The Utah and San Francisco Bay Area franchises could join the NWSL as early as next year, while another team from Boston also plans to join at a later date, as women’s soccer continues to grow across the United States.
The Women’s National Soccer League is expanding rapidly, and according to a report this week, the 12-team league has plans to add three more to its ranks.
The Wall Street Journal said Friday that franchises in Boston, Utah and the San Francisco Bay area could soon be added to the NWSL.
The report adds that San Francisco and Utah could join the league next year, but there is no season scheduled for the Boston franchise yet.
Three more teams could soon join the growing National Women’s Soccer League
San Francisco and Boston would reportedly pay $50 million each in NWSL fees, while the Utah franchise would pay between $2 and $5 million due to an agreement in place in 2022.
ESPN quoted a NWSL spokesperson as saying: ‘We remain committed to our expansion process and are excited about our prospects. When we have news to share, we will.’
Last season, Angel City FC in Los Angeles and San Diego Wave FC joined the NWSL, bringing the number of competing teams to 12 and symbolizing the growing interest in women’s soccer.
Angel City had the highest average attendance in the league at 19,000, while the San Diego Wave posted the highest single-game record of 32,000, against Angel City.
Angel City also has a variety of high-profile investors like Serena Williams, Eva Longoria, and Natalie Portman, as well as former USWNT star Mia Hamm.
San Francisco Bay, Boston and Utah could have franchises competing in the league
The upcoming 2023 NWSL season begins on March 25 and ends on November 11.
Portland Thorns is the defending champion, winning the playoffs after OL Reign won the regular season seed.
Earlier this month, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes joined the ownership team of NWSL team KC Current, along with his wife Brittany.