United Women’s Soccer (UWS) announce new pro-am women’s soccer league

UWS NEWS RELEASE: Wednesday December 16, 2015

UWS to Form National Pro-Am Women’s Soccer League in 2016

East Brunswick NJ  -  United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is pleased to announce the formation of a new pro-am women’s soccer league, sanctioned by US Soccer through USASA, which will commence its inaugural season in Spring 2016.

In addition to providing a platform for some of the nation’s best female talent, the UWS plans to promote the women’s game to younger players, gaining a fanbase that will help grow support for women’s soccer not just throughout the USA and Canada, but worldwide.

The league will begin an open application process within the next few weeks. UWS has appointed EDP as administrators who will oversee the application process from interested parties, as well as the marketing responsibilities and day-to-day operations.

EDP President Steve Shilling said: Were extremely excited to be playing a part in the formation of UWS. This is an important component of the soccer model in America, and in particular for advancing the womens game. UWS is the perfect complement as it completes our progression from pre-teens through to college and beyond. With the founding members as a solid base, we look forward to working with other adult womens clubs around the nation.

UWS is pleased to announce the addition of eight teams in the East and will now focus on adding a West region for play in its inaugural season. The clubs listed below have all been a part of the founding operations to date. League spots will be designated to aspiring second division clubs under US Soccer who meet predetermined criteria relevant to developmentally-appropriate standards of facilities and infrastructure.

New England Mutiny - MA
New York Magic - NY
Long Island Rough Riders - NY
TSF Academy - NJ
New Jersey Copa FC - NJ
Lancaster Inferno - PA
Laval Comets - Quebec Canada *
Quebec Dynamo - Quebec Canada *

* Subject to Canadian Soccer Association approval

UWS Board Member Peter Zaratin said: Having participated in a similar league in the past, the Long Island Rough Riders are excited to continue to play our part in the advancement of the womens game in this country by providing a platform for the nations talented female players to perform and progress.

EDP will be facilitating schedules, disciplinary procedures and are welcoming interested applicants to contact EDP Executive Director of Operations: Jen Marcella (jen@uwssoccer.com) for more information.

About UWS

United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is a national 2nd division league under US Soccer divided into regional conferences. The playing pool consists of both collegiate and professional players providing a platform for the nation’s most talented female soccer players to perform.

About EDP

EDP exists to offer soccer programs which are professionally managed with player development as their primary focus, and thereby to support the growth of soccer in the United States. EDP seeks to work with clubs that, while competing with each other, are ready to be part of a congenial and mutually supportive group that works together to promote the game and serve the needs of high potential players.

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