Jan 31, 2024 - Sports

Pro women's soccer team Bay FC gears up for inaugural season

Photo of Deyna Castellanos with her left leg pulled back mid-kick during practice on a soccer field

Deyna Castellanos of Manchester City, now signed with Bay FC, warms up before a match on Feb. 11, 2023, in Manchester, England. Photo: Ashley Allen-The FA/The FA via Getty Images

Bay FC, the new Bay Area-based franchise in the National Women's Soccer League, will kick off its inaugural season on March 16 against Angel City FC in Los Angeles.

Why it matters: Bay FC will be the first active professional women's sports team in the Bay in over a decade.

Details: The team's first home game will take place on March 30 against the Houston Dash at PayPal Park.

State of play: The franchise recently hosted a training camp in Santa Barbara and signed Manchester City midfielder Deyna Castellanos, a Venezuelan player who helped Atlético Madrid win the 2020-21 Spanish Women's Super Cup.

Of note: Eight clubs will qualify for the 2024 NWSL Playoffs. The championship is slated for Nov. 23.

The big picture: Bay FC's founders — four former U.S. women's team players with local ties — have said they hope the club will give professional women's sports more visibility and make the market just as competitive as men's sports.

  • As part of a five-year sponsorship deal, Bay FC is also partnering with Sutter Health to launch a health and wellness platform with an emphasis on young women.

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