TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League today announced a new partnership with Women In Soccer (WIS), a growing community of women and allies united by the inclusive power of soccer. The partnership will work to increase opportunity for women in the game and collaborate on ways to improve the status of women in the American soccer system.
“We are thrilled to partner with Women In Soccer as the USL looks for more ways to support women aiming to play, watch and work in soccer,” said Betsy Haugh, Director of Operations -- Women’s Soccer. “The USL family of clubs has shown a strong desire to enhance the status of the women’s game and we look forward to working with an organization like Women In Soccer who will help us to achieve our goals”
By partnering with Women In Soccer, the USL continues its commitment to close the gaps in the game for women, aiming to increase access and exposure to the USL ecosystem through the professional development resources within the WIS community. Women In Soccer will work with the USL and its clubs to implement inclusive educational practices that will support women from all backgrounds, provide more opportunities to exercise allyship and create accountability standards on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
"The USL’s partnership with Women In Soccer demonstrates the league's understanding that in order to grow the game in the United States, systemic racism, gender bias and homophobia must be addressed,” said Courtney Carroll Levinsohn, Founder of Women In Soccer. “Together, we will shape soccer in America by collaborating on anti-discrimination initiatives, safe reporting policies and professional development efforts that ensure everyone can thrive in the game. The USL and WIS partnership celebrates the power of a community committed to creating an inclusive soccer culture."
The USL and WIS will also work to identify business and social events where the two organizations can work together to promote gender-equity education and networking opportunities across the United States. The collaborative nature of the partnership was embodied in Women In Soccer’s most recent career fair, which saw USL Senior Vice President Lizzie Seedhouse and Vice President Rachel Bukszar serve as guest speakers in educational seminars on the potential career paths available in the current professional soccer landscape.
To learn more about Women In Soccer and the work the organization is doing to improve the culture of soccer for women, visit www.womeninsoccer.org.
For more information on USL partnerships, contact Will McClaran at firstname.lastname@example.org.