer League.

The “pre-professional” or development league, known as the USL W League, is expected to have at least 30 teams when it starts playing in May 2022. At least 17 teams have already signed up to the league.

The Elevens’ announcement said details were still being worked out on the team name, logo, location of origin and training facilities, as well as the staff.

“Indy Eleven has long wanted to take a tangible step towards representation in women’s football, and we are proud to partner with the United Soccer League and the W League to make this a reality,” said the President and CEO from Indy Eleven, Greg Stremlaw. Remarks. “Indy Eleven looks forward to doing our part in the growth of women’s football here in Indiana and, just like our USL Championship team, achieving our goal of being the premier club in the USL W League. both on and off the pitch from 2022. “

USL is making an effort to create more opportunities for women in football. Earlier this week, he announced the creation of the W-League and a professional second-division league called the USL Super League, which will begin playing in 2023.

“Our goal for the W League is to use women’s football as a force for the good of society by creating a national platform to increase opportunities, gender equality and career development,” said the USL women’s football director Betsy Haugh in written comments. “We expect to have at least 30 clubs for our inaugural season, which would provide over 750 new opportunities to play, work and coach in women’s football. We are very excited about what the future holds.

The Super League is hoping to be sanctioned for competing just below the leading National Women’s Football League, which has been playing for nearly a decade.

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