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National Women’s Soccer League Appoints Marla Messing as Interim CEO

The National Women’s Soccer League board of governors has appointed Marla Messing, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup president and chief executive officer, as its interim CEO to oversee the day-to-day operations. Messing will work in close coordination with the board of governors to execute on key initiatives that will promote actionable, sustainable change and […]

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The TEAMS Conference takes place at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham)

TEAMS ’21 Underscores the Importance of Sports to the Travel Industry’s Recovery

The world’s largest gathering of sports-event professionals returned to in-person business this week as the TEAMS Conference & Expo, held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey, brought together hundreds of destinations and event organizers to continue the crucial work in helping rebuild the tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports has been […]

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Portland to Host 2021 NWSL Championship Game

The National Women’s Soccer League will have its 2021 championship game at Providence Park, home of the league’s Portland Thorns FC, on November 20. The expanded 2021 playoffs will feature the top six teams at the end of the regular season, with the top two seeds earning a first-round bye to the semifinals. The quarterfinals […]

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NWSL Expanding to San Diego in 2022

The National Women’s Soccer League will continue its expansion in 2022 with a new franchise launching in San Diego, the league announced on Tuesday. The club’s name, crest, head coach and venue partner will be announced at a later date. The owner is Ron Burkle, who planned to take an NWSL team to Sacramento as […]

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Louisville to Host International Women’s Cup Soccer

Louisville, Kentucky will host the inaugural International Women’s Cup, a four-team professional soccer competition that will include home team Racing Louisville FC as well as the Chicago Red Stars from the National Women’s Soccer League. Organizers say the event will be held on August 18 and August 21 at the new Lynn Family Stadium with […]

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NWSL Leaves Utah, Returns Women’s Professional Soccer to Kansas City

What was in the past is now the present for the National Women’s Soccer League, as the organization will welcome a team back to Kansas City, Missouri, after the market lost a team three years ago to Utah. The NWSL Board of Governors has officially approved an expansion team in Kansas City that will begin […]

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Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly holds the trophy alongside teammates while celebrating their NWSL soccer Challenge Cup championship win over the Chicago Red Stars, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NWSL Brings Back Challenge Cup for 2021 Season

The National Women’s Soccer League will bring back the Challenge Cup and integrate the event into its plans for 2021, the league announced this week as part of its overall competition framework for the upcoming season. Players will report to camp on February 1, 2021, with the second annual Challenge Cup starting in mid-April with […]

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United States' Rose Lavelle, right, is congratulated by Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath, left, after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand on May 16 in St. Louis. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP Images

U.S. Women’s World Cup Success Helps NWSL Sign Television Deal With ESPN

Capitalizing on the wild, widespread success of the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team, ESPN has signed a contract to televise 14 National Women’s Soccer League matches for the rest of the 2019 season. The first broadcast of the agreement will be July 14 with a game between the Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride. […]

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North Carolina Developers Propose $1.9 Billion Project

Developers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have proposed a 55-acre entertainment district in the downtown area that includes a 20,000-seat soccer stadium with the hopes of landing a Major League Soccer expansion team. The projected, called “Downtown South,” would also include 1,200 hotel rooms, 125,000 square feet of retail and service space and 1.6 million square […]

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