May 24, 2012
I logged on to Facebook a few days ago expecting to see the usual; Instagram photos, random thoughts, check-ins, etc. and instead came across some rather unpleasant news. When I read something like this it usually stirs up a reaction that leads to some questions, and judging by the 235 comments on the post I’m not alone. Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) shut down operations permanently, and although hundreds jumped on the news, it didn’t really come as much of a surprise to the soccer community.
But why not? I mean, the writing has been on the wall for the WPS, but why isn’t it a shock that another women’s pro league has failed? Every facet of the women’s game is growing and expanding, except at the professional level. Shouldn’t we expect, and even demand, more? We take no shortcuts in our method to developing youth players, to training our collegiate players and preparing our national team for success. For some reason, there is a disconnect between what makes all these programs a success and why women’s professional soccer has failed – twice.
Let’s look at the facts.