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By The Athletic Staff
September 21, 2021 12:07 PM EDT
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The United Soccer League is launching a new professional Division II women's soccer league starting in 2023 called the USL Super League, the organization announced Tuesday.

The USL said the new league will emphasize a "commitment to gender equity," with a compensation structure and professional standards that are consistent with the USL men's professional leagues. Director of women's soccer operations Betsy Haugh told The Athletic that the goal is to have 10 teams for the inaugural season.

“We aim to make the USL Super League globally recognized and admired for its community-building, operational excellence, financial sustainability, and high level of competition," CEO Alec Papadakis said in a statement. "With these objectives in mind, we deepen our commitment to equitable treatment of our men’s and women’s pathways, and to create career opportunities for women to play professional soccer, women coaches, women technical directors, and women soccer executives.

"We at the USL League Office are united in our passion and commitment to the pursuit of this vision.”

This summer, the USL brought back the W-League, a women's pre-professional league. The W-League has already announced 16 inaugural teams for 2022, with the expectation of expanding to more than 30.

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Georgetown's Patrick Ewing rips into team after loss: 'Big John is rolling over in his grave'
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