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Players from Orlando Pride and NJ/NY Gotham FC link arms in solidarity. Photo: Roy K. Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Rep. Deborah Ross (D-N.C.) and 41 other House members in a letter on Wednesday called on soccer and player organizations to conduct a through investigation into the allegations made by National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) players.

Driving the news: The NWSL has come under fire for a slew of abuse and harassment allegations which has led to the firing of four coaches and the commissioner of the NWSL Lisa Baird's resignation.

Details: The letter specifically urges both "the NWSL and its players to work together to conduct a thorough investigation into these claims."

  • It also highlights the specific demands of the NWSL Player's Association (NWSLPA), primarily that the investigation be expanded to all 12 teams, and that every coach, general manager, owner, and representative on the NWSL board of governors cooperate with the investigation.

What they're saying: "The fact that players courageously brought their concerns to the attention of NWSL leadership and received minimal support represents a shocking institutional failure," Ross said in a press release on Wednesday.

  • "The NWSL, U.S. Soccer Federation, and the NWSL Players Association (NWSLPA) must work together to conduct a robust investigation into this widespread abuse of power," Ross added.

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Nov 20, 2021 - Sports

Player empowerment is key to the future of U.S. women's pro soccer

The Orlando Pride Starting XI prior to a game between NJ/NY Gotham City FC and Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Roy K. Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images

When the National Women's Soccer League erupted into controversy this season over a slew of assault allegations, the future of the league — and more broadly, U.S. women’s professional soccer — looked uncertain.

Why it matters: The U.S. has had three women's professional soccer leagues in two decades, with the first two each lasting just three seasons. But the NWSL may be on a different path, sports analysts and former players say. That is, if the league and its teams put players' demands and concerns front and center.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 25, 2021 - Sports

Special report: Women's soccer stares down change

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The next few months could be among the most important in American women's soccer history, with significant change on the horizon for both the NWSL and USWNT.

The big picture: Collective bargaining agreements tend to be tedious, and lawsuits can drag on. But as 2022 approaches, that's where the action is.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 25, 2021 - Sports

USWNT: A new CBA and an equal pay fight

The USWNT and USMNT are currently negotiating new CBAs as well, with the men's already expired and the women's expiring on Dec. 31.

State of play: The U.S. Soccer Federation announced in September that it had offered both teams the same proposal in an effort to align them under a single CBA. Complicating things is that the men and women have long had different priorities.