Two NWSL teams searching for new head coaches after abuse allegations

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Saturday’s NWSL Title Game Featured 138 minutes Great football between two teams – the Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars – who are now looking for new head coaches.

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why it matters: There was a microcosm of the championship NWSL season 9, which combined excellent play on the field with institutional failures.

  • Richie Burke (Soul) Was fired in september Following an investigation into allegations of harassment and a toxic culture.
  • Rory Dames (Red Stars) resigned on Monday between the allegations of verbal and emotional abuse by multiple players.

Background: In April, at the behest of the players, the league had introduced anti-harassment policy To help ensure a safe work environment. The move proved to be monumentally impressive and Tall Overdue

  • Situation A report surfaced in September, when a report detailing now-former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley’s history of sexual coercion led to the postponement of the Games and moment of silence,
  • Five Coaches and a GM The new policy resulted in either resigning or being fired, giving players a formal opportunity to report abuse. The then commissioner Lisa Baird also resigned In view of the scam.

big picture: Looking at its predecessors, entering the NWSL in 10 years is no small feat. wusa And WPS, lasted only three years. Now, the league and its players hope to lay the foundation for the future.

  • 10,360 fans attended Saturday’s NWSL Championship at the Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville. In the ninth season of the NBA, the deciding game of the 1955 Finals attracted 6,697 fans.
  • This was a long time ago, of course, and stadiums were different sizes. But it is a friendly reminder of the youth of the NWSL. We are still in the early innings.

ongoing investigation First priority in the flood of accusations, which could go on in the off-season and perhaps beyond.

  • NWSLPA and NWSL talking to them first time cba Considering things like increased pay and free agency.
  • the league will grow for 12 teams next season with new clubs in San Diego and Los Angeles, the latter of which has a female-led ownership model that can shape the future of women’s sports.
  • sponsorship Nick. leveling with recently signed Largest commercial settlement in the history of NWSL. Similar deals may be as follows Viewership continues to grow,
  • Owner Forming the NWSL’s Kansas City team $70 million stadium On the city’s waterfront, what will be the world’s first top-division soccer stadium built for a women’s team.
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Bottom-line: The most tumultuous season in league history has set the stage for a new era.

Photo: Kelly O’Hara’s championship-cleaning goal. Photo: Tim Nwachuku/Getty Images

This story is part of a special report on the state of American women’s football. It first appeared on Nerdshala Sports. (Register here.)

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