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Women’s Soccer League Bid Withdrawn

December 11, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Plans to start a women’s first-division soccer league in the United States ended Thursday when the National Soccer Alliance withdrew its application to the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The NSA announced plans to start an eight-team league featuring at least 18 members of the Olympic champion U.S. team on April 17, 1998, playing a 20-game schedule.

After hoping to take advantage of momentum created by the staging of the 1999 Women’s World Cup in the United States, the NSA said in a release that its investors withdrew over the weekend and.

The USSF did not vote to sanction the NSA as a first-division women’s league when it met in October, sparking league officials to discuss the possibility of delaying the launch until after the 1999 World Cup.

After not receiving approval from the USSF by Dec. 5, the investors withdrew their backing, the NSA said.

The NSA had commitments from nearly all of the U.S. national team’s key players, including Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy, Carla Overbeck, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini.

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