Day 2: Will USL's new leagues help inspire the next gen of women's players?
10:00 a.m. Will USL's new leagues help inspire the next gen of women's players?
Host: Laura Gomez
Confirmed Guests: Katie Goodman, Amanda Vandervort, and Elisa Vicuna
Unlike U.S. men’s soccer leagues — and many soccer leagues across the world — there has never been a professional women’s soccer league beneath the NWSL. The USL intends to bridge that gap. This year, the launch of the USL-W league will provide a nationwide pro/amateur developmental platform for players; and in 2023, the USL-S is set to become the first-ever professional second division women’s soccer league.
Can the USL’s ambitious vision create a viable soccer pyramid and offer much-needed professional opportunities in women’s soccer? How will the USL differ from the existing pro/amateur women's league the UWS? In this panel, we’ll dig into these discussion topics and more.