Late Monday night, the NWSL Players Association announced that it had made “further progress” towards reaching a resolution over its demands to the National Women’s Soccer League.
Those demands were issued Oct. 6.
“Today, NWSL made public their commitment that representatives of the Players Association will meet with commissioner candidates to ensure the players’ voices are heard and they play a meaningful role in the selection of the next commissioner,” the NWSLPA said in a statemment.
“The Players Association has agreed to an additional seven-day good-faith extension in order to finalize a resolution of the players’ demands by the close of business on Monday, Oct. 25.”
On Oct. 6, the NWSLPA made eight demands:
1. Every coach, general manager, representative on the board of overnors, and owner voluntarily submit to the Players Association’s independent investigation into abusive conduct.
2. The scope of NWSL’s investigation announced on Sunday evening, Oct. 4, be expanded to include an investigation of each of the 12 NWSL clubs represented on the board of governors to determine whether any abuse, whether presently known or unknown, has occurred at any point in time.
3. The scope of NWSL’s investigation further be expanded to determine whether any League Office staff, NWSL Club, or person in a position of power within NWSL neglected to investigate concerns of abuse raised by any player or employee at any point in time.
4. The NWSL adopt an immediate “Step Back Protocol” whereby any person in a position of power (e.g. owner, representative on the board of governors, general manager, or management supervisor) at the time that a club either hired or separated from employment a coach who was, is, or will be under investigation for abuse be suspended from any governance or oversight role within NWSL.
5. The NWSL immediately agree to disclose all investigative reports referenced in its statement of Oct. 3.
6. The NWSL immediately agree to disclose to the Players Association any and all findings, conclusions, and reports are obtained pursuant to their statement of Oct. 3, including but not limited to the reopening of the 2015 Paul Riley investigation.
7. The NWSL agrees to cooperate with the Players Association’s own independent investigation by a written email to Executive Director Meghann Burke by the close of business Wednesday, Oct. 13.
8. The NWSL agrees that representatives of the Players Association have an opportunity to meet with potential commsioner candidates and have a meaningful opportunity to be heard in the selection of the next commissioner.