Hoping to build on interest in teams seeking a home following the demise of the W-League or having dissatisfaction with the WPSL, United Women’s Soccer (UWS) hopes to become what it describes
as a "national second division league" with collegians and aspiring pro players sanctioned by USASA.
In a statement, the league said will begin an open application process within
the next few weeks. UWS announced
eight teams in the East -- among them the New England Mutiny, New York Magic and Long Island Rough Riders -- and plans to focus on
adding a West region for play in its inaugural season.
UWS appointed EDP to oversee the application process from interested parties, as well as the marketing responsibilities and
day-to-day operations for the league
"We're extremely excited to be playing a part in the formation of UWS," EDP president Steve Shilling
said. "This is an important component of
the soccer model in America, and in particular for advancing the women's game. UWS is the perfect complement as it completes our progression from pre-teens through to college and beyond. With the
founding members as a solid base, we look forward to working with other adult women's clubs around the nation."