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National Women’s Soccer League recognizes players union

Lifetime National Women's Soccer League Press Conference

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: View of a soccer ball during the Lifetime National Women’s Soccer League press conference on February 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lifetime)

Craig Barritt

CHICAGO (AP) The National Women’s Soccer League has formally recognized the NWSL Players Association as the exclusive bargaining representative for the league’s players.

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The NWSLPA represents current and future players who have signed standard player agreements with the NWSL. U.S. national team players who are allocated throughout the league are represented by the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association.

“We’ve now achieved official status as a labor union, but we intend to approach our relationship with the league in a very different way than what comes to mind with traditional labor relations,” said union President Yael Averbuch, who plays for the Seattle Reign. “The NWSLPA is glad to continue a collaborative relationship with the league, with the health and sustainability of the league central to the ongoing relationship.”

The NWSL just wrapped up its sixth season.