To sanction the WPS for the 2012 season.
  • Petitioned U.S. Soccer

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U.S. Soccer

To sanction the WPS for the 2012 season.

    1. Colleen Kelly
    2. Petition by

      Colleen Kelly

      Glenside, PA

At a time when women's soccer has not enjoyed such popularity and media attention since the 1999 Women's World Cup, the sport is in the midst of what could be the final blow to the goal of establishing a professional league in the United States.

This past Women's World Cup set off a new tidal wave of interest in women's soccer. Not only has the U.S. Women's National Team reaped the benefits of more media attention and larger game attendance, but so to has the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) League. The league itself is made up of some the very same Women's National Team members who captured the country and the world's attention this summer in their run to the World Cup Final. And the WPS represents on a closer level what the National Team does: passion for the game of soccer, talented athletes (and in this case, from all over the world) playing against other talented athletes, intense and hard fought matches, and true role models. In fact that is why this petition is important: the WPS is able to provide for its fans a passion for the game of soccer and true role models. Isn't that what every sports fan dreams of? Being able to watch athletes give it their all on the field and play with the same level of passion that they as fans feel when watching the games? But just as gratifying is that these very same athletes understand what it means to be a role model. They go out of their way to express their gratitude and love for the fans, they give back to the game itself, and give back to the communities that they play in. Knowing that not only are you treated to some unbelievable soccer, but that you also have the opportunity to meet these players after the game, is a very special element to this league.

But it's not just about what fans can get out of the experience, it is also the hopes and dreams that are kept alive by the existence of a professional women's soccer league. Young female athletes deserve to keep their dreams alive of being able to play professionally, just as every fan deserves to be able to watch professional women's soccer. It would be a huge disservice to young female athletes everywhere if they were not able to pursue their dreams and to at least have hope to aspire to be like their role models.

Lastly, it is important to not forget the athletes whose careers hang in the balance right now. These world class players (both on and off the field) also deserve to play out their own dreams of playing professional soccer, of not having all of their hard work and dedication to be for nought.

So, if you too feel this way, please sign this petition and spread the word. Each and every voice needs to be heard in this effort to save the WPS. And share why you feel this way so we can really get this message across.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Contact the WPS

      Colleen Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      While it is important for U.S. Soccer to know we are serious, the WPS needs to know as well. We all want a league that is viable and stable for us fans to support, as well as for the players to play in. Contact them using the link below!

    3. Reached 400 signatures
    4. Contact U.S. Soccer

      Colleen Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Once you have signed the petition, please take the time to contact U.S. Soccer (see the link below) about why you love the WPS and what the league means to you. Direct them to this petition as well! Don't forget to tweet them at @ussoccer about it as well, along with @womensprosoccer on your support for the league.

      Also tweet your favorite WPS players and offer them your support, but most importantly your gratitude and admiration for them as well.

    5. Contact U.S. Soccer

      Colleen Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Once you have signed the petition, please take the time to contact U.S. Soccer (see the link below) about why you love the WPS and what the league means to you. Direct them to this petition as well! Don't forget to tweet them at @ussoccer about it as well, along with @womensprosoccer on your support for the league.

      Also tweet your favorite WPS players and offer them your support, but most importantly your gratitude and admiration for them as well.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Debbie Sesselmann GREEN BAY, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      We must have good role models in sports for young girls. We appear to be a very one-sided men-only society to the rest of the world. Any business needs at least five years to stand on its own-give it a chance.

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    • Michael O'Quin UNION CITY, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      My wife and I attended FC Gold Pride games. We were ready to buy Season Tickets when they shut down.

      WPS is a shining star for thousands of girls! We saw them at the games.

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    • Catherine Osborne GERMANTOWN, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have someone near and dear to me who is currently on one of the WPS team and this is her career and job that she is passionate about. For all the young girls out there that need future role models, WPS is it!

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    • Mike Lathrop SYRACUSE, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Soccer is the World's game! The growth of the sport in the United States of America is still in it's infancy. Any setback to the sport (men's or women's game) could be detrimental to the sport's existence in the American sporting landscape. I believe that every fan of soccer in this country has a duty to not only support the game (attending games,purchasing team merchandise, contributing to TV ratings, etc.) at all levels, but in some capacity become actively involved in growing the sport (joining supporter groups, Free Beer Movement, etc).

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    • jason osiecki LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      To continue to provide professional roll models for my two soccer playing daughters.

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