Tomorrow, the growth draft for the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League takes place in a digital setting. The train permits the league’s two growth groups, Angel Metropolis FC and San Diego Wave, to begin constructing their rosters for the 2022 season. Additional additions to the rosters of those two sides will happen Saturday within the participant entry draft.
Factor is, the world of ladies’s skilled soccer has had an odd love-hate relationship with the West Coast ever for the reason that dissolution of the WUSA in 2003. The second iteration of a professional league, WPS, noticed two California franchises, the L.A. Sol and FC Gold Satisfaction, be a part of the league after which fold.
Now, should you take a look at the footprint of ladies’s post-collegiate soccer, there has at all times appeared to have been a disconnect between golf equipment on the west coast and the remainder of the US. The USL’s W-League had been a nationwide league with roughly 35 groups by 1998. However that yr, the Western Division broke away to change into the Girls’s Premier Soccer League.
Too, when the NWSL began, there have been groups from coast to coast, however there have been no groups in America’s most populous state. However that adjustments within the spring of 2022, when the NWSL expands to 12 groups, together with two groups in California.
I’ve been wanting on the progress and shrinkage of ladies’s professional leagues during the last 25 years as a operate of geography. I’ve discovered it fascinating that some groups appear to discover a magical connection between themselves and their followers, corresponding to what has occurred with the Portland Thorns or the Washington Mystics.
However that pull works each methods. Because the Miami Sol and the Orlando Miracle folded, there have been no different WNBA franchises within the state of Florida.
So in 2022, there may be going to be a state of equality between the 12-team WNBA and the 12-team NWSL. I’ll have an interest to see the place the ladies’s sports activities greenback goes sooner or later.