The new eight-team women’s soccer league was introduced as the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in 2013. The league, which will be administered by U.S. Soccer, began play in the spring of 2013. The league expanded to nine teams in 2014.
The new league logo is appropriately red, white and blue and features the silhouette of a female soccer player about to strike a shot.
With the confirmation of the league name and logo, the National Women’s Soccer League has also launched its official pages on Facebook and Twitter. Fans are encouraged to like the league on Facebook and follow on Twitter @NWSL. The league website is www.nwslsoccer.com.
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced on Nov. 29, 2012, that former U.S. Women’s National Team General Manager Cheryl Bailey had been named the Executive Director for the new league.
“We are working on finalizing a number of league items, but we now have a name and a logo that we think the fans will identify with and enjoy,” said Bailey. “This is a league we have to build from the bottom up and we have a group of dedicated owners and talented support staff at U.S. Soccer to keep this process moving in a positive direction while slowly growing the brand.”
U.S. Soccer will subsidize the salaries of up to 24 U.S. Women’s National Team players while the Canadian Soccer Association and Federation of Mexican Football will each do the same for up to 16 players.
The nine teams in the league are: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, and the Western New York Flash.
Season memberships for the Boston Breakers home games are on sale now at www.breakerstickets.com. The Breakers will once again play their games at Harvard Stadium as they did in 2014. In 2013, the Breakers played their first NWSL season at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass.