Amanda Duffy: The Growth of the National Women’s Soccer League

 
 
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Every four years, soccer gets a huge profile boost through the FIFA World Cup. With the Women’s World Cup set for France in 2019, soccer leaders in the United States are hopeful that the defending champion U.S. Women’s National Team will once again make a deep run and keep interest high when the event is done. Such a run should only stand to benefit the National Women’s Soccer League, which is entering its record-breaking seventh season as the only professional soccer league for women in the country. Attendance was up last year and with many NWSL players competing in France, expectations are high that those numbers will keep rising. Leading the charge is Amanda Duffy, who was named NWSL president in January. In this discussion with SportsTravel Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz, Duffy discusses her rise in the organization, how the league intends to capitalize on World Cup fever and her predictions for who will hoist the trophy in France.