October 14 – Amanda Vandervort, formerly of players’ union FIFPRO, has become the first president of the United Soccer League (USL) Super League, the organisation announced.
The USL has brought in Vandervort (pictured) for her “business acumen, leadership skills and industry relationships” and “20 years of experience across all levels of women’s and men’s football”. The league, division two in the United States in the women’s game, will kick off in 2023 and Vandervort has been picked to build the league as a new pathway in the women’s game.
“Amanda is one of the most accomplished soccer executives in the United States. Her expertise includes global women’s soccer matters, partnerships, marketing, league expansion, club strategy, grassroots initiatives, and business development. Just as importantly, Amanda’s perspective as a former player and coach aligns with the culture of our organization and that of our other senior executives,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis in a statement.
Vandervort brings her experience from FIFPRO where she was chief women’s football officer as well as her know-how and knowledge from her time with Major League Soccer.
“Together we’ll build a competitive environment for elite women players, coaches and referees at the professional level,” said Vandervort. “We’ll create opportunities for fans to experience the women’s game in their local communities and provide value to those investing in this high-growth platform.”
The USL Super League is yet to apply for second-division status, but is hoping to double the number of professional women’s football teams in the United States and build a brand that will further complement existing structures in the game.
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