USL Super League hires soccer exec Amanda Vandervort as president

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After announcing the formation of the USL Super League in September, the United Soccer League has named Amanda Vandervort as the league’s president.

“We are delighted to welcome Amanda to the USL executive team as USL Super League President,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis in a release. “Amanda is one of the most accomplished soccer executives in the United States. Her expertise includes global women’s soccer matters, partnerships, marketing, league expansion, club strategy, grassroots initiatives, and business development. Just as importantly, Amanda’s perspective as a former player and coach aligns with the culture of our organization and that of our other senior executives.”

Vandervort will work to lead all aspects of the USL’s youth-to-professional soccer pathway. Through her work with communities, players, clubs, owners and partners, she will find ways to build the Super League into a financially stable and globally recognized sports entity.

“It’s such an exciting privilege to be in this position,” Vandervort said. “Together we’ll build a competitive environment for elite women players, coaches and referees at the professional level. We’ll create opportunities for fans to experience the women’s game in their local communities and provide value to those investing in this high-growth platform. I’m excited to be helping the USL realize the Super League’s potential and drive the women’s game forward.”

With over 20 years of experience at all levels of women’s and men’s soccer, most recently Vandervort served as Chief Women’s Football Officer of FIFPRO. There, she directed strategy, policy and stakeholder relations.

She also co-authored the 2020 Raising Our Game Report, which overviewed the growing women’s football industry and focused on placing player rights and conditions at the center.

Additionally, she was Vice President of CRM and Social Media at MLS before also becoming the Vice President of Fan Engagement. She also served as a Women’s Football Development Consultant for FIFA.

The USL Super League is set to begin play in 2023 and hopes to give players who don’t make NWSL rosters an opportunity to compete professionally without going overseas.