On the heels of the United States Soccer Federation’s announcement detailing the return of women’s professional soccer, the ownership group of the Northern Virginia Majestics is suspending W-League operations for the upcoming 2013 season. The Majestics staff is dedicating their resources to help operate and promote the soon-to-be-named Washington DC women’s professional franchise slated to start play in 2013.
Completely dedicated to the United Soccer Leagues model, Northern Virginia will continue to operate both the Virginia Alliance and Majestics Super Y-league and Super 20 girls programs.
The Majestics staff is expected to be largely involved in the administration and operational aspects of the W-League component of the DC organization, as well as assisting with the full professional side. DC will operate a complete and separate roster in each of the two leagues in 2013.
The Northern Virginia Majestics formed in 1998 and began play in the USL W-League the following year in 1999. The Majestics were a founding member of the girls Super Y-League in 2001 and have developed thousands of youth players over the last decade.
During the past fourteen years in the W-League, the Majestics have boasted numerous professional players on their rosters to include Ali Krieger (US National Team) and Keri Sarver (WUSA New York Power). Additionally, the Majestics player history includes members of both the Chinese (Wang Fei, Wu Yao) and Ghanaian women’s national teams including Elizabeth Baidu, Adjoa Bayor, and Alberta Sackey.
“While the announcement to not participate next year comes with a very heavy heart, we are excited and enthusiastic to be involved in the relaunch of women’s professional soccer in the Washington DC metro area,” stated owner Tim Schweitzer. “We have very close ties with the DC (formerly named United Women) group and share in their vision of bringing a top quality product to the region.”
“Our intent remains to return to the W-League in the future when conditions permit such,” concluded Schweitzer.