After another Olympic gold medal, the never-ending battle for U.S. women’s professional soccer rages on
The meeting adjourned with promises to continue talks. Some former WPS teams, a new team in Seattle, and four other soon-to-be-determined squads announced the formation of a new league the day of the gold-medal match. The plan sets kickoff for spring 2013. The league almost certainly will not have Division I status — the designation for a fully professional league that comes with high minimum-salary requirements and high fees paid to USSF — and there are still many, many details to decide, including the details of those four other teams, the league structure, the salary scale, and pretty much everything else. Despite the announcement, it’s too early to say anything will happen for the 2013 season. Still, any progress is positive. American women are increasingly drawn to rich contracts in Europe — getting a league right this time is vital. The next year or two will very likely be the last chance to create a viable women’s league that can claim to house the best players in the world.