Bring the National Women's Soccer League team to Atlanta

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The National Women's Soccer League has 8 teams to begin in 2013. Since then, new teams have been expanding like Houston in 2014 and Orlando in 2016. The NWSL wanted to expand more teams to 14 in 2020.

As we already know that Atlanta has an MLS team, Atlanta United FC, ready to begin play in March at Bobby Dodd Stadium before the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in late July and it will be also be the new home for the Atlanta Falcons. 

Atlanta, Georgia is one of the top 10 metropolitan statistical areas in the United States, with a population nearing 6 million residents. The city of Atlanta is in two counties, Fulton County and DeKalb County. DeKalb County in particular is a hub of youth soccer activity.

Trey Brantley and Southfund Partners are working with several government entities, local businesses and soccer groups to build a large sports complex that will include two stadiums, a smaller stadium with bleachers and turf as well as a larger one with a grass field and individual seating. The sports complex would include soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, other youth sports activities as well as restaurants. Working with local leaders in the County and Georgia youth soccer, Brantley’s group will aim to host over 40 youth tournaments at the complex per year. The professional teams would serve as the crown jewel of the complex, offering nearby entertainment to those in the eastern Atlanta metro market who don’t want to commute downtown to the see the MLS team, as well as to the families attending the youth tournaments.  The smaller stadium on the complex could be ready as early as Fall of 2017, while the larger stadium would not be ready until 2019.

The name of the teams are still under consideration. As far as the men’s team goes, Brantley confirmed that they have considered using the classic NASL brand the Atlanta Chiefs, and have consulted a prominent civil rights group about the use of the name. The appeal of the Chiefs is due to the original NASL club’s history as the first top level pro sports team to bring a championship to Atlanta. The Atlanta Vibe is one of the names under consideration for the women’s team.

Remember the Atlanta Beat? It happened in the last two Women's Pro Soccer Leagues. 

The Atlanta Beat was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in their first year of operation before moving to Herndon Stadium, on the campus of Morris Brown College.

The team began play in 2001, and reached the playoffs in each of the WUSA's three seasons — the only team in the league to do so. They advanced to the Founders Cup in both 2001 and 2003, losing on both occasions.

The Beat's "founding players" were Briana Scurry, Cindy Parlow, and Nikki Serlenga of the USA women's national team. The Beat had the #1 pick in the inaugural WUSA draft, and selected China's Sun Wen, star of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. Their first goal was scored by Japan star midfielder Homare Sawa.

The coach of the Atlanta Beat was Tom Stone.

The team joined Women's Professional Soccer as an expansion team in 2010, and played its home games at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium, the result of a public-private partnership between the team and Kennesaw State University.

The team's name was announced to be the Beat on June 18, 2009. The name was determined by a fan poll, with Attack, Beat, and Storm as the options.

The new Beat logo was the same design as the previous WUSA logo, with the two shades of blue being replaced by Gold and Ferrari Red.

Atlanta began building its team at the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft on September 15, 2009, where it selected six players from the existing seven WPS teams, getting four players from the teams that finished first and second in the league's inaugural season. A week later, Atlanta selected five international players in the 2009 WPS International Draft, including three players from Umea IK, and thus now have exclusive negotiating rights to those players among WPS teams.

They played their inaugural season in 2010 until the folding of the league in 2012.

Over the past few months, area investors have been putting plans together to build a sporting complex in DeKalb County. The new complex would potentially be home to a NASL and NWSL franchise if all goes according to plan. Since NWSL expansion wasn't effective for 2018, let's make it happen for 2019.

Will you help me bring the NWSL team to Atlanta? If so, please sign this petition and together we'll have a women's professional soccer team back to Atlanta and creating a huge fan base like Atlanta United!!



Yohn Voker


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