U.S. deciding whether to sanction WPS

Updated: November 25, 2011, 4:40 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Soccer is deciding whether to sanction Women's Professional Soccer as a Division I league.

The WPS said Friday it had applied for another waiver of the federation's requirement that leagues field at least eight teams. The WPS played last season under a waiver with six teams.

After terminating its South Florida franchise last month, the league has five teams planned for next season, which would be its fourth.

WPS CEO Jennifer O'Sullivan notes the league set attendance records last season and plans future expansion. She says "we would hope that the federation would continue support for the only professional soccer league for women in the United States."

The WPS says it plans to continue discussions with U.S. Soccer to determine how to maintain its Division I status.

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