The W-League focus from day one has been the development of players, the game and the opportunities for the female athlete. Working hand-in-hand with college programs, the W-League continues to enhance the abilities of the young female athlete and open doors for future professionals. In addition to player development, being actively involved with W-League teams gives college programs an additional resource for identifying and recruiting talented players. With the development of women's soccer still in its infancy, college programs with active relationships with W-League teams can gain a number of important benefits from the increased networking opportunities the W-League provides players furthering their careers beyond graduation either on the field or in the front office.
The Richmond Kickers W-League team will be looking to offer the opportunity of the W-League to local Richmond players: both those current and former collegiate soccer standouts, and to outstanding high school seniors.
2008 Division Alignment The Richmond Kickers Destiny W-League team will compete in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the W-League in 2008. Richmond is one of 41 teams that compete in the W-League across the nation. The Atlantic Division will consist of these 9 teams in 2008:
Atlanta Silverbacks (GA) Bradenton Athletics (FL) Carolina Dynamo (NC) Carolina Railhawks (NC) Charlotte Lady Eagles (NC) Hampton Roads Piranhas (VA) Richmond Kickers Destiny (VA) Tampa Bay Hellenic (FL) West Virginia Illusion (WVA)
College Preparation: This high level of competitive play week in and week out in the summer months (May through last week in July) will give the player invaluable preparation for the college season.
Richmond Kickers System: As a part of the Richmond Kickers W-League team, the player will be exposed to the Kickers’ fully integrated soccer club.
Can College players play in the W-League and retain their college eligibility? Yes! The W-League is an amateur league affiliated with the United States Amateur Soccer Association. College players participating in the league sign amateur registration forms with W-League clubs.
Can College players play alongside professional players in the W-League? Yes! College players can be on a W-League roster with pro players as long as the pro players are not paid (signed to a $0 contract). A team is considered amateur as long as all players are only receiving reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses.
Can more than one player from the same institution participate on the same W-League team? Yes! Up to five players from a Division 1 school may play on a W-League team. There are no restrictions on the number of players from Division II and III schools.
There will be a cost for the 2006 W-League season per player. The Destiny do offer scholarships.