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NWSL will expand to San Diego and USL set to launch a women’s league

Pro women’s soccer tripled in size in one day

Media Interviews - 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards - Berlin Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus

With the launch of Louisville FC this year and Angel City set to join in 2022, NWSL is growing into new markets. That trend will continue and after not having any teams in California, the league will have a second one joining in 2022. San Diego was announced yesterday as the 12th team in the league.

While Angel City has a star studded ownership group, the San Diego franchise will have its own notable name as Jill Ellis has signed on to be the club’s President. The team is owned by investor Ron Burkle who also co-owns the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That wasn’t the only women’s soccer club news to drop yesterday as the United Soccer League announced plans to start a women’s league. The USL W-League will begin play in 2022 with eight teams representing Chattanooga, TN, Greenville, SC, Hartford, CT, Kaw Valley FC, Kansas, St. Paul, MN, South Georgia Tormenta FC, Statesboro, GA, Queensboro FC, Queens, NY, and a club in Washington, DC.

This is apparently just the start for the USL W-League as a 30 team league is planned for the start of the 2022 season.