Bring the National Women's Soccer League 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 or relocated like Houston in 2014, Orlando in 2016, North Carolina relocated from Western New York in 2017, and FC Kansas City relocated to Utah this year.
As we already know that Atlanta has an MLS team, Atlanta United FC, currently play home matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and it is also the 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.
Atlanta has got some history when it comes to women's professional soccer. 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 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 possibly NISA and NWSL franchise if all goes according to plan.
NWSL expansion is about to happen soon and we need your help!!
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