Women’s Professional Soccer Leagues suspends 2012 season

Sad news for fans of women’s soccer today. After ongoing legal and financial troubles, the WPS announced that it will skip the 2012 season in an attempt to resolve the challenges and come back stronger in 2013.

Maya wrote about these challenges over at Mother Jones in December, when the WPS narrowly avoided a shutdown.

It’s obvious that women’s sports face serious financial challenges in comparison to men’s sports–both from lost revenue in regards to ticket sales, and likely endorsements as well.

I grew up in what was considered a women’s soccer mecca–Chapel Hill North Carolina, the home of UNC-CH and a great women’s college soccer team. I never played soccer, but I saw the impact the sport had on girls growing up around me. It’s an incredible asset to girls development, and not having a professional league seriously impacts the overall future of the sport.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/sexoutofwedlock/ nicole mercier

    :”””” (
    this certainly is uncool.
    I AM SO UPSET! i mean, of course I am upset with the war on women and the GOP, but this upsets me in a different way. :”””’ ( i think the men’s teams should say “HEY, we have had a priveleged run, let’s give our funding to the women’s teams.” I bet that not only would that improve interest in womens soccer and funding, but what would ACTUALLY happen is someone would run in and say, “WE CANT SACRIFICE MEN”S FUTBOL!” and all of a sudden there would be plenty of funding for everyone.

    • http://feministing.com/members/robbieloveslife/ Robert

      A business should be able to stand on its own. No one should be forced to fund someone else’s league or business. That’s ridiculous and create even more tension between men and women in this particular case. I can imagine male soccer players getting pissed if they have salaries cut in this country where they don’t even make that much. The men’s league here is facing their own struggles. The billion dollar soccer leagues are in Europe.

      All that being said, I loved watching the US women play in the world cup. I watched at soccer bars in San Diego and there were many other men interested too. I’ll try to catch some olympic games and will for sure tune in to the next world cup in 2015 which will be on in prime time since it’s in Canada.

  • http://feministing.com/members/sexoutofwedlock/ nicole mercier