USL W-LEAGUE HISTORY
Exceptional competitive women’s soccer lived in the USL W-League, USL’s highest level of women’s soccer in the US and Canada for several decades prior to the NWSL launch. The top women’s players throughout the world competed in the USL W-League through the summer months. In addition to the league featuring international and former professional stars, elite collegiate players had the opportunity to also compete in the league while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league was recognized throughout the world for providing elite competition for women’s players, while providing affordable family entertainment to many fans in each of the team locations.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA MAJESTICS CLUB HISTORY
Established in 1998, the Northern Virginia Majestics has one of the oldest continuously operating women’s clubs in North America soccer history. With the return of womens professional soccer to the Washington DC metro area, the Majestics opted to suspend operations for 2013 in order to assist with the launch of the NWSL Washington Spirit. Initiatly, the Majestics staff served in the administrative offices of the Washington Spirit Reserves but currently work within the Northern Virginia FC youth soccer initiatives.
With the W-League team previously serving as the top amateur level of a very broad youth structure, the Majestics maintain their focus of providing the highest developmental opportunities for the players graduating from the Super Y-League teams. With the addition of the Majestics Super 20 team, more opportunities are now available for players intent on preparing for future soccer careers.
The Majestics have reached the W-League playoffs four times in the clubs previous thirteen seasons: 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007. The Majestics program has garnered numerous league awards to include several All W-League First and Second Team selections and Players of the Week. The club won both W-League Rookie of the Year (Elizabeth Baidu) and Coach of the Year (Hank Leung) in 2002. Administratively, the Majestics won Executive of the Year honors in 2000. On the youth side, Northern Virginia Majestics and Royals were named the fifth best Super Y-League club program in North America. The Majestics were inducted into the USL Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008 as a 10+ Club, earning recognition for their longevity in North America.
Owner/General Manager Tim Schweitzer was inducted into the 2011 USL Soccer Hall of Fame under the Builder category for his contributions to women’s soccer. Schweitzer also was named the 2011 Executive of the Year for serving as GM for both the Majestics and the D.C. United Women.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS THAT PLAYED IN THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA MAJESTICS PROGRAM
Ali Krieger (US National Team, FFC Frankfurt - Germany)
Mary Casey (WPS LA Sol Draft Selection)
Claire Zimmeck (WPS Washington Freedom)
Amanda Detterline (Fjolner FC - Iceland)
Keri Sarver (WUSA New York Power)
Britain Maas (Carpisa - Italy)
Melissa Cary (CF Bardilino - Italy)
Anabel Jimenez (VFL Wolfsburg - Germany)
Wu Yao (Bejing FC - China)
Wang Fei (Beijing FC - China)
Elizabeth Baidu (Ghana National Team)
Alberta Sackey (Ghana National Team)
Adjoa Bayor (Ghana National Team)
Basilea Amoah-Tetteh (Ghana National Team)