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Women's Professional Soccer League Is Suspended For 2012 Season

The Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPS) has decided to suspend operations for the 2012 season, according to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

The WPS plans to use this year to sort out some pending legal issues, and the challenges that they now face as a result of ongoing disputes with a former owner.

"We are proud of what the League has accomplished in the first three seasons, but we do recognize the necessity to resolve our existing legal and operational issues so that we can continue to support and grow WPS the right way," said Sky Blue FC Owner Thomas Hofstetter in a WPS press release. "This was a very difficult decision, but one we as owners feel is the best business decision for the League at this time."

Despite a significant increase in fans and revenue last season after the U.S. Women’s National Team made it to the World Cup finals, the WPS as a whole has struggled to keep afloat. The WPS believes that it will most likely resume play in 2013.