National Women's Soccer League owners

National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) owners own a share in the National Women's Soccer League and have the right to operate a team. Players' rights to play in the league are controlled by a team.[1] Each NWSL team has an investor-operator that is a shareholder in the league. The league has a profit-sharing arrangement amongst the teams.[2]

As of March 2019, league has nine investor-operators for its nine clubs.

List of NWSL owners

Chicago Red Stars
  • Arnim Whisler (2012–present)[3]
Houston Dash
  • Gabriel Brener, Oscar De La Hoya, Jake Silverstein, Ben Guill (2015–present)[4]
North Carolina Courage
Orlando Pride
  • Flávio Augusto da Silva (majority) and Phil Rawlins (minority) (2015–2018)
  • Flávio Augusto da Silva (majority), Phil Rawlins (minority), Albert Friedberg minority (2018–present)[6]
Portland Thorns FC
Reign FC
Sky Blue FC
  • Phil Murphy (majority), Steven Temares, Thomas Hofstetter (2012–present)[8]
Utah Royals FC
  • Dell Loy Hansen (2017–present)[9]
Washington Spirit
  • Bill Lynch (2012–2018)[10]
  • Steve Baldwin (majority) and Bill Lynch (minority) (2018–present)[11]

List of defunct NWSL teams

Boston Breakers
  • Michael Stoller, Boston Women’s Soccer, LLC (2012–2018)[12]
FC Kansas City
  • Chris Likens, Brad Likens, Greg Likens, and Brian Budzinski (Missouri Comets owners) (2012–2017)[13]
  • Elam Baer (2017)[14]
Western New York Flash

See also


  1. "Roster Rules". National Women's Soccer Legue. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. Murray, Caitlin (October 13, 2017). "A Blueprint for Women's Sports Success. But Can It Be Copied?". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. Herrera, Sandra (2018-03-09). "Independently Chicago: One-On-One With Red Stars Owner Arnim Whisler". Hot Time In Old Town. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  4. "MLS: Brener is new Dynamo majority owner". 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  5. Editors, Soccer Stadium Digest (2017-01-10). "New for 2017: North Carolina Courage". Soccer Stadium Digest. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  6. "Orlando City owner sells minority stake". 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  7. Oregonlive.Com (2012-12-15). "What they're saying about Portland Thorns FC crest and team name (links)". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  8. "Reports: Phil Murphy's soccer team struggles with poor management, housing and facilities". North Jersey. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  9. McDonald, Ryan (2018-09-12). "'Jump on this train, because it's going somewhere': Utah Royals FC ends 1st season with eye toward future". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  10. Goff, Stephen (December 27, 2018). "NWSL's Washington Spirit hires Richie Burke as head coach". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  11. October 10; 2018. "Washington Spirit Owner May Sell Majority Stake In NWSL Club". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  12. "Last-gasp bid to save Boston Breakers soccer team fell short - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  13. "FC Kansas City announces new ownership". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  14. "FC KANSAS CITY UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP". SoccerToday. 2017-01-21. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  15. "WNY Flash moving to North Carolina, report says". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
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