On Thursday afternoon, the NWSL announced that the league and the NWSL Players Association have reached a voluntary recognition agreement. The league officially recognizes the NWSLPA, which was formed in May of 2017, as the exclusive bargaining representative of the NWSL Players.
Full details in the NWSL’s official release about the news:
NWSL AND NWSLPA REACH VOLUNTARY RECOGNITION AGREEMENT
CHICAGO (Nov. 15, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that it officially recognizes the NWSL Players Association (NWSLPA) as the exclusive bargaining representative of the NWSL Players.
The NWSL Players Association is an independent labor union run by and for current and future NWSL Players who are currently employed by and have current signed Standard Player Agreements with the NWSL.
“Our decision to voluntarily recognize the NWSL Players Association as the official representative of NWSL players marks an important step in the continued growth and development of the league and our relationship with our players,” said NWSL Managing Director Amanda Duffy. “We look forward to collaborating with the Players Association as the league continues to mature, to benefit the players, teams, our partners and our fans.”
The NWSLPA represents the interests of players and works together with the league to foster its long-term sustainability and growth.
“We’ve now achieved official status as a labor union, but we intend to approach our relationship with the league in a very different way than what comes to mind with traditional labor relations,” said NWSL Players Association President Yael Averbuch. “The NWSLPA is glad to continue a collaborative relationship with the League, with the health and sustainability of the League central to the ongoing relationship.”
Players who are under contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation (i.e. allocated players) will continue to be represented by the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) with respect to their employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation. The NWSL, NWSLPA and USWNTPA will continue to work closely with one another to achieve goals common to all players in the NWSL and women’s soccer in general. The NWSLPA has also enjoyed strategic support from the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA).
The Players Association is led by President Yael Averbuch, Vice President McCall Zerboni, Treasurer Emily Menges, and Secretary Nicole Barnhart, and 32 Player Representatives across the nine teams of NWSL. NWSLPA is represented by former player and attorney, Meghann Burke, of Brazil & Burke, P.A. in Asheville, NC.
About NWSL Players Association
The NWSL Players Association is the official players association of Players in the National Women’s Soccer League. It was founded in May of 2017 and represents all Players on NWSL rosters who are employed by and sign Standard Player Agreements with NWSL. For more information about the Players Association, contact Meghann Burke at 828.350.3812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from around the world. The clubs are the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and the Washington Spirit. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by Canadian Soccer and U.S. Soccer. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league’s official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.