U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced Wednesday the formation of a new professional women’s soccer league, which will feature eight teams, including the Boston Breakers. The league begins play in March/April 2013. Gulati was joined by representatives of the Canadian Soccer Association, the Federation of Mexican Football, and Boston Breakers Managing Partner Michael Stoller.
The new professional league will also include the Western New York Flash, Sky Blue FC, Chicago Red Stars, and one team each in Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore., Seattle, and Kansas City. Gulati said that 24 U.S. Women’s National Team players, 16 players from Canada’s National Team and 12 from the Mexican National Team will be a part of the league.
“We, as the owners of the teams, are all very excited about this league and the return of professional women’s soccer to the sports landscape in North America," Stoller said. "There has been a tremendous amount of work done over past several months. We are also very appreciative to the Canadian and the Mexican Federations for supporting the league and joining in on this effort.”
The Breakers will once again play their home games at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. Last season in WPSL Elite, the Breakers sold out all seven home games for a total attendance of more than 15,000 en route to winning the WPSL Elite regular season championship.
“Obviously this is fantastic news, not just for the players, but for all supporters of women’s soccer and especially our loyal Boston Breakers fans," Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. "A lot of hard work has gone into making this league a reality and something that will be more sustainable so it is part of the women’s soccer scene for a very long time. I ask Breakers fans and followers to support the team, the women’s game, and the new league by purchasing season memberships and game day tickets. We want another year of selling out Dilboy Stadium to go along with what we hope will be a successful on-field campaign."
On Wednesday’s conference call, Gulati went into detail about how the new league formed.
"Over the last several months, we’ve been doing a number of things, talking with some important constituents and stakeholders in the sport, not just in the United States but internationally," Gulati said. "I’m really very pleased to talk a little bit about the model that we’ve put together. That model is that U.S. Soccer will essentially run the front office of this league, that U.S. Soccer will fund the participation of approximately 24 players in the league – so on average, three per team. In discussions over the last several months with our neighbors to the south and north, I’m very pleased to confirm that the Canadian Soccer Association is joining us in that effort and the Mexican Federation is doing the same. So between those three federations and three governing bodies for the sport with long-term player development goals on the women’s side, as well as on the men’s side, we’ll be funding a substantial number of national team players to participate in this league, along with the front office from U.S. Soccer.
"The real story today from our perspective is we’re starting a league in eight important markets in the U.S. with the participation of the governing bodies and trying to create an economic model that is sustainable," Gulati added. "From our perspective, the most important thing is that we’ve got a commitment from the eight groups we’ve talked about, a sustainable model – and clearly if one wants to do it is those three federations being the government, we are subsidizing the private sector here to try to make it sustainable, to try to make the investments necessary by the private sector smaller."
Breakers season memberships for the 2013 season are already on sale. Visit www.breakerstickets.com to purchase season memberships. You can also call the Breakers sales department beginning Monday, Nov. 26, at 781-619-9337. Information regarding single-seat ticket sales will be made once the 2013 schedule is made available. In the meantime, you may go here to view a list of ticket prices for the coming season. Note, that if you have already purchased a season membership for 2013 that it is valid for the 2013 season.