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WPS clubs join WPSL

  • ESPNW.com, Friday, February 10, 2012 12:53 PM

Beau Dure provides an update on what WPS clubs are planning in the wake of the 2012 season cancellation.

The 2011 WPS champion Western New York Flash and the Boston Breakers will play in a new elite division of the longstanding Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Chicago Red Stars, who played in WPS in 2009 and '10 and joined the WPSL last season, and FC Indiana will compete on the elite level.

"The new elite league would have no restrictions on the types of players each team could roster; a team could be all professional players or could have a mix of professional and amateur players," a WPSL press release about the deal said. Players seeking to retain college eligibility, though, are subject to some NCAA restrictions.

New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC also has plans to stay active, announcing a March tour of Japan that will include exhibitions against Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa. Sky Blue has not committed to plans for the summer. The Philadelphia Independence announced plans for camps and a youth program. The Atlanta Beat has not announced their plan for the season.

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