As part of its expansion into women’s soccer, United Soccer League (USL) announced a new Division II women’s soccer league in the United States, the USL Super League, set to launch in 2023.
The USL Super League joins previously announced women’s offerings from USL. The USL women’s pathway now includes the Girls Super Y League, the Girls USL Academy, the women’s pre-professional USL W League which kicks off next year, and the women’s professional USL Super League. The USL Super League will apply for Division II sanctioning from U.S. Soccer in the coming months.
According to a league press release, the USL Super League’s compensation structure and professional standards will be consistent with the USL men’s professional leagues.
“In our country, there are seven times as many professional soccer teams for men than there are for women,” said Betsy Haugh, USL Director of Women’s Soccer Operations. “We are going to improve that ratio, and we invite players and fans to join us in building a new, outstanding level of women’s soccer.”
For its inaugural 2022 season, the W League has already announced its first 16 member clubs and expects more than 30 teams to take the field in 2022.