The USL Super League is a new second-division professional women's soccer league expected to begin play in 2023.
Furthering the USL’s commitment to advancing the women’s game, unifying communities, and fueling the growth of the sport, the USL Super League aims to double the number of professional women’s soccer teams in the United States by its inaugural season.
The USL women’s pathway now includes the Super Y League, the USL Academy, the pre-professional USL W League which kicks off in 2022, and the professional USL Super League. The USL Super League will apply for Division II sanctioning from U.S. Soccer.
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.
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