A gaggle of celebrities led by Hollywood star Natalie Portman has based a girl’s skilled soccer staff set to debut in 2022, the ladies’ professional soccer league mentioned Tuesday.
Large-names concerned within the effort embody tennis megastar Serena Williams, in addition to Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera and Jennifer Garner.
“A majority woman-founded group” led by Portman “has secured the unique proper to convey knowledgeable girls’ soccer staff to Los Angeles to kick off in Spring 2022,” the Nationwide Ladies’ Soccer League mentioned.
The staff’s formal title is but to be introduced, however, “the group has formally coined itself ‘Angel Metropolis’ in honour of its deliberate house in Los Angeles,” the assertion mentioned.
It might grow to be the 11th staff within the NWSL. At the moment, there are 9 groups within the league. However, one different team — the Louisville FC — is ready to rejoin the league in 2021.
The founding investor group consists of Williams’s younger daughter Olympia, and several other former US Ladies’ Nationwide Group gamers together with Mia Hamm, Lauren Cheney Vacation and Abby Wambach. Gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman would be the franchise president.
“As we speak we take a thrilling step by saying the primary girls majority-owned and led possession group,” mentioned Portman, who gained an Oscar in 2011 for her position in Black Swan.
“Sports activities are such a joyful approach to convey folks collectively, and this can make a tangible change for feminine athletes each in our neighbourhood and within the skilled sphere,” she mentioned.
Portman, who has been lively in causes such because the “Time’s Up” motion towards sexual abuse within the leisure trade, mentioned that the franchise hopes “to make a substantive impression on our neighbourhood, committing to extending entry to sports activities for younger folks in Los Angeles.”
The NWSL, which had its inaugural season in 2013, was the first US skilled sports activities league to restart actions amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The league’s Problem Cup event has been held since June 27, with groups enjoying in two stadiums within the state of Utah without spectators and without a few of its greatest stars, together with Megan Rapinoe.
The event’s ultimate sport is scheduled for Sunday.
The US is a powerhouse of ladies’ soccer and the present world champions.