December 12th, 2011
WPS: Another League Bites The Dust?
Images: wps.com, AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE.
The future of the Women’s Professional Soccer league (WPS) has been thrown into doubt yet again after the termination of the majicJacks franchise. The WPS, which comprised six teams prior to the ‘Jacks expulsion, was already operating under a one year waiver of the US Soccer rule that a league must have a minimum of eight teams to be recognised. It is now in the process of applying for a further waiver in time to reap the benefits of a USWNT showing at London 2012.
Western New York Flash won the league last season. Will they be the last to do so? Image: AP Photo/Dan Cappellazzo.
If the WPS does fold, it will be the second time a women’s league has done so in the US in the last eight years. The Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), whose founding players included 1999 World Cup winners Brandi Chastain and Mia Hamm, suspended operations in 2003, citing lower-than-anticipated TV viewing and attendance figures.
What do you make of this, Kickettes? We broke many a convention with our coverage of the Women’s World Cup earlier this year, and judging by your enthusiastic response, you enjoyed it. But it is hard to argue against economic realities, and if both support and finance are lacking, should attempts to push a women’s league structure cease? Does football as a whole have a responsibility to care for all its players? If yes, do you feel the women’s game should somehow be subsidised by the men’s, at least until it gets on it’s feet?
We just know you’ll have something to say on the subject.