A new women's soccer league will debut in May 2022 and one of the teams will be in Minnesota.
In a press release issued Tuesday, the USL W League is described as the "nation's premier pre-professional league, developing the next generation of women's soccer talent both on and off the field."
The release says the league will aim to "use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development."
Much the way the Green Bay Packers are community-owned in Wisconsin, the new Minnesota soccer team will eventually provide the public a chance at "community ownership." An ownership drive will take place later this year "so fans and supporters can hav ea direct ownership stake in major club decisions."
The owners will help decide the team name and branding.
"What Minnesota is creating as the first community-owned women’s soccer team in the country, and in being our only independent club in the league, is incredibly exciting and we are thrilled to partner with them," said Betsy Haugh, director of Women's Soccer.
The Minnesota franchise will have a public launch event this coming Sunday, June 13, at 3 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights. The public is invited and there will be live music, food and soccer.