Women soccer players in Canada are finally going to have a league to call their own.
Former Canadian women's team star Diana Matheson announced on Monday that she plans to launch a domestic professional women's league in 2025. Matheson and her company Project 8, and her business partner Thomas Gilbert are spearheading the development, while current Canadian women's team captain Christine Sinclair is involved in this project as an advisor.
The league, yet to be named, is planning to kick off in April 2025 with an inaugural champion crowned in the fall. Each of the eight teams will have at least one Canadian international, according to Matheson. Two team ownership groups have already committed to joining the league in 2025: the Vancouver Whitecaps of MLS and Calgary Foothills Soccer Club. CIBC and Air Canada are also on board as league sponsors and investors.
In the latest TFC Republic video bog, I break down what all of this means and share some news from a one-on-one interview I conducted with Matheson on Tuesday morning.
Watch the video below: