Report: NWSL to expand in Boston, Utah and California
The NWSL is about to expand with three teams based in Boston, Utah and the San Francisco area, according to a Friday report in The Wall Street Journal.
The National Women’s Soccer League is about to expand with three teams playing in Boston, Utah and the San Francisco area, according to a report Friday in the Wall Street Journal.
The women’s Pro League has previously announced that it will add at least two teams by 2024. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that the Northern California and Utah franchises will begin playing the game next year, with Boston joining at a later date.
The NWSL did not confirm the report in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday, saying: “We remain committed to our expansion process and are excited about our prospects. If we have news to share, we will.”
The NWSL has 12 teams after Angel City in Los Angeles and the San Diego Wave joined the league last year.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that the Boston and Bay Area groups will pay approximately $50 million in franchise fees. The Utah team is paying a reduced fee based on an earlier agreement made when the Utah Royals folded in the 2020 season.
Ahead of the NWSL draft earlier this month, league commissioner Jessica Berman said it will be “somewhere between days and months, more like weeks, that we’ll be able to share information about an expansion.”
“What I can say is that I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities that we have ahead of us,” she added.
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