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NWSL says new commissioner will be a woman, announcement in coming weeks

In between leaders, the NWSL is currently operating under a “transition plan.”

The new 2020 NWSL game ball sits on the stage at the league's college draft in Baltimore on Jan. 16, 2020. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

The National Women’s Soccer League’s next commissioner will be a woman, the league announced Tuesday, though an announcement will not come for a number of weeks.

The announcement comes as the league officially entered a period where it is between leaders, as former president Amanda Duffy departed for a role as the executive vice president of the Orlando Pride earlier this month.

In its statement, the NWSL said it is “presently operating under a transition plan established by its Board of Directors and Ms. Duffy.” No other details about how the league is operating were shared.

The league also shared that “a number of qualified, outstanding candidates” were interviewed for the role of commissioner, which has been vacant since March 2017 when Jeff Plush resigned.

Though the league said it will make the announcement “in the coming weeks,” it has already given Plush’s successor a vote of confidence: “We are confident she will further cement NWSL’s place as the global standard for professional sports leagues.”

In a tweet, the NWSL Players Association said Tuesday, “We appreciate all that Amanda did to move NWSL forward and are excited to work with the new commissioner on continued progress.”

The NWSL has also yet to announce a schedule for the upcoming 2020 season, or where its games will be broadcast.

The full statement can be read below.

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