Newly formed side Angel City Football Club (ACFC) has confirmed that it has been accepted into the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
The announcement means that Angel FC will become the division’s eleventh expansion team.
Commenting on the announcement, NWSL Commissioner, Lisa Baird, said: “On behalf of the NWSL and our member clubs, we are thrilled to officially welcome Angel City Football Club, and this exciting and committed ownership group, to the league.
“The soccer community in Southern California is filled with passionate fans of the game and I can’t wait to see them rally around their own team and help us continue to grow the NWSL.”
The club also revealed it has welcomed a whole host of high-profile, new investors into the fold, including Billie Jean King, Ilana Kloss, Candace Parker, Lindsey Vonn, Becky G, Sophia Bush, Cobi Jones and James Cordon, to name a few.
“We need everyone to invest in women’s sports and Ilana and I are proud to stand with the Angel City FC ownership group and help make new history in Southern California sports,” said King.
“Angel City’s mission to make an impact on and off-the field, and to provide an opportunity to some of the best professional female athletes in the world to play on a stage as powerful as Los Angeles, sends a strong message to young girls in the community and beyond.”
The Los Angeles-based side, whose name was confirmed as Angel City FC on The Tonight Show by Natalie Portman, has also launched an online club store – www.angelcity.com – and a range of official ACFC merchandise.
Julie Uhrman, Founder and President of the club, added: “We could not be more pleased to have reached this exciting milestone of officially joining the league and introducing the world to Angel City Football Club.
“I am also thrilled to announce some additional founding investors who have already been contributing meaningfully to the Angel City Family. This group, aligned in our passion and purpose, is committed to delivering for Los Angeles and our fans on and off the pitch.”