One other skilled soccer league — the Freedom Football League — has been created by former NFL players, together with Ricky Williams, Terrell Owens and Simeon Rice, with the intention of “reimagining, rethinking, reinventing and reforming” the sport, it was introduced Thursday.
Williams, showing on ESPN’s Exterior the Strains on Thursday, stated there are 50 former players among the many roughly 100 stakeholders. Different early founders embody former NFL players Byron Chamberlain, Jeff Garcia and Dexter Jackson.
The FFL stated the league would initially have 10 groups — with plans to broaden into further areas — and video games would happen throughout the spring and summer season.
The league didn’t say when it will start play, although it did say the primary 10 groups could be the San Diego Warriors, Oklahoma Metropolis Energy, Portland Progress, Texas Revolution, Ohio Players, Florida Robust, Birmingham Kings, St. Louis Independence, Connecticut Underground and Oakland Panthers.
The FFL stated in a press release that its mission is “to entice soccer players at their highest stage of athletic means, together with these defecting from the NFL, graduating faculty or highschool or enjoying in worldwide or different skilled soccer leagues.”
The league stated it will be financed via a mix of personal funding and public choices in 2019, that means followers could be “true homeowners and legally-committed enterprise companions.”
As for players, the FFL stated it will guarantee they’d obtain “everlasting and dependable holistic well being and wellness assist on and off the sector.” As well as, the league stated it will encourage athletes to handle societal challenges and different “hot-button” points.
“The Freedom Football League is the proper integration of my ardour for social justice, financial equality and well being and wellness, with my life-long dedication and love for skilled soccer,” Williams stated in a press release. “As a lot as I would like to throw on the pads and play, this league is designed to deliver aggressive soccer again to the lots, offering players and followers alike with the financial advantages of proudly owning stake in a group, whereas additionally guaranteeing players are empowered to use their public platform for social good.”