Yes, the folding of the Women’s Pro Soccer (WPS) really stinks. However, there are two and a half semi-pro women’s soccer leagues in the U.S. and one of them also has teams in Canada. There are the USL W-League, which has some teams in Canada, as well as the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and now has another division to try and step in to fill the void left by WPS- the WPSL Elite. This league has three former WPS teams- the Chicago Red Stars, the Boston Breakers (who were also in WPS’ predecessor league, the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), which also folded after three seasons in 2003) as well as the 2011 WPS Champions and 2010 W-League Champions, the Western New York Flash.
Likely, the WPSL Elite will succeed the WPS and have expansions across the U.S. if not Canada as well, from both new teams and team changing from the W-League and regular WPSL. Christie Rampone decried the impending folding of the WPS, but we still have these league, just as we had two of them both before and after the previous WUSA. The W-League was founded in 1996 and the WPSL was founded two years later by five teams in California that did not agree with some W-League rules and has expanded across the US, with teams switching back and fourth between the two leagues and now three. Hopefully, the W-League and regular WPSL can resolve their differences and merge and have a farm league structure between the WPSL Elite and the semipro league.
Also, an Associated Press article about the folding of the WPS was partially incorrect in that Abby Wambach and Hope Solo would have to find other things to do when not working for the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team. However, Hope will be playing for the Seattle Sounders Women of the W-League as well as fellow U.S. teammate Alex Morgan.