US Lower Division News, 2021

Discussion in 'US Women's Lower Divisions' started by SiberianThunderT, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  2. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  5. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  6. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  7. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. Tash Deliganis

    Jan 16, 2022
    Question for those in the know with the UWS, WPSL, etc leagues.

    In my experience, each club that we have been apart of or watched locally has treated these leagues as basically an extension of club soccer, call it u20 if you will, rostering their own 15 yos in lieu of local college players living away from home. I understand housing and logistics come into play. But why purchase a franchise in one of these leagues if your roster is predominantly going to be in high school and for the most part unable to compete with teams who are rostering full grown women with college experience? How frustrating is it for college players to play with high school kids who haven't learned how to pick up the pace of a game? Is it like this all over or is this a regional thing?
     
  9. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    My impression was that the high schoolers on these rosters are usually upper-end high schoolers, since most players are college age. And even for the college players, these leagues are basically meant to keep fresh between college seasons, so with the exception of a small number of teams, the actual level of competition isn't top priority? And the teams that do value competition get that training within the team instead of against others in the league (think of the talent mismatch seen in many UEFA pro leagues.)

    Besides, "purchasing" a franchise in these leagues is dirt cheap.... None of the players are paid, and the intent of heavy regionalization is to keep travel costs way down.

    But yes, for many of these clubs, the WPSL/UWS team is the most "senior" team of their overall development system, whether that's u20 or u23. At least with UWS, they have the two-league system, where the lower league is geared to u20/u23, leaving the upper league for more semi-pro-aspiration sides.
     
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  10. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

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