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NWSL plans to broaden to 16 groups in 2026

Who will be the 2023 NWSL Champs? (2:51)Herculez Gomez shares why he has Portland taking the crown, and Sebastian Salazar says he has KC walking away with a win. (2:51)ReutersMay 9, 2023, 06:24 PM ETThe National Women’s Soccer League, which already has plans to expand to 14 teams in 2024, is not done growing.In a

NWSL plans to broaden to 16 groups in 2026

Who would be the 2023 NWSL Champs? (2:51)

Herculez Gomez shares why he has Portland taking the crown, and Sebastian Salazar says he has KC strolling away with a win. (2:51)

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Might 9, 2023, 06:24 PM ET

The National Women’s Soccer League, which already has plans to broaden to 14 groups in 2024, just isn’t carried out rising.

In a video interview with the Washington Submit on Tuesday, NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman mentioned that the league is angling so as to add two extra golf equipment by 2026.

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“We do anticipate for the 2026 season so as to add two extra groups,” Berman mentioned. “That course of will start later this calendar 12 months, and thru the method we ran in 2022 for this spherical of enlargement, we have now an unimaginable quantity of curiosity from certified buyers who wish to get in early.”

The NWSL is enjoying the 2023 marketing campaign with 12 groups, the newest additions being Angel City FC and the San Diego Wave final 12 months. The Utah Royals, who performed within the NWSL from 2018 to 2020, are returning in 2024, and final month the league granted an expansion franchise to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Wall Road Journal reported in January that the league was in “superior discussions” on bringing a workforce again to Boston. Town was residence to the Boston Breakers from 2013 to 2017. That might imply yet another market might land a brand new franchise within the subsequent few years.

“Though our [team] valuations have elevated in a significant approach, to $53 million with the workforce we offered to the Bay Space, we’re nonetheless actually early in our course of by way of our progress and the place we expect this league goes to be in three to 5 to 10 years,” Berman mentioned.

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