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Reign FC Ownership Close to Sale to French Powerhouse

One of the biggest clubs in international women’s soccer may be moving into the National Women’s Soccer League. The OL Groupe, the parent company of French powerhouse Olympique Lyon, is in exclusive negotiations to buy Reign FC, the Tacoma-based NWSL club that is the home of U.S. stars Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long. A release […]

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NWSL Adds Louisville Team as 10th Franchise

The National Women’s Soccer League will be back in the double figures for teams with the addition of Louisville, Kentucky, as the league’s fourth expansion franchise, with play scheduled to begin in 2021 at Lynn Family Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium with a capacity of nearly 14,000 scheduled to open in 2020. Louisville will be the […]

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The U.S. soccer team poses for a photo before an international friendly soccer match against Ireland in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

U.S. Women’s Soccer Victory Tour Brings Champions to Fans

What some programs or leagues or teams wish would happen over a period of years hit the United States women’s national soccer team within a month’s time. Already going into the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the label of favorites and defending champions, the team not only successfully defended its title, but did so 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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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

A World of Opportunity

Excitement is rising for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be staged June 7–July 7 in nine cities in France. As of March, more than 500,000 tickets had been sold, 23 percent to ticket buyers in the United States—and there’s good reason for the strong American interest. The 2019 tournament will mark the […]

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