For the first time since 1976, when the Kentucky Colonels basketball team ceased operations, Louisville is poised to field a top-tier professional
sports franchise in 2021 when launching a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) expansion team.
Racing Louisville FC will be run by Soccer Holdings, LLC, the same organization behind Louisville City FC, the two-time USL Championship-winning men's side. Both Racing and LouCity will play at Lynn Family Stadium and train at the recently completed 30,000 square foot training facility. Introduction of the NWSL to Louisville, which has experienced immense success on the pitch already with two-time USL Championship winner Louisville City FC, will bring to Lynn Family Stadium household names from across the globe.
The Chicago Red Stars are the oldest and winningest pro women’s soccer team in the country, demonstrating a standard of grit and continued success for over a decade. Established in 2007, the Red Stars were a founding
member of the former Women’s Professional Soccer and would later become one of the original eight teams to form the National Women’s Soccer League in 2013. The Red Stars have made the playoffs in six consecutive years from 2015-2020, clinching the team’s first appearance in the NWSL Championship in the 2019 season as well as appearing in the NWSL’s Challenge Cup Final in 2020.
The Red Stars play at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, one of few soccer-specific stadiums with an all-grass practice and playing surface in the league. Throughout the team’s storied history, the Red Stars’ have had a star-studded roster featuring some of the greatest players to have played for the United States such as Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Kate Markgraf (Sobrero), Lindsay Tarpley, Lauren Chalupny, Christen Press, and Shannon Boxx, while currently boasting a roster with USWNT stars such Julie Ertz, Casey Short, Alyssa Naeher, Tierna Davidson, Mallory Pugh and Morgan Gautrat. The Red Stars have also been home to national team players from Australia (Sam Kerr), Canada (Karina LeBlanc), Germany (Inka Grings), Japan (Yuki Nagasato), and Brazil (Christiane Rozeira and Formiga) at different points in the team’s 11-year history.
One of the most decorated clubs in the Frauen-Bundesliga, FC Bayern Munich was officially founded in 1970. The club was back-to-back Frauen-Bundesliga champions in 2015 and 2016, with the 2015 season ending with zero defeats.
FC Bayern Munich has made its mark in international play as well. The club established records for the most goals scored throughout an UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage (32 – 2009/2010) and best goal difference throughout an UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage (+30 - 2009/2010).
Paris Saint-Germain, commonly referred to as PSG, competes in Division 1 Féminine, the top division of French football. Founded in 1971, the club calls the 20,000-seat Stade Jean-Bouin home.
PSG have played in the top flight since 2001, when they won the Division 2 Féminine title. The Parisians won their first major honor, the Coupe de France Féminine in 2010. This trophy, coupled with the club's takeover, signaled the start of a new era. PSG went from being a mid-table side to becoming one of the best teams in European football. The Red and Blues have since claimed their second cup title in 2018, finished league runners-up seven times and reached the UEFA Women’s Champions League final twice (2015, 2017).
PSG’s history is full of influential officials and players including trophy-winning managers Sébastien Thierry, Camille Vaz and Bernard Mendy, record appearance maker and longest-serving captain Sabrina Delannoy, all-time top scorer Marie-Laure Delie, Champions League record striker Cristiane, and most awarded player Marie-Antoinette Katoto.