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NWSL commissioner reveals plans to expand to 16 teams by 2026


Expansion plans for the National Women’s Soccer League won’t stop when the league adds two teams next season.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Who is the NWSL?
  2. What is league expansion?
  3. Why is expansion important to leagues like the NWSL?
  4. What is leadership?
  5. Why is leadership important to leagues like NWSL?
  6. Why do you think it takes time for a league like the NWSL to expand? Why not just introduce six new teams next year or ten in the next two years?
  7. Why do you think the league has determined that 16 teams is the right number for short-term expansion?
  8. How many teams do you think the league might have by 2030?
  9. How do you think leagues determine which markets are best for expansion?
  10. What other cities might be candidates for NWSL expansion in the future?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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