Yael Averbuch and Ella Masar held their weekly Women’s Soccer Chat (#WSoccerChat) tonight and it was so popular that during the chat both #WSoccerChat and #NWSL were trending on Twitter.
Joining Averbuch and Masar in tonight’s chat were Lee Billiard (Boston Breakers GM), Thomas Hofstetter (Sky Blue FC President / CEO), Alyse LaHue (Chicago Red Stars GM), Arnim Whisler (Chicago Red Stars Owner) and Brian Budzinski (FC Kansas City Owner).
Over 500 Tweets were sent during the 45 minutes chat session and a lot of new information was shared including:
- Roster size will be 20 players
- All NWSL Players will have health insurance
- Teams will have ability to add additional players during the international playing windows
- No plans for neutral site matches during the 2013 season
- Teams will start practicing on or around March 15th
- League is looking into a live streaming solution for all matches
- There will be some revenue sharing within the league in regards to national sponsorships / deals, but other than that the teams are financially independent
Below you’ll find a complete list of all the information presented during tonight’s #WSoccerChat.
Yael Averbuch has a contract with Goteborg FC in Sweden until 2013 but hopes to play for the NWSL after it ends. — Yael Averbuch – tweet
Ella Masar is in the process of finalizing plans to play in the NWSL. She may announce during the next chat. — Ella Masar – tweet
$200,000 salary cap per team to be spent on the non-allocated National Team players. Also small housing cap that is separate from the $200,000. — Lee Billiard, Boston Breakers GM – tweet
Individual salaries for non-allocated players will be negotiated by the respective teams. — Thomas Hofstetter, Sky Blue FC President/CEO – tweet
Corporate sponsorships will be a big revenue generator for teams outside of the usual sources such as ticket sales. — Lee Billiard – tweet
No word on which team will only be allocated 2 USWNT players nor if any concession will be made for the team. — Alyse LaHue, Chicago Red Stars GM – tweet
No plans for neutral sites during the 2013 season. — Thomas Hofstetter – tweet
Teams will be allowed two international players outside of the allocated National Team players. — Arnim Whisler, Chicago Red Stars Owner – tweet
Teams will start practicing around March 15th. — Thomas Hofstetter – tweet
All players in the NWSL will have health insurance. — Brian Budzinski, FC Kansas City Owner – tweet
There will be some revenue sharing within the league in regards to national sponsorships / deals, but other than that the teams are financially independent. — Arnim Whisler – tweet
As far as playing housing goes it will vary from team to team. Some teams will have rented apartments while others might go the route of local host families. — Lee Billiard – tweet
Also some player contracts will come with housing and other will include a housing stipend. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
Players will be flown to their away matches. — Arnim Whisler – tweet
In regards to National Team allocated players and trades, there will be set rules in place since those salaries are handled by the player’s soccer federation. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
The National Team allocation pool may change from year to year depending on how each soccer federation wishes to handle it and if they want to increase the number of funded players. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
Roster size will be 20 players. Teams will start practicing around March 15th. — Thomas Hofstetter – tweet
Teams will have ability to add additional players during the international playing windows. — Arnim Whisler – tweet
League is looking at a live streaming solution for all matches as well as Sky Blue FC. — Thomas Hofstetter – tweet
Chicago Red Stars will provide live streaming for free for all their home matches. They will also be available in English and Spanish. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
Boston Breakers are looking into getting their stadium setup for live streaming. — Lee Billiard – tweet
FC Kansas City is just a couple weeks away from announcing where their team will play. — Brian Budzinski – tweet
FC Kansas City tickets will start as low as $10.00 per ticket. — Brian Budzinski – tweet
Compensation for World Cup and Olympic training has yet to be discussed and still needs to be determined. — Thomas Hofstetter – tweet
MLS is not currently interested in a partnership with the NWSL. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
Teams are currently allowed to conduct chats with free agents but no formal agreements can be made until after allocation. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
NWSL league apparel announcement will be coming soon. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
Chicago Red Stars plan on training during the morning so their players will have time left in the day to coach or find a second job if they need to. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
Visa expense for international players is handled outside of the salary cap. Contracts could be 5-6 months and done in time for college coaching or playing overseas. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
No set rules of if allocated players are required to start for their teams. — Alyse LaHue – tweet
Thank you again to Yael Averbuch and Ella Masar coming up with and hosting such a great weekly discussion on women’s soccer along with all the team owners and GMs and NWSL fans who participated in this week’s chat.
Once the time and date for the next chat is scheduled we will update our #WSoccerChat page.
NOTE: We will be revamping out women’s soccer chat before the next chat to make it more user friendly. With the enormous amount of Tweets coming in during this week’s chat, Twitter just couldn’t spit out the messages fast enough for everyone to keep up. We are looking into a solution and will have it in place by next week.