The group that has made the biggest headway is Women's Soccer Initiative Inc. (WSII), a nonprofit organization dedicated to relaunching women's professional soccer in the United States. WSII is headed by Tonya Antonucci, a former Stanford teammate of ex-national team captain Julie Foudy.
If successful, the likely time for a women's professional league to be relaunched would be in spring 2007. The season would run through August, similar to the WUSA. Antonucci has been low-key about making announcements, not wanting to overstate expectations.
Still, there is a soon-to-be meeting which Antonucci calls an "investor forum." While not getting too much into specifics, she said a relaunch would include at least eight teams, the number involved in the WUSA.
"We are engaged in considering and contemplating a partnership with Major League Soccer with respect with how our leagues can work together," Antonucci said.
If teams could share soccer-specific stadiums, it could reduce costs. Antonucci added that her group was talking to cities that have had WUSA teams such as Philadelphia; Boston; New York; Washington; Cary, N.C.; Atlanta; San Jose, Calif.; and San Diego.