NWSL confirms San Diego growth workforce with former USWNT boss Jill Ellis as president

The Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League has introduced that San Diego will probably be dwelling to an growth workforce which is able to start play in 2022.

The workforce will be owned by Ron Burkle, who had initially deliberate to have the NWSL workforce in Sacramento earlier than altering course and shifting it to Southern California. 

Former U.S. girls’s nationwide workforce head coach Jill Ellis will function workforce president, her first function within the recreation after she stepped away following the USWNT’s profitable 2019 World Cup marketing campaign.

Why the NWSL selected San Diego 

“The NWSL continues to develop immensely and bringing girls’s skilled soccer again to San Diego, an space with a wealthy soccer historical past and passionate fan base, could have a deep and constructive influence on this group,” Ellis (photograph under) stated in a league launch.

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“I’m extremely honored to steer this membership ahead as we put together for play on this league subsequent 12 months. We purpose to change into a big workforce globally, led by influential girls, with the power to draw one of the best expertise all through the world.”

NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird added: “San Diego NWSL has all of the hallmarks of a profitable growth membership: a dedicated possession group with the sources required to put money into the success of our league and our gamers, in a group stuffed with soccer gamers and followers, in a area that has been underrepresented in our league.

“I can’t wait to observe all of it come collectively.” 

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The San Diego franchise, which is able to announce a title, colours, head coach and stadium venue at a later date, will change into the NWSL’s twelfth franchise, and second from Southern California to enter subsequent season.

Angel Metropolis FC, which will probably be positioned simply north in Los Angeles, can be set to start play as an growth franchise in 2022.

Tuesday’s announcement will probably be a bitter blow to Sacramento, after Baird introduced earlier this 12 months {that a} new franchise could be positioned within the California capital.

Baird stated on the time that an official affirmation from the NWSL could be forthcoming, nevertheless it by no means arrived.

Burkle had additionally deliberate on proudly owning an MLS growth franchise in Sacramento, however has since pulled out of that mission fully in February 2021. 

New girls’s league launching

The announcement comes on the identical day that the United Soccer League (USL) introduced a relaunch of the USL W League, which is able to start play in Could 2022 with a champion topped in July.

The discharge saying the W League, which existed in a earlier iteration from 1995 to 2015, indicated that plans are being made for as much as 30 groups for the 2022 season.

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