We're excited to announce that the Oakland Roots Soccer Club is fielding a brand new women's team called Oakland Soul, beginning in 2023. The opportunity to launch a women's club arrived with the creation of a new pre-professional soccer league called the USL-W, which will launch 44 teams in 20 states in 2022.
Oakland Soul will join and compete in the league starting next season, officially launching on June 23rd, the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the most critical piece of legislation in the history of women's sports. The team's name celebrates the art, music, food, culture, and activism that make Oakland unique.
Lindsay Barenz, team president of Oakland Roots, says, "It was always the club's vision to be more than just a men's team. We want Oakland Soul to raise the bar for pre-professional development. To this end, Oakland Soul will be a "purpose-driven" team. They will sustain and promote the club's commitment to using soccer and the clubs' platforms to harness and encourage positive social change in Oakland.
Oakland and the greater Bay Area have always been a hotbed for women's soccer, and Oakland Soul will raise the bar in terms of local opportunity. Soul will provide an elite pathway to pro soccer for women with a high-quality training environment. It will also protect and empower the players while nourishing them physically and mentally.
The Oakland Roots Soccer Club is one of the top merch-selling teams in the league. Leveraging years of Oaklandish expertise and infrastructure, the Roots have become a merch powerhouse, with the sale of apparel and accessories sales on the Oaklandish website and retail stores. We're thrilled to collaborate with this dynamic club again to release a new line of gear celebrating women's soccer in the Town.
Player by player. Supporter by supporter. Resident by resident. One game at a time. One day at a time. This is still about Oakland first, always.
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