As Jonathan Tannenwald reported yesterday, Amanda Duffy has been named president of the National Women’s Soccer League.
The news comes 22 months after former NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush stepped down in March 2017. Duffy has acted as Managing Director, or interim Commissioner of sorts, for nearly two years before today’s announcement.
“In her new role as President, the highest office of NWSL, she will continue to oversee all aspects of the league’s day-to-day operations and will work closely with the league’s owners on the strategic direction and objectives for NWSL as it continues to grow and raise standards for the sport on a global basis,” the league said in today’s press release.
“Amanda has been instrumental in operating the league as Managing Director,” said North Carolina Courage Owner and Executive Committee Chair Steve Malik. “She’s an extremely talented professional and we feel that she will continue to foster the league’s growth as President. As we look to the future, her experience and talents are a great fit for taking the league to the next level.”
The league credits Duffy with recent undertakings such as the launch of NWSL Media, the commercial branch of the league, as well as the partnership with A+E Networks.
“I would like to thank the NWSL Board for its support and confidence in me,” said Duffy in the NWSL release. “The NWSL has made significant strides over the past six seasons thanks to the world class talent of our players, the vision of our owners and the commitment by everyone associated with the league to make NWSL the global destination for the very best in women’s professional soccer.”
In her new role, Duffy has lots to deal with, including a focus on Sky Blue FC. Since reports of sub-par living and training conditions last season, little regarding a timeline for improvements has been revealed by the club, the league, or U.S Soccer. In fact, the latter have appeared quite hands-off.
After the draft, Jonathan Tannenwald reported on the likelihood the top Sky Blue FC drafts would play for the New Jersey club. Annie Peterson, my colleague at The IX Newsletter, weighed in on what this could mean for the club.
Meanwhile, Cloud 9, the Sky Blue FC Supporters Group, continues a social media battle to force improvements, along with the termination of general manager Tony Novo. Hopefully conversations and updates will be forthcoming with Duffy, now that she occupies the highest position in the league.
Duffy will oversee the nine clubs throughout the United States: Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and the Washington Spirit. The NWSL is supported by Canadian Soccer and U.S. Soccer.