A new pro-am women’s soccer league will kick off its inaugural season this spring and will include two teams from the New York Metropolitan Area.
United Women’s Soccer (UWS) was developed to provide a platform for the nation’s female soccer talent while also promoting the women’s game to younger players, the league said in a press release. Two local teams, Long Island Roughriders and New York Magic, will take part in the new league.
UWS said in mid-January that it would begin an open application process “within the next few weeks” and has appointed EDP as administrators who will oversee the application process along with marketing responsibility sand day-to-day operations.
“We’re extremely excited to be playing a part in the formation of UWS,” said Steve Shilling, EDP president. “This is an important component of the soccer model in America, and in particular for advancing the women’s game. UWS is the perfect complement as it completes our progression from pre-teens through to college and beyond. With the founding members as a solid base, we look forward to working with other adult women’s clubs around the nation.”
In addition to Long Island and New York, other teams set for league play are New England Mutiny, TSF Academy (N.J.), New Jersey Copa FC, Lancaster Inferno (Penn.), Laval Comets (Quebec, Canada) and Quebec Dynamo (Quebec, Canada). Participation of the two Canadian teams is subject to approval from the Canadian Soccer Association.
With the appointment of the initial eight teams, Shilling said the league will shift its focus on adding a West region for play this year. League spots will be designated to aspiring second division clubs under US Soccer who meet predetermined criteria relevant to developmentally-appropriate standards of facilities and infrastructure, league officials said.
UWS Board Member Peter Zaratin said of the new league, “Having participated in a similar league in the past, the Long Island Rough Riders are excited to continue to play our part in the advancement of the women’s game in this country by providing a platform for the nation’s talented female players to perform and progress.”