U.S. Soccer has delayed its decision to sanction WPS for the 2012 season, and has granted the league time to find a sixth team.
U.S. Soccer Federation standards require that professional leagues have a minimum of eight teams. Each season WPS has obtained a waiver in order to secure sanctioning. On Sunday WPS’s waiver request for a fourth season was reviewed by the Professional League Task Force. Its recommendation was then passed to the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.
U.S. Soccer sent the following statement:
No final decision was made by the Board. The WPS was provided additional time to determine the possibility of adding a sixth team.
As per the WPS Players Union, U.S. Soccer has given WPS 15 days to find a sixth team. WPS Players Union Executive Director Jennifer Hitchon also says, “WPS is trying to fast track a sixth team, but would not reveal the location of this potential team.”
In addition to Connecticut, Detroit has recently emerged as a possible expansion candidate.
WPS currently has five teams. On October 27 the league chose to terminate the magicJack franchise. On November 18 team owner Dan Borislow filed a lawsuit against WPS claiming it violated league protocol in its termination process.