The Uncertain Future: WSL and NCAA

In episode #297, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper discusses the uncertain future of women’s soccer, both for NWSL players looking for some games this fall and for American college players.

In the first chat, Jen chats with soccer freelancer Rich Laverty, who recently wrote about American players looking for transfers to the FA WSL for Our Game Magazine. Jen & Rich also discuss the possibility of Jill Ellis or Sarina Wiegman becoming the new England coach. Note: this episode was recorded before the FA announced that Wiegman will take over for Phil Neville after the Olympics next summer.

Then Jen talks with longtime Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri to get an update on women’s college soccer and how the NCAA is handling the “uncertain future” of this fall’s College Cup. The pair also discuss the pros and cons of keeping college players on campus and in training for games.

In this week’s “Jensplaining” segment, Jen covers some of the rules for previous NWSL expansion drafts. The expansion draft for Racing Louisville FC (entering league play in 2021) will be held sometime this fall, but details have not yet been announced.

Subscriptions recommended by The Keeper for woso fans:
Equalizer Soccer Extra
The IX
The Athletic

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