Mayor Jane Castor Kicks Off Call for Ideas from the Community
Tampa, FL (May 19, 2023) – The Tampa Bay area is abuzz with excitement as a new era in professional women’s soccer approaches. Debuting in August 2024, the region’s new USL Super League team is poised to bring top-tier women’s professional soccer to Tampa Bay for the first time. As part of a collaborative effort, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is calling on the community to participate in naming the team.
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“Our community’s spirit is fueled by the unity and enthusiasm of our residents. This is a remarkable chance for everyone in Tampa Bay to leave their indelible mark on our new USL Super League women’s soccer team,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said.
Call for Community Ideas
To engage the community and foster a sense of ownership, the club’s name, colors, and crest will be determined with input from residents across the Tampa Bay area. Naming ideas can be submitted from now until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2023 online at SuperLeagueTampaBay.com.
Season Ticket Deposits Now Open
In addition, the team is now accepting deposits for season tickets. The deposit cost for the club’s 2024 debut is $24 per ticket. Click here to sign up now.
Once it is sanctioned by U.S. Soccer as a Division One league, USL Super League will rank on par with other top professional sports leagues and feature players who represent their countries in international competitions such as the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Olympic Games. Players can continue to join in those summer international tournaments thanks to the league’s fall-to-spring schedule.
“Our new team will put Tampa Bay at the forefront of women’s sports, providing incredible role models for girls and boys in our community. This marks the beginning of something extraordinary for our city and region,” said Castor, a former star athlete in basketball and volleyball.
USL Super League Tampa Bay, the ownership group behind the team, made the official announcement Friday, marking a significant milestone in the region’s sports history. Childhood friends Darryl Shaw, David Laxer and Jeff Fox will serve as owners of the new team, striving not only for success on the field but also to make a positive difference within the community.
While a permanent, soccer-specific stadium is planned for the future, the team will begin play in August 2024 at a temporary venue. The long-term goal is to create a year-round facility that not only serves as the team’s home but also offers opportunities for youth and community soccer, as well as non-soccer events.
The USL Super League is rapidly growing and building the largest women’s soccer network globally. With 10–12 professional teams in its first season, the league will also include 65 pre-professional teams in the USL W League this summer, along with more than 80 USL Academy programs for elite players under the age of 20.