U.S. Women's Soccer In Danger Of Losing Professional Status

12/03/2011 02:36 pm ET

Women's Professional Soccer may lose its status as a professional league after the size of said league went from six teams to five. US Soccer, the sport's governing body in the United States, have a rule that says professional leagues are required to have a minimum of eight teams but they aren't letting that stop them.

The league officially began in 2009 with seven teams and the New York Times cites the recent loss of the Florida based magicJack team as the source of the current problems. "With only six (all in the eastern part of the country) in 2011, W.P.S. requested and was granted a one-year waiver by the federation's board of directors," writes NYT. "Now with only five teams a certainty for the 2012 season, W.P.S. requested an extension of the waver to take it through a season that will include the London Olympics in the hope of attracting new investors before 2013."

"Our primary goal is to retain our [Division 1] status. We just came off a phenomenal season in 2011 and it feels like this is our time," said Jennifer O'Sullivan, the league's commissioner.

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