by Roger Le Grove Rogers
March 12, 2001
Reaching for the stars... a new route to the National Team?
WSW receives lots of mail (amongst our 300+/day) from players who feel that they deserve a place on the U.S. National Team and want to know how to manage it. We explain about the usual channels for recognition, ODP etc., but they often seem to be outside that area. Now with the birth of a professional league for women's soccer (WUSA) other ways of gaining recognition are appearing.
The top amateur leagues such as the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in Southern California, and the W-League offer all players a chance to be seen and recognized by WUSA and even the National Team programs. Over 40 players were chosen from WPSL and over 100 from W-League in the recent WUSA drafts, and you read here in WSW that National Team Head Coach Heinrichs took some of the players she watched at the tryouts into her national pool.
Because these amateur leagues lost many of their best players to WUSA they are now looking for replacements, so here's the chance for all of you who feel that they should be playing at the top level. Try out for one of your W-League or WPSL teams and prove your worth, you will be noticed.
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